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What do you take when you go backpacking?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Gelgoog, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Gelgoog

    Gelgoog Well-Known Member

    What kind of handgun..(or rifle dare I say?) do you take when you go backpacking up in the woods.
  2. bpl

    bpl Well-Known Member

    I haven't backpacked in over a year, but hope to change that this fall. Anyway, I bought a Glock 20SF and a safepacker holster to carry it in. 16 rounds of 10mm (and maybe +15!) should be sufficient for any predator, 2 legged or four, that I might encounter here in PA!
  3. stoveboltgunnut

    stoveboltgunnut Well-Known Member

    .357 blackhawk

    Big enough to handle anything around me, and tough enough to survive an accident (fall, etc.)

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    When I backpacked I carried a AR-7 and extra mag along with a 100 rounds of 22 in pack. A 38 snub on hip
  5. friscolatchi

    friscolatchi Well-Known Member

    M&P 340 in the Adirondacks for the summer with 158 jhp. 629 during hunting season.
  6. Clifford

    Clifford Well-Known Member

    It depends on if I am in high or low country(bears or not in az). High country I carry a 6" model 28. Low country I will carry one of my 5" colts in .45 or .38 super, but normally it's the model 28.
  7. Grizfire

    Grizfire Well-Known Member

    Usually a 1911. Not the best, but not bad either.
  8. cook45

    cook45 Member

    1911...good for just about anything
  9. Gelgoog

    Gelgoog Well-Known Member

    wow some heavy guns here...is no one worried about weight?
  10. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    Wow. What a perfect segue for me.

    SW 642 in .38 spl (airweight). :D

    Not worried about bears where I am. No griz here, and I've been backpacking enough to know how to avoid bear encounters (like absolutely no food in the tent).

    My concern in these wilderness areas are crackheads.
  11. Clifford

    Clifford Well-Known Member

    I have done a lot of backpacking in my time and never been concerned about the weight of my handgun. Yes weight matters but I would sooner not pack enough food than not pack a sidearm and need it. When we go 35-45 lbs is the normal pack weight and extra 2-3lbs on the hip don't Seem to matter, thou I would think trying to carry a 5-9lbs rifle on a backpacking trip would bug me.

    The handgun in the correct holster works great, but I would be hard pressed to pack a rifle In a sling and have it accsesable and comfortable. JM2C.
  12. kanewpadle

    kanewpadle Well-Known Member

    S&W M&P R8 Scandium frame 357. Big but very light for a large frame gun. Eight rounds of Double Tap and two full moon clips in a side pocket.
  13. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    I'm happy for you, sir. I wish I could say the same.

    Perhaps because it's because I'm a smaller person (tall and skinny).
    I will go to lengths to shave even ounces, let alone pounds,
    especially as the pack inches up above 40 lb.
  14. Prepster

    Prepster Well-Known Member

    Wow, I feel like quite the outcast in this group. When I go backpacking/hiking, I take my Ruger Bearcat in stainless steel. My primary concern is the ability to have food if I run out, get lost, etc. The Bearcat isn't going to replace your favorite rifle, but it can take rabbits and squirrel at reasonable handgun distances. I can put 100 mini-mags in my pack and add a negligible amount of weight. In an absolute pinch it's better than nothing for self-defense, although that isn't something I'm super-worried about, because Vermont has minimal crime in its cities, let alone its trails. As far as critter defense, I do the same level of prevention that all of you surely do.

    I feel comfortable with a .22 revolver out in the wilderness, but I won't hate on those who like to have a .44 mag, 1911, or something else. If self defense was my primary goal, I wouldn't pick a .22 lr either.
  15. federalfarmer

    federalfarmer Well-Known Member

    Nothing. A couple of knives.
  16. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    Three ways to handle that:

    1) A horse
    2) A shoulder holster,
    3) (my favorite): A shoulder holster while on horseback.

    It depends upon where I am going. We have three distinct wildlife habitat ranges around here within a reasonable drive:

    1) Lowlands with no bears, a 1911 in .45acp
    2) foothills: L or N frame .357 or a .44mag N frame.
    3) Grizzly area - .44mag N frame, and if mounted also a 30-30.
  17. stoveboltgunnut

    stoveboltgunnut Well-Known Member

    I have a quality belt, and a quality holster. I really do not notice the weight of my blackhawk.
  18. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Well-Known Member

    1911 in an old GI hip-belt Flap-Holster...or, Colt New Service in .45 LC, ditto...
  19. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    6 shot small frame stainless .357 snubnose revolver, 18 rounds total.
  20. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    (.45ACP) S&W Model 325PD = for personal protection aganist 2 & 4 legged predators
    (.22LR) Iver Johnson Model 844 = for plinking and snakes
    (5.56x45mm) Kel-Tec SU-16CA = for personal protection. carried folded in half in pack.
    (.303British) Long Branch No4Mk1 sporterized carbine = when hunting.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2009

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