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DynoGuy 01-19-2014 09:43 PM

1911 while camping/hiking?
 
So who has had to actually use your 1911 to protect yourself while out in the woods? I go prospecting, camping/hiking by myself. I do go out west sometimes and while out there been told about the possibility of big cats or bears. Just wondering how the 45acp performed. If i ever get to go to AK I'll get a 44mag but for the lower 48 i think the 45 should be good.

MaineMan 01-19-2014 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by DynoGuy (Post 1486839)
So who has had to actually use your 1911 to protect yourself while out in the woods? I go prospecting, camping/hiking by myself. I do go out west sometimes and while out there been told about the possibility of big cats or bears. Just wondering how the 45acp performed. If i ever get to go to AK I'll get a 44mag but for the lower 48 i think the 45 should be good.

the 45ACP is fine for that purpose...The round was selected in part because it could easily bring down a horse...Black Bears are not much of a threat, and a 45 ACP will deal with that if needed...I carry a 1911 when bear hunting in a ground blind

Rick1967 01-19-2014 10:22 PM

I remember a news story of a guy that was attacked by a grizzly. It said that he emptied his 1911 at it. It did bring the grizzly down. The guy lived to talk about it. He did empty the gun. But they did not say how many time he actually hit it.

MaineMan 01-19-2014 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Rick1967 (Post 1486861)
I remember a news story of a guy that was attacked by a grizzly. It said that he emptied his 1911 at it. It did bring the grizzly down. The guy lived to talk about it. He did empty the gun. But they did not say how many time he actually hit it.

There was a guy a few years ago that made the news because he killed a grizzly with his 1911, seems they thought he was unjust in his shooting, not sure how it turned out

SSGN_Doc 01-19-2014 11:02 PM

I have carried one of mine. Haven't HAD to use it. Carry a Glock sometimes. Most times I make sure I have a .22. I have used .22s on several occasions on snakes, squirrels and rabbits.

duddie10 01-19-2014 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc (Post 1486885)
I have carried one of mine. Haven't HAD to use it. Carry a Glock sometimes. Most times I make sure I have a .22. I have used .22s on several occasions on snakes, squirrels and rabbits.

Yah i hear those rabbits hunt in packs. Draged a hiken buddy clean off before i knew what was going on. ;-)

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DynoGuy 01-20-2014 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by duddie10 (Post 1486892)
Yah i hear those rabbits hunt in packs. Draged a hiken buddy clean off before i knew what was going on. ;-)

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You mean like the ones in the Lone Ranger movie.;)

trip286 01-20-2014 12:44 AM

Used my 1911 against a giant assed spider.

I honestly think I'd pick something with a bit more punch and "oomph" to get the job done on a bear or mountain lion. But, if the 1911 is all you have (like me), I wouldn't feel undergunned. But, I'd be careful where I'm going. Surely you're paying attention anyway.

c3shooter 01-20-2014 12:59 AM

Old Army friend (sucker retired as a Brigadier!) and I used to take our sons on weekend hikes on the Appalachian Trail. We each had a 1911 in the side pocket of our rucks.

We were not concerned about bears or cats. They are not the dangerous predator that is out there. The .45 works just fine on the dangerous ones.

MaineMan 01-20-2014 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 1486978)
Old Army friend (sucker retired as a Brigadier!) and I used to take our sons on weekend hikes on the Appalachian Trail. We each had a 1911 in the side pocket of our rucks.

We were not concerned about bears or cats. They are not the dangerous predator that is out there. The .45 works just fine on the dangerous ones.

the bears and cats will shy away from you...human predators may not


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