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Urban vs Rural

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by larryh1108, Apr 11, 2012.

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Do you live urban or rural?

Poll closed May 11, 2012.
  1. Urban - city or suburbs

    180 vote(s)
    37.1%
  2. Rural - out in the boonies

    157 vote(s)
    32.4%
  3. Inbetween - close to a major city but far enough away

    144 vote(s)
    29.7%
  4. out of the country - n/a

    4 vote(s)
    0.8%
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  1. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Member

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    The nice thing about forums like this is we get a full spectrum of viewpoints. We have professional doctors, lawyers, etc and we have white collar as well as blue collar workers. We have retirees and we have youngsters moving into their prime. We also have different areas in which we live which forms who we are. Rural vs urban is a huge factor in how we see and use firearms and how we collect them. Some have them as tools, others have them as toys, etc.

    The purpose of this thread is too see how the breakdown or urban versus rural is in this forum. To me, urban is being close to a major city or in the suburbs. Box stores all around but no land to shoot or hunt close by. Rural is out in the boonies where to get anything is a drive but you can have your own home range, if possible, and you have more land than homes surrounding you. It is a subjective answer because only you know your situation but no one can see where you live in the poll.

    p.s. you always get the "none of your business" answers. Why"? I don't know. If you feel compelled to state that instead of answering in some way then that's your right but come on, no one sees your answer unless you post it.
     
  2. knoxy

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    I picked Inbetween, but its not far enough away. The zombies shuffle out of the city limits occasionally to loot the homes & vehicles of working folks out here in the country.
     
  3. JohnBT

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    I need to vote both. My father was a state trooper and liked handguns as much as shotguns.

    In my mind I'm still up in the hollow with granny cooking on a wood stove and my grandfather working 1500 apple trees with his 2 brothers. My favorite guns are still squirrel rifles. And old shotguns.

    I live downtown because I don't do suburbs and hate commuting. My office was 5 blocks away for 26 years, but now that we've moved it's a 2-mile commute west on Monument Ave.

    John
     
  4. loadedround

    loadedround Member

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    I live in a township of approximately 22,500 people and am about 30 miles from a large city,Philadelphia. We have a very progressive form of government here, and a excellent police department that is pro gun from what I can observe. To top things off our township also boasts of having two active gun clubs within our borders, abet one is only a trap club. Our police officers all hold free memberships at one club and use it's facilities for their training purposes. Ask me if I've been happy living here after 40 years? :)
     
  5. hardluk1

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    I grew up in a city in florida but have lived in a rural setting for 35 years. Inow live 30 to 45 minutes from 2 large cities but well in the hills now. I grew up around firearms and hunted at a way to young an age by my self for whats allowable today. Jeep and rifle at 13. Also stated carry'n when made legal back in florida 26 years ago. I don't collect but have hunting ,play and defence firearms. Pants go on followed by my CC.
     
  6. tyeo098

    tyeo098 Member

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    I live on the edge of the suburbs of Washington DC.
    Its DC, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun (me), then a bunch of woods. 50 more miles and you hit Winchester. Its like staring down to the abyssal plain of forest :D
     
  7. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

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    I live in an unincorporated part of a large county with a few small towns, the largest having a population of 1,400. Average population density is 10.3 people per square mile. It's very rural, but is actually still considered a part of the Denver-Aurora metro area, being only 20 miles from the edge of that urban/suburban sprawl. The nice thing is, when I need something, Denver is close enough (about an hour's drive to the industrial areas), but I don't have to deal with the city if I don't want to.
     
  8. fireman 9731

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    I'm in rural eastern KY. I walk out on my front porch and shoot targets in the yard.

    Every Day.

    I have been here my whole life (24 years) and couldn't imagine living somewhere that I couldn't do that. If I had to pack up all my guns and take them to a range to shoot them, then I probably wouldn't. My neighbors are about a half mile in each direction. I have guns that are tools and guns that are toys. Honestly, the tool guns get used more.
     
  9. doubleh

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    I don't really fit in any of the catagories. It's over 250 miles to the nearest semi-major city. I do live within a few miles of a slightly larger than wide spot in the road town. :D
     
  10. 2zulu1

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    Rural area, I maintain the dirt roads to get to my place and live close to wilderness areas. It's common to see mountain lion tracks and there are times when I get a fleeting glimpse of the big cats, largest foot print measured this past winter was 6.0" across.

