I'm a newlywed and have a deal with my wife: I have permission to have 3 guns at a time, which sounds pretty reasonable since I've never had a big collection anyway. Here's what I've come up with after a bit of thought:
1) CCW: Smith model 642. I handled one for the first time not long ago and have one on order. My SP101 was too heavy and a model 340 was way too light. The 642 felt like it hit the sweet spot between weight & power.
2) Open carry/home defense: Short barrelled Smith model 629. I plan on shooting .44 spl most of the time, but will use heavy magnums while hiking.
3) Plinking/small game: Ruger 10/22 or 77/22. The Marlin Papoose is also on my radar, but I'd have to shoot one first.
That about covers all the bases I'd want. My wife wants a long-barreled single action, which I think would complement this collection well. There's no real anti-bear gun in there, but dear ol' Dad would be happy to lend me a longarm whenever we come visit Alaska.
Any thoughts? What would you choose? If I lived up there I'd put a high-powered rifle in there somewhere, or at least switch to a bigger caliber OC handgun.