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January 14, 2014

Backpack Cannon


Smith & Wesson Unveils Backpack Cannon | Kit Up! Revolvers have long been replaced by high-capacity semi-auto for self defense, but they still make nice companions if you like camping where the critters are big enough to eat you.

From the comments: "I did have to draw on a large bear only a few years ago. He saw me first."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 14, 2014 11:49 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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44 Mag, 45 Long Colt, 45-70 are plenty big enough for any dangerous game in North America. The trick is, see them before they see you. When you're out in the woods, you are in their house.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 14, 2014 4:27 PM

Wheel guns can't jam. Pull the trigger-bang. No bang, pull the trigger again.

You don't need 15 rounds. Hit what you're shooting at the first time.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at January 14, 2014 5:25 PM

I doubt I'd shoot it very often but I wouldn't mind having one in my stable.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 14, 2014 6:29 PM

I always carried a .45 Long Colt revolver as my backup gun when I was bow hunting. Never needed it, but it was nice to know it was there on my hip.

Posted by: waltj at January 14, 2014 8:01 PM

I did have to draw on a large bear only a few years ago. He saw me first. Made me wonder seriously if .357 magnum was enough gun for him. Comes down to shot placement. And, my favorite thing: velocity.

You want more rounds, faster (longer barrel), and "right-sized" ammo. As I was contemplating what had just happened to me, I was amazed at how many experts online had not really shot a bear, but had much to say @ it. I had to search hard and find guys who'd actually done the deed.

The .45 is consider too small a round, and yet the week after my encounter a guy shoots a raging griz in Denali NP and lives to tell the tale. I believe he used 11 rounds.

Other "experts" were all, "the bullets will bounce off his skull." Then, look up .357 magnum versus cinder block on You Tube. Anyway, bigger is great, but I'd want 6 rounds plus a longer barrel. That's just me.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at January 15, 2014 8:15 AM

Bought a S&W 629 back in '05. Ran a few boxes through it to see which brands it liked. About the fifth or six box was some Magtech 240 grains.

First shot BANG, second shot BANG, third shot nothing. Not nothing as in bad primer or firing pin. Nothing as in locked up. Cylinder would not move, no double action, no single action, nothing.

Took it back to the shop and the owner took it in back to look at it. Got the cylinder freed up and we tried it again in his range, same ammo. Same thing. Lots of residue on the cylinder face but no other signs of trouble.

Sent the gun back to S&W, they turned it around in less than a week, thing's worked fine ever since, any and all ammo (and believe me, I tried them all, including what was left of the original Magtechs--who btw, make excellent ammo--never had an issue before or after).


Posted by: Snackeater at January 18, 2014 7:41 AM

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