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Mar 10, 2003
Florida, USA
Here is the story:
The gun in the video is a "show and tell" custom built on a Thompson
(fancy version of the Thompson Contender). The Caliber... 600 Nitro
That's elephant gun round in a handgun.

The story goes that the guy that built it is some kind of custom gun
maker, and built this as an exhibition piece. He takes it to the range
with him just to show it off, and the big guy that shot it in the video
had been
bugging the builder to let him shoot it. Now think about this...only
recently (early-mid '80's IIRC) the 600 Nitro Express was hands down the
biggest, nastiest, hardest hitting, and heaviest recoiling weapon you
buy. It was designed for one simple knock an elephant flat
his ass. This cartridge is known for breaking collarbones, arms,
shoulders.of the shooter!

In the gun world they use what is termed a "recoil index" to give
prospective buyers an idea of what a gun kicks like. A .30-06 gets a
of a 1.0, which for many people is about the limit of what they can shoot
multiple rounds thru comfortably. A 243 is rated at like .4, a .270 was
a .8, etc. The .600 Nitro Express is rated at a 9.4...9.4 times more
punishing than a 30-06.
Not sure what happened to him,but I am thinking that arm is not feeling good.


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Geez, if you don't know what you are doing with a weapon, it's best to leave it alone... For me, I personally wouldn't want to shoot that thing. WAY too much power in a handgun. Now put a stock on it and I will consider. I would imagine that thing is really heavy too.
Lucky it didn't hit him hard in the face, thats one gun thats probably as dangerous to the shooter as to the target. :)

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