3 Best Bear Defense Pistols When You Have Seconds to Live
Bryan Hill / May 27 2022Bear defense pistols can be drawn in 1.5 seconds or less, so you can fire before you get mauled. They need to be powerful enough to punch through the bones of huge, dangerous animals, but not so powerful that it's slow to shoot, or inaccurate when fired quickly.
What fits the bill? Pistols chambered in 10mm, loaded with bear defense ammo.
|Pistol Size||Length: 8-10". Any longer and they become slower to aim. Any shorter and they may lose too much power to reliably stop large animals.|
|Frame Material||Steel or polymer.|
|Weight||Weight: 1.5-3.0 lb. Anything in this range is a balance between comfort of carry and reducing the recoil of your stronger ammo.|
|Ammo Caliber||10mm.Strong enough to perform vs. large animals, with good ammo capacityand acceptable recoil.|
|Ammo Capacity||14+ rounds. More is better.|
|Best Upgrades||Pistol light, Threaded barrel, Compensator, Laser Grips or Red Dot (optional)|
|Storage||Chest holster or belt holster or a secure storage safe.|
Best Bear Defense Pistol under $600
The Glock 20 is the easiest to carry bear defense pistol. It's not too big, and light enough to carry all day, but it has less power and more recoil than the other options.
|8.07"L x 1.3"W x 5.5"H|
Best Bear Defense Pistols over $600
At this price point, the Glock 40 MOS is a great balance of price, weight, and aftermarket support.
The EAA Witness Hunter 10mm has a better trigger and less recoil, but is heavier, and it's harder to find holsters for one. It also has an frame-mounted optic mount, which offers more performance at the cost of some bulk.
Glock 40 MOS
EAA Witness Hunter 10mm
|2 lb||2.88 lb|
|9.5"L x 1.3"W x 5.5"H||10"L x 1.3"W x 5.4"H|