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    I always feel better with a gun along and have no plans to stop carrying one.

    I just came in from shooting my little S&W model 60 pro series revolver. I switched ammo in it recently to the Winchester white box 110g JHP. It is sure softer shooting than the heavier full power loads in the little gun, kinda halfway between a 38+P and a full power 357. I'm headed to the river this weekend and this gun will be with me. It's light and small enough to forget it's on my hip until I need it and easy to have hidden under my shirt at the ramp.

    I only had one time where carrying a gun almost became a bad thing. I was still in high school and carrying another revolver while catfishing a creek a few miles from home on private land. I was a mile from the public gravel road and a half mile from the dirt road running along the fields and it was after 11pm. I had no reason to expect anyone to be anywhere around. Suddenly from behind me I heard a yell and someone rushed me out of the weeds. I half stood from my bucket, spun, and palmed the revolver. I'm still thankful I hesitated on pulling the trigger, and shaking a bit remembering it even now. A buddy of mine knew I was fishing down there and thought it would be a good prank to sneak up on me and scare me. He was a guy who had moved out my way recently from a small town in another state, not a local who had grew up around there. It scared the crap out of him when I spun and drew the gun, and both scared and infuriated me. Scared because of what almost happened, and furious at the situation he put us in. I still don't know what kept me from pulling the trigger, but I'm damn glad I didn't. He ran away apologizing as I put the gun away and headed toward him to beat the hell out of him for pulling that stunt. We talked about it the next day after I had cooled off and made sure it would never happen again.

    I still carry a gun a lot of the time, but I always consider the responsibility that comes with it when I do.

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    You don't need to be in the woods to carry? Its just a liberal testing the waters
    Do you know what Jim Bridger said about the Indians? " Just when your not seeing any is about the time they are fixing to get the thickest"

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    I do not think you could stop a bear or any other creature intent on doing you harm by showing your certificate and telling him that you had taken the course.
    Patron Life Member, NRA; Life Member RMEF, SCI, NAHHC, NSRPA; CRPA, CBA

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    https://www.outsideonline.com/239735...hike-with-guns

    So..I read this and had plenty of my own thoughts. I am curious what you all think. And Go!!!!!
    Scott, you must get the same emails from them as I do as I still had this sitting in my inbox from this day.

    I carry 90% of the time i?m running in the woods. Just a small 380 of my wife?s but here in PA, 7 rds from a 380 into even a large black bear should suffice to at least buy some time. I have far more problems with dog owners that live on back roads and dont have enough sense to tie their dogs than I ever have from predators.

    That said, just last Saturday I ran up on a 250ish bear at 30 yds in very high grass, never knew i was there. No way to know if it had cubs, I backpeddled very fast and drew that pistol before yelling to scare it off.

    Just an insurance policy I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timr245 View Post
    Scott, you must get the same emails from them as I do as I still had this sitting in my inbox from this day.

    I carry 90% of the time i?m running in the woods. Just a small 380 of my wife?s but here in PA, 7 rds from a 380 into even a large black bear should suffice to at least buy some time. I have far more problems with dog owners that live on back roads and dont have enough sense to tie their dogs than I ever have from predators.

    That said, just last Saturday I ran up on a 250ish bear at 30 yds in very high grass, never knew i was there. No way to know if it had cubs, I backpeddled very fast and drew that pistol before yelling to scare it off.

    Just an insurance policy I guess.
    yup an insurance policy.


    that helps explain why liberals hate guns so much.
    they don't believe in insurance. it is totally unnecesary because they expect conservatives to bail them out of every poor decision they make . which tends to be each and every decision they make.
    AS GOES THE CHURCH, SO GOES THE NATION


    tolerance of the nation ,makes the nation an obamination !

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    I carry a sidearm most places I go. outdoors or day to day carry. if outdoors normally rifle. but I use my firearms for casual shooting more than most. self defense and hunting are some other uses. I dont only carry for hunting purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRUSS View Post
    I carry a sidearm most places I go. outdoors or day to day carry. if outdoors normally rifle. but I use my firearms for casual shooting more than most. self defense and hunting are some other uses. I dont only carry for hunting purposes.
    I usually carry a sidearm while hunting. I don't exclusively handgun hunt, but I have taken a couple cow elk and a few doe deer when close opportunities presented themselves. It was effective. Most predators these days are the 2 legged kind.

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    I always carrying a fire arm when in the woods. Not just for the four legged critters, there are a bunch of wack jobs walking around. I don't leave home without one. Like previously mentioned "Rather have one and not need it".

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    Good thread, very relevant.
    Years ago as a police offier in my state I became aware of increasing thefts and assaults in the national forrests and state parks I feel because most of the targets were complacent (out-of staters ...Mass, NY & CT). No self respecting lib-tard would carry a gun in the city why would they do so in the country ! Locals stayed away from the trails and campsites when the tourists were around.
    Simply put criminals will target those most probable to be in a low state of awareness. To add to the issue when communing with nature in the east we dont worry about bears or cats.
    TWO legged threats are just as much an issue in the back country or parks-forrest-and waterways! To me its a choice small autuo 45/9mm for the east or 41-44 mag in the west.

    I just came back from fishing in Montana, the river put-ins & takeouts are places where the "meth heads" break into cars and rob people. Its also sad to say that the reservations are seeing an increase in crimes as well and it appears to be more "organized"!
    Crime happens, predators act like predators ......2 legged or 4 !

    Carry ....
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    buddy just bumped into a mountain lion on his mountain bike, cat ran before anything could happen. He carries bear spray.

 

 
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