Any city slickers here..


March 5, 2011, 08:28 PM
Lol just messing peoples. I have noticed the most of the posters here seem to be in rural or small town like places. Anybody here in like new york city or miami or something?

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Jesse Heywood
March 5, 2011, 08:40 PM
new york city?

If y'all live there you better be a fast draw and cracker-jack shot!

Do you own any guns?

March 5, 2011, 08:41 PM
yeah i live in the burbs of DC

March 5, 2011, 08:44 PM
kentucky big city pop 123

March 5, 2011, 08:47 PM
I am a city boy.

March 5, 2011, 08:48 PM
didnt think you were allowed guns in those big citys had to go out side the city to play with your toys

March 5, 2011, 09:06 PM
new york city?

If y'all live there you better be a fast draw and cracker-jack shot!

Do you own any guns?
I am from brooklyn but I live in west palm beach. (florida is pretty gun friendly) it just seems like everyone I talk to lives in like country type places. (that might sound wrong) also all the guns nuts I know are like country boys.

March 5, 2011, 09:13 PM
Does 600,000+ qualify?

Bob M.
March 5, 2011, 09:13 PM
Originally from Mass. here. :barf:

Living in Tampa now. :)

March 5, 2011, 09:14 PM
Second largest city in Colorado here :)

March 5, 2011, 09:15 PM
us urbanites love guns just as much, hell i wouldn't put up with my counties stupid rules for gun ranges if i didn't love shooting. i live in a county next to dc that prevents public ranges from operating all ranges have to be private member only events, which means you pay a yearly due just to be allowed to step on the range.

March 5, 2011, 09:17 PM
Born and raised in the shadow of the big apple.

March 5, 2011, 09:27 PM
I left the 'big city' over 20 yrs ago and never looked back.

March 5, 2011, 09:29 PM
There is alot of hill country, and scrub brush around the Austin, San Antonio, Texas area so don't let pictures fool you. You can drive 10 minutes outside any of these two cities and seem like your in the hills, or in rattler country.

Carl Levitian
March 5, 2011, 09:38 PM
Born native of Washington D.C. here. Although for most of my life I've lived in Montgomery Country just north of D.C. Only time away was while serving in the army. As much as I sometimes curse The Peoples Republik Of Maryland, I'ver tried to live other places, just kept moving back because I missed the place. I've lived in San Antonio Texas, Trinidad Colorado, but it just didn't take.


March 5, 2011, 09:42 PM
Raised in southwest Missouri, but now living in suburban Houston. With a ranch in Llano, Texas. So I guess that means we're both.


March 5, 2011, 10:02 PM
Lived in Boston and Baltimore and San Antonio, Have been in the mountains of East Tennessee since 1970. I'll be planted here. I wouldn't want to be in a big city when SHTF.

March 5, 2011, 10:21 PM
Small town of around 500 give or take. I have 50 acres I hope to build a house on.

March 5, 2011, 10:50 PM
Middle of nowhere with no houses for over a quarter mile. I would hate living in a city, too many left wing ati-gun people.

Rail Driver
March 5, 2011, 10:53 PM
I grew up in Detroit and have lived in several large cities, but I prefer living outside city limits.

March 5, 2011, 11:49 PM
Right here in Nashville, Tn. My gun club is just 1/4 hour from the house. We also have 20 acres in Lebanon...35 miles east of home. Most of my friends are shooters, too.


March 5, 2011, 11:54 PM
I live in the seventh largest city in the U.S. (San Antonio). Many people here live in the fourth largest (Houston).

March 5, 2011, 11:55 PM
:)Grew up in a town of about 2500 now live close to a town of 563. Nearest neighbor 3/8 mile. Favorite shooting range 25 feet from my computer. Favorite deer stand 325 yards from my computer.

March 6, 2011, 12:06 AM
Well, Galveston Bay is an hour away. ;)

March 6, 2011, 12:08 AM
I live in the seventh largest city in the U.S. (San Antonio). Many people here live in the fourth largest (Houston).

Yep, all the big Texas cities have large shooting communities. It helps to live in a state with complete preemption of firearms laws so even if the local government is anti-gun their hands are tied by state law.

March 6, 2011, 12:56 AM
Live in Phoenix which is number 5 in population 1.5 million and a 4.3 million in the area. Its pretty spread out though compared to eastern cities.

The Lone Haranguer
March 6, 2011, 12:58 AM
I like medium-size (~50-100,000 population) cities. Large enough to have shopping (like gun shops!:D) and services nearby, not so big as to feel overly crowded and have traffic jams, smog, etc. The biggest city I've lived in was Phoenix, AZ.

March 6, 2011, 01:03 AM
Went from a coal mining town in Southern Illinois of about 7500 to an Illinois suburb of St. Louis of about 40,000 (in the mid 60's). Now, four towns with little greenspace between them, make up about 250,000.
Wish I was back in that coal town. :(

Ignition Override
March 6, 2011, 01:09 AM
From '83 until '06 lived in Memphis, mostly a few miles from midtown.

