I love and shoot my HK 45c and USP Compact 45's better than my 9mm's; so I mostly carry them. However, depending on how I'm feeling or what I have going on, I may switch up and carry a 9mm for capacity sake (i.e. movies etc.).
I know there is a lot of talk about bears in this thread. I do not mean to sound negative so please don't take it that way. But being a fellow Illinoisan I don't think the OP has to worry to much about bears. To the best of my knowledge the only place we currently have bears is up around Rockford. With that said we have always done a lot of hiking and other outdoor stuff. I would be more concerned about a pack of wild dogs or coyotes. I know it seems coyotes sounds funny as a concerned but through the years there seems to be more cases of them losing their fear of people. While I currently carry .40 I would have no issues carrying 9mm or 45 woods walking or mall shopping.
They had been eating the local dogs, and seeing as I had two then (down to one because of old age) they would check my yard and the yards of my neighbors who also have dogs at night. Vicious little guerilla fighters. Being worried about them does make sense.
Ok guys.....get out your 9's......here mousey, mousey, mousey !!!!!
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At that point anything would be better than a punch in the nose....but as I see it he would have had time to draw a gun. Shooting a juiced up, charging animal is no work for a pea shooter, he can still kill ya easily....needs to be stopped immediately....but you know that.
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You didn't do no wrong, Bud...we're almost all bad about chasin' rabbit trails and gettin' into arguments 'round here...staying focussed on the OT is hard when you get old...WE're sorry.