I know what you're asking yourself: “Is this really true?” As a test, I tacked a paper plate to a tree trunk 20 feet away and timed how long it took to make a single shot that hit the target'first with the firearm slung over my shoulder, safety on; then with it held in the ready position across my chest, safety off. It took me an average of 3 seconds to get off a bull's-eye shot with my Mossberg pump slung. In the ready position, the time quickened to 1.23 seconds. My Tikka .30/06 fared worse'3.5 seconds slung, 1.46 seconds from the ready, and once I didn't even get the safety off before pulling the trigger. It took me less than a second to deploy a wide and accurate blast of bear spray from a chest holster. These results, coupled with the fact that I was shooting at a stationary target, not a mouthful of teeth coming at me at 35 mph, convinced me that the best weapon in grizzly country comes in a can.