When my old back gets to hurting, I will take a break in my recliner. One of my buddies had called to check on me and while talking I heard my hunting dogs start to bay and kept barking. I knew that someone had driven up or they saw something. I grabbed my old Hi-Standard 4 inch revolver that I keep loaded at all times with 9 rounds. I walked to the gate and noticed my 1 year old 80 pound pup circling and looking at the ground. What they were barking at was a 3 foot long Copperhead that was curled up and ready to strike. The little Hi-Standard did its job and the snake suffered a severe headache. Over the years I have killed a bunch of rattlesnakes , a few copperheads and moccasins, and most of them I shot in the head with 22lr revolvers.