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BBQ Guns - Myth or Reality?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bushmaster1313, May 8, 2011.

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  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Member

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    Up here in New Jersey :barf: we do have BBQ's, but it would be illegal to bring any handgun, purdy or not. :cuss:
    And even if it were legal, most here would call the cops anyways :banghead:.

    Do people in free states like Texas really take fancy side arms in fancy open holsters to BBQ's?

    What is the etiquette?

    Does the host say: "Bring your guns"?

    Are they loaded? (seems to be a very bad idea if they will be unholstered or passed around)

    Do you walk in to the house wearing the rig?

    Do you drive in the car (or walk to the house) wearing the rig?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Thank you

    Lou
     
  2. Big Boy

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    It's just like open carrying everyday....you just do it with a fancy gun.
     
  3. Rembrandt

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    My understanding is that BBQ guns are like a clothing accessory....sort of like belt buckles and boots, no need to pass them around for audience approval. Besides, wouldn't be proper to get BBQ sauce and greasy fingers all over it.
     
  4. Black Butte

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    Now which gun would go with a spicy barbeque sauce?
     
  5. General Geoff

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    That about covers it. :)
     
  6. CapnMac

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    Well, until we correct the o/c situation in Texas, a BBQ gun is probably a court gun, too.

    And, traditionally, it's not a proper court gun unless a trustee hand-made and detailed the holster.
     
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    OK, so what's the impression given if you don't own anything fancy and show up with nothing more than a GP100 or USP? Seriously not trying to start trouble, but my attitude (possibly b/c of financial ability) has always been function over fashion.
     
  8. General Geoff

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    An all-business gun is not something to be ashamed of at an event like a barbecue. It's just an optional "If you got it, flaunt it" sort of thing; like pulling up in your garage-kept Ferrari. :)
     
  9. 9MMare

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    We did it for Xmas here. For once it was a nice day and we were outside too. Had the firepit going, 50 degrees, dry.

    'Bring yer gun, we're goin' shootin' in the morning' then BSing around the fire and dinner table later.

    It was a lovely day.
     
  10. 9MMare

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    That's what I did, only had the one gun at the time, S&W M&P. Folks liked it, LOVED the Crimson Trace laser grip.
     
  11. Patriotme

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    I've never been to an open carry BBQ before but I went to a cookout a few years ago hosted by a gun rights organization. Great people and great food. It did seem as if everyone was bringing their nicest guns and best holsters. We were at a local park and the guns were open carried but the gun rights organization stressed that no weapons were to leave the holster at this event. No show and tell. We got a few looks from other people at the park but they probably thought it was law enforcement or something.
     
  12. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    There is no permit requirement to carry a gun, concealed or open (NJ makes no distinction between the two) on your own property, place of business, or land you own.

    If you had a BBQ at your house, you're more than able to walk around your yard with a gun on you.

    If you have family/friends over that would call the cops on you over that, than that is a different story. The cops would have no grounds for arrest. Though you'd still get arrested anyway if they came.
     
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    I been to a couple in CA and in other states

    In CA, on private property (someones backyard) the guns usually stay in the holster. If there is a specific show and tell session (usually in the den), it is only with the homeowner approval and all ammo is removed and set in another room. I have also attended a public function with an unloaded gun openly carried...this is legal in CA (you can even have a loaded mag on your belt)...but it was really a political statement function.

    I like to bring something special when attending a private function. It doesn't have to be pimped out or covered in bling, or even engraved, but something not commonly seen seems appropriate.

    I've carried things like a 6" Colt Python or a 8.375" S&W M27. Fancy grips are pretty much expected and something unusual like a long slide H&K P7 or Vektor CP-1 is rather cool (for BSG fans)
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    Holster in exotic materials like shark or elephant are nice to look at

    The homeowner will usually indicate if he wants the guns unloaded and that will usually dictate the availability of alcohol. I've seen folks bring guns in cases, put them on for the BBQ and lock them up before having their designated driver take them home.

    Folk should not mix alcohol consumption and guns...it just isn't very responsible
     
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    No urban legend at all. We do UFC Fight Nights, not BBQs but still, everyone will bring out their new babies to show off.
     
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    We do here in TN if it is a group of gunnies.
     
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    I would really hate to live in state that doesn't allow you to carry a gun on your own property. You can wear a plain gun like a like your everday ccw but expect to get the same looks as a guy in 2004 Camry at classic car show. You'll be welcomed and enjoy it but it's more fun if you have something to show. It doesn't have to a custom piece BUT a nice production gun like a Stainless Vaquero or AT LEAST some nice looking grips will earn you alot of cool points. As much as I like polymer duty guns, they are the least impressive thing to bring to an open carry BBQ. (If that's all you have it's okay.)
     
  18. Hagen442

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    "BBQ Guns"

    "BBQ Guns" Dress Guns with Dress Leather. (Cowboy Church Wear)
    All the Invitations I have received are for a Outside Cookout
    (With or Without a Chuck Wagen)
    Dress Code: Barbcue Rig and Cowboy Clothes (SASS) . (Unloaded Guns-No Live Ammo)

    Hagen
    Dodge City, North Carolina
     
  19. Balrog

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    The BBQ gun is just something Texans talk about, like drinking water out of a hoof print.
     
  20. bushmaster1313

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    In NJ we can carry on our own guns on our own property, but not to someone else's property or on someone else's property.

    Strange but true
     
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    Yeah, Hagen!!

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  22. TexasRifleman

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    Nah, I know lots of people who have and wear BBQ guns now and then. I wear mine several times a year to events.

    Yes some people do wear them to cookouts.

    The etiquette is that you are going to be with "like minded" folks. If you have to ask if you should wear it, you probably shouldn't. You will just know.

    Of course they are loaded. There's no passing them around, they stay holstered unless something bad happens.

    Usually these events happen on private land with private driveways so it's fine to wear it to the door.

    Mine is a stainless 1911 in 10mm riding in a Tucker holster with a nice Texas star concho attached.

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  23. bushmaster1313

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    Or not to shoot your best guns
     
  24. 9MMare

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    Handsome!

    In my (limited) experience, if people want to handle, view, admire, etc they retire to a separate area, unload, all check that unloaded, etc. The 4 rules are still followed...guns are never pointed at anything not to be killed. But they have been smaller groups, no more than 5 or 6 involved.
     
  25. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    Good, because there is no such place in the USA anyway.
     
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