I live in Wyoming and anytime I go out I carry my Smith & Wesson 629 Mountain Gun. It is a bit on the heavy side but I feel much more comfortable when it is on my side. Probably more than I need for the occasional coyote or wolf (yes they are here now too) I see but if a bear or mountain lion (yes, I have seen THEM too) decides I look like lunch. I want to make the loudest boom I can make as I shoot at them while running at full speed, backward. Of course they'll have trouble catching up to me cause they'll be slipping in the stuff I leave on the ground as I leave the vecinity.