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post #1 of 166 Old 11-09-2013, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Good Hand Gun To Trail Ride With

Hi What is the best hand gun to carry while trail riding. We often go out for 6-8 hours in the National Forests and WMA's.
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From a 5'2" female point-of-view, that I can quickly draw the gun up and be dead accurate:

.38 snub with hollow points.

Granted it's only a five shot revolver but, I can still "hit the heart" target practicing. If I can't get someone in five shots, I'm just going to throw up my hands and say "have at it"

IMHO, you want something you can easily carry on your person and that doesn't take an Act of Congress to quickly draw up and be ready to pull the trigger.

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post #3 of 166 Old 11-09-2013, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
Granted it's only a five shot revolver but, I can still "hit the heart" target practicing. If I can't get someone in five shots, I'm just going to throw up my hands and say "have at it"
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I think one thing to consider is what sort of hazard you are likely to encounter. In Montana it might be bears...really big cranky ones. Some parts of the country have those nasty wild hogs.
I wouldn't want to shoot anything unless absolutely necessary but it would be good to have the fire power needed for the occasion.
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I load hollow points and snake shot alternatively for the reason above: cougar, bear and rattlesnake.
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post #5 of 166 Old 11-09-2013, 01:52 PM
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For open carry outside of grizzly country, I like my Ruger Vaquero Montado in 357...but I like single actions and this gun fits my hand well. For self defense against a human, concealed, I might go with a Ruger LCP, or a good 22 LR revolver:

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I like the glock 19.
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I have a Taurus (though I'm looking to trade in for a glock when I've got the money) 24/7 pro carry that I carry with me. It's a .40 and I usually keep it loaded with hollowpoints unless I'm going out to practice. Around here, there aren't many non-human predators, but I have killed a few rattlers with it.

What I like is that it's got a 12 round magazine...and a 15 round spare mag. I kind of have the same thinking as Walkin regarding the number of shots. If something can walk through 12-25 rounds from a .40, then maybe they deserve to get me LOL.
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post #8 of 166 Old 11-09-2013, 08:18 PM
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Since I don't carry a hand gun while riding. Use to carry rifles and shotguns years ago, but never found a real use for a handgun .
Found that a 20" double barreled 12 ga more than took care of anything I could possibly encounter (including deer when in season ). Of course your only options are a scabbard or to sling it (sling giving you the option of it on your person or your saddle)
Today I don't take anything (although I'm thinking of getting a tradition recurve bow and move to mounted archery). Decided I'd give the ears of my more recent horses a break so no more firearms. Although today, with the popularity of mounted shooting competitions, they have ear plugs for horses which is certainly more than we had back when I use to hunt mounted (although I don't think I'd have used them while out riding the roads and woods to hunt so it wouldn't have mattered).

Anyway, for those in love the Glock (even though I prefer revolvers) I'd recommend the CZ 75 over the Glock. And if you want the compact Glock go with the CZ 75 P07 Duty (the standard mag holds 16, so you're 1 up on the Glock there too). With both clips and starting with one in the chamber you'll have 33 rounds (if you honestly need that many so you can send a stream of lead down range.....and scare the poop out of your horse and anything else within 25 yards.....even if you miss ). Also has enough weight to it that you can go through 100 rounds and your hand doesn't feel beat up when you finish.

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Ruger LCP .380

For concealed carry on a small framed person, I love my .380 Ruger LCP. I use a Cross Breed holster, which is very comfy and stays put in my tights waistband, even riding fast long endurance miles. It is very light weight and small, I don't even notice its there most of the time.
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I dunno... Judging from the way our horses reacted the time some folks started target shooting on the other side of a meadow from the track we were riding, I'd suggest working to get them used to shooting first, otherwise your first shot might send you flying.

Don't have any recommendations myself, as I've never felt any need for one. My usual riding buddy carries an older S&W .38 revolver (I think, never looked that closely). A couple of other women we ride with from time to time were recently talking up Glocks.
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