My Woods-Carry Choice

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Through the course of the past two years, I have been chasing a new woods-carry pistol to replace my well worn and trusty Gen 2 Glock model 20 10mm.

I started my quest by buying a Smith and Wesson MP2.0 10mm Compact. This pistol was an absolute wreck and three trips back to the factory failed to correct its chronic FTF rate. I moved on to a Beretta Px4 full-size Storm 45 APC. I found it to be a decent enough piece, but a little top heavy and quick target acquisition with it was a little challenging. I then purchased a HK 45 and learned why there are HK Snobs. I could become one-what a dandy handgun. But I really wanted a 10mm, so I bought a Springfield XD Elite 10mm. I ran all seven of the real (1250 fps rated)10mm factory loadings through the Springfield that the Smith consistently puked without a single issue. It was a big handgun, but I could make it work for my intended purpose.

However, l still felt the need to find a new formula for the triangle. I solved my quest by purchasing a Ruger American Pistol Compact 45 Auto (ACP) 3.75in Gray Cerakote Pistol. It may not be a 10, but I believe being able to shoot it reasonably well using Underwood 45 APC+P 255gr. Hard Cast Flat Nose serves my purposes for a handy and reliable woods-carry handgun very well.
 

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A decent and solid choice. You could do worse. It's a shame there aren't more 357sig options as well. 45acp isn't going to penetrate dangerous game anywhere near a 10mm
 
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hittman

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G19x here. Of course we don't have the same kind of wildlife in the woods you'd find in Montana.
 
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Bullthrower338

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I've been going to retire my G20 gen 2, bought the M&P 10 full-size, haven't had any problems with it and it shoots good but I didn't fall in love! Next was a Kimber Scorpious 10 mm, what is not to like about this gun, only it is to pretty to beat up! So I still switch up between the old G20 and a S&W 329PD 44.
 
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BearBiologist

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Here in eastern WA, we have moose, black bear and the rare grizzly (at the base of the Cascades). Further east near Spokane, there are more grizzly, as well and so on into Idaho, MT, and WY.

My basic is an OM Blackhawk with stout hardcast loads. I also have a G-20 and G29SF, "just cuz".

I grew up around the Mojave and collected rattlers all through the Mojave, Colorado, and Sonoran desserts. In fact, I once impressed the heck out of the NCOIC at the Survival course at Ft. Ord by identifying the general location where his captive sidewinders had been caught. Anyway......snakes don't bother me=I just keep my eyes open and leave them alone. No reason to kill them, although I realize others aren't as comfortable around them!

Edit: I do also have 2 Glocks in 357 Sig and two in 10mm (Used by the Danish Siberius Dog Patrols in Greenland for polar bear and muskoxen).
 
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CP

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I am now just south of 1k rounds through my Ruger American. Damn, what a joy-it runs without any fussing or feuding. If you are looking for a solid and reliable woods-carry platform, I am wholeheartedly recommending that you try a Ruger American 45ACP compact. It certainly works for me…
 
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