When it comes to the topic of powerful handguns, it is hard not to think of the classic .44 Mag.Smith & Wesson Model 29 wielded by Clint Eastwood as “Dirty Harry.” And, while his famous line, “… This is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world … “ may have been debatable, the current crop of magnum and big-bore handgun cartridges available today has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for those who want as much power as possible from their handguns. In addition, some innovative companies have taken handgun designs and adapted them to harness the power of traditional rifle cartridges.
Following is a roundup of some of today’s top “mega” handguns that combine portability with amazing power. The listing is limited to firearms that are exclusively designed from the ground up as handguns (and not cut down rifle designs, except for one uniquely modular example), and it only covers firearms that are offered from major manufacturers (and not some “Frankenstein” design from a custom gunsmith or a garage workshop table).
So, if you are heading into dangerous bear country and need some backup, are going hog hunting with a handgun, or simply just want the bragging rights of owning one of these interesting and eye-catching guns, read on to find out what options are out there today.
Magnum Research BFR .45-70
Politely dubbed the “Big Frame Revolver,” the Magnum Research BFR long-cylinder models chamber a range of rifle cartridges that give you an amazing amount of power in a reasonably portable package. With calibers ranging from .450 Marlin to .45-70 to .444 Marlin to .30/30 Win., the five-shot stainless steel revolver features a simple and rugged single-action trigger and is made right here in the United States. Barrel lengths on the long-cylinder models range from 7.5″ out to 10 “, and the revolver weighs from 4.3 to 5.3 lbs. If you are looking for one that packs the most power into the smallest package, then take a look at the 7.5” .45-70 variant. For more information, visit magnumresearch.com.
OA Length: 15”
Weight: 68 ozs.
Finish: Stainless steel