Like Spending Time Outdoors? These 3 Guns Should Go With You

Many shooters love the great outdoors, and enjoy being out in the middle of nature.

This makes sense, because there’s often nothing more calming, rejuvenating and even therapeutic than enjoying God’s green earth and everything it has to offer.

However, what gun-lovers often enjoy even more than that is being able to bring their firearm along with them.

After all, if you’re going to be out amongst wildlife, you might as well take something down and bring it home with you.

It’s true, few things are better than spending time in the beauty of nature with your trusty firearm. However, there is some discrepancy regarding which firearm is actually best for a hiking trip.

After all, there are a multitude of options of handguns and rifles available. And each type of firearm has its own pros and cons, depending on what type of situation you end up in. So how do we know which ones are the best?

Luckily, there’s no longer any need to do guesswork, or trial and error. And that’s because the experts have already gone out hunting with a variety of firearms, and chosen three of them that are the best for hiking.

Like Spending Time Outdoors? These 3 Guns Should Go With You

Here are three firearms that The Truth About Guns has shown to be best for hiking in the great outdoors:

Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight (courtesy

Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight (around $450)

If you want a firearm that can take down a bear, wolf, cougar or other four-legged attacker, Smith’s five-shot .38 caliber snubbie is not the droid gun you’re looking for. Nor would it be suitable for “where the F am I?” emergency hunting.

But if you’re a hiker seeking simple protection from two-legged threats, the 642 is, as the Brits say, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

The 15-ounce Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight’s biggest maybe even only advantage: it’s easily schlepped in a fanny pack or comfortable holster. It provides supreme portability over however many miles of Mother Nature you seek to traverse. It’s also reliable AF, no matter what the conditions. Speaking of which . . .

GLOCK 20 (courtesy

GLOCK 20 (around $615)

While the GLOCK 20 is a lot bigger than the diddy little five-shot Smith, it only exacts a 13 ounce weight penalty. Not to be a Buffalo Bore, that doesn’t include the weight of the cartridges. Which cost a bomb and weigh a ton. But the G20’s capability is from another planet.

With the right 10mm ammo, with appropriately placed shots, Gaston’s gat can take down a bad man or a rampaging beast at a fair distance, maybe even both at in quick succession, what with its 15+1 capacity.

As you’d expect, the GLOCK 20 is an uber-reliable handgun that doesn’t require a lot of babying to keep running. As for carry comfort, there are plenty of hiking compatible options, from cover-it-with-your shirt outside-the-waistband holsters to not-so-covert-now-eh-Mr.-Bond chest-mounted rigs.

Henry Repeating Arms .30-30 lever gun (courtesy

Henry Repeating Arms lever gun in .30-30 (around $699 and up)

If you’re serious about not becoming bear scat or hunting something big in between communing with nature, you need some serious firepower. Any shotgun that fires slugs is a good choice. Any rifle in a suitably powerful caliber is also a suitable backwoods/desert/mountaintop companion.

[NOTE: This list does not include my weighty 5.56 caliber SCAR-16 as toted by Liberte Austin in the pic at the top of this post. That was clickbait humor.]

I’m going with the Henry .30-30 in don’t-mind-if-I-ding-it steel. The lever gun offers an ideal combination of light weight (7 lbs.), maneuverability (39″ long), portability (swivel studs, useful with iron sights out to 125 yards or so), “stopping power,” accuracy, capacity, safety (carry it without a round in the chamber) and last but not least, cool.

Yeah, I know: the Big Boy is not a carry gun per se. But if you’re carrying it, it’s a carry gun, right? As Elvis might have said, carrying the Henry feels so good how can it be wrong? If you see Margaret, ask her. Better yet, don’t. If you don’t understand it, it’s not for you.