My New Bear Protection Carbine
Those of you who know me know that I love Winchester lever actions. They are fast, well balanced, rugged, and works of art. I would just as soon be carrying my Winchester 1886, Model 71, or 1895 carbine as any other rifle I own.
I do a lot of shooting and training with the AR-15 platform, though, specifically M4-style weapons. This type of weapon has advantages for me in size, controls, the ability to mount a reflex sight, and familiarity. It is my weapon of choice for self-defense against human predators.
Now I used to walk through the bush with no firearm at all quite often. I spent a summer on a remote job living in a tent without a firearm. Now that I have a family and often have them with me in the woods, I think about things differently. Escape and evasion is no longer a possibility when I have a couple toddlers clinging to my legs. Last summer, my children ran in the back door with a bear heading in after them. As I stepped into that doorway with a ’95 Winchester, my family behind me and a bear on the porch closing to 7 feet from my rifle, the thought was driven home to me that no matter what happened when I pulled the trigger, no matter how the bear reacted or how long it took to die, no matter what, I could not, would not allow that bear to get past me to my family. A second and a half and three shots later, the bear was in a pile on the ground, but I was already thinking about the next time, if it comes. If my family is depending on me for their safety, I want the weapon that I am most effective with, that will give me the greatest advantage.
So my new bear protection carbine is an AR-15. Not a 5.56, of course, but a .50 Beowulf. I will write an article about it soon.
Check it out here: Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf Rifles, Uppers, and Ammunition