On this page we have assembled the worlds 3 biggest, most powerful handgun cartridges and made them "in house" into a dynamic, awesome, spectacular, one-of- a-kind key chain. Along with this, we think its also always nice
to know the history of something you own, so we have included that here for your reading. We will start somewhere near the year 1950 with the "most famous of them all, Hollywood's champ and all that goes with it", the 44 Magnum. Then onto the cartridge that has eclipsed the 44 in power. Despite being around since 1957, it only took the top spot 23 years after its invention in 1983 when a gun was finally made for it, enter the .454 Casull. Now lets jump in our rocket ship and visit the
current champ in 2003 the S&W 500. All this takes place in a short 60 year time frame.
Which one should you pick? It depends on the story and history of the cartridge you like better. Do you pick the most famous cartridge that made it into the movies, the 44 magnum, or the one to beat the most famous out in power 23
years later, the 454 Casull or the new guy on the block, the current most powerful cartridge in the world, the 500 S&W? Any one you pick you will be proud to own. It's a cool feeling to have a real bullet (deactivated of course, no primer, no gun power) holding your keys and a great conversation piece. They are without a doubt three ground breaking historic cartridges. They are made in house by us High Noon Holsters, in other words American made!!! They will last a lifetime. It is
not the run of the mill junk bullet key chains you see all over the web, no way!!!!. As usual, we manufacture this key chain to our high standards using real brass, real bullets, strong center ring and is therefore a Rock Solid piece of equipment. Have some fun. Own a piece of history!!!!
While the .44 Magnum was very popular among shooters for many years after its introduction, approximately 1950, it did not come to the attention of the general public until 1971 when it was prominently featured in the Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry (and its four sequels). Clint
Eastwood plays a character know as Harry Callahan. Harry Callahan's signature weapon is a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver, which he uses in all of the films. The gun's prominence in the films instantly popularized it. Callahan's trademark weapon, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver, was named the second greatest movie weapon of all time, behind the lightsaber from Star Wars.
In 1971 Smith & Wesson had
experienced a dramatic surge in orders for their Model 29 revolver in the .44 Magnum cartridge with which S&W production was not able to keep up. Available Model 29 revolvers were being sold for two to three times the suggested retail price due to the low supply and high demand for the revolver.
In one of the classic lines in the 1971 film Dirty Harry, Eastwood's character "Dirty" Harry Callahan describes his M29 as "the most powerful handgun in the world". Although not strictly true (the more powerful wildcat .454 Casull
was announced in 1959), the .44 Magnum was the most powerful then in production. But who are we to argue with Dirty Harry.
In the most famous scene, Callahan goes to a local diner for lunch, where his lunch is interrupted by a
bank robbery a block away. The inspector — alone with his .44 Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver challenges one of the robbers, after shooting three others, who lies wounded near a loaded 12 gauge Winchester Model 1912 shotgun. ( Original picture from the movie to the left) "I know what you're thinking: 'Did I fire six shots, or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful
handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" The robber surrenders rather than take the risk, then says "I gots to know." Callahan answers the question by aiming at the criminal and pulling the trigger. The bank robber hears the click as the hammer falls on an empty chamber and Harry smiles at him. The gun was, in fact, empty."
The .44 Magnum has continued to be associated with Callahan, including the line "
Go ahead, make my day" in the 1983 film Sudden Impact. In one scene of the movie, Harry Callahan (played by Clint Eastwood) goes into a diner for a morning cup of coffee. When Callahan discovers a robbery in the diner, he kills the robbers in a shootout. However, a surviving robber holds the fleeing waitress Loretta at gunpoint, his gun to her head, threatening to shoot. Instead of backing off, Harry points his .44 Magnum revolver into the man's face at point-blank
range and dares him to shoot, saying with clenched teeth and in his characteristic rough grumble, "Go ahead, make my day." At the end of the film, Harry says "Come on, make my day" just before shooting Mick the Rapist, who aims his stolen shotgun at Jennifer Spencer.
In 2005, "Go ahead, make my day"
was chosen as #6 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. There is a "Make My Day Law" passed in most U.S. states and derives its name from this phrase. Even President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, famously used the phrase in his campaign against raising taxes. In March 1985, his address to the American Business Conference is quoted, "I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead, make my day."
The .454 Casull
(pronounced Ka-Sool) is a firearm cartridge, developed in 1957 by Dick Casull and Jack Fulmer. It was first announced in November 1959 by Guns & Ammo magazine and was the big, bad boy in town, till the advent of the .500 S&W
The origin of the beast:
Beginning the 50's, Utah gunsmith Dick Casull was trying to create a new cartridge, a .45 Magnum, able to send a 230 grains bullet traveling at 1800 fps. In other words, he was trying to
create a bullet traveling at 1.6 times the speed of sound, so he rapidly become the world's first collector of cracked cylinders, as none of them were able to cope with the high pressures generated by his new cartridge. So Casull began manufacturing his own five-shot cylinders, custom-fitting them in Ruger frames (the only frames to be able to withstand a steady diet of the new caliber). In the muzzle energy department, the .454 Magnum produces about 50 percent more punch than the 44 Magnum.
