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tell me about Montana...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ziadel, Apr 27, 2005.

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  1. ziadel

    ziadel Member

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    well peeps, Montana seems to need certified welders something fierce...

    so I am seriously considering a move there.


    anyone wanna tell me about the firearm community in extreme north eastern montana?

    open carry legal?
    machine guns?

    can I just bring my pistol out there and carry on my NY CCW until I get a montana license? (I'm not surrendering the NY CCW becuase I am maintaining a residency in NY)
     
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    Montana is 738 miles across. You haven't really sat until you've driven across Montana. It's a beautiful state, but there's quite a bit more of it than you might figure just from looking at maps.

    Whew!
     
  3. TallPine

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    yes

    no state restrictions, AFAIK

    not sure if NY permits are honored - check packing.org

    BTW, concealed carry outside of city limits is legal without a permit :)

    the whole state is a firearm community ;)
    But you better plan on getting some long johns and insulated Carharts for the winters :p
    That is about the most "remote" area of the Lower 48
     
  4. Fudgie Ghost

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    Well, I can't tell you anything about Montana, except I'd like to go there. . . but this girl just moved there a year ago, and she seems to love it. Check it out:www.forevervain.com
     
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  5. dasmi

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    Holy crap. Kit is hot :)
     
  6. heypete

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    Yes, indeedy. :D

    I find the "Gun pr0n" section to be exceptionally entertaining.

    Now I just need to find another woman just like her, except wanting to have kids. I've got plenty o' time before I plan to get hitched, so I can keep my eyes and options open.
     
  7. ZeroX

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    *flies to Montana*
     
  8. dasmi

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    I may have found one like her. A female friend of mine has been asking me quite often about a gun for self defense. We're going shooting when she gets back from the Hawaii :D
     
  9. 280PLUS

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    Isn't there a dental floss farm in Montana?

    :p
     
  10. labrat

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    Madkiwi and I are considering moving there too. We have been privileged enough to have visited Kit as she lives very near my mother in Missoula. Kit has her FFL and is doing business as Naked Arms. I think she would probably be willing to answer any questions you send to her.

    Madkiwi and I have hauled our gear in to Montana for going to the range up in Libby (NW corner) as well as Missoula. No problems. Probably more worries getting back in to Kali with all the EBRs.

    Regarding NE Montana, I believe it is the coldest part of the state. Definitely use the cold weather gear there.
     
  11. Fudgie Ghost

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    Interesting thing about the weather in Montana. I have always thought the winters there were brutal. But I've been reading Kit's journal pretty regularly this past year, and it didn't seem like it got that cold, or got that cold for very long. Does Missoula stay warmer than other parts of Montana?

    Now that I've said that, Kit did mention it was snowing heavily yesterday. . . :eek:
     
  12. Lennyjoe

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    My wifes uncle used to live in Hamilton Montana. When I was stationed in Tacoma Wa. we used to drive out and see him. Its a beautiful state. Deer for miles. An outdoor paradise. Until the snow hits. It gets pretty darn cold up there. Winters are tough but the spring/summer/fall is absolutely beautiful.
     
  13. CB900F

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    Fella's;

    Montana, I'm a resident. Urbanish areas; Billings (I can't stand the place), Bozeman & Missoula are both college towns & liberal oriented when compared to most of the state, Great Falls, Helena, and the Kalispell/Flathead/Glacier area. Many out-of-staters have moved into the Bozeman, Missoula-Bitterroot valley, and Kalispell sections of the state.

    Great Falls is stodgy, very slow growth, and military. If you want to get out in the mountains & away, but still have access to a grocery store, look at Libby or Lewistown. If you don't like mountains, perhaps Roundup, Jordan, or Circle. Do keep in mind that it'll only take the odd century or two for your family to become integrated into the rural communities.

    However, in the rural communities, shooting is still a way of life. Not so in some of the above mentioned areas.

    900F
     
  14. mcneill

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    tell me about Montana...

    Glacier National Park is the prettiest country I've ever seen. Now that's saying something coming from an old Texas boy. :)

    Jim
     
  15. FPrice

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    I've talked to Tallpine in the past about Montana. My wife is not thrilled, but I think it might be a nice place to live. If only I didn't have so much famly ties back here.
     
