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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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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"
Thanks for the morning laugh!!!!!! :lol:

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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Depends...how good are you with a gun? How much do you want to spend? Do you want to carry concealed or open? Are you more worried about people or bears?

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 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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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 :lol:.
Found that a 20" double barreled 12 ga more than took care of anything I could possibly encounter (including deer when in season :lol:). 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 :lol: 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 :rofl:). 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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While riding in the Cherokee National Forest I like the nostalgia of a western rig, a nice leather gun belt and holster and carry a Ruger Vaquero in .44 mag.
 

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I carry a Taurus Ultra Lite .38 snub nose. Its in a plastic holster that has a button release. Its perfect for me.
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asking what kind of gun is kind of like asking which truck should I get.:lol: It is all based on what your needs are. Will it be a concealed carry gun, open carry gun, self defense against 2 legged or 4 legged predators? stuff like that. Answer those questions and that will narrow down your options. I will say this and it is totally my opinion. With horses I like a single action revolver. (cowboy gun) the reason is two fold.
1. They are just reall cool guns and go well with horses like gunslinger stated. Nostalgia.
2. is a funtional thing. if your horse is not all that used to guns firing it may react adversely to the gun shot. It may spook and the natural reaction of most people is to tense up. Now your symathatic nervous system causes tension throughout your body, including your trigger finger that may still be on the trigger. Now with a single action revolver the gun will not fire again until you physically pull the hammer back. As opposed to a semi auto or and double action revovler. With those you very well could have a second round go off that was unintended and uncontroled and causes even more reaction from your horse. Just a little food for thought on the double action, semi auto, single action front.

This is what i carry if out riding( and not often) but it is totally because I like old timey(cowboy) stuff. It's an 1858 remington new army. Cap and ball. I wear it cross draw and it sts pretty well for how big it is.

 

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With those you very well could have a second round go off that was unintended and uncontroled and causes even more reaction from your horse. Just a little food for thought on the double action, semi auto, single action front.
Very good point.

I also have to wonder how many of those who carry have actually practiced 1) shooting it; and 2) from horseback. And if you haven't... Well, would you put a new rider on your horse, and send him up a mountainside?
 

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asking what kind of gun is kind of like asking which truck should I get.:lol: It is all based on what your needs are. Will it be a concealed carry gun, open carry gun, self defense against 2 legged or 4 legged predators? stuff like that. Answer those questions and that will narrow down your options. I will say this and it is totally my opinion. With horses I like a single action revolver. (cowboy gun) the reason is two fold.
1. They are just reall cool guns and go well with horses like gunslinger stated. Nostalgia.
2. is a funtional thing. if your horse is not all that used to guns firing it may react adversely to the gun shot. It may spook and the natural reaction of most people is to tense up. Now your symathatic nervous system causes tension throughout your body, including your trigger finger that may still be on the trigger. Now with a single action revolver the gun will not fire again until you physically pull the hammer back. As opposed to a semi auto or and double action revovler. With those you very well could have a second round go off that was unintended and uncontroled and causes even more reaction from your horse. Just a little food for thought on the double action, semi auto, single action front.

This is what i carry if out riding( and not often) but it is totally because I like old timey(cowboy) stuff. It's an 1858 remington new army. Cap and ball. I wear it cross draw and it sts pretty well for how big it is.

It will be be for anything I may encounter in the North Georgia Mtns. Two legged, four legged, no legged. It will be carried which ever way is most comfortable. In the winter, concealed, in the summer open.
 

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It's on my front right hip. The plastic holster has a big molded piece that goes inside my jeans and braces the holster so I can draw without things flopping and getting caught.

I have fired my gun at a rattler once, but I dismounted first, held my horse by the lead, and then fired. She did well, just backing up a bit. But I missed the snake!
 

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LOL, what I do when I'm not sure how my horse will react is I'll simply pop my magazine out so that the only round is the chambered one. That way, if things go pear shaped, the worst that can happen is I have to clean my gun.

Thankfully, all of mine except for Rafe have been shot off of. That might be a good project for next summer...get him cool with gunshots.
 

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You can hit a heart target from from the back of a horse? My father tried that once with a snub nosed pistol. Couldn't even hit the barn door yet give him a 22 and a fence post to lean on and he could shoot the tip off a wooden match.
 

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I can hit a rattlesnake head from a safe distance, but not from a moving horse. I usually stop them and have them stand when I'm shooting.

As for hitting a heart target on something big, I've never tried as we have no real threatening predators around here of the 4-legged variety. We'll occasionally see a mountain lion or a bobcat, but they are so few and far between that it's unlikely I'll ever be threatened by one.
 
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