17 thoughts on “Going to Need a Bigger Gun”

  1. We get Black Bears in Phoenix suburbs every so often, although I don’t think any would weigh in at anywhere near 400 lbs. They’re likely in search of food and water due to drought conditions in the desert. I’ve never heard of a human attack by the bruins, but I have to admit that it would be an “oh sh!t” moment if one interrupted me while I was getting the mail. Though my mailbox is a scant 25 feet from my front door, I open-carry a 9mm when getting the mail due to a Mastiff and Pit Bull party thrown in my honor two years ago. But my 9 shot 9mm against a 400 lb bear would probably only p!ss it off.

    An N-frame S&W is one of the best things ever invented. And that goes for the S&W .44 magnum round as well. It may not be plastic, but it sure is fantastic. I think a lot of younger shooters are really missing out by not having a fine revolver. Oh, and by the way, I own and love plenty of plastic, so I’m not trying to start a semi/revolver or plastic/steel or caliber flame war.

  2. Come on, it’s just a little black bear. It’s no big deal. You near city people crack me up. That bear is more afraid of you that you are of it.

      1. Go back to 4chan and troll there, city boy. Black bear attacks are extremely rare. About the only time a black bear is going to get aggressive is when you threaten her cubs.

        1. Black bear attacks are rare? What a distortion. How rare are black bear attacks where a bear lives? This bear is living in this subdivision and the odds for an unfortunate incident go up. Way up. Get this guy trapped and moved before someone or their pet gets hurt.

        2. Getting attacked by a criminal is extremely rare too, should be ban concealed carry!?!? (We already know what you feel about open carry. )

        3. Really, how odd….because one stalked my father-in-law and his wife all the way down a mountain trail.

          The only thing that likely prevented an attack was the fact there were two of them carrying the largest sticks they could find over their heads.

  3. Ever been in State College PA? Where Penn State University is?
    Ever seen a bear in town?
    I have, at about 15-20 yards, I could see individual hairs! And my eye sight isn’t so great either…..

    That was the moment I decided to start carrying a 1911 instead of my little 380 ACP!

    And don’t fool yourself that black bears are harmless, I’ve read that more people are attacked every year by black bears than all other bears combined, and I believe it too. If for no other reason than people letting their guard down because of the “It’s only a black bear” mentality.

  4. Estimating the size of a bear at nose to nose range tends to err on the high side. Blackie has a lot of fur, and it does not weigh much. Not only that but Blackie tends to die easily.

    While I generally carry a .45, when I am not carrying a .41, I would not be seriously concerned if I were carrying a 9 or .38. Both are substantially stouter at self defense distances than the rifles the settlers hunted bear with a couple of centuries ago. And before you quibble – think about the powder used in the War of 1812.


    1. Don’t underestimate the power of a muzzleloader.

      You know those big steel gates they use to block off State Forrest roads? They have about 4 inch dia steel posts on either side, which are about 1/4 inch steel tube. I know for a fact that a 50 cal soft lead ball WILL go clean thru one when fired from a flintlock Hawkin rifle with 80 grains of black powder in it.

      I used one to empty my rifle before going home once. I honestly just expected it to splatter off the steel post, not drill a perfect hole thru the front and a slightly bulged one out the back…..

    1. Yeeugh. And why is it always the Polie Burrs curryin’ the cusket for the Brooins of Color?

      No Ahm Sayn?

  5. Brown bears will beat you up, black bears will eat you.

    Play dead with a brownie, fight like hell from second number one with a black bear.

  6. Jeff Cooper’s Bear Rules:

    Be alert.
    Remember that bears are not cuddly.
    Never enter bear country without a powerful firearm and the skill to use it well.
    Never camp on a bear thoroughfare.
    Be alert.

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