    Pristine are to breathe and the well produces world class water. Have great neighbors and the scenery is fantastic.

    A long time ago in a faraway place, I made a promise to myself that if I made it home I'd find a place in the country to retire and live out my days; that dream has come true. :)
     
  11. Boxhead

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    I can't pick more than one answer? I live in three of those "places".
     
  12. Darkbob

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    I grew up and now live in what's most likely described as a sub-urban area.

    My folks still live on the one acre I grew up on.

    It is my intent to move slightly more rural this year. We've been looking at places with 5-10 acres. I can't see myself ever living in a city.
     
  13. mac66

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    How about 'Both Urban and Rural' as an answer? or none of the above?
     
  14. 19-3Ben

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    I'm just a few miles outside of a pretty major city, living in the burbs. Needless to say, any survival type preps I make have to take into account a massive evacuation from the city.
     
  15. GeoEmeritus

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    (sub) Urban. I shoot at a club range which is 45 minutes away up a mountain road. Here in CA the informal ranges that used to be scattered around in the National Forests are being closed one by one because (they say) of trash. Even the formal ranges are under attack whenever their permits come up for review. I am a handloader and this distance to the range is a real pain when I'm doing load development. Despite this and the most confusing and restrictive gun laws in the US, we persist!
     
  16. Bushpilot

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    I live just inside the "fringes" of "rural" really. I have 15 acres and, although I do have several neighbors close by, I still have enough room for a range (nothing behind me but open fields for at least 2 miles) and a little "light" small game, varmint and deer hunting at home. I'm only about a 10 minute drive to the gas station and 15 to the store. I have always wanted to move much farther out where "rural" borders on "wilderness." However, after having my outdoor activities somewhat limited by growing up in the suburbs, with only weekend visits to my grandparents farm to hunt, shoot and tramp through the woods (until they passed in my early 20's), I am very grateful for what I now have.
     
  17. bigfinger76

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    15 acres in rural NW North Carolina. Love it here.
     
  18. TennJed

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    i live in a suburb of memphis, but do most of my shooting in the country on family land about an hour away. Middle of nowhere.
     
  19. mortablunt

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    I live in a suburb at home and school isn't too different.
     
  20. Nuclear

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    I live in a town of 12,000 about 20 minutes from Scottsdale. Not quite rural, but getting close.
     
  21. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    When I loved DOWNtown in Denver I knew my neighbors and my neighborhood way better than out in the burbs--which to most is probably counter intuative to many here.

    I prefered the 'community' of a very urban envoroment but the crush of people can also be bothersome, as well as the higher crime and hassles of pollution and traffic.

    I miss living on a farm (which I did several times as a kid). Was neat to just 'shoot off the back porch' and run a little wild when we felt like it. Down side was nearest neighbor was a mile away, but we grew a bunch of our own food.. even just renting the place.
     
  22. Pacsd

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    20 miles from town surounded by 100's of thousands ofacres of beef ranchland and Nat'l Grasslands with a full view of the entire Black Hills. Mt Rushmore is a liitle white spot 40 miles away as the crow flies. On a clear day I can make out the faces in my spotting scope.
     
  23. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

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    We have a little 35 acre river bottom paradise about ten miles from town, but I can get to anyplace in town within 20 minutes.
     
  24. bikerdoc

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    In between for me. The Elizabeth river and Albermarle Canal on the NC/VA border provide fishing, and there is still a lot of woods to roam. Urban/suburban creep wont let me shoot on my property anymore. Might be time to move.
     
  25. iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns

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    I voted urban, as I am unfortunately located just outside of a major city... I can drive to less-populated areas in an hour or so though, as I'm located less than a mile from I-93. My girlfriend and I have been slowly planning to move to a far more rural area, but still about 3 hours from where I grew up and my folks still live. Been spending so much $ on range time (even as a member it's $9/hr) I must find a place where I can legally and safely shoot in my own back yard. I need a BARN!!! For practicing music and workin' on projects, and shooting from on rainy days :) -Basically an outdoor but indoor "man-cave". I also can't wait to own a dog, but have been and will continue to wait until I have a better home for one. The city has been driving me nuts, in so many ways. I've always been happiest when surrounded by nature and as little 'man-made' as possible.
     
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