I just got back from a beach vacation with the family. We flew there, which is my least preferred method of travel, but I gave in to the family pressure. I took a Glock 23 with me. Had no problems with TSA, the entire process couldn't have gone smoother.
I took the Glock because out of the handguns I own, it was the most replaceable and is the one that would cause me the least heartburn if my luggage disappeared. It also came apart easily, and I prefer to have my guns in several pieces in the event TSA or a ticketing person wants to confirm that the gun is unloaded.
However, while lounging at the beach with a bottle of whiskey and a stack of gun magazines (the reading kind, not the loading kind), the thought struck me that a 40 S&W may not be the best condo-defense weapon, due to occupants above, below and beside the unit we stayed in.
So, I'm on a new pursuit, beach defense gun, something to take on vacation to a beach when flying there. Has to be a handgun, has to disassemble somewhat easily and quickly, has to be at last somewhat concealable under a Hawaiian shirt, has to be replaceable, and overpenetration is a major concern.
For the overpenetration issue, I'd prefer something that can shoot frangibles, like Glaser silver safety slugs, when pulling condo defense duty, but be able to fire heavier (much heavier) ammo when driving to and from airports, which can be in some rough areas. I'm not a huge fan of Glasers in general, but I have seen a 44 mag Glaser shot through the front screen of an old TV and not penetrate through the back side. I do believe that if Glaser's are used, bigger caliber is better than smaller.
For versatility of ammo, I'm leaning towards revolver. For disassembly, I'm leaning towards (hold on to your shorts for this one) single action revolver. For replaceability, I am leaning towards a plain jane Ruger Blackhawk.
So, there I am. Perfect flyaway beach vacation gun? Ruger Blackhawk. Probably 44 Special or 45 Colt. A year from now, I hope to be wasting away again in Margaritaville with a trusty Blackhawk.
Or, did I just overbake my head while at the beach?