New, and I come with questions
Introduction, I'll be brief (I tried to be brief, then looked back and realized it was anything but brief). My name is Jack Reafman, and I'm an aspiring author. Working a piece of fiction (and hopefully many pieces to follow). As I'm currently just "aspiring" I have to do all my own research. For the most part that isn't much of a problem. I'm working in the realm of fantasy fiction, but set in modern times. With the "fantasy" element, I can take certain liberties. That being said, things which are wholly grounded in reality should stay as real as possible. I have a fairly varied background, so there are many things I'm versed in well enough to be able to cover on my own. However, guns aren't a part of my background. I've done some very basic "hands on" research (I spent a bit of time at a local shooting range getting a feel simply for what firing felt like, and the difficulties of aiming, moving targets, etc, though when I said very basic, I mean very very basic) just to have some vague idea of what I'm talking about. That being said there is a wealth of information that you can't understand without the years of experience I see in the posts in this forum.
My hope is that the group here won't mind too much if someone like myself poses questions from time to time in order to more accurately portray the use of firearms (and specifically handguns) in fiction. It's a pet peeve of mine when I see an author use something, anything, from the real world in a way that simply could not happen in the real world. My goal is to avoid doing that. No one should be reading anything I write and come away from it feeling like it was just too unreal. That being said, it is fantasy fiction. So keep that in mind if you choose to provide an answer. Just because you personally wouldn't use a handgun to stop a werewolf doesn't mean that isn't what the protagonist got stuck with.
The last line of the above paragraph is actually my first question.
The protagonist in my current story is coming face to face with a werewolf about three chapters from now. He's carrying a handgun, he should really be carrying a rifle, or at least a shotgun, but that would make things too easy, and lower the tension of the moment. If it turns out that a handgun is simply too unbelievable, I can make that change, but I'm going to go with the opinions of the folks here. If it's possible for him to use a handgun for the encounter, I'd rather go with that. The question however is this: If you had to use a handgun to stop something like a polar bear (about 650-1000lbs, thick fur, thick hide, thick layer of fat over dense muscle before getting to the gooey bits -- The werewolf doesn't have the layer of fat, but the polar bear is the closest animal I could think of as far as size, aggression, and difficulty to kill) what gun would you use? It should be noted that the bullets will be coated in silver. Silver being poison to a werewolf, however, it's not a fast acting poison. You'll have to slow the werewolf down enough to survive at least several minutes. You'll want to incapacitate the werewolf before it can get to you. The protagonist is about fifteen feet away from the werewolf when the confrontation begins, and due to circumstances it'll be a second or two before the werewolf can react.
What handgun would you use? What kind of rounds/load? Why?
Thanks in advance folks for any advice you can give. Also, the more I know about your choice, the better.
Re: New, and I come with questions
Something to keep in mind is that EMTs are in most cases prohibited from carrying, so if the protagonist is to be carrying on the job the gun will need to be concealable, now if he's going out hunting there's a little more lee~way.
Is opt for a Glock 20 or 29, both being 10MM pistols, the 29 if it needs to be concealed. The 20 if it doesn't need to be hidden.