HAND CANNON: Smith & Wesson unveils monster .460 caliber gun: The ‘Backpack Cannon’

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Smith & Wesson has unveiled the monster of all monster handguns at the recent “Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show” in Las Vegas: A .460 caliber beast with a 3-inch barrel, high-visibility sights and a synthetic shock absorber on the handle — a likely necessary addition for so much firepower.

The manufacturing company is billing it as “great for a back-up gun, or for hunting,” and has dubbed it the “Backpack Cannon,” The Daily Mail reported.

“It’s a very comfortable gun to shoot,” said Paul Pluff, a Smith & Wesson employee, in The Daily Mail. “It’s great for a back-up gun in the back-country, or even for hunting if you’re going after some pigs or hogs or anything like that.”

This article continues at washingtontimes.com

  • Fitch

    The nice thing about a .460 is that it can shoot .45 Colt, .454 Casull, or .460 S&W Magnum. So one can practice with .45 Colt and then choose either .454 Casull or .460 S&W for hunting. A hand loader can re-load the .460 Magnum Brass to any desired muzzle energy level over that range based on what they shoot well enough to be effective. It looks like a much more useful handgun in bear country than one might expect on first look.

    • TheOldGuy

      It will also shoot the .45 Schofield which is just a shortened .45 Colt.

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