A situation has arisen where i may need to carry a handgun for bear protection, secondary to the medium bore rifle. I am an experienced and very competen pistol shooter with 9mm and .45 semi-auto. Is it realistic to purchase a 44mag and expect to become competent or should i use a smaller stepping stone? I cannot but a pile of pistols though. I realise that 44mag is at the bottom end but i am wary of a 6 pound 454 as i might as well strap on a pistol grip rem 870. Lastly and i realise it has probably been covered, what features should a revolver novice look for in a pistol.