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Old 09-03-2011, 11:54 PM   #1
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Protection out on the road

We are planning a cross country trip from CA to NY and am wondering about packing some protection...not guns but something like pepper spray or mace. Anyone have an opinion or advice? We are in our mid 60's but can still take care of ourselves physically if we have to. I have never had guns around the house...last time I shot a rifle was in the Army in '67. Was pretty good but you needed to be to stay alive during the war.


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Old 09-04-2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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Look at Fox pepper spray I always carry it and have had to use it. Better safe than sorry .

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Old 09-04-2011, 07:49 AM   #3
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If you don't want to carry a pistol, get a can of Wasp Spray and if needed, aim it for the eyes.....it'll stop the biggest intruder in his tracks.
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wasp spray is said to be very effective at 20 feet. and legal to carry.
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We carry pepper spray, wasp spray (for wasps actually) and a shotgun. So far we have only used the wasp spray on wasps.

We also have a better deterrent than any of those. Two dogs. Both are completely harmless but strangers do not know that.
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If you not handled guns, you don't need to start now. Get something else.
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another vote for WASP SPRAY
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We carry pepper spray as well...but I also have a S&W 9mm and Ruger 44 mag for anything larger than a man.

We keep the pepper spray/mace on us when walking. It can be found cheap and works on other dogs, critters or even most people, but I've seen drug crazed folks that nothing but a tazer or bullet will stop.
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If you don't like guns take a tazer. I carry a 7 round pump shotgun and when you load it everyone will back off...
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If you don't like guns take a tazer. I carry a 7 round pump shotgun and when you load it everyone will back off...
Till you come across the guy who rips the tazer darts out and keeps coming. And the guy who looks at you when you rack a round in the shotgun and laughs and keeps coming....and other than being crazy has not done anything to justify killing him.

No matter what you choose to carry, be it Mace/OC spray/wasp spray, a gun, or taser...make sure that you know how to use it and that you understand both the moral and legal implications of it's use.
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Another vote for wasp spray. You can also get a Beware of Dog sign to put in a window near your entry door. You may or may not have a dog, but someone coming up to your door won't know.

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Another vote for wasp spray. You can also get a Beware of Dog sign to put in a window near your entry door. You may or may not have a dog, but someone coming up to your door won't know.

An extra large dog water bowl will assist in the deterent.

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I've owned guns since I was 12 and shot then before that, I guess I'll continue to carry at least one (and probably more)!
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for some reason when folks see our little dog....we feel safer.
we always get a funny look from passers by when he peeks out the window

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