Back in April, my son and I were offered the opportunity to shoot a .50 BMG. This is the cartridge that was made famous by the M2 or "Ma Deuce". John Moses Browning, often called "God's Own Armorer", designed the M2, along with a design that may be the most beloved firearm ever, the 1911 Government Colt .45. It is probably about the largest cartridge I'll ever have the chance to fire. Because of the muzzle brake, it was comfortable to fire, very comparable to a 12 gauge shooting slugs. The bullet is about as big around as my little finger and the cartridge is 5 1/2 inches long.
Unknown to me at the time, the experience was being videoed, and fortunately it was recently posted on another blog. The owner was kind enough to present a high quality version for me and I've posted it for your entertainment.
The first shooter, and the 10 year old (or so) who shoot last were other shooters given the chance to do so.