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Old 08-16-2013, 10:46 PM   #15
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I have pondered the idea of bring a gun, but the space in a trailer is really tight, with a family on board the risk of hitting the wrong person is pretty high. Plus even a 22 would punch straight through a AS.

I worry more about the stuff out side and in the TV walking off.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:55 PM   #16
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I'll likely carry mace and perhaps will look into a taser

I'm not anti gun - but never grew up around them so out of my element at this point.

My Boston Terrier is not exactly an effective guard dog - never barks - and so far lives all strangers.
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You should have a dart gun with loaded with a knock out sedative!
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You should have a dart gun with loaded with a knock out sedative!
Hahaha - ambien tipped poison darts! Intruders beware !!! Also stop buy for persistent insomnia fix
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I stay at a lot of military RV parks and guns on base are a big pain -- you have to register them at the least and, on some bases, surrender them for safe-keeping with the Master At Arms.

So, we carry bear spray. Just like pepper spray but in the giant, economy size. No one is coming through the door.

Of course, can't carry it into Canada but that is a small burden.

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I think these are all good ideas. I'd certainly avoid anyone with snakes.

Any firing of a weapon is and should be the last resort. But I firmly believe that option will always be available to me. If cornered and under dire threat, I will fire. (Up to that point, I've done all I can to evade, avoid or escape.)

A cougar, bear or bobcat trying to feast on my dogs is always a concern. Dogs on the road and in the wild draw attention. Coyotes are fast. And they are not afraid. Bear spray will possibly give you a chance to escape. I guess it would also work on an aggressive panhandler, but some places could charge you with assault.

Never once have I needed any protection. After a couple of days of minimal showering and no shaving I look sort of wild myself.

Do not take any weapon into Canada, they do not like it and will not give it back. That includes mace and bear spray. Canadians are nice, until they catch you packing. An earnest apology does not make them feel any better about it.
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There is nothing better than the sound of a 12 gauge pump shotgun, putting a round in the chamber, to make 'ruffians' want to behave.

I am really not part of the gun culture, but grew up with them, spent over 10 years in the Marine Corps, and I am proficient with rifles, pistols and shotguns. I say my prayers that I never have to use one in anger, but if it comes down to them or me, I am going to choose me.

It's rare that I take a trip without a firearm.
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I stay at a lot of military RV parks and guns on base are a big pain -- you have to register them at the least and, on some bases, surrender them for safe-keeping with the Master At Arms.

So, we carry bear spray. Just like pepper spray but in the giant, economy size. No one is coming through the door.

Of course, can't carry it into Canada but that is a small burden.

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Do not take any weapon into Canada, they do not like it and will not give it back. That includes mace and bear spray. Canadians are nice, until they catch you packing. An earnest apology does not make them feel any better about it.
Hi, at several border crossings, on our Alaska trip, we were told by the Canadian border guards, that bear spray is OK in Canada. [no guns, no mace, no pepper spray]
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if I had to carry a gun, I think it would be a 12 gage...or perhaps one of those hand gun shot gun types "the judge" with a round less likely to puncture through the trailer to the outside....

I think that if I was not traveling with kids on the other side of the trailer, I may feel a bit different perhaps....

It is all rather concerning...I would keep my trailer locked and IF in some likely EXTREMELY rare scenario some crazy person breaks in through the dead-bolt and into the trailer...I would assume they would know people ARE inside...and they would have intent on harm...in such a case I would like to have something to put them down before they do me...

I think given the kids on board the mace and taser will be my best compromise...but if it were just the two of us, I would more strongly consider a shotgun...

That bear mace I hear will have quite the stopping power though....good enough for me....
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Hi, at several border crossings, on our Alaska trip, we were told by the Canadian border guards, that bear spray is OK in Canada. [no guns, no mace, no pepper spray]
My denial of entry was in late 2001, I haven't tried again. I am glad they allow it now, I hear there are some big bears up there, lol.
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If you're in a situation to have to fire any weapon, your last worry should be the holes punched through the trailer. If you're pulling a trigger, you have to mean that the result is a corpse.

A shotgun in the close quarters of an AS? I'd get better aim and quicker second shot with a handgun. And less chance of a friendly fire incident.

But if you ever do have to fire, give them enough to make hell look like a vacation.
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...Well, if the candygram doesn't work, the stun baton and bear spray should!
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similar thread:
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"stun baton"? Sounds fun - link?
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