I can believe that story. Max Prasac writes for Gun Digest about big bore handguns. He has written 3 excellent books on hunting with handguns, I have 2 of them. There is a picture of him with a bloody forehead and his comment that the 454 is not for the average guy. He shoots all the bigger guns OK, just the fast recoil of the 454 makes it dangerous.Yup, I might have shared a story like that on here of another gun store owner who made several times his investment on a .454 when they first came out because people kept returning it.
By sheer luck he was the only gun store in a 150 mile radius to get one when they first came out. He sold it, and the guy came in a couple of days later with a bandaged wrist, and just a couple of rounds missing from the box. Before he had even put a tag back on the gun, another guy bought it. A few days later that guy came back with a scar on his head because he floppy-armed it under recoil. This went on several more times with people complaining.
Finally a college kid came in and bought it. The gun went with about half that original box of ammo. The kid kept it for months, and in the mean time the shop owner was able to get another new one in stock.
One day the kid comes back with the gun and the shopkeeper asks why he is returning it.The kid says he loves the gun, but he needs to sell it.
Need the money? Not really.
Did the gun hurt you? No, I love shooting it.
Before the owner could squeeze out another question the kid's girlfriend comes in with her arm in a sling and a big gash in her forehead. "Did you get rid of that &%*$#( thing yet," she yelled.
I have heard vaguely similar stories about the .500 S&W. An ER doctor friend of mine used to work at Carraway, which was the hospital right outside of the projects in Birmingham. He joked about how many wrists he treated from thugs shooting their Desert Eagles ghetto-style.
I have one of the Rossi 454 lever guns, love it. It will shoot a 300 grain bullet as fast as my 45-70. Problem is the gun only weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces. Recoil is about like a 3.5 inch 12 gauge shell and certainly more than my 300 Weatherby magnum. I do not let anyone shoot it unless they watch me, and know exactly what it is going to do. Then even the macho guns never shoot it more than twice. I always shoot it about 5 more times, just so I can rib them, but it hurts. If I load it down to about like 44 mag it is a fun gun.
The handgun would be too much for me, my 44s are just fine, thank you.