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View Poll Results: do you carry a firearm when in the wilds?
yes, I always carry a firearm 53 23.66%
no, I never carry a firearm 97 43.30%
sometimes I carry a firearm 47 20.98%
I have thought about carrying a firearm 27 12.05%
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:25 AM   #61
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John Lott Jr. actually goes into why it is different for a female than it is a male in his book "More guns, less crime". He claims that basically it is because carrying a gun more significantly affects a females ability to protect herself than it does for a male. This is because men typically have a size and strength advantage over women, therefore allowing them to defend themselves more readily without a weapon.
You don't really believe that theory do you?
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:50 PM   #62
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It's definitely a different thing for women, since just being a single female in any situation, makes you an "easier target". Personally, I feel safer on the trails or any small town in the Adirondacks, than I do in downtown Glens Falls, Saratoga, or worse, Albany. When I'm alone, I carry. Simple as that.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #63
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Ever seen Deliverance? Looked the same to me...

I don't carry a firearm for protection in the woods or out of the woods.

A firearm is also good for signaling lost or otherwise.

Men are statistically more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than women, with the exception of rape. Let's see if they break it down by each wild forest area......
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:31 PM   #64
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I most certainly do believe as well that carrying a firearm is a wise decision, however I also believe if someone is going to "target" another human being I don't believe gender plays as much of a role as people think or even quite possibly what some report may say. People in mr. Lott's position have a responsibility to his readership to make them believe in certain things it is called marketing and if he does his job well enough the downstream potential of firearm and other defensive measures i.e.- prepper spray and the like sales increase. Which as the saying goes "a win,win for everybody". But that being said welcome ms. Dragonfly to the forum.
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Thanks for the welcome, guys
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It's definitely a different thing for women, since just being a single female in any situation, makes you an "easier target". Personally, I feel safer on the trails or any small town in the Adirondacks, than I do in downtown Glens Falls, Saratoga, or worse, Albany. When I'm alone, I carry. Simple as that.

As do I.
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As do I.
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Sorry, I should clarify.

No gun. though, when hiking solo, I always carry my pepper-spray, that's on a coil around my wrist, so it can't be knocked from my hands and always ready. It's good for up to 12 feet away.
I'm more concerned about the 2-legged animal than I am the four..
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That's all right nothing wrong with any type of defensive weapon, my question however, would bear spray work in lieu of pepper spray or is it the same thing? If it isn't the same but the bear spray would work on the 2 - legger would it not be better to carry the bear spray, or does the pepper spray work on bears? I ask this only because some posters have mentioned carrying bear spray in lieu of guns.
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I have bear spray as well, though don't really bring it. It's too large, bulky and not easily hidden. The pepper strength is a much higher percentage. I do walk with bear bells on my feet though, as when hiking alone, I'm clearly a lot quieter (no talking), making me more prone to surprising a bear.
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Pepper spray and "bear" spray are the same thing. You can get each with different strengths of Capsicum which is the hot ingredient in pepper and chili peppers.

Some of them advertise different effective ranges as well.

Different states legislate the maximum legal amount of capsicum allowed.
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That's all right nothing wrong with any type of defensive weapon, my question however, would bear spray work in lieu of pepper spray or is it the same thing? If it isn't the same but the bear spray would work on the 2 - legger would it not be better to carry the bear spray, or does the pepper spray work on bears? I ask this only because some posters have mentioned carrying bear spray in lieu of guns.

Bear spray is not the same as pepper spray intended for self defense against humans

http://www.pepper-spray-store.com/an...man-spray.html

Try taking the latter to Canada. You WILL be queried at the border about the presence of personal protection spray as it is illegal. I carry Bear Spray and show the agent the container.
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Bear spray is not the same as pepper spray intended for self defense against humans

http://www.pepper-spray-store.com/an...man-spray.html

Try taking the latter to Canada. You WILL be queried at the border about the presence of personal protection spray as it is illegal. I carry Bear Spray and show the agent the container.
Even if you tell them you know Neil?
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I carry ever since I got my pistol permit. I have a bear bell too. I carry just cause I can.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:37 PM   #75
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Good for you Ma Duke, I think if more citizens did just that this country that we live in would be safer place, jmo.
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...I think if more citizens did just that this country that we live in would be safer place, jmo.
Ahhh, careful there, in my line of work, I can't tell you how often I've thought it would be a truly scarey thing if the person sitting across from me, carried.

Not everyone that carries, is in their right mind..
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Obviously you are right about this, what I meant was individuals capable of and sane enough to responsibly carry and handle firearms. As I don't travel in the same circles as many I can only reference my own expiriences, as I said just my opinion but i'd rather be surrounded by law abiding citizens carrying firearms in the world we live in.
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... i'd rather be surrounded by law abiding citizens carrying firearms in the world we live in.
I'm def with you on that.
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I'm def with you on that.
Not knowing your field of work, how many of them would be legally be able to carry ANY firearm, long or short?
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Not knowing your field of work, how many of them would be legally be able to carry ANY firearm, long or short?
Barring those with a diagnosis of PTSD or a felony record (I think), most all are legally able to do so, and my guess is that 95% of them do, and most have more than 2, and my guess is that there are many who own stuff that they (legally) shouldn't.
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