Well, now that we are in Alaska and the wife is out and about hiking etc.. she wants a side arm.
She has killed deer with a rifle and was in the military so she's not foreign to guns. She has however never owned a pistol. I have never bought or even considered a pistol for her so quite honestly I am at a loss as to what a good gun for her would be.
So, I would appreciate some suggestions. She will be carrying mostly when she is hiking, berry picking etc.. She is more concerned about the loonies than bears. I am thinking an auto but not sure what a good caliber would be. Obviously I would like her to have the largest she can comfortably shoot. I am thinking that something is better than nothing if she would surprise a sow or a moose decided it wanted to make a taco of her or the dog.
I can look at ballistic charts all night but I would like to hear from some of you who have experience in this arena.
She is a medium build and could probably handle some of the medium calibers pretty easily. The larger calibers she could probably shoot but I am not sure how well she would react to the recoil. I know for sure she would not do well with my 44 mag and buffalo loads for bear.