I don't know about 9mm for bear and cougars, how about 10mm?
Back to your question, Glock 17/19 over the Ruger. I have the 22/23/27 trio and like them a lot.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together. You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
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