Most Powerful Handguns

Handguns aren’t always known for their power. Generally, these weapons are concealable, nimble, and easy to use. But sometimes, one particular handgun gets a reputation for the sheer power it delivers. In this post, we’ll take a look at those kinds of firearms as we explore what the biggest, most powerful handgun is, semi-auto and otherwise.

What is the Most Powerful Handgun?

When you start talking about the “most powerful handgun in the world,” you need to make a few clarifications. You can’t just pick one gun itself – that’s not going to work. There are too many variables at play. Instead, you need to take a look at several different types of firearms. We’ll detail them below.

The Biggest Handgun: Pfeifer-Zeliska 600 Nitro Express Revolver

Looking for the handgun that’s physically the biggest in the world? Set your sites on this baby. The Pheipher-Zeliska 600 Nitro Express is a truly massive gun. Created in 1903, the revolver actually shoots rifle ammo. It was originally designed to hunt big game, and it can take down pretty much any animal in the world. It’s definitely costly to feed this beast though, as bullets can cost north of $40 each. Not exactly the kind of gun that you want as your daily concealed carry weapon!

Pfeifer Zeliska .600 Nitro Express revolver

Most Powerful Pistol

If you’ve heard of this gun before, you probably won’t be surprised it’s on this list. The Smith & Wesson 500 magnum is one of the most powerful, widely available pistols in the world today. Commonly known as “the wrist breaker,” you can fit 5 rounds of 500 S&W Magnum into this bad boy’s cylinder. Each pull of the trigger sends these heavy, fast-moving slugs down range at 1700 feet per second. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of this wheel gun.

S&W 500

Most Powerful Semi Auto Handgun

Now we’re approaching a handgun that needs no introduction. Say hello to the Desert Eagle in 50 Action Express. One of the most famous handguns in the world, the Desert eagle is the most powerful semi auto handgun out there. In a world where revolvers take the cake as some of the strongest handguns, you can always rely on the Desert Eagle to get the job done. To put things in perspective, it’s about half as powerful as an AR-15. 

Desert Eagle 50 Action Express

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