I own quite a few guns and spend most of my free time camping, hunting and fishing with my wife and our 3 year old son. I always carry a sidearm for protection and basic bear defense. I love my SA XD .45 ACP for it's accuracy and just having the option of firing off 14 rounds should they be needed.
However, I recently became infatuated with the new Ruger 454 Alaskan and had to get one. I have fired it several times with both the .45 colt and the .454 casull. I am sure that if ever in a bind and the bear spray doesn't work, a couple of rounds from the Alaskan would do the job. I love the gun even more since firing it and the shorter barrel is nice for a good chest strap holster. I will now be carrying my XD .45 ACP and the Ruger Alaskan in addition to our bear spray.
I was curious how many people have purchased the Alaskan and what you think about the gun. Thank you in advance for your shared thoughts.