Pfeifer Zeliska .600 Nitro Express revolver

The .600 Nitro Express Zeliska revolver is an Austrian single-action revolver produced by Pfeifer firearms. Except for the Giant 1859 28mm Remington revolver, the Zeliska may be the largest handgun in the world, weighing in at 6.001 kilograms (13.230 lb) and having a length of 55 centimetres (22 in). The cylinder section alone weighs 2.041 kilograms (4.500 lb). The Zeliska is one of the most powerful handguns in the world, producing a muzzle energy of 7,591 foot pounds. The weight of the handgun helps control the recoil, making controlled shooting possible. The capacity of a Zeliska is five .600 Nitro Express or .458 Win Mag rounds. The Zeliska fires a 900 grain (58.32 g) .600 Nitro Express slug at 1,516 ft/s (462 m/s, 1,663.2 km/h).[1] The cost of a Zeliska revolver is $17,316. Each .600 Nitro Express round costs $40, making this gun very expensive to fire.[2][3]

Place of originAustria
Production history
ManufacturerPfeifer Waffen
Mass6.001 kilograms (13.230 lb)
Length550 millimetres (22 in)
Barrel length335 millimetres (13 in)

Cartridge.600 Nitro Express
Feed system5 round cylinder

Loading is accomplished through a loading gate located on the right of the cylinder, similar to the Colt Single Action Army, upon which the Zeliska largely is based.

Added features to the gun include gold-plated hammer, cylinder pivot, action and the gold-filled inscription on the gun indicating the company's address.


  2. Feist, Paul (29 July 2010). "So you think 500 S&W is big?". The Redwood Stumper 2009: The Newsletter of the Redwood Gun Club, Arcata, CA. Paul Feist. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-300-03572-5.
  3. Rottman, Gordon L (20 October 2013). The Book of Gun Trivia: Essential Firepower Facts. Osprey Publishing. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-78200-620-6.

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