Well I've been reading this forum for 6-9mths now. I got a lot of great information and learned a great deal from you guys/gals and really appreciate the time people put in here. The family and I arrive to our new home in Wasilla Aug 3rd. I've been out of the hunting scene for quite some time, even then all I really hunted was dear in Oregon. My main concerns moving to Alaska was gun selection, hunting & protection. I need to take in the area before getting too serious but I wanted the right gun until then. Plus I needed to act quick before the wife changed her mind. Being afraid of Brown Bears is a good excuse to buy a couple guns.
I plan on doing a lot of practice at the range, take the boy out hunting for rabbit while scoping areas to setup a bait station. I figured this is a good way to get my son as well as myself started. Any how, I needed a rifle and hand gun that I would be comfortable shooting either lefty or right handed (ambidextrous). Adrenalin is a funny thing when your ambidextrous...you never know which hand you're going to prefer...so the gun better accommodation. My kids laugh at me just about every night at the dinner table. It takes me a good 10 seconds or so to figure out which hand to put the fork or knife into.
So I called up Grizzly Custom Guns and placed an order for their Brush Hawg in 45-70. Their rifle work just looks amazing. 4-6 months from now I should be the proud owner of my first lever gun. I feel that the custom work and ability to shoot this rifle comfortably left or right handed made this a good choice.
I know the 44 is the preferred minimum for bear protection but I've never shot a hand gun before. I needed something to get started with that wouldn't have too much kick and cause flinching. Also I needed a gun that the wife could use as well as eventually training my son to use. By the time they both are comfortable shooting a hand gun I should be ready for something in the 44-500 range...maybe . Anyway I called Wild West Guns and place an order for the Springfield XD 45ACP w/ the Rowland 460 mod. I can practice w/ both 45ACP rounds as well as the Rowland.
I know gun choice is very personal and selective but I feel that these two guns where the right choice for now. As I grow and learn I may add to the arsenal.