Will my 9mm stop a black bear and do they make noises before they attack or do they just sneak up on you?
- PatrickLv 44 years agoFavorite Answer
I would regard a typical, non-magnum handgun as being more like a last line of defense against a potentially dangerous animal. (a 10 mm semiauto might be an exception). If I were backpacking, with no intention of hunting, and was looking for a compact handgun to put in my backpack, most likely I would pick a semiautomatic in either 9 mm, .40 S and W, or .45 ACP. Of those three calibers, the .45 would be the best as far as stopping power goes.
If you are taking a trip afield and don't mind the extra bulk and weight, you ought to consider a magnum revolver, such as a Blackhawk or Super Blackhawk in .41 magnum or .44 magnum.
Will a 9 mm kill a black bear? Yes, but only at very short range (less than 25 yards) and most likely it would take multiple shots.
- NecooLv 54 years ago
Stop using alternate accounts to talk about how much you want to kill bears!