Originally Posted by Lindenwood
Ha! Of course, if all youve got is a handgun, youll appreciate the ability to make hits BEFORE the bear gets a few yards away :P
A word to the wise about defense against grizzly bears from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
"...When it comes to self defense against grizzly bears, the answer is not as obvious as it may seem. In fact, experienced hunters are surprised to find that despite the use of firearms against a charging bear, they were attacked and badly hurt."
"Evidence of human-bear encounters even suggests that shooting a bear can escalate the seriousness of an attack, while encounters where firearms are not used are less likely to result in injury or death of the human or the bear. While firearms can kill a bear, can a bullet kill quickly enough -- and can the shooter be accurate enough
-- to prevent a dangerous, even fatal, attack?"
pepper spray - not just ordinary pepper spray - is viewed as the best option in defending ones self against bears.
As was discussed earlier, when under a stressful adrenalin dump situation where you are rattled or startled, how sure are you that you could keep your cool and aim well enough to stop that charging grizzly?