What handgun and cartridge would be YOUR choice - holstered while working daily around the farm?

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  1. jmontgomery

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    In Kansas a 1911 or a 9mm Glock would work for me. More importantly would be a scoped AR for coyotes, nuisance deer, etc.
     
  2. pAZ Ron

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    You did say "while working daily around the farm". Others have asked what your purpose is? I think of 3 scenarios:

    1. Primarily for defense but with enough power to dispatch an animal, I'd go with (or something equivalent to) a Glock 23 or M&P compact in .40 S&W or the same size gun in .357 SIG. Not anything larger than that.

    These will dispatch anything short of larger bears (but with the right ammo can even take them on, if not ideal). Use your SD (self defense) ammo in 165 or 180 grain in .40. If bears may be a problem, 180 or 200 grain WNGC hard cast lead bullets.

    2. If your purpose is to routinely dispatch or opportunistically take a variety of game or pests, try something like a Taurus Judge (there may be newer equivalent guns?). You can shoot .410 shot shells or .45 cal and would be very flexible at the expense of some added size/weight. (I admit to never trying one of these.)

    3. Just to have a gun along ... Go smaller gun so it won't interfere with your work & you will always have it with you, in 9mm. Mine in this size is a Kahr PM9 (or Glock 26, a little bigger). But others are Glock 43, Sig P365, Springfield Hellcat, Ruger LC9S, S&W Shield, etc.
     

  3. Kentucky fan

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    I carry a glock 20 when working around the property
     
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  4. JPARANEE

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    A 357 mag revolver 3 or 4 inch
     
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  5. mikey357

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    For me, a Smith Model 19 or a Model 686...
     
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    Ummmm….on a ranch, why not a rifle, close at hand? If not a rifle .429 Magnum, or a 10mm.
     
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    Yeah, if the farm in question is a real 'working' farm - with lots of livestock (cattle) being raised for dairy and meat vendors, along with some number of horses - they can present a serious risk of physical danger if one of them gets wound up or if they stampede as a group.

    A .22 rimfire is a little light for that situation. I'd consider a .357 Mag - loaded with heavy magnum cartridges, not .38 Spec.Eds - to be the minimum in a wheelgun.
     
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  9. Nutty Professor 188

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    Glock 17/19X/45.

    9mm cartridge is not too big or too small.
    Not super heavy so extended carry wouldn't be a drag.
    Very durable so it wouldn't really be effected by abuse; dust, dirt, mud, getting banged up on fence posts, fence wire, tractor fenders, etc.
    A lot of rounds internally so an extra magazine/reload would not be a necessity.

    I guess a Glock 20 would be an option if you really thought you would be likely to encounter big, furry chainsaws, but the extra bulk and weight clanging around all day while doing farm work might not be worth it.

    I think there has to be a balance between a gun for any reasonable what-if situation and something that's too heavy/bulky and gets in the way of your work.
     
  10. Macc283

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    Ruger single 7 .327 mag.
     
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  11. Bren

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    If I was carrying it for use, a Glock 22. If I was carrying it for show, a Ruger Vaquero .357.
     
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    The same gun I carry around town.....
    G23.
     
  13. JoeOU1

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    G20. Hands down.
     
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  14. Pistol Pete 10

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    I would prolly carry a Model 19, 4" or 6" bbl..
     
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    Read most of the replies OP... some mentioned having to shoot an enraged bull... Big critter there... I’ve been here long enough and have read enough of your posts to pretty much know that you wouldn’t get in a pen with a bull, steer, cow, or even a big hog, that you weren’t sure about....... my post was aimed at rats, possums in the henhouse, snakes, all the run of the mill farm stuff...
     
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  16. GlockPride

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    Before we moved to town mine was almost always an M&P 9c that was beat to heck but still worked. I still have it and carry it.
     
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    Silly

    What type of farm and what kind of dangers/risks on that farm that could be addressed with a handgun?

    I would imagine the cost of discomfort and inconvenience of wearing a 2# weight on your hip for 12 hours a day for a low risk environment to be not equivalent to the risk.

    As a farm worker, you are more at risk from industrial injuries and accidents.
     
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    I vote for lighter weight.
     
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