Agreed but here's the rub with that.Bear spray, a 454 Casull or shotgun loaded with slugs for a last ditch effort to maybe walk away from a surprised or aggressive bear is what we carried if expecting to run into them while out West. None of these are a guarantee, but better to know how to use these tools and have them if needed.
I never assumed or said target practice could ever prepare you for a dangerous encounter having never been put into that scenario. Thank god it never happened. I would never ASSUME to ever know how I would react to that situation. Most likely still get chewed on and shat my pants!Agreed but here's the rub with that.
Target practice will not prepare you for a charging bear. Won't really prepare most people for a casual bear. How you react in oh shit situations at high speed are most important. 90+% of individuals fail this, gun or no gun.
I've been bluff charged by grizzly. Nothing prepares you for that.
Battle would, but nothing in daily life.
Gotcha. I agree, guns should never make anyone feel that they are invincible. That's plain stupid and maybe even more dangerous than anything else.I wasn't implying you did. I just think guns carried for this purpose can lead to a false sense of security and possibly make someone reliant on it for protection. Awareness is protection first. Of course a gun as a last resort. But you gotta be able to use it.
I have spent alot of time over the last 4 decades in bear country. 100% of all of my bear encounters have ended with me scaring them off just by making alot of noise. Never carry, never worry.
If it makes an individual feel better I say go for it. But be honest with yourself about your ability to be effective with it.