This is what happens when you say you can handle it, but you can’t.
In fact, it seems like at least half of the videos on YouTube showing a Smith & Wesson Model 500 feature at least one person smacking themselves in the face with it. While this may be amusing, handing off a powerful revolver to someone who is unprepared for it can be dangerous.
This woman almost manages to knock herself out with one of the big wheelguns—or worse.
No matter what type of gun you’re using, always remember to practice basic firearm safety. In the case of the S&W 500, some additional instruction may be required—such as hitting the gym for a few weeks so you can build up the wrist, arm, and shoulder strength to handle its tremendous recoil.