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All around handgun???

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and thought I would put this question to the masses.
<span style="font-style: italic"><span style="font-weight: bold">What would make the best all around, carry handgun?</span></span>
When I ask myself that question, I take into the consideration that I would want it for personal protection, snakes while fishing, kayaking or camping, and for target shooting.
That makes for a tall order. I own various handguns, but they all have their specialty, none seem to fit the bill to be used all around.
Currently I am looking for something that would be easy to carry while fishing and kayaking. My current carry gun is a Ruger 40. It's a bit much to lug around while fishing and it doesn't tuck away very well in the kayak, so most of the time it stays at home or in the truck. Besides that, I think it's a bit over kill for snakes!
What's your thoughts on this? Maybe you guys can come up with something I haven't thought of.
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Re: All around handgun???

My thought is, I wouldn't advertise you plan on randomly shooting snakes. So, remove that from the equation, and a .357 snubby fits the bill. Shoot .38s for target/plinking, and the .357 rounds for protection.

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I would also go with a .357, but I would have a 4 inch barrel.

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My thought is, I wouldn't advertise you plan on randomly shooting snakes. So, remove that from the equation, and a .357 snubby fits the bill. Shoot .38s for target/plinking, and the .357 rounds for protection.
X2... 2" 357mag will fit that bill. Also would make an excellent protection pistol while hunting Dangerous Game.

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Re: All around handgun???

Forget the snakes! If you really think you need protection from snakes, pick up a stick.
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snakes???? that's a load of ****. noone needs a gun for snakes. If you have time to draw a gun to shoot a snake then you have time to step away from it. End of threat

As for an all around gun, I like my M&P Shield in 40 cal.

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I carry a Smith J frame .357 model 360PD in a Uncle Mikes pocket holster while hunting. Doc in Pa.
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Smith Model 13 .357

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Re: All around handgun???

Thanks guys for the ideas! There's a couple to think about. I might just stick with one of the ones I have. I guess I'm always looking for another reason to buy another gun.
On the other issue, I was just randomly typing things and never meant to stir anything up. I've never shoot a snake while out fishing or ever plan too! I was more referring to the size of the gun, not what I was using it for! Sorry if my random thoughts are not interpreted well in words. So for those that got their blood pressure up, I apologize!
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