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This is sarcasm without the tags right? While I haven't shot the .500 I do own a .44 mag and that is a buttload more powerful than .45ACP. The .500 is an order of magnitude more powerful than the .44 and in a different world than the .45. If you didn't think so, you weren't firing magnum powered loads.
Terrible accident but there's almost nothing in that story that would indicate to me who is to blame. Folks here seem to be jumping on "someone" giving a "beginner" a gun that was too powerful. Not a crazy assumption but there's nothing in the story that indicates who the gun belonged to or what the woman's experience level was.
Recently, I saw one for sale on Armslist here in North Carolina. The description said "Like new, fired twice"