The most powerful production handgun is Smith & Wesson's .500 S&W Magnum revolvers, while the most powerful handgun manufactured was the .600 Nitro Express revolver, which is not a production pistol, but can be custom manufactured on request by Pfeifer-Zeliska for a "humble" price of about $17,890.
at this time the 500 smith and Wesson is the most powerful handgun in production.
I think the most powerful standard production handgun is the Smith and Wesson 500, which fires a 50 caliber bullet. There is a non standard production handgun called the 600 nitro express that I think is more powerful.
A VERY good handgun- for most puposes. Durable, reliable, accurate, and powerful.
Probably, almost certainly, the .600 Nitro Express is the overall most power handgun bullet. Let me alter this answer by saying the .600 Nitro Express is a rifle round that one company made a pistol for. The most powerful handgun cartridge is the 500 S&W Magnum.
Not even close. There are several more powerful handgun cartridges, not counting the single shot pistols that use rifle cartridges. While Dirty Harry may have proclaimed it to be "The most powerful handgun in the world"- it is not.
Dirty Harry used a 44 Magnum in his words "The most powerful handgun in the world." Specifically, it was a Smith and Wesson Model 29 in a .44 magnum. In addition, it is not the most powerful handgun in the world (not even at the time of filming.)
There are many handgun rounds that exceed the 44 mag. 454, 460, 500 to name a few.
Can't be answered withou knowing if you are referring to a rimfire or centerfire 22
No, not by a longshot (no pun intended). Almost all "major" caliber handguns are more powerful than the 9mm.
It depends on what you mean by "powerful".
Rifle, shotgun, or handgun? The 10 gauge shotgun at close range would be very high on the list, as would some of the buffalo rifle cartridges, such as the 45-110. The .45 Colt revolver was possibly the most powerful handgun of the day.
The .500 S&W magnum is the most powerful handgun round commercially available.
.357 magnum Actually, a more correct answer is, MOST 357 is more powerful and MOST 45, but there are a couple of exceptions, if you are talking about muzzle energy.
The most powerful handgun in the world has to be the Austrian Pfeifer-Zeliska .600 nitro express revolver, but the most powerful PRODUCTION handgun is the Smith & Wesson Model 500 revolver that shoots the .500 cartridge.The .600 Nitro Express Zeliska revolver is an Austrian single-action revolver produced by Pfeifer firearms. It is the largest handgun in the world, weighing in at 6.001 kilograms (13.230 lb) and having a length of 55 centimetres (22 in). The cylinder section alone weighs 2.041 kilograms (4.500 lb). The Zeliska is also the most powerful handgun in the world, producing a muzzle energy of over 6 kilojoules (4,400 ft·lbf). The weight of the gun helps control the recoil, making controlled shooting possible.
it is a little less powerful but not by much
It is the same power as any other firearm that is firing the same caliber cartridge. Contrary to myth, this is NOT the most powerful handgun in the world- not even close.
It was a Smith and Wesson 44 Magnum "The most powerful handgun in the world" according to Harry.
The pistol in the movie Dirty Harry was a .44 mag - "the most powerful handgun in the world" according to "dirty" Harry Callahan.
It was a model 29.
The Pfeifer Zeliska 28mm Revolver is the worlds most powerful handgun but it is also pretty worthless because its too large to use effectively as you would a normal pistol. I would just stick to the Smith & Wesson 500 mag its something you could actually wear on your side like a pistol should be carried.
Some people have made handguns chambered in .600 Nitro Express (an elephant rifle cartridge) and in .50 BMG (made to shoot 2 miles in a machinegun). Neither has any real usefullness in a handgun.
The .500 S&W Magnum is the most powerful handgun cartridge in production. Smith & Wesson Model 500, most powerful revolver. There are other handguns that are larger but are not in production. One off customs etc.