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Smith and Wesson Model 460

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Type  Revolver
Manufacturer  Smith & Wesson
Place of origin  United States
Barrel length  2.75" to 8.375"
Smith & Wesson Model 460
Cartridge  .460 S&W Magnum, .454 Casull, .45 Colt, .45 Schofield
Action  double-action/single-action

Smith & Wesson Model 460 is a large bore five-shot, single-action/double-action revolver by Smith & Wesson chambered for the .460 S&W Magnum cartridge. It was designed as a hunting and dangerous game defensive revolver for use in Africa and Alaska. The revolver is built on the company's largest and strongest frame, known as the X-Frame, and represents a joint effort between Smith & Wesson, Hornady, and Cor-Bon.



The basic design of the Model 460 is based on the other X-frame revolver, its counterpart, the Smith & Wesson Model 500, a .50 caliber revolver.

Aside from the .460 S&W Magnum cartridge, the revolver can chamber .454 Casull and .45 Colt ammunition. Smith & Wesson states that Model 460 XVR (XVR stands for X-treme Velocity Revolver) is the highest velocity production revolver, while being the most powerful .45 caliber production revolver in the world, launching a 200-grain (13-gram) bullet at 2,330 feet per second (710 meters per second), generating 2,416 foot-pounds force (3,276 joules) of muzzle energy.

This revolver uses gain-twist rifling - it starts with a slow twist of 1 turn in 7000254000000000000♠100 in and gradually speeds up to 1 turn in 6999508000000000000♠20 in to accommodate the high pressure of the round.

The S&W Model 460 won the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Handgun of the year Award when it debuted in 2005.


Smith & Wesson offers several variants of this revolver. Some with short barrels like the Model 460 ES are intended for use in survival kits in small planes should they crash land in Alaskan Bear Country while others with barrels as long as 14" are intended as a primary hunting arm.

  • Model 460 ES 2.75" Barrel, Emergency Survival Kit (no longer manufactured)
  • Model 460 XVR Performance Center 3.5" Barrel, HI-VIZ® Fiber Optic Green front site
  • Model 460 V 5" Barrel, Muzzle Brake (the V stands for 5 referring to the length of the barrel)
  • Model 460 V 5" Barrel, Muzzle Brake "OD Green Carry Combo" (OD green Hogue grips, DeSantis green digital camo holster, DeSantis green digital belt ammo carrier; Custom OD green S&W gun case)
  • Model 460 XVR 8.38" Barrel, Muzzle Brake
  • Model 460 XVR Performance Center 10.5" Barrel, Muzzle Brake, Sling Swivels, Picatinny rail top
  • Model 460 XVR Performance Center 12" Barrel, Sling Swivels, Picatinny rail top and bottom
  • Model 460 XVR Performance Center 14" Barrel, Muzzle Brake, Sling Swivels, Picatinny rail top and bottom, bipod
  • References

    Smith & Wesson Model 460 Wikipedia

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