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Choosing the right gun

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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAB3 View Post
    hey all

    looking for a small but powerful pistol to carry while backpacking threw the woods with my family. never cared much when i was by myself, but i do see some wierdos out there sometimes


    i should have added that its people i worry about, not the wild life. and its mostly just the forest preserves around the house
    a Ruger 357 magnum with 4 or 6 inch barrel.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gdm320 View Post
    No, I don't carry a weapon. Personally, I don't feel threatened by the people I meet in the backcountry. Not even in the slightest.

    I've been hiking since I was 6 and never met anyone that worried me at all.
    That was Harold Fish's experience, as well, right up until a crazy man threatened him. Read about it here: Harold Fish Defense
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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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Good recommendations but personally I would prefer a quality revolver in .357 with a 4-inch barrel, more ammo choices and less prone to failure. Be sure to carry a couple of speed loaders for spare or different ammo.

    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.


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