Developed by Cor-Bon/Glaser (at Smith & Wesson's request), the 500 S&W; Special was introduced in August. A shorter-cased version of the 500 S&W;, it is no different in concept from a .38 Special fired in a .357 Magnum, or a .44 Special in a .44 Magnum. And it functions perfectly in the S&W; Model 500 while producing less recoil. Two loads are currently available-a 350-grain JHP at 1,350 fps/1,417 ft.-lb., and a 350-grain full- metal-jacket "plinking/practice" round at 1,300 fps. The shortened 500 S&W; Special fits into a standard-sized large handgun frame while producing ballistics comparable to the .480 Ruger. Although no one is talking right now, I wouldn't be surprised to see a new, more compact .50-caliber revolver from S&W; in the very near future.