I think we are all missing a valid point, I don't think many of us here will ever encounter a full on mean-ass grizzly bear in the woods. Sure there is good chance someone might run into a black bear, but unless you live in Alaska, Montana or Wyoming you stand a pretty good chance of going into the woods bear free. Sure, it could happen, and you might see the bear charge. I'm willing to bet if you didn't get between a mama and her cubs a shot in the air from any firearm is enough to scare it off. I have spent time in the woods here in Wa and we are sposed to have bears, and in all my years deer and elk hunting I ave never even come across scat. There was one time I almost ran over a cougar though, but he was in such a hurry to get out of there he didn't say boo. Point is I go gold panning in the cascades all the time, I carry a Kabar and a glock 30, because I'm more worried about the two-legged predators than the four.