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Why Do Hunters Opt for a Handgun?

Written by Jimmy Rustling

Handgun hunting is similar to bow and rifle hunting, but there are a few key differences. First, it’s a relatively short-range form of hunting, and the game can include deer, antelope, wild hogs, and much more. It’s an exciting way to hunt, and some hunters prefer using their handguns for hunting compared to other weapons.

That said, it’s never a bad idea to delve into why the handgun seems to be one of the most popular choices for hunting. So if you’re interested in hunting and are still on the fence about what weapons to use, here are a few reasons why you might want to go for the handgun.

1 It’s surprisingly versatile

One of the most significant reasons why the pistol is the go-to for hunters is due to their sheer versatility. For example, most people already own a handgun for home defense, as well as a few accessories for it. Those who own one already have the most important tool to go hunting. Of course, it still means you’ll have to purchase gear to help you during the hunt, but the handgun is—for the most part—all you need.

There are even accessories to help you hunt more efficiently with your firearm. There are handgun night sights available for those who want that extra bit of versatility that can help during the twilight hours. After all, it can get surprisingly dark when hunting for game in the early evening, so it’s a good idea to come well-prepared.

2 It takes a different skill set to hunt

Another reason some hunters opt for the handgun when they go out hunting for wild game is the difference in skill sets necessary to be proficient. Pistols take skill to shoot effectively, making the firearm a personal preference of those who want an entirely new challenge. It also means getting closer to the wild game to take them out, encouraging hunters to develop their stalking skills.

The differences between hunting with a rifle compared to hunting with a smaller firearm such as a pistol are numerous enough that it feels like an entirely different activity. While handgun hunting is still intrinsically the same thing as hunting with a firearm, it’s still a breath of fresh air.

3 It’s much less of a burden on the hunter

Some hunters want to have more freedom when hunting for game, and trying to hunt with a rifle can be restrictive at times. Not only are you carrying a heavy load, but you must also prepare to take a shot. Going around with a handgun means developing your stalking skills, but it also means having a much easier time maneuvering through the hunting grounds. Overall, it’s much less of a burden on the hunter, which is enough reason for people to take up handgun hunting.

Hunting with a handgun can be new and exciting for even the most experienced hunters, and some people prefer it over any other weapon. It also helps that the pistol is a more ethical choice compared to something like a bow.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.