During all those years, other than on the evening news or in the "C.A." rag newspaper, I never really heard anybody discuss shooting, except for when committing a crime.

The fever only infected me in '07 after we moved to the literal outer edge of the suburban area.
There is nothing as interesting as visiting decent gun shows (outside this area).

March 6, 2011, 01:12 AM
Suburb of L.A. here.

March 6, 2011, 01:12 AM
I grew up in Los Angeles and Washington DC

Which is why I live in a town with a population of 20k now...

March 6, 2011, 01:14 AM
Dallas proper here.

March 6, 2011, 01:26 AM
Big cities have plenty of guns, most illegal ofcourse. :uhoh: Not like that is stopping or is ever going to stop those that the stupid laws are meant to stop. I have many theories about why the big cities are so anti- (and no 500,000 metro population is a joke of a city, doesn't count as one - no offense). I think a lot of it also has to do with people living in close in quaters

March 6, 2011, 02:53 AM
Left NYC for Orange County (NY) , then left Orange County, NY for the Navy . after Navy came Home to North East PA, couldn't be happier . I live in a rural (enough) area .. and am within traveling distance to NYC . if i really miss White Castle and the Bronx Zoo .

March 6, 2011, 06:06 AM
I'm not in the city, but close enough to Houston that I can see only the brightest stars at night. The Houston Nebula washes out pretty much everything.

Pistol Ranch
March 6, 2011, 07:13 AM
I live in Katy, a western sububrb of Houston (#4 population in USA) The Houston area probably has more gun shows/weekend than any other place in the U.S.A.
I also own a ranch in West Texas where my nearest neighbor is a half mile away.
Do not make the mistake of associating "City" with firearm ignorance!!


March 6, 2011, 07:40 AM
Seattle area. Grew up on a lake, across the bridge from Seattle. Seattle is nice, especially around lake Washington. Although it is a heavily populated and developed area, the trees hide it somewhat. I went to college in southern California and when I would come back up, the biggest change was just how green it looked.
I would like to spend a little more time in remote areas. My whole life, I have gone to sleep hearing the sounds of the freeway. Faint in some houses, almost intolerable at others. I really dont mind it except for one place in college that was ridiculous.
Sometimes I see videos where people have a range set up at their house and I cant help but be jealous.

March 6, 2011, 10:48 AM
Cleveland suburbs. I'm from Apartheid Chicago.

The only thing I enjoy more than shooting is reading.

I'm not comfortable living any place where I have to drive more than 1/2 hour to buy the "New York Review of Books" and "Small Arms Review".

I once lived in a small NW Ohio town called Fremont. It was pure hell. I had to drive an hour to Borders in Westlake to buy any magazine more "exotic" than "Time" or "Sports Illustrated". The local book store wouldn't order books, expending more effort to explain why they wouldn't order them than they would have to just order them.

Now, I'm within walking distance of a "Books a Million", and within 1/2 hour of two Borders and a Barnes & Noble, and within 3/4 hour of two more Borders and Barnes & Nobles.

March 6, 2011, 11:21 AM
Big cities have plenty of guns, most illegal ofcourse. :uhoh:

Without research to back up my claim, I don't believe that most guns in the big cities of Texas are illegal. :cool:

March 6, 2011, 11:23 AM
I live just outside a small city in a giant city/suburb that stretches from D.C to Boston.
A Canadian I know told me that they have a name for it, I think it is the Eastern "Megalopolis" but that might be wrong.
Originally Posted by dec41971 View Post
Big cities have plenty of guns, most illegal ofcourse.
New Haven, CT has a lot of both I think :/ It's a smallish city though.

March 6, 2011, 11:25 AM
Another Houstonian here. (Was just in Katy visiting family yesterday.)

March 6, 2011, 11:40 AM
I grew up in New Orleans, but I'm in East Tennessee now.

March 6, 2011, 11:44 AM
Having grown up in the country side of California and Virginia, I now call NYC home. I try to get down to VA as much as possible. Its just not fair to the guns for me to neglect them for too long.

March 6, 2011, 12:35 PM
Lived in NYC, no guns.

Portland, OR and San Antonio - large shooting communities. You can shoot some kind of match every weekend in TX. Gun stores all over.

If the SHTF, expect the zombies to come to the small towns to eat your brains. Didn't you watch the Walking Dead outside of Atlanta?

March 6, 2011, 01:08 PM
Lived about 1/2 my life in the city. Now live in a town of 12,000, biggest in the county. Public range is 20 mins away. Lots of WMA areas to hunt. Im staying here. Closest big city is Tallahassee at around 200k in the area.

March 6, 2011, 02:01 PM
Phoenix here also. Lots of people but I only drive 15 minutes and have plenty of room to shoot 300 yards and no one bothering me. Plus some of the top shooting ranges in the US for matches.


PS: Did I mention it was 68 degrees as I type this and I'm headed out for some rifle load work this afternoon?

