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Old 05-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #15
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I am new to the RV world and wondering if it would be a good idea for me to get a pistol for protection. What are the options of those of you who have been at it for awhile.
Your question implies to me that you probably do not own any hand guns and may not even know how to use them.

If I threw my glock, MP40 or 1911 on the table in front of you would you have a clue how to load them or where the safties are.

If not you don't want a hand gun.

In 20 years of RVing I only had one incidence where I might have needed one but I talked my way out of that and it was probably the best thing.
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Your question implies to me that you probably do not own any hand guns and may not even know how to use them.

If I threw my glock, MP40 or 1911 on the table in front of you would you have a clue how to load them or where the safeties are.

If not you don't want a hand gun.

In 20 years of RVing I only had one incidence where I might have needed one but I talked my way out of that and it was probably the best thing.
In 50+ years of RV'ing I've only needed to show I was armed once and that was in 2004 in a truck rest area in Wyoming.
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I am new to the RV world and wondering if it would be a good idea for me to get a pistol for protection. What are the options of those of you who have been at it for awhile.
This topic has been discussed at length, and if you were to search the forum you'd have hours of reading on the pros and cons.

I carry one, but I have never had a situation where I felt I needed to display it or use it. I also carry a fire extinguisher, but have never needed it either. I would not feel "properly prepared" without either one, and I hope I never need to use either one.

That said, if you do decide to carry, get professional training, and practice often. As another poster said, a shotgun is a far better home defense tool than a pistol.
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This topic has been discussed at length, and if you were to search the forum you'd have hours of reading on the pros and cons.

I carry one, but I have never had a situation where I felt I needed to display it or use it. I also carry a fire extinguisher, but have never needed it either. I would not feel "properly prepared" without either one, and I hope I never need to use either one.

That said, if you do decide to carry, get professional training, and practice often. As another poster said, a shotgun is a far better home defense tool than a pistol.
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Personally, I carry.... But, why do people ask this question of others, I always wonder.... The question is really a soul-searching foray into "What are you comfortable doing?" As one poster asked, "What do you do at home for personal defense? What do you do in your car?" That's the question - What would YOU do? Would you actually use a handgun? Would you actually shoot someone with a shotgun? Would you use bear spray? Or do you feel better about using wasp spray? It matters not what others might do!

Very few of us have ever been in a position to make these life or death decisions that everyone discusses so casually.... You can carry all manner of self-defense weapons, and it matters not one whit what others would do -- it's only about what YOU would actually do if you ever have to decide..... Make sense? I mean this in a helpful and friendly way.
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As others have said, should you decide to carry handguns, become very well versed in there use. It takes a great deal of instruction and practice to become comfortable, especially in a life and death situation. I agree with others that a shotgun is a much better form of self defense then a handgun, just make sure whatever length you carry, it meets all of the states laws, use a gun that is illegal in a state, and you can bet you'll be in jail, not the perp that deserves it.
Other thing to think about, it's very easy to pull a weapon and point it at someone, much more difficult pulling the trigger the 1st time.
Wasp spray, oven cleaner, legal to carry, easier to defend in court, mentally much easier to use. I keep of can of one or the other next to my bed, and in the cupboard by the door.
Good luck whatever you decide
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I noted 1 person mentioning bear spray. I carry bear spray, no guns for me. I am not against guns except that no matter how careful one is, a child can find it. I know, all teach their children properly, even those that experience a loss of one from a gun. It does happen If you read about bear spray, it is very powerful stuff. I carry regular pepper spray except when hiking where I do carry the bear spray which is much more powerful.
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I've been hunting, hiking, backpacking, camping, RVing, and traveling for near forty years. I've never had an incident where I felt threatened to the point I had to defend myself.

I haven't hunted for about thirty years and after being away from it for a while I realized it wasn't the hunting I enjoyed so much as it was just being out in natural areas. A couple years after that I sold all my guns.

All my travels since have been without "protection". Just my mode of travel. :-)
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I have a weapon and I do the same thing with it in the MH as I do at home. Also have a CC permit.
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Be careful with pepper spray if going into Canada. They often ask at the boarder and do consider it a weapon.
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Also have a CC permit.
I have two. Oregon doesn't recognize my Washington one and Oregon doesn't recognize my Washington one and I go into Oregon quite often as I live only about 8 miles from the border.
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