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I'm curious to find out how many hikers/ backpackers go out into the wilderness with a firearm. If so, what are you packing? I'm stashin a Ruger redhawk 44 with loaded up specials in it.
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Although I own several firearms, including handguns, I see no reason to carry one when hiking and backpacking.

Congratulations.  Post #2 and you've hit on one of the most incendiary topics on this forum.

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Bear spray in grizz country.
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Bear canister, my brain.

Black bear country, that's about it.

My security ounces I invest in other choices. Like a PLB, water filter, some extra bandaids.
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I'm curious to find out how many hikers/ backpackers go out into the wilderness with a firearm. If so, what are you packing? I'm stashin a Ruger redhawk 44 with loaded up specials in it.

Why are you curious?  What are you so afraid of?

Your second post on this site and you want to 'stir the pot' so to speak?  I'm pretty sure that there was an extensive and painfully long discussion thread on this subject just a few months ago.  If you use the search function you might be able to find it.
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 I'm pretty sure that there was an extensive and painfully long discussion thread on this subject just a few months ago.

and a few months before that, and a few months before that, and a few months before that, and a few months before that...
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I'm curious to find out how many hikers/ backpackers go out into the wilderness with a firearm. If so, what are you packing? I'm stashin a Ruger redhawk 44 with loaded up specials in it.

I backpack with a rifle, but only when I'm elk hunting in the highcountry.

Otherwise it's just bear spray.



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God, we're not going here again, are we?  Why is it you gun people have to talk constantly about your guns on a backpacker forum?  There must be gun forums out there you can get your giggles on.

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I carry a S&P 40 compact. It isn't the wild life I am afraid of it is more the idiots that come from the city who think they are gods.
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Isn't it funny that "cobra" and GaryP4321 just signed up ??

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I carry a S&P 40 compact. It isn't the wild life I am afraid of it is more the idiots that come from the city who think they are gods.

Idiots who come from the city and think they are gods don't travel far from trailheads.

Ten miles into the most remote backcountry is far far safer than any city block.

Leave your guns at home and learn to shoot with a camera.

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I carry a Ruger P90 .45, because I can.
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Idiots who come from the city and think they are gods don't travel far from trailheads.
Ten miles into the most remote backcountry is far far safer than any city block.
Leave your guns at home and learn to shoot with a camera.
STOP LIVING IN FEAR.

This^^
When I first started backpacking back in the day, I carried a small 9mm. I found myself gripping to it and being paranoid about not having it around me. It creates a sense of paranoia as you feel like you need it.
Eventually, I ditched the gun and now I feel safer than ever. I use my mind as my defense.

I don't like people walking into my home with weapons, I don't see any reason to walk into someone else's. (natures home that is).

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I carry a SW BodyGuard .380 in the sporran attached to my kilt because I want to.
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Actually, it's idiots who think they have to carry guns in the wilderness that frighten me the most.

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I have several firearms but I don't carry when backpacking. BUT if I ever think I need to, it'll be a short barreled 12ga pump loaded with alternating 000 and slugs with another 6 in a sidesaddle and not some pissant handgun.

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I recommend that you drill some holes in that gun to lighten your load. While you are at it drill some holes in your cook pots, and leave the ammo at home. The most important thing to a backpacker is lightening the load. Maybe you have the wrong forum.

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I have several firearms but I don't carry when backpacking. BUT if I ever think I need to, it'll be a short barreled 12ga pump loaded with alternating 000 and slugs with another 6 in a sidesaddle and not some pissant handgun.

I've never needed a gun in the backcountry. Bears come and go with no problem UNLESS you annoy them with a pansy hand gun for no reason.

The one and ONLY time I've ever taken a weapon out against another human being was against a bunch of kids trying to break into my car many years ago.

My 12 ga wasn't even loaded, but all I had to do was pump the chamber as I walked out my front door and hollered at them.

There's something particularly threatening about the sound of a pump shotgun being pointed at you, almost as good as Napalm in the morning .....


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God, we're not going here again, are we?  Why is it you gun people have to talk constantly about your guns on a backpacker forum?  There must be gun forums out there you can get your giggles on.

+1, from someone who has backpacked with a rifle, bow, and handgun--but not all at once.

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Nah, never brought a gun along backpacking, too heavy and I don't see the need.

Even my little Taurus J frame knockoff model 85 is a pig when loaded.


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I did my share of hunting when I was much younger. That meant some hiking with a rifle, obviously, but on my own family's 23,000-acre ranch far from civilization on the Wyoming steppes.

I got rid of my last firearm when I was in college about the same time I started backpacking. I've backpacked in grizzly country with bearspray — never a firearm. And nearly every week I hike and backpack among one of the densest populations of mountain lions in this country.

I've tracked them down to within 25 feet and had many other close encounters — always unarmed. Ironically, my best protection against mountain lions is not a firearm. Along with my own power to think, that protection is the mountain lions themselves. They often know I'm there before I ever find their tracks, and they choose to avoid me.

Over 40 years of backpacking has taught me that carrying a firearm in the backcountry would be one of the biggest wastes of energy I ever engaged in. I've never been that dedicated to wasting my energy — especially in the wilderness.


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Only one reason to carry a gun in the backcountry: meat.  It ain't like I carry a fishing pole for fencing.

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There are many items "I can" carry.
I try to limit it to what I know I'm likely to need.
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I've never needed a gun in the backcountry. Bears come and go with no problem UNLESS you annoy them with a pansy hand gun for no reason.

That's the point. I've had several (more than 30) bear encounters at less than 50', including being licked by a black when bivied out in the Smokies. 1 was a 700# griz at 15' and while it scared me silly, I didn't feel threatened and it wandered off. Someone with a gun might have well panicked and shot it.

A person is delusional if they think they can make a killing shot with a handgun when a bear is (bluff) charging like this but one of 2 things will happen when they try.
It'll turn a bluff into a real attack or have a wounded and very pissed off bear running around that someone has to find before it takes it out on unknowing others.

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