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Guns for camping?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 45Guy, Sep 4, 2007.

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  1. 45Guy

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    Do you take any firearms with you camping? If so, what kind and why?

    I don't because I dont camp much, and see no need in the area that i would go, except maybe a .22LR rifle or pistol for squirrels.
     
  2. 10 Ring Tao

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    Standard CCW handgun, standard carrying.

    Only difference for camping is that I might throw a shotgun in the trunk.
     
  3. trickyasafox

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    i don't camp at camp sites, i'm on private land so i can bring i firearm.

    i bring my 10/22. i'm not in an area with any dangerous or large game, so i don't really have to worry about much on that front. I just bring it for targets of opportunity like woodchucks and pigeons.
     
  4. Agent Entropy

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    It's my understanding that ccw in most state parks (save Florida) and National Forests is verboten. Maybe open carry isn't? Or maybe you're camping on private property?

    With packing.org down, where's a good place to go for this information? :confused:
     
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    oops

    edit: sorry for the double post
     
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    Actually, when I camp, I usally carry to nth degree. That's because I camp to be able to go shoot for 2 full days, sun-up to sun-down.

    I WAS going to camp this summer, but well, an unexpected neurosurgery on Aug 01 really put the poop on my planned trip! Fortunately for me, I camp year round, and yes even in sub-zero temps.

    You in Ten Ring Tao??? When I get that .50 BMG upper, it has to be tested.

    Doc2005
     
  7. countertop

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    I don't like snakes, so I usually bring my S&W Model 66 with at least a couple of rounds of snake shot. Generally though I'm more afraid of 2 legged predators than 4. Thats why the other 4 rounds have .357 loads.

    Depending where and when, I might bring a .22 or something else - though it seems these days all my camping is confined to hunting season.
     
  8. Zero Knives

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    I bring the 10/22 and that's about it. If we're headed to the badlands, I bring a .357 with an extra speedloader of shotshell...
     
  9. chris in va

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    You're d**m straight I take my gun camping. Heard quite a few stories from actual people either needing a gun or defending themselves with one. Many 'campgrounds' I've stayed at are little more than trailer parks complete with 3am drunks looking for a good time. Just how long do you think it would take for law enforcement to get things under control way back in Sweetwater Holler Falls in lot 195?:scrutiny:

    I like to keep my SP101 handy.
     
  10. 10 Ring Tao

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    When camping, you're actually more vulnerable than when at home. Both because your 'domicile' is easier to break into, and you're presumably in the middle of nowhere, with no easy way to call for help or help to get to you.

    I'd rather be much more prepared than normal, than less so.


    Heh, for sure, let me know when you're healed up. I've done plenty of winter camping, but not since scouts, so I don't know about anything after halloween. I've been meaning to go to island lake for a couple weeks, maybe wednesday.
     
  11. GigaBuist

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    Absolutely. About 4-5 years back, not too long after I got into firearms I went camping on a private 20 acre plot with some buddies. When we got there one, my best buddy, asked if I brought any guns. I did not -- thought they might think it was weird. His reply: "Damnit! The one time I think it actually makes SENSE for you to have a gun you don't!"

    Since then, always.
     
  12. RubenZ

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    .357 mag for walking around the woods.

    1911 under my pillow in the tent :)

    .30-30 in the truck :)


    of course it can change depending on where I'm going.
     
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    Always! The absolute minimum would be a .45 or similar, for the two legged snakes, plus a shotgun or rifle if there is a possibility of bears or moose, and often a .22 for fun.
     
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    A camping trip isn't complete without shooting!!!

    I carry my CCW until we get into the woods, then...

    Once I'm in the woods and need something with more punch and penetration than my G26 I carry a Ruger .357 mag with 200gr hard-cast bullets in a Galco side holster.

    Have my Mossberg 500 12-gauge with pistol grip and 18" barrel loaded with 3" magnum 00 buck in the tent for any unwanted mid-night visits...

    Also have to keep the 10/22 around for plinking!


    ... oh, and we usually have an assortment of airsoft guns to blast eachother with when we can't play with the real deal.
     
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    Savage 24 in camp, 38 revolver or better under your pillow.
     
  16. Thegungal

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    Depends on where I am. A pump gun with slugs and a few other loads would probably be the best all around answer.

    If I need something smaller a Glock 20 with hot loads.

    If I have no big game worries, any good CC will do.
     
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    For harsh enviorments I have 2 revolvers. Both Ruger SP-101's in 357 mag and 32 H&R mag otherwise one of the semi's.
     
  18. Flak_Jakett

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    Camping w/o a gun? Are you crazy? I always carry my carry weapon anyway. Camping, shopping, eating, sleeping. When I am camping I usually add weaponry not leave it behind. M-4 or shotgun or both. My usual camping trip is near water to go skiing, so when I am out on the lake I usually lock my weapons up in my father-in-laws camper. Except for my handgun which I carrry with me on the boat.

    Even if I was in an camping area that was totally devoid of animals, people are still just as bad, if not worse. As it is, bears, cougars, and lynxes oh my are fairly common. Bears... I don't know if my .45 with hyroshocks would do the job, but they'd find my mauled body next to an empty pistol.
     
  19. hexidismal

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    Well.. I don't go camping. Im not an outdoorsman whatsoever.. I'm a total indoorsman. BUT.. if I were to go camping, I would be conscerned about defense.. more from people than animals. I actually know people who have been robbed at their campsite at gunpoint. They were lucky that robbed is all they got. I'd bring my normal ccw gun if possible of course. If I wasn't allowed to bring a handgun for whatever reason (out of state maybe) then I think I'd bring along the Kel-Tec Sub2000 carbine in .40S&W. It's a decent defensive gun, and it's ability to fold would make it most convenient to carry along.
     
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    Yes, I carry when camping. I bring my full-size CCW (.40) loaded with 200gr woods-rounds, in a hip-pack that can also attach to my main backpack. I conceal because there's no need to alarm sheeple in the group I hike with, and sometimes my hiking route will partially enter restricted areas (National Parks land).

    Firearms are outlawed from National Parks because National Parks land is completely safe, right? :rolleyes:
     
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    .45 ( standard every day carry, XD or witness( , AR-7 and/or SUB 2000 (.40) . Last camping trip was in NH and the place we camped at heda lot of bear "incidences" . they don't rocognize my maine permit , but you can open carry , so I did . When I camp by myself i bring all 3 . The 2 rifles are compact and strap up nicely on the outside of my ruck .

    Never thought to bring a gun camping when I was younger, until a close friends sister was raped and killed while at a "family" campground . Woke me up pretty quick .
     
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    edit : double post
     
  23. lookshigh123

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    I have no gun.
     
  24. TexasRifleman

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    Legal in all Texas State Parks as well.
     
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    Yes.
    I take my 12ga loaded with slugs. When I'm not in camp, I secure it in my vehicle. I also take a handgun, which is usually on me, and a .22lr for dispatching critters if needed.
    If I'm camped on BLM land I often take everything, with the intention of plinking. The SKS usually has a few clips of ammo with it just in case.
     
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