If you are trying to use a 9mm for bears, go ahead and save that last round in your 15 round magazine (or 10 round) for yourself.
I grew up in Alaska. Spent my whole life there (much of it in the woods) until I joined up the service and ended up out here in Montana. There's alot of cases where people were badly injured or killed by bears. Usually lying right next to them is an empty 9mm, 40 S&W, or .45 ACP pistol. The bear is usually found lumbering through the woods sometime later with alot of flesh wounds from the bullets, but otherwise just fine.
If you really want a handgun for protection against something like a bear (Black Bear or Grizzly Bear) you will need something like a hot loaded .44, or a .454, or a .460, or a .500 (in other words, you need something with kick).
For protection against people, this gun is great. Use the standard 115 grain FMJ rounds for plinking, then use something like a 124 grain hollowpoint for defense. In fact you can even go with something like a 147 grain hollowpoint (a little more punch).
not really going after bear but if one came through the side of the tent after me an my three year old i would want to pull the trigger.i would much rather back away but i just wanted a suggested bullet.i also have a s&w model 10 38 special, in the revolver thread asking the same info ,thats probably got alittle more power.either way better than just a 8" wwII navy knife.thanx