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Lawyers, guns and.....Booze?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ffm303, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. ffm303

    ffm303 Member

    Do you drink and handle your weapons? I am talking about over the legal limit drinking. Just curious. Want to see just how right my lefty friends are, ya know, painting all gun owners as drunk hicks. Just a survey, please dont start ranting about how its your right or how I should'nt have lefty friends or whatever. Do me a favor, if you are sitting there on your 14th Busch light, stripping your Desert Eagle.... Just say yes. If you are on your 6th cup of coffee and its 2 a.m and you are stripping your G17 for the 612th time today(me)....then say no.

    I personally, by the grace of God, don't drink anymore. And as such, dont drink and handle my weapons.
  2. KarenTOC

    KarenTOC Well-Known Member

    I've been known to fondle an empty handgun while sipping a glass of red wine. But clean? shoot? load? nope.
  3. zombienerd

    zombienerd Well-Known Member

    You won't catch me with a loaded weapon when I'm loaded...

    You also won't catch me behind the wheel in that state.

    I avoid putting alcohol together with any dangerous machinery.
  4. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    No excessive drinking. I might sip on a beer while cleaning, no more than that.
  5. zammyman

    zammyman member

    I just don't drink anymore, period.
  6. Duke of Doubt

    Duke of Doubt member

    As a general rule, alcohol and firearms do not mix well. But it's one thing to dust and lube a cleared collectible piece in the den after a few beers, and quite another to load up and shoot under those conditions. My range has a strict no-alcohol policy. I've never seen it actually enforced, but that may be because as a slow-fire long distance marksman, I tend to go shooting when I know few if any other people will be around. I have left the range when others appeared either drunk or excessively "gun-happy." Generally the latter. If they are there for a noisemaking party, I'm out of my element. Also, I would suspect that unlike, say, bowling, shooting scores would tend to decrease with intoxication. Couldn't say from any personal experience, though.
  7. Grassman

    Grassman Well-Known Member

    I'm drunk right now...........:neener:
  8. xsquidgator

    xsquidgator Well-Known Member

    I don't handle guns when I'm having adult beverages, to answer your question.

    My state (FL) law prohibits the use of firearms while under the influence. However, FL law also specifically excepts self-defense from this prohibition. So, I wouldn't say I wouldn't pick up one of my guns in self-defense even if I were under the influence. Short of a self-defense situation though, I don't and I agree with those who think alcohol and firearms don't mix. I just wouldn't go so far as to say absolutely not.
  9. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    No, I don't. Not ever.

    Of course, it helps that I seldom drink and that those occasions are limited to a single glass of wine with a meal, a bottle of Guinness or two fingers of whiskey or brandy before retiring. At social gatherings I'm usually the designated driver and prefer non-alcoholic drinks at this sort of affair anyway.

    Misanthropic of me, perhaps, but it's served me and mine too well to have all of what wits I have about me amid groups of relative strangers too many times to quit now.
  10. model of 1905

    model of 1905 member

    When I drink my guns are put away.
  11. Moccw

    Moccw Well-Known Member

    I dont ever drink and handle any of my guns, I might drink a beer or two with in a months time, but thats about it. I dont ever drink, and drive at all!
  12. BeltfedMG

    BeltfedMG member

    Nothin wrong with people enjoying a beer sitting out in their backyard (Not at private range, no need to worry someone else and it would me) shooting your guns with someone else you know can handle the beer and not gonna get wasted and keep shooting. I dont drink, if im around certain people that i know their safety techniques and their drinking ability, it doesnt bother me at all. If i go to the range (Public) and see people drinkin and shooting, thats a problem for me.

    There, i was the first to go against the general pop. Theres alot of people on here that do handle firearms when drinking, maybe they dont want to admit it, nothing wrong with it in my books as long as theres a limit.
  13. twoclones

    twoclones Well-Known Member

    Nope. Rarely drink and almost never to the legal limit.
  14. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Well-Known Member

    I dont carry if I am going to drink and I dont handle my guns if I have been drinking. Even when hunting I make sure to put HOURS preferably hours of sleep between a beer and handling the gun.

    However that being said if I had a beer with dinner and something goes bump in the night I am still grabbing a gun to check it out.
  15. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    I treat it the same as getting behind the wheel.
  16. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    There are a few people i know that I trust. That being said if they want to have a beer or two while we are target shooting it doesnt bother me. These are also the kind of people that will tell anybody "dont sweep, trigger out of the guard, keep it pointed downrange, etc". They are very attentive to detail. I also know that one or two beers arent intoxicating them (we have put them away together in our youth). That being said, I dont drink at all anymore, so no.
  17. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    When I used to bowl, one beer seemed to help my scores. Any more than one, and they went down.

    I've found the same thing with shooting. I know I can handle one beer and then go out and shoot some pasture clays, but before the second beer gets opened, the guns are put away.
  18. a2fireball

    a2fireball Active Member

    No. Never. Ever.

    Its a matter of situational awareness. Alcohol affects the judgment center of the brain first...therefore, if one has been drinking, you are impairing your ability to judge if you are impaired.

    I just choose to remove all doubt. ;)
  19. Nathaniel Firethorn

    Nathaniel Firethorn Well-Known Member

    Alcohol and tobacco: Cool.
    Tobacco and firearms: Cool.
    Alcohol and firearms: Not cool.

    - NF
  20. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    I never exceed the legal limit while carrying. I was CCWing when I went out for my first glass of Absinthe. I also CCW when I go out to eat and have a glass or two of wine with dinner. My morality and judgment do not change when I drink, only physical reaction times and motor skills. If I know I'm going to drink more than the legal limit, I leave my gun at home and carry pepper spray.

    Blaming alcohol for your problems is like blaming guns for violence. Alcohol in itself is neither good nor bad, it's only when it is used irresponsibly. I never liked it when people used the expression, "I was so drunk that I..." when a better expression would be, "I drank a lot so I could use it as an excuse to..."

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