The days of Dirty Harry have long passed. The great .44 magnum has long been eclipsed in power. The N frame S&W which held the might .44 has also been eclipsed to an entirely new power class in the X Frame DA revolver world. A number of makers have made SA revolvers which can take some large caliber cartridges including some rifle rounds. Let us not forget that the TC Contender existed, and the Encore pistol has eclipsed that single shot powerhouse as well. So what can currently claim the crown as the most powerful handgun legal to own in the US. Let’s keep our ridiculousness limited to those things which we simply have to plop down our credit card and order. No cheating by saying a g2 encore in xxx with a 21” rifle barrel either... legit handguns. Do the rifle rounds lose enough in a pistol length barrel to let the big wheel guns take the prize? Do the 45-70 wheel guns actually have the strength to shoot full house 45-70 without being damaged or destroyed? Out of a pistol barrel is that enough to stay on top of the modern magnums? Is a Shockwave even in the running because technically it’s a “firearm” not a handgun. What do you say, what gets the crown for now? Legal to own in the US. No custom builds. No special permits or tax stamps.