This Alaskan Guide has a true tall tale to tell you.
Phil Shoemaker, an experienced Alaskan hunting and fishing guide, was guiding a couple of clients on a salmon fishing trip in the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska.
While there they encountered at close range with an angry bear.
Thank goodness nobody got hurt just the bear.
Whats amazing and you don’t hear too often is that Phil stopped this raging bear with a 9mm pistol at close range.
Phil and his clients were lucky enough to walk away without a scratch.
Season outdoorsman who pack hand cannons will chastised Phil to kingdom come. Phil was packing a S&W 3954 in 9mm, whats odd is he also owns S&W 629 chambered in 44 Magnum but chose to carry the 9mm on this day. I think the moral of the story isn’t all about carrying a hand howitzer but you can carry a 9mm but supplement that with good quality ammunition, good shot placement and luck if you’re ever in an encounter with a bear.
Anyone that knows cartridges will understand that 9mm Luger does not have penetration compared to a more powerful cartridges such as .454 Casull or .500 S&W. In this instances, Phil the guide was packing a 9mm with 147 grain hard cast bullets made by Buffalo Bore. This was design for deep penetration.
Though, Phil 9mm handgun lacked penetration, his 9mm made up in higher magazine capacity. With more rounds Phil was able to shoot multiple times to put down the bear.
Brown bears out in the wild are dangerous, its important to be armed ideally with some heavy power pocket cannons.
Having a 9mm handgun isn’t ideal for this situation but if you have good gun skills and luck you may just come out unscathed like Phil. Be Safe out there.