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Danz la Nuit
11-20-2012, 10:18 AM
Need recommendations for a small/compact pistol (likely a revolver) that will be used for carry while camping/backpacking/extended rural day hikes in very rural areas for defense against mountain lions/humans etc.

Needs to be "safe" in a pocket. ie: Not a Glock

My 1911 .45 is too big and too heavy to carry in this type of situation.

paul0660
11-20-2012, 10:20 AM
In before the rest.

Anything is better than nothing, I carry a 25 year old Rossi .38.

Because you didn't say BEARS. They get sprayed.

Lumpia is sarap!
11-20-2012, 10:24 AM
Glock 27:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/c110b183.jpg

nicegunsbro
11-20-2012, 10:34 AM
Glock 27:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/c110b183.jpg

may i take your order sir?

yes ill have 5 tacos and a glock 27 please. oh and a diet coke.

spetsnaz
11-20-2012, 10:48 AM
glock19/26

snubbyfan
11-20-2012, 10:51 AM
S&W 442

Aufdrahtsein
11-20-2012, 10:54 AM
Glock, it's what's for dinner.

The Glock is pretty good, Springfield Armory's XD Subcompact is also pretty good, and I don't think I would consider it to be pocket sized, but the CZ P01 is nice. Anyone had any experience with the Chiappa 2" Revolver?

paul0660
11-20-2012, 10:56 AM
Needs to be "safe" in a pocket.


I guess none of the Glock recommenders read this part.

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/paul0660/glockwarning-2.jpg

Danz la Nuit
11-20-2012, 10:59 AM
I guess none of the Glock recommenders read this part.

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/paul0660/glockwarning-2.jpg

Yes, I don't think a Glock would be a good idea.

tal3nt
11-20-2012, 11:20 AM
North American arms :)

tal3nt
11-20-2012, 11:22 AM
Btw, what's "life ammunition?" Lol

dpop24
11-20-2012, 11:43 AM
I think an S&W model 60 .357 would fit the bill quite nicely. I'm picking one up for my wife's HD gun and think it will probably be the camping/hiking take-along as well.

tbc
11-20-2012, 11:45 AM
To handle a mountain lion, I would at least get a 0.45 caliber hollow point. Perhaps an SA XDS...If you can obtain one though...


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Euphoria526
11-20-2012, 12:00 PM
Glock, it's what's for dinner.

The Glock is pretty good, Springfield Armory's XD Subcompact is also pretty good, and I don't think I would consider it to be pocket sized, but the CZ P01 is nice. Anyone had any experience with the Chiappa 2" Revolver?

This. P01 is a very nice compact, very accurate!!!

Aufdrahtsein
11-20-2012, 12:35 PM
I'd figure the CZ-P01 would be a great fit. It's compact, has safety features, decent weight ( not overbearing, but you know you're carrying something ), accurate, and I found that when I shot one, it was a great shoot.

MA2
11-20-2012, 12:43 PM
Shield is polymer lower (light weight) and has a manual safety (pocket carry), no hammer so lower chance of snagging in the pocket.

Freq18Hz
11-20-2012, 12:45 PM
how about a ruger Sp101? 357 magnum. Built like a tank.

-Freq

big blaze
11-20-2012, 1:23 PM
Check out the Ruger LCR chambered in .357 mag.
Small light weight and plenty of power to take out a mountain lion.

billofrights
11-20-2012, 1:47 PM
Glock 27:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/c110b183.jpg

Glocko Bell?

hundreddollarman
11-20-2012, 1:58 PM
Glock 27:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/c110b183.jpg

I hope the state didn't make you wait 10 days to get the food too, lol.

mxadam579
11-20-2012, 2:47 PM
LCR .357

JTROKS
11-20-2012, 3:32 PM
Hard to beat the LCR.

Can't buy anything here
11-20-2012, 3:51 PM
I think it would be uncomfortable to hike with any size pistol in your pocket....even a j-frame. Why don't you add a fanny pack or safepacker to your gear and carry something made for rural areas with a bit more reach and punch.

