Cat’s post below suggested a follow- up from here. Handguns are such a common tool in the west that one forgets that they seem alien in England or on the coasts.
Here are two favorites. The “pretty” one is a stainless steel old- style (no trigger lock) Smith and Wesson Mountain Gun with custom walnut stocks by Steve Herrett in Idaho, in .44 magnum. It is a good compromise of “carryability” and power– there are much more powerful cartridges these days but their recoil mandates a gun that is awkward to tote. This is my favorite trail gun in places with dangerous beasts.
The other is the opposite in esthetics: a Ruger Light Carry Revolver in .38, ultramodern, made mainly of synthetic materials, ugly but practical, made to be light enough to carry without even noticing it– Libby’s pick for a defense gun, though not a bad trail gun IF you don;t expect grizzlies.
And here is the Smith in its El Paso thumbbreak holster; I also have a “tanker” shoulder rig.