It helps to have good equipment and good coaching, and on my first dedicated handgun hunt, I had both. I was attending a Thompson/Center media hunt in south Texas, and with four deer tags to fill, I was interested in trying out the company’s newly reintroduced Contender pistol. Paul Pluff, director of marketing communications at Smith & Wesson, helped set up the hunt and joined me in camp. Having been with S&W for more than 35 years, Pluff is a dedicated handgun hunter and a fantastic shooting coach. But my training session came with a warning.