American Handgunner March/April 2013 Digital Edition - Page 48

Handguns are Sidearms this intrepid photo studio cowboy seems to understand the value of a rifle. his colt is where it should be, on his side. We Know That, But… Which would you rather have in a gunfight, the double-barreled shotgun held by the cowboy in the center, or the little-bitty handgun in the vest of the guy on the right? John Barsness unting outfitters and other learned outdoor folks in Alaska, Wyoming and Montana are often asked this earnest question: “What handgun should I carry when hunting in grizzly country?” Their almost universal response: “What rifles do you own?” Why carry a sidearm when you already have a rifle in your hands? Even a .270 Winchester is much more suitable for stopping a grizzly than a .500 S&W, and the reason doesn’t lie in sheer power. We could debate bullet weight and diameter versus kinetic energy and muzzle velocity, but the biggest factor in killing a bear (or any other animal) WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2013 H What would you rather have in your hands right now, a handgun or a rifle? 48

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