The real concern is white tail who are acting a little aggressive (early rut?) an often spotted bear, and a badger. While I was prepping some trails (the weather has been great for the shrubs and weeds that clog my go to trails) I'll be using during deer / rifle season, my wife wanted to take some strolls. She owns a 9mm and a .380 acp. I asked that she arm herself with the 9mm, she would only take was the .380 acp (lcp), as she wanted to stay light
There are rarer elk, wild hogs, and yes even a few cougars (no, not the mid-life types), along with the uncommon tresspasser. I don't really carry much better vs woods (a .357 sig glock 31), but it would penetrate and sting with rounds to spare most of my woods worries.
So, she is armed, and wants to be armed, but to a limit. So I'm thinking of buying her a better quality OC holster for the 9mm or start talking about a not yet purchased 45 acp she talks about buying. She shot a brother-in-laws 45 a year or so ago, and she like that type of recoil more than 9mm, .40 acp, etc. She does not like revolvers.
Looking for some thoughts on anything related. Is the difference between .380 acp and 9mm +P in the woods not much to consider, or should I push for the 9mm carry by getting her involved in holster hunting (she really likes shopping). Or should I just move past and get into the .45. Or, is it all pointless, and none of them really do the trick, and the .380 is fine?