I live in Henderson, NV, a quiet(er) southern suburb of Las Vegas which has a VERY high crime rate. I've had a Henderson police neighbor and an FBI hiking buddy both tell me to carry a concealed weapon (W/permit) in 'Vegas. Probably soon I'll do that.

So far I don't carry in the back country but I AM considering getting a titanium Tarus .44 magnum pistol for backpacking. My big canister of bear spray gives me litttle confidence, even when I've had it in hand & ready in Yosemite on two "bear meetings". I'd rather have the .44 as a backup in bear country and my Glock 17 in "Indian territory" in 'Vegas.

What's that saying? "I'd rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6."...pallbearers,that is.

Call me an old curmudgeon but call me a LIVE curmudgeon.

"There are no comfortable backpacks. Some are just less uncomfortable than others."