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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 www.smith-wesson.com 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 www.smith-wesson.com;www.usrgrab.com; or www.tcarms.com.

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Why doesn’t Winchester or Springfield make an AR-15?

19 Jul

Today’s post is a rant of sorts…..

The popularity of the AR rifle seems to be increasing across the board. Go to a gun shop or the range on any given day and you’ll probably see more AR platform rifles than any other single type of rifle.

In recent years Remington, Smith & Wesson and Ruger have all developed successful AR rifle product lines. Even Taurus announced an AR in mid-2009 (pictured below, although I have not seen much discussion of it since).

So why don’t companies like Winchester or Springfield or Savage make an AR? Granted we already have an abundance of new and existing AR makers on the market, but imagine how wildly popular ‘black rifles’ from these manufacturers would be? It would seem easy (from my perspective sitting at a computer!) for any of these companies to either manufacture or source the parts needed to make top quality AR’s ‘worthy’ of their brand.

A National Match AR would fit perfectly into Springfield’s product line, right alongside their National Match M1A’s and match grade 1911’s. Savage has their Law Enforcement line of bolt action rifles that would be nicely complemented with an accurate AR.

As I’ve blogged before, I’m a Winchester fan and would be one of the first in line for a Winchester branded AR. Their parent company FN is under a contractual agreement to not sell AR rifles or parts to the public (I believe I have this stated correctly) so perhaps that contractual restriction also applies to Winchester.

Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that all these manufacturers are planning their own AR behind closed doors…  but I’m not holding my breath!

Will the new S&W SD pistols replace the Sigma?

17 Jul

With S&W rolling out their new SD series pistols in 9mm and .40, you have to wonder if there is room in their line-up for three polymer pistol lines? From the beginning S&W has consistently said that the SD is not replacing the Sigma – so we’ll see!

The SD is to be priced between the Sigma and M&P which would make the street price somewhere in the $400 range (I’ve seen recent reports of the SD being sold for $369 at several dealers). That’s clearly an attractive price and it would undercut nearly all other polymer pistols on the market excep for their own Sigma and the Taurus Millenium models.

In appearance, the SD looks very much like an updated Sigma with some M&P styling. The SD comes with a new trigger design that S&W is calling the Self Defense Trigger or SDT. One of the main complaints of the Sigma (and to a lesser degree the M&P) is it’s trigger, so perhaps the new design will offer better feel.