The “Bone Collector”? Really Smith? I know there’s an Outdoor Channel program by that name, wherein pro hunter Michael Waddell and some of his BFFs shoot animals with handguns. Your presser says you worked with Mike to create this $1597 X-Frame variant “capable of harvesting about any big-game animal on Earth” (Note: crops are “harvested,” animals are killed.) In fact, there’s The Bone Collector logo above the grip, human skull between the horns and all. And that’s where I get totally creeped out . . .
You do know that Michael Deaver started this whole Bone Collector business with a 1997 novel wherein a serial killer (by that very same name) extracted fragments of bone from his victims. The case is solved by a paralyzed, suicidal cop. Is that bad juju or what?
Still, it must be said, the Smith & Wesson “Bone Collector” is a fearsome weapon:
Delivering more than a ton and a quarter of muzzle energy, the Model S&W500 earned the distinction as the most powerful production revolver when introduced. Built on the company’s X-Frame, the Model S&W500 provides today’s hunters with a well-balanced and manageable firearm when stalking large or dangerous game. Chambered for five rounds of .500 S&W Magnum, the new Bone Collector revolver is manufactured with a stainless steel frame, cylinder and 10.5-inch barrel design.
The S&W500 Bone Collector is standard with a two-tone finish, synthetic rubber grips along with the company’s renowned smooth double-action and crisp single-action trigger pull. To help aide in recoil management, the Model S&W500 is also standard with a full 360-degree muzzle compensator.
Additional Performance Center features include a heavy-duty ball detent lock-up between the cylinder crane and frame along with a chrome-flashed hammer and trigger. The trigger on the Model S&W500 Bone Collector also features an over-travel stop and the revolver is standard with a Performance Center action job. All these features contribute to a revolver capable of answering the needs of any serious handgun hunter.
“We are excited to offer hunters a great option for taking their hunting adventure to the next level,” said Tom Kelly, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson.
Hold up. What does that mean?
Seriously; I’m not a handgun hunter (nor do I play one on TV). What’s the 411 on levels of handgun hunting? Do you start with a mouse gun taking out small rodents then build your way up to a Smith & Wesson “Bone Collector” to take out elephants? [Click here for a terrific account of that sport.] Only I wouldn’t collect those bones if I were you. The U.N. has all kinds of rules in that regard. African governments too. Not to mention any poachers following you around.
Anyway, I know that hunting animals with a handgun is more difficult than doing so with a long gun (something about accuracy and distance). But if you really wanted to make it hard, why not hunt hopping on one leg or wear Old Spice? Kidding. Good luck with the feral pigs, BTW.
Handgun hunting is becoming more popular than ever with many states now offering a handgun hunting season or allowing handguns to be used during rifle season. Whether used for harvesting wild boar or whitetail deer, its popularity has exploded. The new Bone Collector is the latest in the extensive line of hunting handguns from Smith & Wesson. Providing today’s hunter with sufficient power and long range accuracy, handguns like this new S&W500 enable users to move easily through areas with thick vegetation that often prove difficult to navigate with a long gun.
Wait, it’s about convenience? Damn this thick vegetation! If only I was hunting with an 18″ handgun! Good thing Smith includes a swivel mount bolt sling. Otherwise I’d have to make a phallic joke of some sort.
The Model S&W500 Bone Collector weighs in at 79.3 ounces and has been fitted with a red ramp front sight and an adjustable black blade rear sight to help aid in target alignment. When traditional sights are not being used, hunters will appreciate the integral weaver base located on top of the barrel, which allows for optics to be easily mounted. Adding to its allure, the new Model S&W500 is engraved with the Bone Collector logo on the frame and will have a limited run of 1,000 units.