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True.Where are you hiking? In Alaska I wouldn't accept much less than a 12ga with slugs. In New England, I'd be more concerned about two-legged creatures and I'd just carry whatever I normally do. Up here 9mm is fine, honestly.
It's truly sad when the worst animal you need to worry about in the woods is a human..........saw a lot of people post the same thing and have heard it from others as well.True.
The worst animal in New England is Man. Then moose. Then black bear. And usually with black bears, just make lots of noise. Carry your normal carry.
I don't think there are any animals that come in as even a close second (other than maybe tics). I've seen many coyotes over the years... hiking, visiting my backyard to check on my dogs (and they were probably a threat to the dogs until we started fostering Great Pyr's... then they stopped coming close). Coyotes can be pretty bold, but they're smart and they don't want anything to do with a human. Yeah no question, around here the odds of ever having to pull a weapon on anything (other than a human, and that's obviously small) are miniscule.It's truly sad when the worst animal you need to worry about in the woods is a human..........saw a lot of people post the same thing and have heard it from others as well.
http://nypost.com/2014/03/19/tibetan-mastiff-with-lions-blood-sells-for-1-9m/That's not a dog. It's a cross between a frickin Lion and a Moose.
had a black bear stalk me in MA twice. They kept their distance because they knew i was hunting them too. but when it started getting darker, i hightailed it to the truck. Bear are super quiet walkers, and EXPERTS at hiding behind tiny trees/bushes, etc.All black bears like to do is play around anyways. No need to worry about them.
I preferI wear one of these while hiking:
I can wear a backpack and still have access to my firearm. Bear spray and fixed blade camping knife go in the mesh pockets on the outside of my pack, extra magazines go in the HPG rig.
If I am hiking without a pack, firearm sits in an OWB holster inside the rig so I can throw keys/phone/snacks in there and not have to worry about any snags.
Hard to beat the 29 for a pack gun. Get some Glock 20 preban mags with the X grips for the mags and you've got 15 rounds of 10mm goodness by your side.up in the white mountains or the green mountains I worry more about Cats than bears. I've heard reports a couple of people barely escape
when skiing out of bounds on the back side of sugarloaf in maine,.....ya I don't need that kind of "encounter".
I carry my XDM 3.8C .45 with ball ammo when I'm out in the deeper woods.
I've recently thought about grabbing a 10mm as a friend let me fire his glock G29
and ...damn l liked that thing.
Local woods in mass or lower NH I just carry my shield or 9C with HST 124 HP's
When back country camping under the stars I sleep much better with a 357 revolver next to me.I usually carry a .357 magnum revolver while hiking/backpacking in the White Mountains. I don't expect to ever need it, but I also don't expect to ever need my 9mm I carry on a regular basis, but that's sort of the point. I think my chances of needing a .357 in the woods are about the same as needing a 9mm while out shopping or whatever. Extremely low. But if I knew for sure I'd need them I'd just avoid that situation in the first place.
If you think your EDC is sufficient, have at it.
I could never do a hike of the AT. Too many people.Back around '00 I still had aspirations of hiking the AT. Perhaps someday I will...
Only in a few places... I have section hiked most of the trail and about 80% (or more) of the time I was pretty much alone. The first few weeks in April in Georgia get crowded as lots of people start out but quite a few don't make it past the first 2-3 weeks...the smokey mts get crowded and a few other places along the way but the crowds die away until you get to NH then they die away abruptly as you cross into Maine and then almost no one until you get near the terminus.I could never do a hike of the AT. Too many people.