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Old 05-15-2013, 08:36 PM   #41
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To each his own, of course. I'm no ballistics expert but I would think a rifle round shot out of a handgun would lose a lot of its potential.
Being a shorter barrell, it does lose some velocity but it still traveling at about twice the speed as any other pistol round. I know the rounds I carry chronograph at just over 2100 fps out of this short barrell. And the rounds do not typically go beyond 11-12inches so its dumping at that kinetic energy in its target.


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I've heard, maybe on this forum, that the best thing to take with you in bear country is to take a friend. When the bear starts moving toward you, shoot your friend in the knee, then run like hell to get out of there.



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I've heard, maybe on this forum, that the best thing to take with you in bear country is to take a friend. When the bear starts moving toward you, shoot your friend in the knee, then run like hell to get out of there.
At least take an ex wife or ex girlfriend, what kind of friend are you? .......lol
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I've heard, maybe on this forum, that the best thing to take with you in bear country is to take a friend. When the bear starts moving toward you, shoot your friend in the knee, then run like hell to get out of there.
Here's an idea, invite the mother in law for some bonding time.
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Bears respond better to bear repellant than bullets . Some of you guys will get people so frightened that they'll carry a 12 guage sawed-off or tow an M-2 behind them .

Snake loads rarely come into play . Normally, you either see the snake and walk away or step on it and get bitten before you know it is there .

JMOP ( Just My Own Paranoia ) but I carry my usual Glock because I want relative lightness coupled with long range accuracy JIC (Just in Case )- I get shot at by a rifleman .

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If you looking for light weight then why not a Taurus .44mag revolver w/ a Titanium frame. The LGS has one & its so light it seems like a toy gun. If your a fan of a pistol chambered in a rifle round then as mentioned already 45LC would do the job.

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Bears respond better to bear repellant than bullets . Some of you guys will get people so frightened that they'll carry a 12 guage sawed-off or tow an M-2 behind them .

Snake loads rarely come into play . Normally, you either see the snake and walk away or step on it and get bitten before you know it is there .

JMOP ( Just My Own Paranoia ) but I carry my usual Glock because I want relative lightness coupled with long range accuracy JIC (Just in Case )- I get shot at by a rifleman .

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good point, bear spray might be a good idea no matter what gun you go with. Be sure to have a camera with you, just because you see a bear doesn necessarily mean trouble, could be a great opportunity for a pic and memory of a lifetime.
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There is no ideal, depends on the area you are hiking in. For coyotes, mountain lions and wolves I would carry a .380 such as a Bersa Thunder with an extra mag or two. Go ahead and laugh, but a .380 WILL take down a wolf or Cougar at close range. Wild Boar have been taken down with a .380.

As far as bears go, I saw a park ranger standing on top a bear truck, he pulled up the gate to release a Grizzly and the grizzly grabbed the gate and shook the truck knocking the ranger to the ground. That Ranger immediately pulled his .357 and he had to empty all six rounds into the bears chest to bring him down. This was from about 8 to 10 feet away.

For bear I would want .41 or .44 mag but maybe a 10mm.

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Glock 29 imo. Small in size but 10mm. Best you can do for being mobile and stopping power.

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Assuming he even noticed that you shot him, lol.

And at ar10, in the woods/forests/mountains, open carry, and a powerful revolver are appropriate, glock 20 is for protection against people, you want to carry not enough gun and have it tangle in your pack, than preplan your funeral so your family doesn't have to.
No Glock should ever spend one second out of a 100% trigger covering holster, until someone responsible is ready to use the gun. On top of that, I always keep a trigger block safety in place on my Glock 20. It is like keeping my Glock in two holsters.

I will be the last Guy you read about with Glock leg, is my plan. I am a NRA certified instructor in pistol as well as being an NRA range safety officer and a chief range safety officer.


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