This is a discussion on Alligators within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by searcher 45 Well, what did she use on the gator? They say ole Danny Boone stared down a bear, maybe she charmed ...
Not shot any Gators, but shot quite a few hogs with 9mm, and some cattle before taking them to the butcher. It is more about where you shoot it then what you shoot it with. A good shot with a 9 should be fine. A bad shot with a 44 won't do anything. Practice more.
I got this from another post:
"Believe it or not , I have an Aussie friend who uses a 9MM Glock on their salt water crocs , needless to say she finds its performance 'underwhelming' and 'unreassuring' her words . Now she wants to trade me for one of my 357 Mags revolvers (It had to be on Australia's approved weapon list ) . Other wise a 12 GA shotgun loaded with slugs would be the ticket for me ."
I think in gator country, I am going to carry my Sig P220 45.
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Considering Ive lived in florida most of my life and almost all the animal control guys use .22 rifles...You see where Im heading. Those that did carry a sidearm told me it was more for the Boars then the alligators, and the smallest caliber I saw them use was .357mag. I'd rather swim with alligators then see a boar near me.
I know not what this "overkill" means.
Honing the knives, Cleaning the longguns, Stocking up ammo.
Those photos of gators are something. Nice ... scales. That larger one looks to be a good 18ft with tail. What a monster. Imagine getting taken down by that guy.
"Fluid" situation indeed.
I'd go elsewhere. Leave 'em be. Probably better for both sides, all the way around.
Alligators are actually slow when running on land. It's their initial ambush that you have to watch out for. If you manage to dodge the initial attack, then you can pretty much jog to safety. I've seen a few shows (Mythbusters for one) where they couldn't bribe an alligator enough to chase on land. They just won't do it.
If it came down to absolutely being necessary, I'd suggest you carry different ammo than you normally would for self-defense. If you insist on 9mm, maybe some +P FMJ?
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I'd be comfortable carrying a 9mm with FMJ. That's what I had with me the last time I was out and saw one. I've never come close to having to shoot at one though.
Ask your local game warden what's best for shooting alligators.
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