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HeathJohnson 11-22-2021 08:33 AM

Bowhunting Sidearm
 
Wanted to get some input from y'all. I am in need of a handgun to carry with me while bowhunting. I have never owned a pistol, but have shot plenty. Lately where I have been hunting I have had one too many close calls with pigs walking to or from my stands in the dark. I was wondering what y'all carry with you as your sidearm when bowhunting, and what does your set up look like? Do you have a holster attached to your bino harness or do you have the normal belt loop holster? TIA

Fishndude 11-22-2021 08:38 AM

Hip worn Taurus Stainless .38 or chest holster Sig 9mm

Can’t say I like one over the other.

3rdCoastHunter 11-22-2021 08:57 AM

I put a Ruger LC9S in the side pouch of my back pack but I think I like the idea of a revolver better

220swift 11-22-2021 09:06 AM

Taurus Judge with some long colt rounds and some 410 shells for shooting rattlebugs

ROBERT83 11-22-2021 09:17 AM

Pmr 30

huntmaster 11-22-2021 09:25 AM

Belt holstered 1911-45

WyoBull 11-22-2021 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 220swift (Post 15949731)
Taurus Judge with some long colt rounds and some 410 shells for shooting rattlebugs

This is a good route to go, especially if you have snakes. This is what I carried when hunting when I lived down in Texas.

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Raider4044 11-22-2021 09:34 AM

Usually no different than what I carry everyday. Sig 365XL 9mm with a Holosun red dot.

Every once in a while when I'm hunting (usually varmint/pig hunting at night), I'll carry a Glock 19 with an RMR and a TLR-7.

jnors06 11-22-2021 09:34 AM

I carry a Kimber K6 3 inch in a cross draw holster by simply rugged. 1st round up is snake shot remaining 5 are soft points.

tpack 11-22-2021 09:43 AM

I carry my 1911 or my s&w model 19. I’ve had some very close calls to.

TX03RUBI 11-22-2021 09:47 AM

Iíve gone into brush after some pretty nasty boars with nothing more than the G48 or G19 9mm in my waistband (my everyday carry) and a flashlight. A couple quick weíll placed shots have done the trick when I needed them to. Most of the time these hogs are severely wounded, but Iíve had a couple with light nothing more than a light flesh wound. I wouldnít have wasted the time had I known that.

DEREKG22 11-22-2021 09:55 AM

Full size Springfield xd 45 with a tactical light mounted on it. But lately been rolling without a firearm out of concern of any mature deer I'm after smelling gun oil. I wonder if anyone else ever had this concern....we can jump thru 1000 hoops to not smell before going in the woods with soaps, sprays, ozone eliminators, etc.- but then put an oily weapon on yur side that also reeks on gunpowder and head into the woods.... yea i dont know...

SaltwaterSlick 11-22-2021 09:59 AM

Sig P220 45/2 extra mags... Some of my potential varmints are of the 2-legged variety down in South Texas...

Tomkat70 11-22-2021 11:05 AM

G19 9mm with laser red dot

Smart 11-22-2021 11:08 AM

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Sig P365 in a Kenai chest holster.... I make sure I have it pig hunting much more than deer hunting....and always tracking either in the dark.


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Drycreek3189 11-22-2021 11:42 AM

After I had my Messcin stand off with a big stinky boar in Trinity Co. I took to carrying my G20 in my hand while going to my stand in the dark (even while gun hunting). My .280 was always slung over my shoulder with chamber empty so a light equipped 10mm seemed much more appropriate.

youngbuck1 11-22-2021 11:49 AM

Finished a piggy off with my s&w 357 last week. One to the dome and nighty night.

RUNNING BEAR 11-22-2021 12:52 PM

Keep a Ruger .380 in my pack if a finish off shot is ever needed. If I encounter something while walking I don’t need a gun, I’ve got my bow.

justindfw 11-22-2021 01:02 PM

Smith & wesson m&p 40

BTLowry 11-22-2021 01:09 PM

Keep whatever you are comfortable with on you and ready to go

If I think I might walk up on a pig in the dark on way to stand I keep pistol ready or at the house sling the AR 300BO pistol with red dot and single point sling over my shoulder.

texan4ut 11-22-2021 01:39 PM

.357 Mag western style wheel gun. Load it with snake shot sometimes during snake season.

Muddy Bud 11-22-2021 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by huntmaster (Post 15949779)
Belt holstered 1911-45

This,but down south it ainít for pigs.

