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#192345 - 10/27/15 09:21 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: dylansdad77]
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Originally Posted By dylansdad77
Originally Posted By Aragon
An 1877 Colt Single Action Army revolver with a 7.5" barrel loaded with five .45 Long Colt rounds.


You'll shoot your eye out, kid...


At least I didn't have a round under the hammer as I hiked... wink

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#192349 - 10/28/15 11:52 AM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: Aragon]
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Originally Posted By Aragon
Originally Posted By BZH
so you're still carrying around the boat anchor? You just got a lighter weight anchor?


I wouldn't classify my personal protection firearm as a "boat anchor."


How much does it weigh, what do you use it for, and how often do you use it?

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#192350 - 10/28/15 03:16 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: BZH]
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Well, even if he doesn't ever use it in the sense of drawing it or firing it, he clearly uses it for peace of mind. Some people also carry a St. Christopher medal for a similar purpose. When a 'personal protection firearm' gets used for any other purpose than peace of mind is when I become concerned. eek

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#192352 - 10/28/15 04:04 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: aimless]
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Originally Posted By aimless
Well, even if he doesn't ever use it in the sense of drawing it or firing it, he clearly uses it for peace of mind. Some people also carry a St. Christopher medal for a similar purpose. When a 'personal protection firearm' gets used for any other purpose than peace of mind is when I become concerned.


My personal protection firearm is not analogous to a St. Christopher medal. I suppose it does provide peace of mind to some degree but its purpose is to help provide a means of personal protection for me and those around me should the circumstances ever dictate.

A far better comparison would be to pepper/bear spray or something along those lines.

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#192354 - 10/28/15 05:24 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: aimless]
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Originally Posted By aimless
Well, even if he doesn't ever use it in the sense of drawing it or firing it, he clearly uses it for peace of mind. Some people also carry a St. Christopher medal for a similar purpose. When a 'personal protection firearm' gets used for any other purpose than peace of mind is when I become concerned. eek


I agree. If it wasn't a boat anchor (or religious trinket depending on the weight) I would be more concerned.

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#192362 - 10/29/15 03:15 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: dylansdad77]
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so here I am, 18 months wiser, and I still take too much crap with me. I know the trick is to unpack when you return, lay everything out and identify what you didn't use...i am usually so dog-ass tired that i forget. So inevitably, the next time i doom myself to repetition. that being said, I will be posting my gear list in the upcoming weeks and asking (begging) for advice on what to trim...please consider volunteering an opinion and don't fear insulting me...thx
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#192364 - 10/29/15 08:08 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: dylansdad77]
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One suggestion often made--tag each item with a small piece of masking tape. It takes only a few minutes when you're packing for a trip. The first time you use an item, remove the masking tape. The items that still have the tape on when you get home are possible candidates for elimination.


Edited by OregonMouse (10/29/15 08:13 PM)
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#192365 - 10/29/15 08:27 PM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: OregonMouse]
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Another suggestion: Often people will use items because they have them thus never eliminating much. So another idea is to consciously leave something out which you normally use and see how it goes without it. Doing this a number of times with different items allows one to learn what items they really need vs nice to have.
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#198527 - 06/22/17 05:50 AM Re: OK - we've all been there...boneheaded ideas... [Re: aimless]
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Originally Posted By aimless
Well, even if he doesn't ever use it in the sense of drawing it or firing it, he clearly uses it for peace of mind. Some people also carry a St. Christopher medal for a similar purpose. When a 'personal protection firearm' gets used for any other purpose than peace of mind is when I become concerned. eek


Hey, I'm a Methodist but I have a St. Jude medallion I carry on my pack. He's the patron Saint of hopeless causes. I've felt like a hopeless cause on a trip or two.
And while I might not take a Glock (I carried a Smith Model 58 .41 Mag. in the mountains....once) I might consider carrying a light and thin Ruger LCP.380 these days. Not for bears, but for, uh,'other' predators. Less than 12 ounces loaded.

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