Thanks for the A2A Andy Lee Chaisiri. So how much armor can a 50 cal. firearm penetrate? Well, it depends on the ammo and the gun being used. Obviously, you would end up with more penetration using an M2HB heavy machine-gun than a Barrett M82 snip. The American Rifleman further explains that development was "[r]eputedly influenced by Germany's 13.2x92 mm SR .53-cal.) anti-tank rifle" and that then "Ordnance contracted with Winchester to design a.50-cal. cartridge. Subsequently, Frankford Arsenal took over from Winchester, producing the historic.50 BMG or 12.7x99 mm cartridge.Used by: NATO and many other countries.
The.500 S&W Magnum has a maximum working pressure of 60,000 psi (4,100 bar). However, most factory ammunition is limited to 50,000 psi (3,400 bar) to help ease extraction of fired cases. The cylinders of the S&W Model 500 revolver are engineered to Designer: Cor-Bon / Smith & Wesson. A 180 grain.40 S&W travelling at 1017 fps has the same kinetic energy as a 230 grain.45 ACP @ 900 fps. For bullets of the same design, e.g. FMJ, the.45 has 13% more momentum than the.40 at these muzzle velocities. This should result in greater penetration in various medium types- I.e. ballistic gelatin. Recoil, at least on paper, favors the.
Compared: the.460 and.500 S&W Magnums By Chuck Hawks In 2004, at the SHOT trade show, Smith and Wesson unveiled their.500 Magnum cartridge in a special, long cylinder/long frame revolver specially designed for the oversized cartridge. The.50 caliber round is optimized for penetration at long ranges (about 875 yards, or 800 meters). For hard targets,.50 caliber penetration is affected by obliquity and range. The.50 caliber round can penetrate all of the commonly found urban barriers except a sand-filled 55-gallon drum.
50 Cal.500 300 gr FTX® (500 S&W) Item #50102 | 50/Box US Patent: 8,413,587. Hornady ® FTX ® bullets revolutionized lever gun ballistics, creating a new level of performance for these popular firearms. Lever gun enthusiasts can now harness the accuracy, power and long-range performance of a tipped bullet that's safe to load in tubular magazines. The 9mm and the 0.40 S&W provide nearly identical accuracy, drift and drop, but the 0.40 S&W has an energy advantage. The.40 S&W was designed such that it could be retrofitted into medium-frame (9mm size) automatic handguns. So most.40 caliber handguns can be easily converted to 9mm for cheaper target shooting with a simple barrel and magazine swap.