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Old 02-13-2014, 06:13 PM   #41
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My wife and I are always packing a healthy dose of situational awareness backed up with common sense. Lots of people would benefit from knowing what is going on around them.

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:20 PM   #42
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Simple truth is that during the last 5 years of camping, including Wally Worlds I have not had any problems.

What a few people have said is really true and that is to stay situationally aware. If the little voice in the back of your head starts speaking to you, it is probably a good idea to go find some other place.

A phideaux is a really great too since I am not aware of any alarm system with teeth. Not only that crooks do not like to take chances with yappers anyway.

If you are camping where there are other people that is probably the best places to stay. Isolated areas, by yourself along the southern border is something you might want to do with caution or with an experienced group.

If you do not like or want firearms, certainly a bat or really good wasp spray is a reasonable alternative. Pepper gas, and some of the two-shot OC guns (non-lethal pistol with a powder charge that fires pepper gas at high velocity) are effective within their limitations.

Firearms open a pelthora of issues that are not for everybody. You can read a lot about these issues on the Internet or you can go to the better sporting goods store where the sales people will help with your decision. You will know its a good store when they are willing to discuss this instead of just selling you a gun.

If you do decide to go the firearm route, may I recommend that you take a CCW (conceal carry) class whether you decide to conceal carry or not. Virtually all the classes teach basic firearms safety, operation, legal aspects, and the excellent advice not to shoot if at all possible.

One thing no one mentioned here, is no matter whether you use pepper spray or a firearm you are still going to have to deal with legal repercussions afterwards, no matter how righteous you were in your actions. HENCE, THE GOOD ADVICE TO AVOID THE FIGHT IN ADVANCE!

If someone has specific questions, feel free to PM me.

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:27 PM   #43
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Ive never had to shoot anyone nor has my 200lb TRAINED dog had to eat anyone, nor have I ever had to physically handle a situation "save for a heavy cooler of beer".....none the less I could/would and am prepared to do so if I look like the guy who most of yall would think to be a trouble maker

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Old 02-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #44
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I'm not telling! The best defense is a surprise. If an attacker knows you have "X" you better believe he will come back with "X+1" if he wants what you rightfully own.
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I carry a 12 ga Guardian pump shotgun loaded with buckshot.... Will discourage most any intruder - two or four legged ....
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:08 PM   #46
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The only thing that has been attempted. When we camped since the late fifties was a loaf of bread. Had to chase that raccoon for about 100 feet before he gave up.
Me too!! Except mine was a Tupperware full of brownies, and they took brownies and container.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:02 PM   #47
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man, glad I live in Canada.

Me too

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Old 02-14-2014, 03:02 PM   #48
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Originally Posted by Rest and Relax View Post
Me too

X3 on living in Canada. Though the only time I've ever had an attempted theft was on this side of the border. Dang 'coon almost made off with the garbage can, despite being scared off several times. And of course the dog was no help. Slept right through me and the 'coon cussing at each other.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:07 PM   #49
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Originally Posted by ng2951 View Post
One thing no one mentioned here, is no matter whether you use pepper spray or a firearm you are still going to have to deal with legal repercussions afterwards, no matter how righteous you were in your actions. HENCE, THE GOOD ADVICE TO AVOID THE FIGHT IN ADVANCE!
Very true to avoid confrontation at all costs. Thank goodness for Castle Doctrine laws that protect the victim from retaliation after having to defend themselves. Of course, not all states offer you this protection.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #50
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Being a small woman makes me a target wherever I go alone on the road, in the eyes of a predator. I have taken self defense courses and firearm classes offered by thru a local police program. I live in a country close neighborhood with various law enforcement officers and agents My spouse and SWAT cop neighbor encouraged me to get my CCC to be legal when on the road, which I did.

This forum has been helpful in offering other options that I have added (wasp spray) abd still considering stun gun but still carry my .357 snubby Rueger (with hollow points so they wouldnt pierce beyond my walls) every trip I use the trailer alone.

Boondocking is great to be at one with nature, but as others say - be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut instinct.
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