Woods/city carry for Alaska worker

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by UAV Dan, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. jstert

    jstert Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    ne and sw
    will o.p. be working in the bush solo? having a wingmate (not for the proverbial 22 to the kneecap but for another decent defensive firearm), or even a dog, for overwatch would go a long way to ensure a safe experience wouldn’t it? i know from the one eyed monster that there are plenty of guys soloing in the alaskan bush but that takes more moxie than i could ever muster even in my best years.
  2. LaneP

    LaneP Member

    Jul 31, 2019
    I would probably carry a stainless 4-5/8" bbl Ruger NM Blackhawk in .45 Colt loaded with heavy hard cast Buffalo Bore ammo. If you're concerned about corrosion throw a coat of paste wax on it occasionally.
    .308 Norma likes this.
  3. psyopspec

    psyopspec Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Apologies for not having read all pages of the thread.

    I bought my first 10mm earlier this year. I had the same impressions and expectations around recoil as you. However, the Glock 29 I bought (which is relatively small for the cartridge) is not bad at all to shoot. I'd say more akin to a .45ACP than anything, and that's with full-house bear loads from Underwood.

    As for your needs, I'd say Glock 29, with a 10mm 1911 if there has to be a second place. The 29 is concealable, shootable, and reliable. It can be carried with SD loads in town, then given an extended mag with full house loads in the back country. Were I pilot, I might also look at stashing a shotgun or big bore carbine as part of a survival kit.

    Edited to add: I should state my case in terms of experience and needs here. I'm terrible at shooting revolvers, but have tens of thousands of rounds through the Glock platform. This specific pistol was purchased for trips where I'd be trail running in the back country. Familiarity was a given; beyond that I needed it to be relatively light for running, and as powerful as practicable.

    I fully understand and acknowledge that revolvers would offer more power, and may be the right call if you shoot them well or are willing to put in the time to get there.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2019
    Buzznrose likes this.
  4. Buzznrose

    Buzznrose Member

    Feb 15, 2012
    SA, TX
    Totally agree with the Glock 20/29. G29 much more concealable.

    load a couple quality XTP rounds up front and 200grain hardcast in the rest of the magazine. Underwood Ammo or Buffalo Bore Ammo would be my recommendation.

    make are your gun handles whatever ammo you choose. Glocks generally are not picky but have a habit of issues with 220 grain rounds.

    If you go 29, get a couple G20 15 round mags and an XGrip sleeve.

    Good luck
  5. MillCreek

    MillCreek Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Snohomish County, Washington USA
    I read an article about the Danish Sirius Patrol, who does remote patrolling via dogsled throughout Greenland. Specifically for the polar bear threat, they use a Generation 4 Glock 20 10 mm with a six inch barrel to back up a Sako bolt action rifle. Unfortunately, the actual ammunition used was not specified.
    ApacheCoTodd likes this.
  6. Anchorite

    Anchorite Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    What about the new XD 10mm?
    ApacheCoTodd likes this.
  7. Trey Veston

    Trey Veston Member

    May 30, 2017
    I don't think there is anything wrong with them, it's just hard to ignore the huge aftermarket support for the Glock platform in regards to holsters, barrels, trigger components, sights, wind chimes, etc, etc.
    psyopspec and Lucky Derby like this.
  8. Anchorite

    Anchorite Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    I don’t disagree. Personally I am not a 10mm fan. Glad to see more polymer competition.
  9. UAV Dan

    UAV Dan Member

    Nov 12, 2019
    Thank you for the advice. I've got concerns with my wrists, so I'm unsure if 10mm in a small package is right for me. Shot a buddy's blackhawk in 45colt (with conversion to 45acp) and think that may be a good option for me. I'm built quite small (5' 7", 140) and don't want any concerns of "doubling up."
  10. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Member

    Nov 29, 2019
    Id suggest you find a handgun that is in a caliber your comfortable shooting.
    In a affordable caliber.
    In a handgun your comfortable shooting. (Tweak by replacement sights and grips)
    6 boxes of .454 practice cartridges can cost a bundle. Unless you handload.
    Yes I know you can shoot .45 Colt in a .454, but thats not the point.
    You have to practice with what you are going to use when you need it for protection.
    If your going to mess round with reduced recoil rounds you might as well be using a .22 rimfire for practice.

    One thing only lightly touched upon.
    Shooting a handgun under stress.
    Yes you can buy the most powerfull handgun in the land, Butt add some Buck fever type stress and bad weather or funky venue (willows or a parking lot) could spell disaster.
    Nothing like missing a moving bear as the distance quickly deminishes with each bound.
    Just as it reaches you, you find your out of ammo.

    Find a effective but shootable firearm.
    Shootable means one you can comfortably hit your target with.
    Not struggle to hit the bulls eye at 20 paces on a nice day in Soldotna.
    What about the dusk as your thinking of whats for supper with the wind in your face on a wooded riverbank trail?

    The only corrosive Environment Id encountered is the Alaskan Coastal salt air.
    You keep your firearm clean and oiled.
    I usually just wipe the exteriour of my firearms with some boiled linseed (Flax) oil and cut with a bit of turpentine and let it cure.
    Easy to retouch with more linseed and easily removeable with solvent if you want to sell it off in the future.
    Linseed oil is what is used inside the steel tube fuselage aircraft (super cub) to stave off corrosion inside the steel tubeing.
    If linseed oil is good enuf as a corrosion inhibiter on the inside of steel tubeing, it should be a pretty fair coating on the outside.
    Just keep a mayonaise jar of oil handy for touchups.
    I like the turpentine smell.
    Bears get a wiff of turpentine and linseed oil they know the gig's up.

    The Michael Dukes show podcasts, Firearms Fridays (see facebook on the show)
    At the 43 min mark Fred from RI asks the question about what Alaskans carry.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
  11. JERRY

    JERRY Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    the "mountain gun" 4" S$W revolvers seem like a good balance that can pull double duty with magnum loads for the woods and special loads for town.
    Lucky Derby likes this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice