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jnevin 08-01-2009 06:52 PM

Best handgun to take hiking?
Okay, I am on a limited budget and am looking for a handgun that is in the sub $200 range. Yeah, I know...not a whole lot to work with at that price, but it is what it is.

Anyways, my primary use would be to take it on my solo hiking trips. I'm not really interested in plinking or anything else. Just as a means of self defense if (god forbid) I ever needed it. I'm not as concerned about wild animals (encountered plenty of them before) as I am about humans. I've run across my share of "strange" people out in the wilderness and let me tell you, it can make a person a tad uneasy without any means of protection.

So, that's affordable, reliable hiking gun that likely (and hopefully) will never have to be used except for occasionally for target practice just to stay proficient. Any help is appreciated.

Texanbybirth 08-01-2009 06:59 PM

At that price, I would go with a revolver for reliability.

Shotgun Shooter 08-01-2009 07:09 PM

+1 on revolver.
For ~$200, youll have to find used. Personally, I'd save up a little more.


jnevin 08-01-2009 07:10 PM


Originally Posted by Texanbybirth (Post 138058)
At that price, I would go with a revolver for reliability.

Any suggestions? What about a Nagant Revolver? I found this: Russian 1895 Nagant Revolver, in 7.62 Nagant caliber.

Think that would be suitable for my situation?

suprdave 08-01-2009 07:37 PM

Franciscomv 08-02-2009 12:31 AM

It's hard to beat a good .357 for a trail gun. I'd go for a Ruger or Smith with 4" barrel.

You can shoot anything from weak .38 wadcutters to full house .357 magnums.

If money is really tight, take a look at some of the Taurus wheelguns.

dunerunner 08-02-2009 01:13 AM

S&W Model 500 6.5"

753X0 08-02-2009 01:24 AM

That's easy, but you'll have to come up with a little more $. The S&W 329 PD, .44 Mag, at 26 ozs. approx. you hardly notice it's there, well til you have to shoot it.

dunerunner 08-02-2009 01:45 AM

I originally missed the limited budget thing...In that case carry pepper spray and wear llittle silver bells on your belt.

753X0 08-02-2009 02:26 AM

Here's another that's more suited to anti-intruder, and hiking at the same time it's still gonna cost more than you want to spend. But I've noticed that you usually get what you pay for.
Again this one is not for plinking, sighting it in will probably be enough.
It's so light, it feels like a toy, so light that you won't look forward to shooting it unless you have too. Although it is not nearly as bad as the .44 PD.

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