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Posted: 03/18/19 03:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We enjoy dispersed camping mostly. We may be miles away from anyone, but anyone might happen by our camp too. So I usually have a weapon in the trailer. I have never needed it, but I certainly have slept better at times knowing it was at hand.

Having said that, if I don't think we are going off the beaten path, I do not take one along. It is just a bother and a responsibility that I don't mind leaving behind in certain situations.

I choose not to live in fear, and sometimes that means being armed, and sometimes that means not being armed.


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Posted: 03/18/19 03:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What size Rock do you suggest carrying?

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I have never been in any situation, camping or at home or traveling or doing my daily activities, where I needed a gun or any other weapon to protect myself or those I was with. I do not know anyone who has ever needed a gun in a situation, however I know many who believe they need a gun because of a situation that happened even though it was handled successfully without a gun.

I agree with those who state if you are not prepared and trained to use the gun, then don't have it. And if you are properly trained in using a gun, then you should also know that it is not a security blanket - it is a weapon. Having a gun doesn't make you safer, and thinking that way will find you in a situation that you could have easily avoided.

Situational awareness, the willingness to leave rather than escalate a problem, and understanding the repercussions of your decisions before you need to make them, will do more for your safety than simply "having a gun".

I also don't believe a gun is like insurance or seat belts or fire extinguishers, etc. These things are to recuperate, prevent injury, etc., from an event. A gun is to stop another PERSON from doing something. Having insurance or a fire extinguisher, or using a seat belt, will not destroy another person's life. Using a gun will. You need to be willing to take that responsibilty if you are going to carry a gun.


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Posted: 03/18/19 04:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Camping for over 40 years. Carried a 12 gauge shotgun for a few years. Took it out before it got stolen. Never once had the need for a weapon. I bet if you asked some of the died in the wool gunheads they will tell you they are disappointed to say they never pulled theirs out either but they're still waiting for a chance to use it.
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Posted: 03/18/19 04:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In my opinion, carrying a firearm in unfamiliar situations greatly increases the risk of a tragedy. Rural people will find the urban jungle to seemingly have life threatening situations around every corner. The city dweller might very well feel the need to open fire on noises in the woods (remember the owl and Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny?). If you are fundamentally uncomfortable in any setting, adding a firearm increases the risks, it doesn't lessen them.

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I always carry whenever possible. While traveling twice with our rigs it came close to being considered, but wasn't required. One the dog fixed it, and the second we left before anything became an issue.

This is one thing you're trained in. Trying to avoid using it at all cost and there are other ways to protect yourself including leaving. The gun is ...the last resort.

To those that say carrying a gun doesn't make you safer probably never owned one or can. One thing that's a fact while carrying, I go out of my way to avoid any confrontation with people. While driving or otherwise.

It doesn't make most of us carrying feel invincible, trouble seekers or likely to instigate trouble. It makes me safer as a person, it makes you think more, and it's not a false sense of security. It's never something I hope to use or expect. But will if necessary.

Yes it's being aware of your surroundings at all times. But sometime you might find yourself in a situation you weren't expecting.

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B.O. Plenty wrote:

Camping for over 40 years. Carried a 12 gauge shotgun for a few years. Took it out before it got stolen. Never once had the need for a weapon. I bet if you asked some of the died in the wool gunheads they will tell you they are disappointed to say they never pulled theirs out either but they're still waiting for a chance to use it.
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If you have your LTC, and would feel better carrying, go ahead.... I have never felt that I was in danger, but want to be pre paired if that ever happens.

Urban jungle, or not, things could happen anywhere at any point, and some see RV'ers as poor old defenseless travelers, easy for the pickens....

I can only hope the situation never presents itself.....


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Once in 20+ years. I was in a remote campground where a dog had been killed by a mountain lion. I carried a handgun on hikes with my dog for the duration of my stay. Fortunately I was in a location where that was legal.


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hummingbirds wrote:

Will begin traveling this summer, finally retired, and healthy!!
This is a GENERAL question.....
I prefer to travel weapon free, but feel it wise to ask the experienced rv'ers and campers......have you ever had a situation when traveling that caused you to need or potentially need your weapon to protect yourself?? Some yes or no, might help us with this decision.


Not while camping or on the road with an RV.....yet! However, in 66 years of life, have saved 2 persons from likely death (outnumbered 4 armed on 2 unarmed), and have had, though not used several times.....it was very comforting! Also, camping and living in bear (grizzly) and mountain lion country.....again comforting while on a hike or out and about.

“You” have to determine your comfort level and proficiency with a firearm! This is a very personal decision.... the use of a firearm to defend yourself or another person, potentially taking the life of another human being. Taking a life, even if 100% justified....is a very tough thing to live with! Also, if you hesitate when the firearm’s use is completely justified, you may arm the assailant, thereby putting you at greater risk. If you do not or cannot develope the proper mindset....
your probably better off “not” having a firearm. Ownership and use requires much soul searching!

* This post was edited 03/18/19 05:40pm by memtb *


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