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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7722129 01/19/20 11:51 AM
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Taurus Judge with 45 long colt or double ought 410 buckshot when hunting. Carrying 7s or 8s in the prong and summer can sure help with buzzy tails. Don't have to use a shovel.

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My thinking is perhaps a bit different than some of the others. I carry a Taurus Titanium Tracker in .45 Colt with a Crimson Trace grip, mostly because the field of view with night vision gear is so narrow at ranges under 20 yards that a rifle is nearly useless under most circumstances. Do I need it? Well, I never have, but it makes me feel good when I approach a downed hog in the dark. Realistically, rattlesnakes and escaped bulls are more likely antagonists than angry hogs. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a gear snob and ordinarily wouldn't consider Taurus, but the Titanium Tracker only weighs ~20 ounces and is very compact; I have no complaints.

Another, probably simpler, option is to mount a laser on your rifle; mine is zeroed at about 20 feet, again intended for the walk up on downed hogs.


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7722905 01/20/20 02:42 AM
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I use a simple 9mm that doubles as a truck gun. Generally carry to finish of a pig rather than self defense from them. Learn how to use it...then use it. It’s good to be familiar with different firearms, you know, just in case the need arises.


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7727128 01/24/20 11:50 AM
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I love my 92 FS. It's accurate and dependable. Close second is my GP100.

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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7727210 01/24/20 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by maximus_flavius
Your saying you don’t currently own a handgun?

Assuming your handgun knowledge is poor, a good .357 revolver goes along way, & you can shoot .38s in it for practice/fun.


I agree.


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7727287 01/24/20 02:48 PM
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hogs see me and they take off and I've encountered a few

you can yell at them and they'll take off

If you feel more secured with a sidearm, just carry anything,
just shoot them in the head shoulder area. Revolvers are good,
short and stubby even better. Kimber has a snub .357 double
action hammerless revolver that has a really nice trigger.
Look into that as a start.

Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7729838 01/27/20 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by machintis
Thanks, I definitely want something with firepower, but also something I can actually shoot accurately. How does the 10 mm feel to shoot? Is it easy to be accurate with it or is there too much kick. I have never shot one.


The 10MM is robust but I feel like it is probably the best all-around hunting round for a pistol. If you get a heavy 1911 frame 10MM with a 6", recoil is not really an issue but if you get a polymer wonder, they are pretty snappy. The 1911 will be really heavy on your hip, though. If you want lighter carry weight and less recoil then 9MM is your huckleberry. Glock, Walther, Smith, Sig... there's are dozens of options in the 9MM polymer wonder category. I myself have a Walther PPQ and it has the best out-of-the-box trigger of pretty much any of the polymers.

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I have 7 or 8 pistols. I prefer my bargain priced Judge for a couple of reasons. Choice of 45 or .410. Also, I don’t really like the idea of wondering if there is a round chambered, working the slide or taking it off safety.


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Dave Davidson] #7731011 01/28/20 04:48 PM
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If you want a revolver I like a 44 mag, however, I would really recommend a good 10mm auto like Kimber or Glock. You have a lot more firepower with a auto.

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My brother shoots alot of hogs and always carries his 92FS as a backup. Once in awhile he shares a GoPro video of wounded hog antics where he gets chased into his pickup truck bed, or has to use the pistol because his rifle is out of ammo.

So far he's lived to tell his tales, so I expect the 9mm does its job well enough.

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Originally Posted by J.P. Greeson
I love my 92 FS. It's accurate and dependable. Close second is my GP100.

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I carried the Ruger GP100 as well, but long barrel. Just got to be too much weight. Still love that wheel gun!


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get the 10 mm you will like it

Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7734275 01/31/20 04:19 PM
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Glock 10mm here with buffalo bore ammo


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7734420 01/31/20 07:48 PM
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9mm Glock. They are everywhere on my deer lease and a 9mm has been more than adequate to make a humane kill.


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I carry a Springfield XDM in 45, always handy.

Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: unclebubba] #7735058 02/01/20 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by unclebubba
Do you need a sidearm for "protection" against pigs? Not really. Is a sidearm convenient for dispatching pigs that you come across because they all should be killed? Yes. My preferred pig sidearm is a Ruger Blackhawk in .357. But I also carry a 1911 or a sig p938 (9mm) depending on my mood at the time.


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Dave Davidson] #7735257 02/01/20 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Davidson
I have 7 or 8 pistols. I prefer my bargain priced Judge for a couple of reasons. Choice of 45 or .410. Also, I don’t really like the idea of wondering if there is a round chambered, working the slide or taking it off safety.

Sportsmans Outdoor Superstore has the Judge Public Defender poly for $319.99. Is that the one you have? Looking pretty hard at it.


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Re: Sidearm Reccomendations [Re: Machintis] #7736592 02/03/20 08:05 PM
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I carry a .380 Ruger LCP. Fits fine in a front pocket. I'm more afraid of coyotes or wild dogs than anything else and feel that gun would be effective in scaring them off if needed. I plan to hunt hogs this spring with a Glock Model 40 in 10 MM. Remember if hunting corp of engineer public land, hand guns are completely off limits even with a Texas LTC permit.

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Originally Posted by mikei
A Taurus Judge loaded with 5 of the 45 Colts will be easy to carry and devastating on any hog with which you have a social encounter. You can also go 4 in 1, with the 1 being a .410 with #8 shot in it, just in case you happen upon a rattlesnake.



This is what I got use buckshot , but if we had hogs would load 45's. Heavy but a lot of bang for you buck aim

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