Low Fence 11-22-2021 02:06 PM

Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks

Raider4044 11-22-2021 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks


[emoji16]

nursejenn 11-22-2021 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 220swift (Post 15949731)
Taurus Judge with some long colt rounds and some 410 shells for shooting rattlebugs


This is what I carryÖ in a chest holster.

piercebronkite 11-22-2021 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever I’m in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily I’ve never had to use the nunchucks

Im gonna have to steal that one. :D

Calitexembalmer 11-22-2021 03:05 PM

Ruger LC9

Twist 11-22-2021 03:16 PM

Glock 20 with a Streamlight TLR-6 mounted to it. I carry unholstered in for the morning and out for the evening, sidearm and light at the same time.

TD2000 11-22-2021 03:18 PM

Glock 45 with Ball ammo when hunting elk (Bear & Mountain Lions in area)

SW 19 with 357 for pigs

TBoat10 11-22-2021 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks


:D. Greatness!!!!!

AntlerCollector 11-22-2021 03:59 PM

Taurus Judge for me. Wearing it in my blind right now. I keep Long colts in it when Iím hunting East Texas. When out West (No hogs) I load it with snake shot.
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beefiedoubleoh 11-22-2021 04:39 PM

G20 in lightweight paddle holster for easy on/off

Huntsman27 11-22-2021 04:46 PM

I carry a full size 1911 45acp, switch to a Judge with snake shot for off season.

JohnAGarrett 11-22-2021 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks


This made me laugh [emoji23]


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JohnAGarrett 11-22-2021 04:56 PM

I carry a S&W M&P Shield 9mm in a hard OWB holster.


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coker737 11-22-2021 04:58 PM

My EDC G26. Got IA to watch for as well

SoggyBottomAg 11-22-2021 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DEREKG22 (Post 15949845)
Full size Springfield xd 45 with a tactical light mounted on it. But lately been rolling without a firearm out of concern of any mature deer I'm after smelling gun oil. I wonder if anyone else ever had this concern....we can jump thru 1000 hoops to not smell before going in the woods with soaps, sprays, ozone eliminators, etc.- but then put an oily weapon on yur side that also reeks on gunpowder and head into the woods.... yea i dont know...


I too have this concern and do not carry while bowhunting bc of this. So far have been lucky enough not to need one.


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charrell71 11-22-2021 05:40 PM

I carry my everyday sidearm, Sig P250 .40 cal. Every once in a blue moon, I will carry the Beretta 92FS loaded with Black Talons.

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Fishndude 11-22-2021 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks

You ainít right! ;)

Mike D 11-22-2021 07:58 PM

Are a couple of you seriously worried about a deer spooking from gun oil smell?

I carry a Glock 20 long slide stoked with either 200 grain XTPs or 220 grain hard cast. None of that 45AARP stuff for me. [emoji16]


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ElfEyes 11-22-2021 08:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks

What brand whistle? I blew the reeds out of my last one....

Boyd1212 11-22-2021 08:18 PM

In Texas, I just used my everyday carry gun on my side. Up here I have a Kimber 1911 10mm on the belt of my pack. The daughter and I ran into a cougar 2 weekends ago. I missed on the only shot I had as it ran across the old logging road we were walking. My daughter is now really nervous walking around out there.

TacticalCowboy 11-22-2021 08:33 PM

I just eat chili the night before… the farts scare off all the predators.

SabineHunter 11-22-2021 09:01 PM

Taurus .357 revolver

Hotrodd 11-22-2021 09:08 PM

Colt 1911 in 45ACP or Colt 1911 Delta Elite 10mm carried S.O.B.

Drop Tine 11-22-2021 09:36 PM

Springfield XDM in 10mm. Load depends where I’m at. In bear country it’s some heavy hard cast; Texas I usually have hollow points in it. “For snakes and such”

Tommy1123 11-22-2021 09:47 PM

Sig p365, appendix carry, 15 round mag plus 1 in the chamber, 12 round mag in my pocket.

Death from Above 11-22-2021 09:56 PM

G20

Preacher Man 11-22-2021 10:40 PM

A G20 in a kenai chest holster loaded down with 220 gr hard cast solids should put you at easeÖÖor you could borrow low fencesí unused nunchucks.

Deadfall65 11-23-2021 06:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Low Fence (Post 15950288)
Whenever Iím in an area that has wild Russian feral boar hogs in it I ALWAYS carry these 2 items

1. Nunchucks
2. A rape whistle

Luckily Iíve never had to use the nunchucks


Oh my thatís hilarious!


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