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Smith & Wesson’s New S&W500™ Bone Collector™ Revolver

11 Aug

Smith & Wesson and professional hunter/hunting personality Michael Waddell have joined forces to bring you the S&W model 500 Bone Collector revolver.

The Bone Collector is essentially the same as their regular 10.5″ barreled model 500 – if there is anything ‘regular’ about the model 500 X frame series of revolvers! Any differences between the two models appear to be limited to the two tone color, Bone Collector logo, unfluted cylinder and slight changes in front sight (red ramp instead of an orange ramp). The unfluted cylinder adds 3 oz to the weight of the Bone Collector.

While on the surface a pistol named “Bone Collector” is a bit odd, Michael Waddell and the Bone Collector brand has a powerful following – complete with a fan club, tv show, a big social media presence, and a host of hunting-related product endorsements. I don’t know the specific demographics of this fan base, but on the surface they appear younger (by several decades!) than traditional revolver buyers. It seems like smart marketing by S&W to target younger buyers. I think the idea of a ‘special edition’ model 500 will also appeal to S&W collectors.

Still the name and skull in the logo on the frame of the pistol will be a bit unnerving to some.

Suggested retail is $1,597.00. The press release from S&W announcing the Bone Collector is below.


Smith & Wesson Introduces New Model S&W500™ Bone Collector™ Revolver
New X-Frame Revolver Built In Collaboration with Professional Hunter Michael Waddell

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Smith & Wesson® Corp., the legendary 158-year old firearms maker, has introduced a new X-Frame model in collaboration with Professional Hunter Michael Waddell – the S&W500™ Bone Collector™. Engineered by the Smith & Wesson Performance Center, the Model S&W500 Bone Collector combines old-world craftsmanship with modern advancements into a new-age hunting revolver. This firearm is powerful, functional and capable of harvesting about any big-game animal on Earth. The Model S&W500 Bone Collector embodies the look, feel and attitude of Waddell’s latest television venture, “The Bone Collector,” airing on The Outdoor Channel.

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.

Equipped with a variety of special features that only the individual attention of master gunsmiths can achieve, the Model S&W500 Bone Collector is hand-cut and fit to insure top-notch accuracy and precision. 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. “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.”

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. For convenient carrying once in the field, a swivel mount bolt sling has been added. 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.

For more information on the Model S&W500 Bone Collector, including availability and pricing, please visit or call (800) 331-0852.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC) is a U.S.-based, global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection and sport. The company designs and constructs facility perimeter security solutions for military and commercial applications, and delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the military, law enforcement and sports markets. SWHC companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms; Universal Safety Response, a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer; and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. SWHC facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to;; or

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Guide Available for Organizing a Youth Hunt

4 Aug

I’ve gotta hand it to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for continually working on efforts to introduce youth to our sport. In recent years they have initiated special youth-only hunting seasons, a mentored youth hunting program and a variety of outreach and educational efforts targeting youth.

Their latest effort is a planning guide for individuals, clubs or organizations interested in sponsoring an organized youth hunt. The guide is a 41 page booklet full of good ideas and suggestions for hunt organizers as well as example activity plans, consent forms, etc. There is also web-based calendar on the PGC website where you can register your organized hunt.

The overwhelming majority of adult hunters were introduced to the sport before the age of 20. So it’s great to see the PA Game Commission actively working to increase the number of youth exposed to hunting.

PA Game Commission press release on the Organized Hunting Planning Guide:



8/4/2010 HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has published a new planning guide to assist conservation organizations – or individual hunters – host a species-specific hunt for eligible junior hunters. To view a copy of the new manual, go to the Game Commission website (, click on “Education” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, select “Special Hunts” in the “Special Events and Programs,” and then choose “Youth Hunt Planning Guide” in the “Special Hunt Guides.”

Copies of the manual also can be obtained from the Game Commission’s six region offices and Harrisburg headquarters, as well as at The Sportsman’s Shop in New Holland, Lancaster County; The Buck Stops Here in New Florence, Westmoreland County; and Custer’s Sport Shop in Berlin, Somerset County. In addition, valuable coupons for these three sporting goods stores can be found on the inside back cover of manuals obtained from these issuing agents.

“The future of hunting is directly related to the continuing participation of young Pennsylvanians,” Roe noted. “The goal is to successfully compete with all the other activities and recreational opportunities that vie for a young person’s time. It’s truly a challenge for the Game Commission, as well as Pennsylvania’s one million hunters.”

Roe noted that this manual complements the agency’s other booklet specifically directed to those seeking to host a junior pheasant hunt in their community.

“This new booklet, as well as the planning guide for the junior pheasant hunt, is a wealth of information and guidance for those starting from scratch to conduct an event for their club or organization, or just planning to help a young family member or neighbor,” Roe said. “We not only encourage seasoned hunters to offer to share their experience and knowledge with our younger generations, but the future of hunting and trapping depends on this exchange and interaction.”

Roe also noted that, this fall, a new junior hunting opportunity will be unveiled; the junior rabbit season, which will be held Oct. 9-16.  The season will be open to those juniors age 12-16, when properly accompanied by an adult as required by law, with or without a license.  The daily and field possession limits will be the same as the general rabbit season, four daily and eight in possession.

Roe noted that the junior rabbit season will not be part of the Mentored Youth Hunting Program, which is for those youth under the age of 12. The only species eligible for MYHP participants are: antlered deer, squirrels, groundhogs, spring gobbler and coyotes.

Other special junior hunting opportunities for those 12 to 16 include seasons for squirrel, pheasant, waterfowl, spring gobbler and antlerless deer.  In addition, juniors can abide by antler restrictions of one antler at least three inches in length or one antler with at least two points.