What exactly makes a person an armed citizen? Does owning a firearm make a man or woman an armed citizen? Professor Paul will clear the air and explain exactly the purpose of arms when we consider liberty.

Our SWAT Fuel Warrior of the Week is going to be in bear country and has question about defensive handguns. What is the minimum caliber or load to carry where aggressive bears are a threat? You might be surprised.

Also, during our weekly Quiet Time Moment from SilencerShop.com, the Professor has a piece of recommended reading for you. What was going on in the Colonies of America prior to the Revolution? What was the mindset of the people? Be sure to listen louder.

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From www.wideopenspaces.com:

Yes, you read that right: an Alaskan fishing guide recently killed a charging brown bear with a 9mm pistol and lived to tell the tale.

Phil Shoemaker, an experienced Alaskan hunting and fishing guide, was guiding a couple of clients on a salmon fishing trip in the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska when they had a close range encounter with an angry bear. Fortunately for everyone involved, Phil stopped the raging brown bear with a 9mm pistol at close range. Phil and his two clients walked away from the incident without a scratch.

Gun enthusiasts will likely debate the merits of his decision to carry a S&W 3954 handgun in 9mm for defense for years to come, especially considering the fact that he also owned a S&W 629 chambered in .44 Magnum but chose not to carry it. Regardless of what you think of his decision, this episode shows that with good ammunition, good shot placement, and a little luck, it is possible to stop a bear with a 9mm pistol, even though it is not known as a great cartridge for a bear defense gun.

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