Had to pick between Ruger LCP .380 S&W 642 .38 Kahr PM9 9mm Glock 26 9mm Dan Wesson .44mag 4" Nah, the 44 was not much in the running. Just too big. But wanted more power than the 380. Tough choice, went with the Kahr. Black bear in the area, seen them there before. Would a 9mm 124gr Gold Dot stop one? Don't know, but I'd try it if needed. If thrashing in a tent and jamming it down the throat. Better than nothing. Main reason to carry is the random threat of some bad guy, that you just never want to go down peacefully if it ever happened. Instead you'd fight to protect your family and yourself. But in an anti-gun world it is not always easy to carry. No doubt any observed printing or sight of the gun would result in cops called and a big hassle or jail trip, even if no laws broken. I carry everyday but the camping challenge involves time spent with inlaws with hugs. Public campsite bathrooms without locks and a guy walked in on me. Swimming and having my wife watch my bag of clothes. Not leaving my gun in a car no matter what restaurant, store, or amusement park everyone decided to go to. And not knowing if over a few days it was going to be hot, cold, rainy, dry, shirts off, or long sleeves on. The nice thing about the Kahr PM9 (same size as the CM9) is that it can be carried on the waist or in a pocket. I like my Alabama kydex 360 IWB holster for it. When going potty, I'd stick the whole holstered gun in my pocket. I would not easily be able to do that with my Glock. That movement of the Kahr to the pocket also conceals well for beach bag stashing of pants while swimming. 6+1 of 9mm with a pocket carried spare mag of 7 more seems more comforting than a snubby load of 5 38's and the revolver's much slower reload of another 5 from a flat pack. While the Glock double stack mags hold more, they are a lot blockier for pocket carry. I also kept a second spare Kahr mag of 7 in my backpack, for 21 rounds total on the trip. I love my Glock 26, but I have to keep my belt a lot tighter to conceal the bulkier gun under just a t-shirt. So the smaller and lighter Kahr allows for a much more relaxed trip that is full of potentially unknown clothing and activity situations An interesting future gun for such a trip might be a Ruger SP101 or other similar sized .357mag for the increased bear effectiveness. Although they'd be extremely loud to let loose inside a tent Or maybe the smallest Glock 10mm, and just work harder at concealment? I couldn't bring myself to tote the 26, so not sure a 10mm would have been with me, but maybe worth the increased power Wanna kill these ads? We can help!