Howdy, New to the forum here, but I've had this on my mind and I'd like some of y'all's takes on this particular subject. Nothing like a POV based on more experience and knowledge than I've got to help quell the demons of choice paralysis and doubt. I've been looking for a cheaper, reliable option for a smallish lightweight hip gun for defense in the woods. I hike in bear country, but what I'm worried about is snakes and coyotes. Ive seen a bear a handful of times and so far they've all run away, but I've had a couple really scraggly coyotes get aggressive with me in the past and having to kick one away and scramble for a stick is not an experience i wish to repeat. Neither is being bit again by a snake, poisonous or otherwise. Ive caught the business end of a bull snake more than once and had a near miss with a rattler, and frankly I'd love to have more options than my trusty walking stick should there be a next time. Anyway, I like CCI's snake shot quite a bit for that, and I find its difficult to miss from the kind of range where a snake is likely to even be a problem. But, I've also noticed in the past that it doesnt clear automatic cycling all that well, and that's no good. So Revolver it is, and frankly, I'm only an ok shot past the range that a snubby is good for anyway. This wont be my first gun, but it would me my first deliberately lightweight, cheapish ammo packing hip gun specifically for hiking and bushcraft. Ideally, if possible, I'd like to get the same gun for both myself and my GF to carry. We've been looking at the Rock Island Arms M206 Spurless, which i've shot before and found that it handles pretty well, is reasonably lightweight (there are lighter weight .38 wheel guns out there but I think it qualifies as the lighter end of the spectrum that will not punish your hand for firing a .38) holds another bullet compared to most CCW revolvers and IME is fairly reliable and easily maintained. Not a nail driver but reasonably accurate, but most of all: reasonably priced for what you get. So what I ask of you all is: what do you think? Do you have a stronger recommendation for a hip carry gun that is under $300 and fills the niche described? if you've owned one of these, did you like it? The one I shot is owned by a gunsmith and his idea of acceptable maintenance and "fixer-upper" status tends to be different than mine so I take his input with a grain of salt. I found it pleasant to shoot and clean, but that was only a couple hours. Basically i'm taking any comments thoughts, opinions and cries of "No, you fool!" that anyone wants to proffer. Sidenote, we also are planning on getting a cheapish .22 automatic as well just to get back into the practice of shooting at the nearby range until money is less tight. I havent even really looked at this part, never owned a .22 pistol before, so suggestions and warnings welcome. Thank you!