Raider888
11-20-2012, 4:00 PM
S&W 442

S&W 442 could be in your pocket all day and you'll forget it's there.

Lugiahua
11-20-2012, 4:23 PM
well, don't know what kind backpacking here...
but I don't think pocket carry is very comfortable while backpacking during extended time. (personal experience)

fanny pack or OWB with long shirt might be better option.

Virus55
11-20-2012, 4:38 PM
Glock 27

SDM44
11-20-2012, 4:42 PM
You have a "1911 .45"
You don't want a compact Glock (G30SF and G36 are both .45)

Get a Springfield XDs, as that's compact and uses .45 ammo. Same grip angle as a 1911. Just makes for an easier transition.

Or a 3" 1911, but I'd rather get the XDs over that.

nosuchagency
11-20-2012, 5:26 PM
pm9 in a nemesis pocket holster. slimmer profile & ballastic edge over your snubby. same goes for the mags over strips/speedloaders, imo. pm40 is another thought, but have no experience with them (and don't care to based on my pm9...).

SoulStealer
11-20-2012, 5:30 PM
S&W 442, 642, great CCW and B.U.G!

Red Devil
11-20-2012, 5:43 PM
Well...

1. Glock 36. (get over it)
2. Glock 36 carried condition-3. (Tap/rack/roll)
3. M&P SHIELD .40 w/ the slide safety.

Let it be Written...

zod
11-20-2012, 5:49 PM
Ruger LC9 (manual safety), Ruger LCR (38spl or 357mag), M&P Shield (manual safety), and a boatload of 38/357/44 snub choices out there.

liberty47
11-20-2012, 5:54 PM
+1 North American Arms

gunnlover
11-20-2012, 5:59 PM
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_764938_-1_757768_757767_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

Chances of running into a bear are slim to none. Case closed.

drifter2be
11-20-2012, 10:16 PM
S&W Airweight or LCR with the boot grip, the latter of which is usually the gun I pocket carry if I am going that route, makes for a great summertime IWB carry as well. Try both if you can, I used to have a 442 and didn't like it anywhere near as much as I like my LCR... personal preference, kinda like the grip angle of a Glock.

Euphoria526
11-20-2012, 10:20 PM
You have a "1911 .45"
You don't want a compact Glock (G30SF and G36 are both .45)

Get a Springfield XDs, as that's compact and uses .45 ammo. Same grip angle as a 1911. Just makes for an easier transition.

Or a 3" 1911, but I'd rather get the XDs over that.

this.
the XDs is tiiiiiiny

madhaxor_3
11-20-2012, 11:15 PM
+1 for XDs.

Super awesome, very thin, easy to get used to (especially for 1911 shooters), fits nicely into just about anywhere you'd really want to put a firearm. If you're not worried about cost/CA compliance issues get the XDs.

If you are worried about cost and availability, go with a XD sub-compact. I can hide one behind my hand and have used it with ccw for a couple years and never had anyone notice. It is comfortable for all day backpacking/climbing and comes in 9 or 40.

To be fair the S&W Shield is nice-ish too.

I (me, myself) wouldn't go with a revolver. It's not my thing as I have difficulty reloading them quickly, guess more practice is needed.
Before anyone says it I already know, if I hit what I aim at, reloading won't matter. However, if I hit it and more craziness happens to ensue (i.e. cubs/mom & dad mt. lion, or friends show up) I'd like to get follow-ups on secondaries ASAP.

old bear
11-20-2012, 11:41 PM
For all around pocket carry it's hard to beat any of the Smith and Wesson J Frames in 38 special. Load it up with some Buffalo Bore 38/44 H.D. loads and you will be well armed.

Q619
11-21-2012, 12:09 AM
I like my S&W M&P 340. Great little gun, love the u notch rear sight cut and the tritium front sight. I carry it loaded with .38 +P's for 2 legged critters around town and .357 when out on a hike. It weighs next to nothing even loaded.

