I picked up some shot shells for my Montado and have been carrying it in my cross draw holster lately while walking the dogs. We walk the dogs down by a river a half mile from the house. It's usually dark when we go and I know that there are skunks, racoons, fox and even dogs around. Now my figuring is that I'm more apt to run in to an animal than a person who is looking for trouble. But the shot shells will make a person think twice as well I'm sure. As most of you know the one dog we have is very small and could litterally be carried away by a hawk. I think the shot shells and 45 are a good idea. My buddy doesn't seem to think so. I don't live "out in the woods", but .... I just want some opinions from people who work and play with guns on. Good idea or stupid idea?