This is a discussion on Choosing the right gun within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by JAB3 hey all looking for a small but powerful pistol to carry while backpacking threw the woods with my family. never cared ...
Any Glock would work quite well......and I would only be back-packing where I could be armed. OMOYMV
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Small and powerful doesn't always mean light weight.
Small and powerful for me is my S&W 686+, but light weight it's not.
Next step in small and lightweight would be my Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II, lighter and close in power.
Dropping down in size and weight would be my S&W Model 36, smaller and lighter, but not as powerful.
Go rent and try a few, choose what you like best.
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Regardless of what you carry, know how to use it in a hurry.
Practice scenarios and participate in informal IDPA shoots.
You'll be much better prepared for an emergency.
Remember: "In a crisis, you won't rise to the occasion, but default to your level of training."
I am in the woods allot ( my families property & back backing in the PNW. (WA,OR,N ID, & NW MT ) I always carry a revolver. Most often it is one of my 4" S&W .357s ( 66 or 686 ) My daughters also carry likewise (inducing mounted )
In bear country I carry a .44 mag.
IMHO, a semi auto is not the ideal "field" weapon.