Longest you've been without your guns?


Navy joe
May 15, 2003, 05:55 AM
Well? For me I have been dry land since I started shooting and the longest I had previously gone was a one week navy trip to NYC. It was hard. All other times the farthest a gun was ever away was in my car unless I was at work on base. Carry everyday, fondle at will ;), now I am stuck out here in Spain and will not be home to my toys for three weeks! Arrgh! No shooting! Height of IPSC season and all that! At least the Spanish guards have cool G-36, but they like to sling them at waist level so the muzzle covers everyone else at waist level. :rolleyes: No pics yet. Til' I get back, have a good one everybody and shoot one for me.

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May 15, 2003, 05:59 AM
Longest without my personal guns was 6 1/2 months while I was in Kosovo, but then again I did have a nifty M-4 Carbine with me 24/7.


May 15, 2003, 06:15 AM
Several month intervals while serving at assorted duty stations in the military. Since I've been out these many years, NEVER! :)

May 15, 2003, 06:35 AM
Up to a month. Vacationing out of the country....
Exploring the wilds of Canada via canoe and boot leather... No civilization...times like that.

May 15, 2003, 07:52 AM
15 miserable months during the time I was stationed in the Republic of Korea.
But Uncle Sam made up for it by making me carry a .45 everyday, an M-16 on occassion, and even one of those 23 lb. belt-fed anchors.

May 15, 2003, 07:58 AM
"At least the Spanish guards have cool G-36, but they like to sling them at waist level so the muzzle covers everyone else at waist level."

I know what you mean. In the early 80's one of my NCOs and I went to Spain from Germany to survey a Drop Zone. We were riding around the Spanish countryside in an open top jeep with a Spanish military (?) guard in the back. As I recall, for the entire trip he held his machinegun at a kind of port arms stance (while sitting), just grinning at us. Just a teeny but unsettling.

May 15, 2003, 08:16 AM
Two weeks come to think of it.
Couple of weeks here, couple of weeks there: Great Britain, Costa Rica, eastern Carib cruise(1 week), Cancun/Tulum area x3, New Orleans - I really wanted a gun in New Orleans, but we flew the last two times.

And 15 years of 3 to 7-day junkets to the Bahamas.


May 15, 2003, 08:35 AM
3 months one time, I didnt have a chance to get home from college from the end of August until Thanksgiving one semester.
It really sucked, but TFL got me through it (and all the ammo/accessory purchases that were shipped to the house waiting for me like a giant self-given Christmas party, it seriously took me like 2 hours to open all the boxes and make sure everything was there)...


May 15, 2003, 08:41 AM
IVe been away from my guns for a while, but I atleast get to play with military ones to make up for it. I was away from my guns for 4 months for basic/ait, and I am currently on a 1-2 year deployment where I see my guns once every week or two when I make it home for a visit. (1 hour away). So I feel protected when Im on duty carrying my m9 or m16, and off duty I must resort to benchmades and my wits for peace of mind.

Sean Smith
May 15, 2003, 09:11 AM
I've been without my Delta Elite for a couple of months, and have about a month and a half to go before I get it back. :( I usually own several guns, but right now that's my only one, and it is getting customized.

Ala Dan
May 15, 2003, 09:22 AM
Greeting's All-

Only at times and places where it is prohibited to
legally carry firearm's!:) Which for me, in most cases is
kind'a rare.:uhoh:

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

May 15, 2003, 09:40 AM
I spent a little over a year in Switzerland, didn't have any of my firearms but found some friends to shoot with. Shooting sports there (in the mid-80's) were quite popular and well organized and they have some very interesting rifles to shoot.

May 15, 2003, 10:10 AM
Over in UK early march and again recently .... week each time. Not only missed the ''collection'' but oh man..... talk about feeling naked with no carry piece!! it's like having an item of clothing missing.

WHAT a relief getting back.

May 15, 2003, 11:07 AM
A few years ago, I had a buddy hold onto my guns while I moved...I guess I was w/o my guns for about 10 days from the point I dropped them off, moved & then was able to get them back.

Mike Irwin
May 15, 2003, 11:07 AM
Roughly 3.5 years when I lived in Washington, DC.

At least I was working for American Rifleman then so I wasn't completely without my gun fix.

Wil Terry
May 15, 2003, 12:42 PM
My momma bought me a pistol for my birthday. Still have it too!!
Got a few more now. Momma is now in her 90's.

May 15, 2003, 12:46 PM
3 Weeks while TDY at Eareckson Air Station, Shemya Island, Alaska, last Novermber. Air Force rules are that there are to be no privately owned firearms on the island and Boeing helps enforce that rule. You go out on USAF C-130 anyway.

Too bad, because there were a lot of island foxes that needed killing, but then you would have been in deep poop with the AK Fish and Game people, so it worked out after all.



May 15, 2003, 01:10 PM
just over 3 months. I did bring a bow and arrow so I could break away from time to time and do some target shooting.
I did pick up a rifle after the second month. I took the gun from a drunk but didn't get any ammo and gave it back a few days later when he was sober and was removing it from the property.

May 15, 2003, 01:17 PM
Three years has been the longest I've been without my personal firearms.

May 15, 2003, 01:20 PM
13 months while living with my ex-g/f. My only gun at the time was my .22 bolt action rifle. It had to live at a friends house 8 miles away.

Never again will some woman separate me from my guns!!

May 15, 2003, 01:44 PM
April 1998 - June 2000
The ship I was on changed homeport from North Island to Japan. I wasn't able to lay hands on a firearm for the entire time.

May 15, 2003, 01:46 PM
Only a couple of days on business trips.

4v50 Gary
May 15, 2003, 01:46 PM
One month in Europe or Asia. If domestic, three weeks.

May 15, 2003, 02:38 PM
Three months while working in Boston, Mass.

May 15, 2003, 02:39 PM
2 years as a Missionary. That part was particularly tough. I haven't ridden a bicycle since. :D ;)

May 15, 2003, 02:53 PM
I was without for two weeks when I was in Russia in May of 2001. I saw pleanty of guns while I was there, but none of them were mine :(


May 15, 2003, 03:13 PM
10 days while on vacation in Japan and Korea.

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