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    Compared to **********, even Missoula is nice. Much better up in Libby. Not much experience with any other cities 'cept maybe Bozeman which is also nice compared to Kali.

    I forgot to mention that my step-dad didn't seem to have problems finding a welder to do some work for him (he welds in his shop a bit too, but doesn't have the skills of a professional) but that was in Missoula.

    Also, the Missoula Valley has some wierd inversion thing going on which keeps the weather much less severe than other parts of the state. From what I've heard from my mom, this winter has been less severe than winters past though.
     
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    I've been there a few times and thought the west (part with the mountains) was great. The flat part wasn't anything special. I had a girlfriend about ten years ago who liked Montana so much she moved up there and I've seen her only once since. If you've got good paying work lined up and don't mind a really cold winter, check it out.

    Keep in mind that when Yellowstone (super volcano) blows, everyone in southwest Montana will be toast.
     
  18. saddlebum

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    coldest i've ever been : whitefish in january
     
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    I've driven from Missoula to Bozeman during a snowstorm in February and I dont' think it was terribly cold compared to other parts of the state.
     
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    Borodin: Do you think they will let me live in Montana?
    Capt. Ramius: I would think they'll let you live wherever you want.
    Borodin: Good. Then I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman, and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pick-up truck, or umm... possibly even...a recreational vehicle, and drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?
    Capt. Ramius: Oh yes.
    Borodin: No papers?
    Capt. Ramius: No papers. State-to-state.


    -mike
     
  21. labrat

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    I love that movie and remember that dialog well...
     
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    Missoula's inversion layer keeps the winters mild, but also keeps the clouds in for weeks at a time. I'd take colder winters with blue skys over a Missoula winter personally.
     
  23. Libertyteeth

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    There is an effort afoot to encourage freedom-oriented people to move to Montana. http://www.freewest.org has a lot of archived articles and information of interest to people considering migrating to Montana / Wyoming / Idaho.

    Other groups / lists concerning the Western "Triad" freedom migration:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreeMontanaProject/?yguid=126065389

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/W-A-L/

    The parts of Montana with the mildest Winters are the mountain valleys in the western half of the state, because the mountains shield the valleys from some of the Canadian Arctic storms and wind. The northeast section has fairly fierce Winters comparable to the upper midwest. The northeast section was also a stronghold for the old socialist-progressive Non-Partisan League in the 1920s, and they are still socially conservative and economically socialist in that part of the state.

    The parts of the state that have robust economies and lots of job opportunities are also in the western half (Billings also has a good economy). Most of the eastern half of Montana is steadily losing population, so while jobs may be scarce, housing is cheap. See the freewest.org site for much more detail on this and all questions relevant to a contemplated move.

    Come on out -- we need help in holding the line, and may be even able to increase our freedom with reinforcements.
     
  24. chevrofreak

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    Welcome to Montana, now get out ;)
     
  25. MTMilitiaman

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    Montana is a wonderful place to live. We received an "F" by the Brady Campaign. That has to tell you something.

    Montana is "shall issue" but as far as I know, you only need a liscence to carry concealed. Open carry is technically still completely legal in Montana, though the soccor moms frown on it in the more liberal parts of the state, like Bozeman, or worse yet, Missoula. I have personally been held at gunpoint by the police while some friends and I ate french fries on a picnic table with a shotgun and .22 sitting next to me while we waited for a friend to come pick us up. My friend's car started spewing oil and knowing that it was completely legal, we opted to carry the guns to the phone so save our ride the trouble.
    My brother and I walk around with guns all summer long and never get in trouble though. My grandpa has a 200 yard rifle range on his property. Usually whenever we want to go shooting we can go there or walk pretty much anywhere out in the woods and shoot.

    I think this will have alot of the information you seek:
    http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/mca_toc/45_8_3.htm

    Give me a couple min (hours) and I will see if I can't figure out how to post images here. I have a great one of a sunset over the Flathead Lake near Polson that I took on the way home from Glacier with some friends of mine.

    Economy isn't that great but I love Montana. For the gun owner and hunter, it doesn't get much better.
     

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