Magnum Research .500 Linebaugh BFR
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Back in the 1980s, John Linebaugh developed a handgun cartridge with extreme power and velocity. He made it be cutting down a .348 Winchester rifle cartridge to fit .510 caliber bullet. Today, many consider the .500 Linebaugh to be the largest production handgun cartridge available. However, those wanting a revolver in this caliber had to custom order it and wait a long time to get the gun in hand. That was until the introduction of the Magnum Research .500 Linebaugh BFR.

Magnum Research realized that the BFR (Biggest Finest Revolver) and the .500 Linebaugh were practically made for each other. The company designed the BFR from the ground up to handle magnum cartridges. This, of course, is similar to how Linebaugh came up with the first of his magnum cartridges. And since Magnum Research also manufactures the Desert Eagle, the company knows its way around large-bore handguns.

Built of stainless steel, the BFR features a precision barrel that works with both lead and jacketed bullets. In fact, the company claims that the BFR is the “most powerful single action gun made.” In any case, this is the only production model handgun that fires .500 Linebaugh rounds.

“Up until now, the .500 Linebaugh was a custom proposition only, costing thousands of dollars and long wait times,” said Max Prasac. “Now you can have one at a fraction of the price of a high-end custom, that will scratch your .50 caliber itch.”

Magnum Research .500 Linebaugh BFR Models

The .500 Linebaugh BFR is available in four configurations. The standard model with a 7.5 inch barrel or 5.5 inch barrel has an MSRP of $1399, and the standard model featuring Bisley grips with a 7.5 inch barrel or a 5.5 inch barrel has an MSRP of $1482.

Of course, Magnum Research produces the BFR in other calibers, including .500 S&W and .475 Linebaugh. As such, shooters can find a BFR that can handle their big-bore desires.

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