SIZE MAT­TERS

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When it comes to wilder­ness travel, size—or, more specif­i­cally, weight—mat­ters. A large-framed .357 Mag­num or a .44 Mag­num gets very heavy af­ter a long day in the woods. A few ounces here and there re­ally do make a dif­fer­ence. Will a 4-inch bar­rel do the job, or do you re­ally need a 6-inch bar­rel?

When I chose my XD-S, size and weight were con­sid­er­a­tions. I like the .45 ACP round, but a full­sized 1911 adds weight to the over­all carry.

Think about the ammo you will need to carry. The rounds for a .22 take up much less room and weight than do those of a .45. So, if you don’t need the .45, don’t take it. Be­lieve me, af­ter 12 years in the mil­i­tary and a life­time trav­el­ing through the woods af­ter deer and grouse, I know that ev­ery lit­tle bit of weight mat­ters.

Con­sider all your op­tions when de­cid­ing on the right wilder­ness carry for you.

The XD-S with Black­hawk hol­ster for belt carry. Fed­eral Pre­mium HST is great self-de­fense ammo.

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