Of course, you'll find no free lunch here, the .454 churns up close to 75 percent more recoil than the 44 Magnum. It is way out of the class of all but the most experienced and recoil tolerant shooters.The .454 Casull is one of the most powerful handgun cartridges in production.
It can deliver a 250 grain bullet with a muzzle
velocity of over 1,900 feet per second (580 m/s), developing more than 2,000 ft-lb of energy. The round is primarily intended for hunting medium or large game, metallic silhouette shooting and predator defense.
Finally, in 1979, Dick Casull and Wayne Baker created Freedom Arms. In 1983 the first model 83 saw the light of day, firing the new cartridge called .454 Casull. This gun was the first commercially available revolver chambered in .454 Casull and
was made by Freedom Arms in 1983 as a 5-shot revolver. It only took the rest of the boys 14 years to jump on the bandwagon. Ruger began chambering its Super Redhawk in this caliber in 1997 and Taurus followed with the Raging Bull model in 1998 and the Taurus Raging Judge Magnum in 2010.
Smith & Wesson had been at the forefront when developing powerful handgun cartridges such as the .44 Magnum, which it had developed in partnership with Remington somewhere around 1960, After the development of the 44, Smith & Wesson was truly entrenched as
the total and absolute king. The laurels were brought out and upon them they rested. However, the 44 was eclipsed by the .454 Casull, but the 454 had no gun. While they were resting, smugly, others were not. Smith & Wesson kept their eyes closed. The competition was hard at work. Dick Casull began experimenting with his .454 Magnum in the 1950s. When Freedom Arms produced their first Model 83 in 1983 the cartridge became known as the .454 Casull. The .44 Magnum was no longer the King.
Smith & Wesson snored away in ignorant bliss. The wait lasted until 2003 when Smith & Wesson was to become the champ again. The .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum was
designed from the outset to be the most powerful production handgun cartridge in the world.
This is a fifty-caliber handgun cartridge that was developed by Cor-Bon in partnership with Smith & Wesson and was introduced in February 2003 at the SHOT trade
show. Its primary design purpose was as a hunting handgun cartridge capable of taking all North American game species. The 500 S&W magnum has a maximum working pressure of 60,000 psi . However, most factory ammunition is limited to 50,000 psi to help ease extraction of fired cases. Cylinders of the S&W Model 500 revolver are capable of withstanding 50% over pressure without much distortion.
The .500 S&W Magnum is considered the most powerful commercial sporting handgun cartridge by virtue of the muzzle energy it can generate. You don't just casually pick up a Model 500, you have to lift it. Load five rounds of them and the total weight of the handgun climbs to 5 plus pounds. When the .44 Magnum laid claim to being the most powerful handgun in the world, its standard load produced about 900 ft.-lb. of muzzle energy, the .454
Casull, which eclipsed that will generate about 1900 ft.-lb of muzzle energy and the 500 S&W Magnum will produce almost 2600 ft.-lb of muzzle energy with its heaviest load, and more powerful loads may well be on the way.
If Dirty Harry felt that the .44 Magnum would make his day, the new 500 S&W Magnum would certainly make his decade. It is the largest double-action revolver cartridge available, and there is no production revolver in the world single or double
action capable of matching, or even approaching, the level of power it produces.
The .500 S&W Magnum has a very high recoil energy and recoil velocity. The high energy and velocity of the recoil will cause the muzzle to rise when shooting the cartridge. Smith & Wesson incorporated design features to help mitigate both the perceived and actual recoil of their Model 500 Smith & Wesson revolver chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum. The revolver is equipped with a compensator
and Hogue Absorbathane grips. The revolver's considerable weight of 56–82 ounces plays a major role in moderating the recoil of the cartridge.
A double-discharge effect is sometimes observed with the cartridge. The heavy recoil causes some shooters to inadvertently squeeze the trigger as a reflexive action to hold on to the revolver soon after the discharge of the previous round. Furthermore, some shooters have experienced the cylinder unlocking and rotating
after the firing of cartridge which is a partial manifestation of the same phenomenon. For a large part its popularity is owed to the cartridge being the most powerful handgun cartridge and the curiosity that inevitably follows any such moniker or claim. With the entry of the .500 S&W Magnum and the Model 500 revolver, Smith & Wesson recaptured the title of the most powerful handgun cartridge in the world