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Walking around with an assault rifle

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kennyboy, Apr 30, 2006.

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  1. kennyboy

    kennyboy Member

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    I was just wondering how people would react if I just started walking around town and going everywhere with an assault rifle strapped to my body. Do you think that more people would do this if I started? I think it might be comical to see some people's reactions when I walk past. lol. What do you think?
     
  2. RocketMan

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    Uh, yeah, okay...
    The standard reaction from most: :eek:
    The standard reaction from LE (somewhat dependant on where you live): :eek:
     
  3. TallPine

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    I've seen that in downtown Billings. Nobody paid any attention as far as I could tell.

    (except me ... I was trying to figure out what kind of rifle it was ;) )
     
  4. mbs357

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    Do you even have an assault rifle?
    That is, a select fire rifle firing an intermediate cartridge (I believe that's an accurate description).
    But no, I wouldn't...assault rifles are too expensive to cart around all day.
    Maybe something a bit cheaper?
     
  5. dakotasin

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    depends where you live i guess. where i'm at, nobody would give it a second thought.
     
  6. grimjaw

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    I've sold and traded rifles with folks in the parking lots of stores and whatnot. Didn't get any LE visits, and not too many strange glances that I remember. But those were just enough time for ID's and money to be exchanged and rifles to be examined. The only place under normal (therefor not SHTF) conditions I'd cart around a rifle are hunting and to/from the gunshow.

    jmm
     
  7. lamazza

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    Where I'm at it would be a very short walk :)
     
  8. The Real Hawkeye

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    In most places in the US you'd likely end up being shot by the cops. At the very least, you'd be proned at gunpoint. We've come a long way since the days of the minute man.
     
  9. Jeff White

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    Let me tell you from personal experience, it's a pain in the butt. I carried an assault rifle around every where I went all day many times when I was in the Army.

    They get heavy, even an M16A1 or M4 wears on you after 6 hours or so. They are unwieldy, they bang into things and you have to pay a lot of attention to the rifle so that you don't inadvertantly cover someone or something you're not willing to destroy with the muzzle.

    If you are out in public you have to worry about little kids asking to touch it and hold it. You'll also have to put up with wannabes and posers wanting to strike up a conversation with you about their time in SOG when they HALO'd into Red China to steal a Ming vase to replace one a stateside general broke on a drunken night after coming home from the O club.....

    There is a reason that we have pistols. They are portable. If you're carrying your pistol concealed instead of your assault rifle, you can probably walk into the bank lobby to open your Christmas Club account without making people think that one of the North Hollywood bank robbers escaped and has come to your home town.....A simple case of mistaken identiy like that could have somewhat interesting repercussions when the local police arrive to make sure you aren't the rumored third North Hollywood bank robber.....

    It's up to you though...Personally I find all the downsides make it not worth my time to carry mine all the time anymore.

    Jeff
     
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    Too unwieldy. I much prefer a nice Ma Deuce on a pintal mount in the truck bed. Plenty of firepower, no muss, no fuss. :D :neener:
     
  11. AndyC

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    Dianne Feinstein seems to be ok with it:

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    "And, I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that's what I did. I was trained in firearms. I'd walk to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon. I made the determination that if somebody was going to try to take me out, I was going to take them with me." - Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate hearings on terrorism held in Washington, D.C. on April 27, 1995.

    Not trained well enough to keep your finger off the trigger, eh, Dianne? Or even-minded enough to understand that those of us out here without bodyguards just want the same right to protect ourselves that you once enjoyed.
     
  12. TMM

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    If i saw someone with an AK or AR strapped to thier back, i'd think: "MALL NINJA!!11eleventy-one!!11!"

    Speaking of mall ninjas, today i saw two at a flea market. one was a guy, with an army-like shoulderpack, OD green jacket, camo cargo pants tucked into black leather boots, with dreadlocks and some kinda hat. the other was a girl, didn't see her very well. dressed similarly to the guy.

    ~TMM
     
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    here in MN, we have a personal protection act, not a CCW, regardless of what the media says, there is no concealed part, just the ability to have a gun on our about your person, etc. Concealed is how most do it, but you could legally walk around with an assault weapon on your back.

    a TV station did do a stunt where they had a guy pack a snubnose unconcealed (I think it was tucked in the small of his back) to watch reactions. While some people balked and googleeyed, none scream and ran in terror. Some cops just did a doubletake, and cept on letting the guy go, that is a plus. Some cops did stop and ask for him to show paperwork, etc, especially I think after complaints.
     
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    That's a no-no Ms Feinstein !

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    A good example of what NOT to do with a gun in public ! :banghead:

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    Get that finger offa that trigger you :cuss: ! :fire:

    ...and to think I can't even use the gun rack in my pick-up where I live !
    (They're sold as "Fishing rod racks.".
     
  15. AndyC

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    That's the problem with anti's - they don't even know the basics (as proven in the pic above), yet they want to tell us they know so much about guns?
     
  16. Mannlicher

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    Why just wonder Kennyboy. Strap it on and head downtown!! I am sure you will find out pretty quick.
     
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    No good will come out of walking with an assault rifle in the streets of my city.:uhoh: :eek: :scrutiny:
     
  18. Hardware

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    Why would anyone put a drum magazine on a underfolding AK? You can't fold the stock with a drum magazine on it.

    As far as walking around with a rifle, pistols are weapons of convenience. Your grab the longarms when you know there is trouble.
     
  19. AndyC

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    Well, you can, actually - you just fold the stock first, then insert the mag. I agree it's a silly thing to do, though - forget about deploying the stock in a hurry with a drum-mag :)
     
  20. Biker

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    I could get away with it in my State, I suppose. However, disregarding my appearance and lifestyle, I like to fly under the radar when possible.
    Trouble has a way of finding a man when he's not looking for it. Why send out an invite?
    Biker
     
  21. Foxtrot427

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    Everybody would think its illegal and it would be a realy PITA.
     
  22. LAR-15

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    Why would you carry a gun thats worth at least 8,000 dollars around all day? :confused:


    One that has been banned for civilian ownership unless made prior to the passage of the FOPA in May of 1986
     
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    Lawful and prudent are 2 different things.If you live in a location where it wouldn't get much of a negative reaction,you probably wouldn't be asking this question.If you're looking for a way to make a political statement then feel free,but negative publicity doesn't do the rest of us gun owners any favors.Some people feel that the best way to make others aware of firearms is to carry openly and show people that it's possible to carry out your daily life as normal as anyone else with a gun on your hip,or shoulder as the case would be,but for every person that gets a positive outlook,how many have the "gun owning yahoo" stereotype more firmly cemented?
    Personally,the only reason I could see doing it would be just as well served by wearing only a thong and a showercap to Wal Mart and taking test rides on the bicycles.If you want attention,that should do it for you.
     
  25. grimjaw

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    Black92LX, is that a shot from somewhere in Israel?

    jmm
     
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