Guns vs. Bears 2: Glock or .44 Magnum for Grizzly?

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this sequel to “Bears versus Guns”, James revisits his earlier decision to carry a .44 magnum as a grizzly bear defense sidearm in Alaska. This was based, in part, on user comments; after a number of commenters asked James to consider 10mm in the last video, James did additional research on the 10mm handgun as a carry gun in Bear Country. On one hand, 10mm is only about two-thirds as powerful as .44 Magnum, but on the other, the Glock 20SF supplies 16 rounds of 10mm power compared to five or six rounds as in most .44 revolvers. James walks you through his thought process and tells you which gun he selected for camping in the wilderness.

– Glock 20SF
– Smith & Wesson Model 69 Combat
– Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Big George Big George on Aug 14, 2018

    I'm still trying to figure out what two guns the 'dog guy' is carrying on this season of 'Mountain Men' on the History Channel. He's wearing a two-gun leather shoulder holster, probably from that custom leather shop in Texas, and what looks like both a revolver and a semi-auto. My guess would be a 5" or 6" .44 magnum wheel gun, and from the looks of the semi's buttstock, a Desert Eagle .50 AE or the American Eagle .44mag AE44A. He's definitely thinking bear or a big cat!

  • AlaskanBob AlaskanBob on Aug 15, 2018

    I am a certified bear guard here in Alaska. We are taught that our primary job is to guard the clients that we are hired to guard, and do everything to prevent any close encounters that we can with bears. After all it is their back yard that we are in.

    We carry 12 gauge shotguns with slugs and have all the clients that we are guarding carry bear spray as means of being a detergent, with me loaded and ready to dispatch the bear if I should have to. Bear spray usually works if they not charging and closer than thirty yards. Preferable we would like to shoot in the butt with a blue rubber slugs at forty yards in hopes of having the bear move away from us. Of course there is a real slug in the chamber that is ready to follow up in case yogi didn't like being shot with a rubber slug.

    We are taught that handguns are really for self protection and not for group protection. It is going to be what ever you are proficient with that will get the job done. I myself carry a Glock 20, 10 mm with a plus 2 mag ext, 220 grain hard cast bullets all in a Double D chest holster. To date I have never had to shoot a bear and hope I never do. The bear spray has always worked so far and if you think about 2 or 3 folks laying down a fog in front of the bear, I would run too.

    Be safe, be prepared, plan for the worse and and hope you never need it.