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.50 Cal Pistol History
While many black powder pistols fired bullets bigger than .5 inches, the development of smokeless powders shifted ammo production to smaller sizes. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that .50 cal pistols became popular; the first one being the .50 Action Express developed in 1988 by Action Arms. The next being the .500 S&W Magnum in 2003.
.50 Cal Pistol Ballistics
.50 cal pistols fire bullets approximately half-an-inch in size (12.7 millimeters) and are heavier and larger than most other pistols to absorb the substantial recoil. Hunters and recreational shooters favor .50 cal pistols more than military and law enforcement units because the accuracy of the .50 cal pistol significantly decreases during rapid fire. Thus, despite being featured in many video games and action movies as the firearm of choice for some military and law enforcement units, these handguns are primarily used for hunting, target shooting, and silhouette shooting.
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