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What's the smallest caliber gun you trust?


The question came up:  "What is the smallest caliber of gun you trust to protect yourself?

My personal favorite bear defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in .22 short!

I've found over the years when hiking in bear country I never leave without it in my pocket.

Of course we all know the first rule when hiking in the wilderness is to use the "Buddy System". For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this it means you NEVER hike alone.  Always bring a friend or companion, even an in-law, that way if something happens there is someone to go get help.

I remember one time hiking with my brother-in-law in northern Ontario.  Out of nowhere came this huge brown bear and man was she MAD!  We must have been near one of her cubs.

Anyway if I had not had my little jetfire, I'd sure not be here today.

That's right, one shot to my brother-in-law's knee cap and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace.

That's one of the best pistols in my safe!

I once found myself in a conversation with an Alaskan charter captain on this very subject. There had been incidents that week of salmon fishermen in back country rivers being chased. His recommendation was a heavy caliber - a .44 magnum at least.

But, he said, "most people file the front sight all the way flat, flush with the barrel."
Puzzled, I queried "why in the world would they do that?"
His answer - "that way it doesn't hurt as badly when that bear takes the gun away from you, turns you around, and shoves it up your (fill in blank)!"

Okay, okay. He got the tourist fisherman to bite. True story.  ;D


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