Please read before you watch!
This video is basically a "show and tell" of a custom built Thompson Encore (fancy version of the Thompson Contender).
The Caliber . . . 600 Nitro Express.
That's right . . . an elephant gun round in a handgun - or rather; a handgun built around an elephant round.
The story goes that the guy who built it is some kind of custom gunsmith, and built this as an exhibition piece.
He takes it to the range with him just to show it off, and the big guy in the video bugged the gun maker to let him shoot it.
Until only recently, the 600 Nitro Express was hands down the biggest, meanest nastiest, hardest hitting, and heaviest recoil weapon you could buy.
It was designed for one simple purpose . . . to knock an elephant flat on its ass . . . consider this: the 600 Nitro Express round can go clean through a 1/2" steel plate at 35 feet like a hot knife through butter.
This specialized handgun was really built as an exhibition piece for guys "compensating" . . .
The 600 Nitro Express cartridge is known for breaking collarbones, arms, shoulders . . . of the shooter!
In the gun world they use what is termed "recoil index" to measure what kind of kick to expect out of a gun.
A 30-06 has a rating of 1.0, which for many people is about the limit of what they can shoot multiple rounds thru comfortably.
A 243 BR is rated at about 0.4, a 270 is about a 0.8, etc.
The 600 Nitro Express is rated at 9.4.
9.4 times more punishing power than a 30-06.
Now watch the video . . . you may have to watch the recoil twice. Try to follow the gun; a 60 cal. pistol.