I want a handgun. I recently moved from Florida to Alaska, and I was startled to discover that everyone has a gun! Kids have handguns, ladies have handguns, people carry handguns in their cars, people bring handguns with them to the grocery store. This is all legal! I don't necessarily view this as a bad thing, and I don't want this thread to turn into a morality debate over handgun possession, so please don't say anything along those lines. The thing is, now I want one too. Alaskans say that they carry their handguns with them because of bears. I've been here for four months, and I have yet to see a bear, but all assure me that they are commonly present in the summer months. I don't want a handgun to shoot a bear. I don't think I'll ever be in a situation that I would need to shoot a bear. But, all of this bear-protection, gun-toting nonsense leads to a logical, yet surprising, side-effect: all of these guns that people carry are very big guns. I want a gun just as big as all of these Alaskans. I want to show them that the Florida boy can hang. However, I have no experience with handguns, only rifles. I have done some looking around, and asking around, and I have found that there is a lot of really big guns out there. Are there any reccommendations on what gives the best proverbial "bang for the buck"? I do not want a revolver, because they don't make me look cool enough. I want to look like Tommy in Snatch, not Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. Therefore, I have considered the obvious: Desert Eagle .50. My other possibles include a 10mm and .45-70. Any suggestions from pistol owners among us are welcome.