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I could use some suggestions for a lightweight pistol to take hiking. Most of my current options are too heavy when it's 90 to 100 degrees and I'm going up a few thousand feet of elevation. I'd prefer something in 9 or .38/.357. Thank you!This message has been edited. Last edited by: Ackks,
I’ve got one of these newer S&W M&P polymer revolvers and I’m very impressed with it. It’s lightweight but handles .38+p extremely well. I paid under $400 for mine about 3.5 years ago, not sure what they are up to now but MSRP is only $450. Everyone who I’ve let shoot it likes it.
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I have an S&W 360j in .38+P that I carry when hiking most places east of the Mississippi. It's 13oz and just straight up disappears in a pack, pocket, or on a belt.
If I want more capacity, I have a P250 in 9mm. It has a long, safe, revolver-like trigger pull, it's lightweight, and easy to takedown and clean the internals in the field.
For out west, when I want something bigger, I take the S&W Model 69 2 3/4". It's heavier, but being in .44 it hits a lot harder too.
The Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum fills this role perfectly.
The hot Speer Gold Dots produce 500 ft-lbs of muzzle energy in this caliber, and you get six round capacity (instead of five in the other small revolvers).
P320 too heavy?
What do you currently have, or are you looking for a new purchase?
Revolver preferred, or semi ok?
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S&W 642 - .38 SPL +P - Airweight
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I run a HK P30 for hunting but if that is too heavy get a Shield or Sig 365XL or Max.
Ounces equal pounds when hiking. G43 or 43X is my go-to but I also use a S&W bodyguard poly 38spl.
I'm at 5500 ft elevation. If it's going in a pack, I use a HK USPc DA/SA. If it in a holster when hot outside @ P365
I picked up a p365 for hiking duty and it kind of took over for all my carry needs.
I'll probably pick up a Glock 29 soon that I'll probably transition to for a woods gun.
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The kind of trouble you might encounter comes into play. 2-legged problems a Glock 43 is so light you won't feel it. If 4-legged trouble a Glock 29SF with a chest rig and Underwood will easily deal with everything if you aren't facing Grizzlies. Chest rig won't interfere with backpack straps and whips out fast if needed.
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Thank you for the replies. I take a Bodyguard 380, which isn't heavy, but I'd like something with more stopping power. I've also taken an XD9 Subcompact, which feels like a brick on my hip (26 oz unloaded).
I usually start at 8700 ft., go up from there, and prefer to have it in a holster.
The backpack straps are a problem as well. I'd love to use a chest rig, but I prefer not to advertise what I carry. Cougars scare me more than anything where I hike, but they will either get me from behind or hopefully be scared off by a few shots.
Ruger LCR in .357. Not a fun one to shoot during practice with full-on outdoor loads, but if bears ever become an issue I doubt you'd notice in that moment.
9mm is generally good enough to dispatch a mountain lion, but around here they're usually on top of you before you'd even get a clue that they're there on your six. I haven't done much higher terrain hiking/hunting in some time and rarely have I gone over 7500', but I'm one with a mindset that would not sacrifice on firepower or ease of deployment. A chest rig is an absolute must for me both for access and maintaining a centrally balanced disposition, whether it was with my GP100 before, or my G20 now.
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Yeah, they can be on my back before I know what is happening. There isn't much I can do about that, so I'm more concerned with what we saw in those YouTube videos where the mom was trying to back hikers away from her babies.
I carry in the front most of the time because of my backpack.
90-100 degrees, 1000ft elevation changes, that's pretty much the entire Sierra, Cascades and Rockies in the Summer/Fall. The majority of threats in the backcountry, are of the two-legged variety, aggressive animals are pretty rare. Carrying a blaster in the backcountry is both a weight penalty and, a comfort item. Trail sense is a skill you have to develop with many hikes and trips, maintaining some backcountry awareness, not being the mule on the trail (head-down, plodding along...), if it's bear county, wearing a bell or, two, announcing your presence when coming across heavy brush. If you're using hiking poles, have some idea or, develop, some defensive skills with them.
The LCRx revolvers are quite nice and can be had with longer barrels. I would want something in the .38 jhp/.357 range dealing with big predators and small.
I'd be carrying something capable of dealing with common threats if it's going to be the only defensive weapon. Most full sized alloy/polymer frame pistols aren't that heavy.
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