Renaissance Redneck
11-21-2012, 6:50 AM
Since you have a 1911 already, you might consider a Sig Sauer P938. It is basically a "mini-1911" (without the grip safety), so the ergonomics, the look, and the location of the controls should be familiar to you. It's tiny little dude, weighing only about a pound.

I have one, and I love it.

http://i48.tinypic.com/2ypjktx.jpg

punisheryayarea
11-21-2012, 7:02 AM
Need recommendations for a small/compact pistol (likely a revolver) that will be used for carry while camping/backpacking/extended rural day hikes in very rural areas for defense against mountain lions/humans etc.

Needs to be "safe" in a pocket. ie: Not a Glock

My 1911 .45 is too big and too heavy to carry in this type of situation.


In the pocket????? why not on your hip?????

RUSSIAN
11-21-2012, 8:12 AM
You can't wear a gun on your hip with a heavy backpack on

VAReact
11-21-2012, 8:17 AM
how about a ruger Sp101? 357 magnum. Built like a tank.

-Freq
+1. That's my choice

Danz la Nuit
11-21-2012, 9:59 AM
You can't wear a gun on your hip with a heavy backpack on

This.

DJ Skillz
11-21-2012, 2:11 PM
Ruger LCR would be my choice.

Ron-Solo
11-21-2012, 10:57 PM
Ruger LC9 or LCR, or any S&W snub nose revolver in .38 or .357.

Compact semi autos should be carried in a pocket holster that covers the trigger guard.

Pocket holsters also help the gun ride more comfortably and in a more accessible position.

Carried several different pocket guns for 32+ years as a back up gun, always in a pocket holster.

geedavell
11-22-2012, 6:17 AM
If Redneck is gonna put out the 380s, don't forget the Colt Mustang. I don't think it will work on Mt. Lions or bears but it's very easy to carry, even in your pocket. Anything is better than nothing. Here's mine next to my wallet.

SFOGUN
11-22-2012, 8:09 AM
Since you have a 1911 already, you might consider a Sig Sauer P938. It is basically a "mini-1911" (without the grip safety), so the ergonomics, the look, and the location of the controls should be familiar to you. It's tiny little dude, weighing only about a pound.

I have one, and I love it.

http://i48.tinypic.com/2ypjktx.jpg



I agree with the above... I also like the suggestion to stick with the same round your already shooting.

geedavell
11-22-2012, 11:07 AM
Have you guys with the Sigs ever try these. Suppose to be more to grip and 1 more round.They say the Colt mags fit the Sigs. I just ordered mine. Should get it next week.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/552240/colt-magazine-with-base-pad-colt-mustang-380-acp-7-round-steel-blue

FUBAR
11-22-2012, 11:24 AM
Ruger LCR 357mag or Kahr PM9.

darmog
11-22-2012, 11:32 AM
Have you guys with the Sigs ever try these. Suppose to be more to grip and 1 more round.They say the Colt mags fit the Sigs. I just ordered mine. Should get it next week.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/552240/colt-magazine-with-base-pad-colt-mustang-380-acp-7-round-steel-blue

Haven't tried it, but they should work. Only question is how reliable they might be in your particular P238. You'll notice that the follower to that particular mag is what's considered a 2nd gen follower for the P238. Those were kinda hit and miss for the P238 till they made the more rounded 3rd gen follower. I have 2 ten rounded extended mags with the 2nd gen follower which have been 100% so far but have to download to 9 rounds as a full 10 rounds takes a lot of force to fully insert if at all.

rjpsb1
11-22-2012, 8:16 PM
Have you guys with the Sigs ever try these. Suppose to be more to grip and 1 more round.They say the Colt mags fit the Sigs. I just ordered mine. Should get it next week.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/552240/colt-magazine-with-base-pad-colt-mustang-380-acp-7-round-steel-blue

Yep, they work - and they're much cheaper than the Sig mags.