Absolute never break rule #1....Never ask a cop for legal advice!
While he's right about most things he's not as far as weapons.
In Virginia, as long as the NF is in a county that allows handgun hunting, for big game it has to be .23 caliber and X ft pounds of energy. For small game there are no restrictions.
The type of gun, 1911, snub nose.....is irrelevant.
What's his name?