Great suggestions everyone, however, getting a big handgun for bear protection is not on the priority list. In Colorado we only have black bears and they are not that big and they do prefer to avoid people. The Wildlife trainer that I took the hunter safety course with said to use a pair of pans to make a racket and the bears typically flee. The other thing is that I am going with 2 military buddies and they have a 357Mag and a 44Mag that they are bringing with as well. I also have a can of bear spray as well. So I think I should be good, I just want a way to get to the gun quickly if the need arises to make some noise. I know the 9mm will only tickle the bear, unless it's really close and I can put 2-3 shots in the head.