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Thu Aug 31, 2017, 07:14 PM

bear spray vs revolver

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gejohnston Aug 2017 OP
sarisataka Aug 2017 #1
gejohnston Aug 2017 #4
2naSalit Aug 2017 #2
gejohnston Aug 2017 #3

Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 07:25 PM

1. Once met an Alaskan Bush pilot

Who also did some prospecting. He told us about how he would not go from his cabin to the Outhouse without his 44 on his hip. When asked if that was to shoot any bear he might encounter his reply was, "Nyah, all this little thing is going to do is piss the bear off. I keep it handy so I can put it in my mouth, pull the trigger and save the bear a little time and me a whole lot of pain."

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 10:17 PM

4. the only case of a handgun working was a the sister of a childhood friend armed

with a .22LR. "Easily" done if you shove the barrel in its mouth before emptying the cylinder.

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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 08:33 PM

2. I have been...

a bear safety specialist for years and all I can say is: bear spray is the best defense and lets you and the bear both walk away unscathed. Having heard a myriad of first-hand accounts of maulings and successful escapes, bear spray is the best defense... period. I have it with me when I hike in my area and keep it by the door when bear habitat is near or includes my home.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 10:12 PM

3. The Firearms Blog agrees,

I do know that the parts of Norway where the law requires you to carry some kind of bear defense (for polar bears) a firearm has to be a high powered rifle or 12 gauge shotgun. That eliminates all handguns and AR-15s (anything that uses that round). When I was a kid, a friend's sister did successfully defend herself against a grizzly with a .22 revolver (this was a couple of decades before bear spray) by getting in a fetal position and putting the barrel in the bear's mouth.

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