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We rarely 'feel the need' to carry firearms. We carry firearms because of the times you don't know you will need a firearm. Like many other people have said a firearm is just another tool at your disposal, and no one ever died from being too prepared. An attempted car jacking, a break in, and several dangerous animals have reminded me through the years that you rarely know ahead of time when you'll need a firearm.mtnman33 wrote:I have done several 1-2 week backcountry trips even in Alaska grizzily country and never felt I needed a gun.
You would be better off carrying warm clothing, raingear, and water than a gun, if you want to argue you'll need it for "survival." You can last much longer without food than you can without water or warmth-- a week at least. Its a common misconception that survivalism is all about trapping animals and gathering nuts and berries. Most of it is focused on staying warm and dry and navigating out to civilization.ellehcim wrote:Ok, I have only got to page 4 so forgive me if I cover other opinions...
A gun is a tool, nothing more, nothing less. At this point in my knowledge of hiking and survival I cannot make a bow/sling or traps to kill animals. If I am really screwed it might be able to get me a little bit of meat from some animal and help me live a little longer.
Durn tootin!teva wrote: Wiz's gun is probably under the AMEX plan, "Don't leave home without it"
Too true. But there are plenty of people who feel it is necessary to try. Just look at the 14 pages of comments. Some are trying to sway opinions, some stating opinions, and others defending opinions.Wiz wrote:We're not going to sway each other to our respective points of view. What's the big deal?
Good idea, but ineffective or worse in the slightest breeze.youngboy wrote:just a suggestion, maybe you could carry something less rambo-like, like the pepper spray for bears. maybe after a couple of sprays, the bear(or animal) would learn to stay away from humans