Small shotguns may be great defense, but few people are going to routinely carry one. Why? Because they're too big. Therefore if that is your choice, you are in more danger because you'll often leave it behind. A handgun can be a routine carry item.
My DW 9mm 1911 holds 10 rds? a .45 Para can hold 10 rounds? a 1911 with mag ext can hold 10 rds. LOL, Chuck would never lie to us!! LOL.I saw Chuck Norris shoot 10 times out of a 1911 in a movie once! Of course, it's true!
Seriously, while doing my thesis I was charged by a 2-year-old male black bear. Too far from the truck and didn't have spray or a firearm; all I could do was open up my windbreaker and yell. He stopped about 6-8 feet from me ("bluff charge"!).
Bears are tough. There is a reason they use "big" firearms to hunt them!"QUESTIONS: Would I be better off using the Super Blackhawk (single action = a little slower to reload) or possibly the quick-into-action 9mm with LOTS of ammo in the magazine or just stick with my usual .357 six-guns?"
Now I didn't read all 11 pages of answers but I did wonder, if you have a .44 mag, are using it in a bear attack, fired all 6 shots, and you need to reload you are doing something VERY wrong.
I left ve these threads. But, it would be fun to know if a poster has ever killed a bear.
My experience is scant. One black bear taken while hunting them. One shot, 30-06, bear DRT. It didn’t even know I was there. Range about 30 yds. Of course this was over thirty years ago, so maybe they are armored like deer today.
What I gleaned from this is simple. Bears die just as easy as any other critter. But they are large, strong and fitted out with impressive teeth and claws.
Oh, and I sure as heck don’t want one chewing on me.
What will Elmer tell me? Probably how he had to shoot one while he was standing on one leg backwards, at 500 yds while the bear was running?When it comes to bear killing, whether you are hunting them or trying to be prepared for a surprise encounter, you guys need to read a little bit of Elmer Keith's writing.
Actually, he will tell you how he and others actually killed bears. The man lived in a time before electronic sights, practically invented the .44 mag, and was wise beyond most of the world, especially today's experts, on hunting.What will Elmer tell me? Probably how he had to shoot one while he was standing on one leg backwards, at 500 yds while the bear was running?
I was actually being facetious, however, I read his Book" Hejj I was there." An interesting character.Actually, he will tell you how he and others actually killed bears. The man lived in a time before electronic sights, practically invented the .44 mag, and was wise beyond most of the world, especially today's experts, on hunting.