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American Hunter | Hardware: Magnum Research BFR .500 Linebaugh

by Max Prasac – Monday, May 20, 2019

The allure of a .50-caliber handgun is undeniable. The sheer absurdity is intriguing, the thought of that much firepower in a handheld device oddly attractive if not a bit intimidating. Fifty-caliber handguns are nothing new to the revolver world, with the .50 Action Express, .500 S&W Mag., .500 JRH and .500 Wyoming Express cartridges being available to hunters for more than a decade. The .500 Linebaugh has the deepest roots of them all, however, and now Magnum Research offers its single-action BFR (Biggest Finest Revolver) chambered for this powerhouse.

Magnum Research announced its latest foray into the .50-caliber category at this year’s SHOT show, but the .500 Linebaugh was unleashed on the general public in the August 1986 issue of Guns & Ammo magazine via an article by Ross Seyfried. Let’s just say the .500 Linebaugh BFR is fashionably late.

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