Sorry guys. I believe what I believe. You guys go in there with your 12" elephant skinner knives and black weapons and hand guns strapped to your leg. You will feel safe and I will laugh at you. And, we will both be tickled. Been hunting alone since I was 9. I never once felt the need for a hand gun too. neither did my grandad, my dad and now my 3 grown sons. I've never hunted with a serious hunter that carried one either. Again, I have hunted the plains, southern US and the Rockies. I've never hunted Alaska where it may be wise. But to each his own.