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Old June 10th, 2021, 02:27 PM #1
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45 Camping handgun

Thinking about picking up a 45 handgun for my solo camping adventures, figured 45 should be a decent middle ground for both anti human and anti animals.
What would some good options for this role? For me ammo capacity is a must so most single stacks are out of the question, and I've been looking up FNX 45, USP 45, CZ 97, and maybe the M&P 45 if I can find one. I know theres good options such as the HK 45 or the Glock 21, but personally I find both of those ugly and if theyre ugly I won't take them out to train as much, so that's a no go.

Let me know your recommendations or experience with those!
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Old June 10th, 2021, 02:33 PM #2
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While I'm admittedly a 1911 guy, I also have a H&K USP45 and a Sig P220...both are excellent. The H&K has a higher capacity and lighter weight but doesn't feel as good in the hand as the Sig. I've no experience with the others you mentioned so I can't comment in them.

Also...no argument with the choice of a .45 but you might consider the 10mm as well.
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Ugly is as ugly does. The Glock is indeed hideous, like Jake From State Farm, but it works. I love my CZ 97, but for camping? The Glock had more capacity and significantly less WEIGHT when you're doing loaded down miles on foot. But for out in the wild, worried about both humans and possibly large predators or a pissed-off form of large hoofstock, etc., I'd go with the G20, thus using 10mm. That's a better tool for the odd cranky bear or whatnot. Yup. Ugly, like every Glock. But they work and don't weight a lot. Survival vs. aesthetics isn't a hard thing to figure out. I built a G20 clone for just this sorta use.
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I spent multiple days & nights in the wilderness of Oklahoma a few years ago , i packed a .44 mag revolver and my 938 with spare ammo . We drove in a logging road and then hiked about an hour , so i had a bear gun in case .

I would pack for critters to defend myself if i could not avoid those hazards . At night we would hear the howling at the moon which really was amazing .
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I was also debating on a 10mm, but main issue is the price of 10mm means that I won't be able to train with it as much, and I'd much rather have a gun that I am comfortable with than a gun that is more powerful but less comfortable. Also I've read up on some 45 vs bear encounters it seems like it is still effective, just need to shoot the bear a few more times hence my requirement of a double stack.

So far I am leaning toward the FNX since that one have a 15+1 capacity and being polymer frame also meant that it will be light enough to take around, and having full ambi controls is a big plus in my opinion
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Out of all the .45 handguns I've owned or shot, I shot the best with a 1911. Which is strange because I really didnt like them in the beginning of my gun loving career. I know its low capacity and stupid heavy, but I personally would choose the 1911 because I know how to handle it very well. I feel 100% confident in my abilities with the 1911. Maybe go rent a few to see what you shoot well. I dont think you could go wrong with any of the big names. Glock, S&W, FN, they all make great guns.
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I'd much rather have a gun that I am comfortable with than a gun that is more powerful but less comfortable.
The G20 handles pretty much like any other full sized Glock. If you can routinely handle a G17 shooting 9mm for practice, you're not going to have trouble putting a G20 to work. I was pleasantly surprised how non-abusive that 10mm was to shoot. Not at all obnoxious. Sure, you could hit it with some really spanky loads ... and indeed that might be what you'd want onboard while out in the sticks and only minded to use it to save your life. But you can practice all day long on the cheapest 10mm you can find, or get your Glock muscle memory down using something like a G17. Obviously all very subjective. I much, much prefer shooting my favorite all-steel pistols. But I sure as heck don't want to haul one camping!
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Where are you camping and is it legal to carry a handgun there? Do you need a gun there or do you just want to carry one? Thats not a judgement but an honest question. Hollowpoints are great against people, less so against bears. What would your ammo choice be?
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I am also a proponent of 10mm with hard cast projectiles in bear country. There is a reason the Glock 20 (10mm) is the most popular outdoor defense handgun in Alaska.
My Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum is more powerful than my 10mm, but my 10mm holds an extra 10rds before reloading. Yes, 16rds of 10mm is better than 6rds of .44 Magnum in my eyes.
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For camping... Go Glock. Caliber is up to you for the reasons stated above.
I have both a .45 acp Glock and a 10mm Glock. Glock is an excellent choice for the application. My two cents.

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