Do you have a near by range that rents guns? If so, I would try various brands and calibers. I shoot the 40 and have no problems, but some say they're too snappy. What do anticipate running across in the woods?In a state with a restriction of 10 round a were you opt for 10 rounds of 9 or 40? Ammo price difference here is negligible. Only a few dollars. I have no ties to one caliber.
I'm just going to quote this because it's what wrongrecroom said the last time this question popped up. Or did I say it? Or did he quote me? Or did I quote him? Or was that the time before?? Maybe I quoted what he said and then he quoted me? SQUIRREL!This has been brought up before ..
But carry what you shoot best ...Peoird
Me I would just get a single stack 45 or 10mm ( like say a 220 or 1911) ..That way you gain something for the crap ( ie not having a thicker gun ) ..
Speaking in terms of when my life is on the line, why would I want something that's only suitable for a coyote when I have the option of carrying something to handle a bear? I agree, carry what you're comfortable with, but (you said it in your earlier post) "get real training, and practice enough to stay proficient."If you want a "woods" gun for New York, that is a whole different discussion. Unless you are very serious about going to the less traveled parts of the state, the only animal that you're going ot have a run-in with is a coyote. 9mm will work just fine.
If for some reason you want to be (honestly) prepared for defense against a black bear, then your starting point should be a hot hard-cast lead solid launched from a .357 Magnum or a 10mm. Anything will a lesser ability to penetrate may come up short.