WTB Hand Gun for Alaska

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by Jim Riggins, Jun 9, 2011.

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  1. funfisher

    funfisher Fish On!

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    I have fished Alaska for 30 years - Kenai River, Yakutat, Cordova, Kodiak. I have seen and fished with and around many bears, both blackies and brownies. I have carried a Mossberg 500 with the pistol grip and the legal 18" barrell at times with the usual first couple of birdshot, then buckshot, then slugs. Packing a shotgun is a pain in the ass. It is just more stuff to get in my way. Leave the shotguns to the guides that watch over you. I have also carried bear spray. Great stuff because it is compact and easy to carry. Great idea except you have to be real close to the bear and hopefully not downwind since you will end up with it in your face.

    I finally bought a Taurus Raging Bull 454 Cassul. It has a 6" barrell and is stainless so I don't worry much about rust. It also comes from the factory with a ported barrel which makes it shootable. It carries fairly comfortably in a nylon shoulder holster so I can easily fish while I am carrying it. Also, it will shoot 45 long colt which makes it affordable for practice. When I am in the bush, I load it with CorBon 325gr cast lead bullets. These bad boy carry an impressive punch.

    I have never fired a round from any gun while fishing in Alaska. I have had my gun out and ready to go on a couple of occasions but am thankful that I never had to pull the trigger.I have had some close visits from bears but have always followed the common sense advise of the experts including making lots of noise when I am on foot, keeping food and garbage away from my camp, and mostly respecting bears and their territory whenever I am there.
     
  2. YAMMY

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    There is only one handgun to consider and that is the .50 cal Ruger or if you can afford it S&W.The 50 cal has about 2.5 times the ft/lb energy of the 44 mag.Don't worry about the kick--you will be so scared that you won't even realize that you have fired it.Shoot all 6 shots and lung/heart shots are useless as a bear will maintain total function for at least 2 minutes even if you blow his heart out because of their circulatory reserve.Also the noise will be so loud that even if you miss others will hear it and be able to locate your remains-sounds mean but so are the bears-the best advice is to avoid them and to keep vigile especially if you are in the river in waders--keep an eye behind you.The little mirrors that cyclists use are usefull and can sometimes bring your attention to movement behind you-do not keep dead fish on the shore anywhere near you.My experience wiht bear
     
  3. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I'd reccomend a new mossberg 500 12 ga with 18" barrel, or pepper spray
     
  4. Thomas@Seattle

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    Register at seattleguns.net. Very active local group that post guns for sale or trade. Always something to fit your bill.
     
  5. Nick Clayton

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    Under no circumstances should you even get out of your car ANYWHERE in Alaska without an M-60. The M-60 is preferable due to ease of rattling off 3409384093843 rounds in 3.5 seconds if you happen to catch even just a hint of movement out of the corner of your eye. Better yet, I would suggest investing in a tank or some sort of armored transport to take the place of your usual fishing rig. This would provide the utmost protection from those evil creatures.

    I'm amazed there are any Alaskans left alive at this point.
     
  6. PT

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    The guy placed an ad in the classifieds looking for a handgun. He doesn't need another jack ass spewing their pennies worth of advice in his ad. I can understand threads getting hijacked but this is just BS.
     
  7. Nick Clayton

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    Well said. After re-reading all the posts I was unable to locate the part where the OP asked "What should I bring to Alaska for bear defense?" It sounds to me like the OP has a good head on his shoulders, and has plenty of experience with firearms and self defense. He is looking for a handgun. I'm sure there is someone around who has one to part with.
     
  8. Jim Riggins

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    Ended up buying a Stainless Steel Taurus Tracker 44mag. Took it to our local firing range and spend roughly 3hrs with an instructor. He had me practice drawing the gun from my outfitters chest holster, in my waders BTW, atleast 50 times just drawing it holding it with both hands, extending my arms and looking down the sights for my make believe target and re-holstering it back up. After he was comfortable with that he had me load it and draw it and actually fire it probably another 15 times. Then he had me draw it and empty it twice. I feel good about the range time under my belt firing it before I take it with me to AK. I would highly recommend some professional training with an instructor before taking one along with you. Helped me out alot, plus my wife feels better about it as well. Although I don't know why as I carry my 9mm around here often. And yes my hand hurt afterwards cause that thing kicks like a basturd!
     
  9. Mike T

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    Why do I get the sense that if you were ever attacked by a bear your idea of self defense would be to cower in a ball chanting "hope and change, hope and change, hope and change......"
     
  10. fisheral87

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    Now that is funny. :) Congrats on the purchase, hope you have it and don't need it. If you do, it will serve you well enough.

    Have fun,

    Al
     
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