Ok all so I am going to the smoky mtns and doing a long hike. The bears that are native there are black bears. My choices for handguns that I can bring are a S&W sigma in .40 that holds 14 per mag, a FNP in .45 that holds 15 in a mag or a 1911 in .45. So yes I know that neither of these calibers are recommended for bear but they are my best options as I do not have the money to go and buy a new hand gun right now. So please no comments on other calibers So between the two calibers which would be better? The .45 is slow and big and the .40 is faster but smaller.