Big 5 Defensive Weapon for a Trails Guide
I am looking for advice on weapons to use for defense as a walking safari (trails) guide in South Africa. The job will demand that I have a full pack and take clients on walks through dangerous game areas for distances of up to 20 km. Given the hiking oriented nature and the somewhat thicker bush found in many areas of the lowveld, carrying long, heavy, bolt actions doesn't seem like the best choice to me but it certainly seems to be the norm in the industry. That said has anyone had any experience mixing it up a little bit? The demands of trails guiding to seems to lend itself better to using something like a Marlin 1895 modified for .50 Alaskan rounds which would put it at about a .375 H&H in muzzle energy. I am attracted to the light weight, short barrel (no hanging up on bushes, etc.) of the Marlin mod. and the fact that they can hold 5+1 rounds which can be shot in rapid succession. Hmm, I guess I'm selling myself on the idea already. Does anyone know why I would not to carry such a gun for defense? Thanks for the help!