Bear Spray or a sidearm? Good video to watch for those going into bear country.

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  1. Ash12

    Ash12 10 pointer

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    What say you?
     
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  2. 1wildcatfan

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    I'd carry spray, across my chest, with some practice time. I've carried both revolver and spray before and I was really kidding myself thinking that I was prepared.
     
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  3. Drahts

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    Pistol with a chest mount. If you fire pepper spray and the wind is in your face, your dead. I've had my
    encounters F Pepper Spray!

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  4. Brody

    Brody 10 pointer

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    44 Redhawk and 12ga slug gun
     
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  5. EdLongshanks

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    I’m going into bear country very soon and I’ll let someone else in the group carry the bear spray. No thanks.
     
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  6. Ash12

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    I have had more training with a handgun than a vast majority of people out there. With that being said, most people have no idea how difficult it is to shoot a handgun accurately. I would think that a large caliber revolver would be even more demanding. Add in a crazy amount of stress and adrenaline to the mix, and you are going to have your work cut out for you. Put me down for a Glock 20 on one hip, and a can of bear spray on the other.

    Also, from what I know, bears aren't exactly easy to take down in the first place with a firearm.
     
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  7. Drahts

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    What they can't explain to you is the impact of the rush of adrenaline, that you can't prepare for. I don't care how much practice you do (which I agree luck is where preparation meets opportunity, so practice practice practice), you can't practice that panic you will experience.
     
  8. Drahts

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    Also remember, when you start shooting, save one for yourself!
     
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    We picked-up a hitchhiker in Alaska many years ago who turned out to be a guide for brown bears on Kodiak Island. His truck had broke down on the Parks highway and he rode with us for about two hours. He told many good stories.

    One of the things I remember him telling us was that the only effective pistol shot against a charging brown bear was what he called the "elbow shot." He described the elbow shot as extending your arms as far away from your body as possible and point the pistol in the general direction of the bear. When you feel the bear biting your elbow, pull the trigger as many times as you can.
     
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  10. EdLongshanks

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    Yeah why bother with firearms when you can easily assume the fetal position and just be eaten? It’s quicker that way right? Why would you want a fighting chance?
     
  11. carnivore

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    I have zero interest in sharing ground with them things. I have no plans to hike where they live.
     
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  12. Mt Pokt

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    Have my Glock 29 in a chest rig with a 15 round mag of Underwood 200gr HCFN @ 1,250 fps and 694 ft.lbs (their numbers) virtually any time I'm in the woods. I also keep an M67 with me, just in case ;)
     
  13. RLWEBB

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    I have 0 experience hunting out west or where bears reside. But I am a member of the HuntTalk forum which mostly deals with public hunting in the west. Anyway, in discussions of this topic on there involving folks who are definitely in the know, bear spray seems to be much more preferable. I’d say both though if it were me.
     
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  14. KY Swamp Beagler

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    You mean that old saying of just being able to outrun the slowest person in your group is wrong?
     
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  15. OLE RASPY

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    Zactly. But I’m carrying if I ever do. No spray. F that shit. Just pisses them off more
     

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