In response to overwhelming customer requests, Big Horn Armory now offers the 500 Auto Max AR500 in a pistol model.
Cody, Wyo. (November 2018) – Big Horn Armory, makers of big-bore firearms, entered the AR platform market in the summer of 2018 and due to overwhelming customer demand, are now offering the 500 Auto Max AR500 in a pistol version. The AR500 pistol lacks nothing the rifle version has except length, making it ideal for SWAT officers, tactical and security professionals in and out of vehicles or as a personal defense weapon.
“After the AR500 rifle came out, we started to receive inquiries regarding a pistol version,” Greg Buchel, president of Big Horn Armory, said. “While listening to our customers, we also required the time to source and test parts that would create a compact AR500 without compromising on the quality our customers expect out of our guns. We believe that the AR500 pistol achieves that goal.”
Built using lightweight black anodized aluminum with a 10-inch nitrated barrel, full length Picatinny rail and pistol brace, the new AR500 packs a punch yet felt recoil is similar to a .308.
The 500 Auto Max was developed by Big Horn Armory using a 500 S&W rimless straight walled casing with the same ballistics. It is capable of feeding and firing any .500 diameter bullet between 200 and 700 grains. The AR500 has an adjustable gas block to allow the user to run sub sonic loads using a suppressor. 500 Auto Max ammunition is currently shipping from Buffalo Bore and Underwood Ammo. It is also available at Midway USA.
The Big Horn Armory AR500 pistol is perfect for hunters wanting a more compact, but powerful platform for big game, whether in a vehicle or on horseback. For law enforcement, military or private security use, the AR500 pistol is perfect for vehicle carry or as a powerful breaching weapon capable of clearing any obstruction, including bullet proof glass.
Big Horn Armory AR500 Pistol Specifications:
- Caliber: 500 Auto Max
- Rate of Twist: 1 in 24
- Barrel Length: 10 inches
- Muzzle: Threaded
- Crown: Recessed
- Butt Stock: Pistol brace
- Fore end: Fore arm brace
- Action Materials: 7075 Aluminum hard anodized
- Metal Finishes: Hunter Black Nitride on SS parts
- Swing Swivel Mounts: Integral rear
- Mag Capacity: 5
- Overall Length: Varies
- Weight: 8.1 lbs.
- MSRP: $2,199.00
About Big Horn Armory:
Big Horn Armory was founded in 2008 with the expressed intention of designing a Browning-type lever-action gun chambered in 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. The Big Horn Armory Model 89, made in America, closely follows the work of John Browning with refinements courtesy of modern metallurgy and machining capabilities. The first rifles began shipping in September of 2012 and since then, BHA has added to their big bore lineup with a Model 90 Carbine in 460 S&W, the Model 90A in 454 Casull, the Model 90B in .45 Colt, the Model 89A in 500 Linebaugh and the Model 89B in .475 Linebaugh. In 2017, Big Horn Armory took a departure from its lever-action series and developed the AR500 Auto Max, the most powerful short-range, semi-auto based on an AR .308 platform.