Viking with a Hammer
Bear spray is like wasp spray. It's a thick stream, not a fog.
It's a thick stream that does have smaller droplets that do get carried by wind, as evidenced by first-hand accounts of people who have had it blow back in their faces. Furthermore, it's not going to work well in heavy rain or very cold weather, limitations that firearms do not suffer.Bear spray is like wasp spray. It's a thick stream, not a fog.
IF the bear gets a full dose in the face, and you only get a little blowback, that's great, as long as you can recover on your short walk back to you car and as long as the bear doesn't decide to charge you a second time. But IF you miss the bear with the spray, AND you get blowback, AND you're deep in the backcountry, now you're dealing with a real problem, as you'll be incapacitated for the better part of an hour and a predatory bear will not give up - it may retreat for a short time and then continue to stalk you. Furthermore, the MINIMUM time recommended to employ spray at a dangerous bear is SIX SECONDS. You have to hold the spray on the bear for SIX SECONDS for it to be effective. At 25 feet away, a black bear can cover that distance in just about two seconds, a Grizz in about three bounds, and sometimes they turn away and then charge again - if they think their bluff is ineffective, they may attack.I don't doubt it. But I'll deal with the burn while the bear runs away.
Bears don't always notice a bullet. Not much different than a soldier that runs to a bunker, only to notice he was hit as he ran there. But the bear spray hits them hard with a nose that big.
The bear spray is also nice because you can go straight to it without a moments hesitation.
-Is it a bluff charge? Black bears bluff ALL the time. I've been bluffed 3 times already. I'm glad I didn't shoot 3 harmless picnic basket bears.
-Is it safe to shoot? Kids in the back ground?
-Am I going to jail for having a pistol here, and/or shooting it?
None of that hesitation with spray.
If you're hunting a bear you don't have a hair on your ass unless you do it wearing a loincloth and carrying a six-inch hand-knapped Clovis point on the end of a stick - gives the bear a fair chance. Otherwise, let 'em be until they attack you - bear meat tastes like sh*t anyway.If you're honestly hunting a bear you need a rifle. A handgun just doesn't have the energy.
I don't think anyone was asking for your views on hunting.If you're hunting a bear you don't have a hair on your ass unless you do it wearing a loincloth and carrying a six-inch hand-knapped Clovis point on the end of a stick - gives the bear a fair chance. Otherwise, let 'em be until they attack you - bear meat tastes like sh*t anyway.