I carry a Ruger LC9. It's my favorite carry pistol. Small and easily concealed, it's been utterly reliable, not bad recoil for a subcompact, not choosy about ammo, and surprisingly accurate. I wouldn't want to take a bear on with it, when I ride in the woods I carry my Ruger P345 .45 or my old S&W model 29 .44 neither of which are all that great for concealed carry. Take a look at the LC9, it carrys easily in a small IWB or pocket holster and will dispatch a wild dog or pretty well discourage most other two and four legged aggressors.