November 19th, 2009 06:00 PM
Why they carry guns in alaska !
Oct. 26, 2009
This guy lives just outside of Soldotna , Alaska ...
Have I got a story for you guys!
King season is over, and since I had a day off before silvers start, I
Thought I would go for a walk! This occurred at 11:16 am this morning
(Sunday), just 2/10 of a mile from my house, ON OUR ROAD while walking
My dogs (trying to get in shape for hunting season, ironically!) for the
Record, this is in a residential area-not back in the woods, no
Bow hunting, no stealth occurring...
I heard a twig snap, and looked back...full on charge-a huge brownie,
Ears back, head low and motoring full speed! Came with zero warning; no
Woof, no popping of the teeth, no standing up, nothing like what you
Think or see on TV! It charged from less than 20 yards and was on me in
About one-second! Totally surreal-I just started shooting in the general
Direction, and praise God that my second shot (or was it my third?)
Rolled him at 5 feet and he skidded to a stop 10 feet BEYOND where I was
Shooting from-I actually sidestepped him and fell over backwards on the
Last shot, and his momentum carried him to a stop past where I fired my
It was a prehistoric old boar-no teeth, no fat-weighed between 900-1000
Lbs and took five men to DRAG it onto a tilt-bed trailer! Big bear-its
Paw measured out at about a 9 1/2 footer!
Never-ever-thought "it" would happen to me! Its always some other s[ch]muck, Right?
Well, no bull- I am still high on adrenaline, with my gut in a Knot.
Feels like I did 10000 crunches without stopping! Almost puked for
An hour after, had the burps and couldn't even stand up as the troopers
Conducted their investigation! Totally wiped me out-cant even put that
Feeling into words, by far the most emotion I have ever felt at once!
No doubt that God was with me, as I brought my Ruger .454 Casull (and
Some "hot" 350 grain solids) just for the heck of it, and managed to
Draw and snap shoot (pointed, never even aimed!) from the hip! Total
All I can say is Praise God for my safety and for choosing to leave the
Wife and kids at home on this walk! Got a charter tomorrow, so gonna TRY
To get some sleep now!
November 19th, 2009 06:27 PM
On a scale of 1 to 10 that rates a pucker factor of 15+, good you had the means to save yourself.
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
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November 19th, 2009 06:33 PM
Originally Posted by msgt/ret
Scary to think if it had been his family out for a walk without him.
November 19th, 2009 06:36 PM
Oh my! That's a BIG bear. Pure Kustom, do you make a holster for that revolver he used. Might just have to get one of those.
If it can stop that bear...shouldn't have any problem with the little black one's here in UT.
November 19th, 2009 06:48 PM
Glad your ok and man is that a bear or freight train? Glad you've got pictures....
I sure you have thought what one swipe from that paw would have done had you not been carrying. Keep up the SA, had you not paid attention to the twig snapping you may never have seen it coming.
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November 19th, 2009 06:51 PM
Wow, that's a big bear...someone was watching out for him that day...
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November 19th, 2009 06:54 PM
How do you even get a kill shot on THAT THING!
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November 19th, 2009 07:14 PM
One of my customers sent me this in an email he lives in Grizzly bear country. Actually I have several customers that live up there.
Originally Posted by Snowman23
The story isn't about him, But he has been within 100 yards of a Grizzly , Thats why he carries a D.E. 50 or a S&W .500 as his EDC weapons.
Last time I talked to him he was telling me about some 650gn ,500's. I have to ask him if his wrist is still in one piece.
November 19th, 2009 07:15 PM
15 hell try 100!!!!
Originally Posted by msgt/ret
Reminds me of the movie The Great Outdoors with John Candy And Dan Aykroyd, John Chased by the bear, saying big bear chase, big bear chase, big bear chase me, as it crash in the door.....
November 19th, 2009 07:19 PM
Yeah, I think my EDC 9mm would have just made him mad.
November 19th, 2009 07:35 PM
WOW! Way to survive! Sleep well...
November 19th, 2009 07:36 PM
WOW!!!!! Glad youre ok, WOW!!!!
Never seen one outside a zoo, never want to either..
November 19th, 2009 07:38 PM
You are lucky to be here. I bet you didn't even feel the recoil from the 454.
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November 19th, 2009 07:42 PM
I'm not a bear expert and I've never visited Alaska, but two things bug me about that picture: That bear looks emaciated, like he was killed in the Spring instead of Fall; and the weather looks a bit warm for October.
At any rate, I have no desire to tangle with a bear in ANY state at ANY time of year. Glad to hear it was a happy ending.
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November 19th, 2009 07:43 PM
It's not just bears, but wolves, and moose (expecially with a calf) that can ruin your day 20 minutes out of town.
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