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Study: Guns not best defense against angry bear

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by civilian75, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I know this is not news to most of us. I know it has been discussed before. But this study just came out, and nothing like "scientific data" to "prove" a point. Here ya go:

    Get the rest of the article here:
    BYU study shows bear spray more effective than guns
    or here:
    Study: Guns not best defense against angry bear - Omaha.com
     
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  2. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Proof again that you should always go out with a slower hunting partner.
     
  3. 1stIDFMP

    1stIDFMP North of Salem, south of Portland Active Member

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    I read a handgun magazine article, a few years back, that compared which handgun would be most effective in stopping a bear. Their findings was that pepper spray was your best option (of course, I like to back that option up with my 10mm.......).
     
  4. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Even a 10mm is comparable to the proverbial "golden BBs" that sometimes can down a military aircraft. It is about placement. And God knows how hard it is to shoot straight with a freight train heading towards you at 35mph! The main message is to not let your firearm, whatever it is, to lead you into complacency. Prevention is the best tactic.
     
  5. 1stIDFMP

    1stIDFMP North of Salem, south of Portland Active Member

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    I was only being a little tongue-in-cheek with my comment........:p
     
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Many of the successful bear defenses I have read of end up with the shooter sidestepping the basically dead-on-it's-feet bruin at the last minute like a matador