March 6, 2011, 02:51 PM
I live in NYC temporarily for my job and all my guns are still in Texas where I moved from. I did not even bother bringing any of my long guns up here. The registration process is draconian including registration of each individual long gun and fingerprinting. No thanks. The government has no idea what I own and as far as I am concerned has no business knowing. I am not militant, just paranoid. Why give them a checklist of what to confiscate if it ever comes to that. And forget about handguns. It can be done, but it it worse than for long guns. When I moved, I sold all of my vehicles. Can you imagine bringing a cased rifle on the subway? You would likely be beaten to death by all the antis and Obama suppporters.

Mind you this is just for the 5 boroughs and does not apply to NY state. I think CCPs are a bit more difficult in this state than in most others including Texas, but ownership of long guns is relatively easy. Prior to moving up here, I talked to the guys at the Beretta gallery and they said the most important thing to remember is that you aren't in America anymore. When I first heard that I thought it was a bit harsh. After researching, I found that they weren't kidding. For those of you who have not lost your constitutional rights, be vigilant. It can and does happen in the USA. Rant over. Have a nice Sunday.

March 6, 2011, 03:22 PM
I've pretty much have lived in or just outside of a big city all my life. Basically it's a trade-off between putting up with the crime, pollution, traffic, corruption, and crooked politicians, in exchange for museums, concerts, restaurants, cultural events, and convenient shopping.

Wouldn't mind moving out to the "country" but then having to do all that driving back and forth to work and for everything else would start to get old really fast. So I guess I will just remain a down home city boy for now.

March 6, 2011, 03:53 PM
Houston, greatest city on earth ;)

Plenty of gun shops, gun shows, ranges....and traffic.

As far as gun owners? It's Texas.

March 6, 2011, 03:56 PM
Just outside Chicago.

March 6, 2011, 04:11 PM
Suburbs of Chicago here, getting away ASAP.

March 6, 2011, 04:16 PM
Very small community in NW NM, less than 150 year round. The third best fishing in the US is less than a mile from my front door. I can drive a couple of miles and shoot all i want and have a mile or more of clear range. The backstop is 1200 feet of vertical sandstone. I really despise going to town, but it is sometimes necessary.

March 6, 2011, 04:31 PM
Grew up in Hong Kong. No guns, too many people. Not going back.

March 6, 2011, 04:32 PM
I lived in NYC most of my life, I was even fortunate enough to obtain a hand gun permit, Per capita NYC seems less violent than my new home of Chattanooga, TN.

March 6, 2011, 05:07 PM
Born in NYC. Not there any more.

Carl Levitian
March 6, 2011, 05:17 PM
[I lived in NYC most of my life, I was even fortunate enough to obtain a hand gun permit, Per capita NYC seems less violent than my new home of Chattanooga, TN.]

It probably was, Joel.

Aside from the fact that NYC gets a bum rap in crime, I had the same experience in Colorado when I lived there in the mid 70's. I've lived in small towns here and there, but always returned to the big city. Neither myself or anyone I know has come to any harm here in the big city, but living in Trinidad Colorado, and Waynesville Mo., I had friends that were involved with violent crime. Now as a retired old fart, the wife and I spend one weekend a month in NYC just for the shows, museums, resturaunts, and sight seeing. I'd rather go to NYC for a weekend than go to Trinidad Colorado again. Besides, it's nice being where if you can't sleep, there's something always going on, even at 4AM. Some little Bistro for a drink, or something.


March 6, 2011, 05:40 PM
I live in the Metropolis of Albuquerque.

Small town is a state of mind.

March 6, 2011, 05:48 PM
Raised in wide open Kansas, now stuck in Cleveland

March 6, 2011, 05:48 PM
I live in a rural area although it's not too far to a town of ~30k.

March 6, 2011, 06:12 PM
from LI suburbs but was often in NY city, live in Berkeley which is like Brooklyn, very urban/ within 10 miles of SF and Oakland so more or less a city person. (being from LI NY is a big part of why CA gun laws don't seem so rough to me)

double bogey
March 6, 2011, 09:50 PM
Living in a medium (100K) suburb, of a large city, and a larger metroplex.

Lots of highroaders from the metroplex.

March 6, 2011, 11:20 PM
For those putting down various areas: Home is where you make it. I love guns and the RKBA is very important to me, but I also enjoy where I live a lot, despite it having crappy gun laws.

Yes, I like living in NJ. It's a very diverse state with tons of stuff to do, be it the city life, endless suburbs, the farms, the shore, or the mountains that make you say "wait, I'm not in PA?". In my life I have gotten to meet people of all walks of life and all ethnicities and experience things that people in most parts of the country simply never would in their area. I don't know a whole lot of places out there where the party starts at 1am. I've lived here all my life and I can tell you, gun laws do not simply make somewhere a good place to live.

As a few have said, there are plenty of downsides to just about any part of the country, or the world, and just because a certain place lets you carry a gun around doesn't make that somehow better than anywhere else, or even make it any safer. I assure you, take a trip to NYC sometime and see the sights. Chances are, you'll have so much fun you won't even be concerned with where your gun is.

March 7, 2011, 02:22 AM
Downtown Houston here...

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