OK, a buddy of mine does a lot of hiking. He asked me the other day about carrying a handgun for self defense against potential wildlife attacks. We had a pretty good discussion on the topic, but I am far from an expert here. He has a .38 and a .357. A new gun is not out of the question, but not tops on his list of discretionary spending, either (hence the mention of the Glock 10mm) Oh, and he has a License to Carry, as well, so no issue there... He sent me a follow up email, which I told him I'd put in front of folks who probably know more than I do.