Monday, January 4, 2010

Insult to injury.

So apparently mother nature decided that after slogging around the muddy hills of Fresno County, I needed to be smitten with some sort of microscopic foe. It's either the regular flu or the oink flu, but either way the doc put me on fistfuls of drugs. Feeling a little better today, but not much else to say on that front.

I've just about got everything together to go do some patterning of various 12 gauge ammo, and if I can wiggle the loan of a 20 gauge, I'll be testing some of that ammo as well. Just waiting for this infestation to subside and a week or so of dry weather so I don't end up stuck in neck-deep mud at my shooting spot.

This being 2010 and all, I figured I'd put out something of a two pronged question to my readership - carrying while hunting. I'm assuming you're not hunting a handgun season, that this is a backup/dispatching weapon or for either 2-legged or 4-legged threats. I realize that in some places, the idea of running into a 2-legged predator are slim to none. But here in California we seem to have this habit of putting things like marijuana fields and meth labs in really isolated places.

So, first - what kind of handgun - semiauto or revolver. Second, which caliber (feel free to get specific to brand/model as I realize things like reliability play a big role in what folks drag into the hinterboonies.)

As the first data point, it's almost always a 1911 in 45ACP (is there any other)? If I'll be doing long hikes, then a smaller 9mm is my backup choice in the form of an old S&W Model 39-2 I found in a consignment shop a year ago. Be gentle - in California we're more and more limited to what pistols we can legally acquire as new, and finding consignment sales of not-not-unsafe-handguns is tricky and costly.

Here's to my immune system doing some heavy lifting the next few days!

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