Originally Posted by orangello
IIRC, didn't a certain governor of TX cap a coyote with a lil pocket .380 of some sort?
I think .380 would be enough for dogs and such, and the Bersa Thunder is one of the larger framed .380's (relatively, some .380's are teeeny concealment pieces) to reduce the recoil and fit the hand better.
Yup... A Ruger LCP 380.
I have an LCP and carry it a lot.. it conceals so well. But it does have a pretty stiff recoil due to it's light weight. It's not a good range gun at all due to that. But for a few quick shots, it is good.
I also have a Ruger LC9 9mm. It's recoil is much softer. But it is a larger gun and harder to conceal - so I rarely carry it - over the LCP. Don't get me wrong - the LC9 is not large - it's just larger than the LCP. The LCP is a perfect back pocket holster gun. The LC9 - not.
I also have a S&W Airweight 38 Special - it is not as easy to conceal as the LCP and it also kicks a good bit due to it's light weight.
It's hard to find the perfect gun. It's a trade-off ... size and weight vs concealability.
But you may not be concerned so much about conceal. Woods carry - a lot more forgiving ... That would open you up to a lot more guns - larger ones. A 9 mm is tough to criticize.
But the Rick Perry coyote thing is interesting. He was out jogging - and a coyote jumped his dog. And he was carrying the Ruger LCP as part of his jogging routine. That is what is interesting. That he actually had the gun - when he needed it. And that type situation is often because the gun was small enough that he actually did carry it often. --- Which gets back to the old thing of - Ya gotta be actually carrying the gun in order for it to be useful. If it is too large - and you leave it home - -- then, Opps! - you don't have it!