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Tim Sullivan
(hrairoorah) - F

Locale: Mountain State
Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 05:50:27 MDT Print View

I am wondering what the consensus is on carrying a firearm while backpacking? I am new to this and I was curious what other people do. The area I am in does have a black bear population, copperheads and rattlesnakes and I was considering taking a Bersa 380 with me, mainly for the noise but also just in case.
West Virginia allows open carries of firearms. For concealed carry you need a permit.
So how many of you guys are packing when you are packing?

John Jensen
(JohnJ) - F

Locale: Orange County, CA
Re: Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 05:52:59 MDT Print View

I believe it is not common anywhere but Alaska.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Ooohh on 07/13/2011 05:55:50 MDT Print View

I have a feeling this is gonna be fun

Mr Ide, can I borrow your chair?

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Not fun on 07/13/2011 06:03:52 MDT Print View

No, this gets ugly every time.

John Frederick Anderson
(fredfoto) - F

Locale: Spain
Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 06:05:47 MDT Print View

Please moderators, not again!

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 06:28:15 MDT Print View

This conversation always goes bad. Some do, some don't. Some will, some won't. If you want to, go ahead. Remember that we pack our fears with our gear.

Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
reply on 07/13/2011 06:32:45 MDT Print View

i'll stick my toe in. i am a hunter. so i personally don't have any ethical issue with firearms or using them in a prudent manner. however, for backpacking I can't see that they matter much. a can of bear spray is far more effective statistically in the rare event of a bear attack. It would also work on most any other animal including a human who didn't have their own firearm. My guess is that unless a person has sophisticated military style training that most guns outside of a shotgun or something would be useless to them in a high stress situation. the can of bear spray is much easier. point, wait (that is the key) spray a large area hoping the wind, etc...doesn't hurt you.

if you go the bear spray route test it. i can't imagine having a grizzly close enough to actually use the bear spray, but it does offer some source of protection even if it is just a mental security blanket. as with anything wise choices rule the day.

as far as snakes go i can't see any reason you would need a firearm. we walked up on a decent size copperhead this past weekend. a few sticks and a gentle nudge from a trekking pole and he was on his way. he was the exception to the rule. most feel you coming and move on.

Edited by BeartoothTucker on 07/13/2011 06:34:22 MDT.

Tim Sullivan
(hrairoorah) - F

Locale: Mountain State
Sorry on 07/13/2011 07:14:54 MDT Print View

I did not mean to stir anything up. MODS please remove this before it heats up.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 07:19:53 MDT Print View

Are you 'packing' while you're packing
Asked the OP with a grin
The responses were quite tepid
Until Beartooth ambled in

So far no flurry, and no fury
of responses in the thread
Just a bit of trepidation
From the members here instead

So I'll add a thought or two
since the OP wants to know
'bout if I'm 'packing' when I'm packing
And does that 'packing' make me slow

Well I certainly pack my 'package'
And at times it even 'shoots'
It's a gun, says Full Metal Jacket
Though I don't stick it in my boots

I can draw it pretty quickly
But it takes a while to load
I carry it 'open' in the forest
But conceal it on the road

I don't aim it at no snakes or bears
or most people, for that matter
The few times that I've tried it
All the women quickly scatter

So though I pack my package
And, I'm sure, I'm not alone
I've never had a cause to use it
Sometimes I wish I could leave it home

Hope that helps!

Edited by idester on 07/13/2011 07:24:25 MDT.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Bugger on 07/13/2011 07:25:30 MDT Print View

Doug, you crack me up. I just pmed Roger to let him know Tim was asking politely for this thread to be removed, and then you post that gem. Did you just whip that out, sorry up, now, or have you been working on it for just such an occasion as this?

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 07:34:43 MDT Print View

A poet, and he didn't know it. Not even going to work in a crack about Longfellow.

Tim, this is a great source for info, and great people. However, all the standard buttons of political correctness work overtime here, so you just have to be careful not to push one. And besides, a Bersa weighs too much.


Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: Re: Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 08:06:29 MDT Print View

I suspect Douglas packs a Magnum. LOL

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Really on 07/13/2011 08:10:44 MDT Print View

I heard he was known as Douglas 'Derringer' Ide.

Apparently that was a pretty cold trip though.

Edited by Rod_Lawlor on 07/13/2011 08:12:45 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Really on 07/13/2011 08:16:39 MDT Print View

Is that package big or small?
Is it even there at all?
Is it dormant, or actually used?
Handled gently, or quite abused?
Is it under lock and key?
Is it always right with me?
Powerful ammo, or only blanks?
Do you really want to know ----- NO THANKS!

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Are you "packing" while you are packing? on 07/13/2011 08:21:48 MDT Print View

New people to backpacking frequently ask this question. I think it takes a few trips outdoors to see that what you are scared of and what you should be scared of are quite different things. I'd say the number one most dangerous thing you should be worried about is water. Moving water, falling water, sweated out water, hydration water, dirty water, hygiene, ice, and snow.

kevin smith
packing on 07/13/2011 08:27:37 MDT Print View

for me the answer is

YES AND YES but im kinda biased as im an avid shooting sports person and hunter

i have not ever had an issue with this and no one ever knows i have a firearm unless i tell them as i am lucky enough to have a carry permit for my state

i think of it this way

if you are comfortable carrying while backpacking then go for it just make sure you use common sense with the way you handle the firearm as you may be camping with a group and some of them may not be as thrilled about the fact that they are hiking with someone they don t really know who is packing a firearm some people are just not as comfortable with firearms as others hence the reason i do not let anyone know i have mine with me if they happen to ask however i will be honest and tell them that i do have a firearm and am perfectly legal in doing so and that i have a permit to carry concealed and it usually becomes a non issue

i really think that as long as you handle your firearm properly and keep the issue low key you will have no issues with packing while packing

this is only my opinion and im sure some will disagree and some will approve but for me it comes down to what im comfortable with and i decide before every trip what will be the apropriate method of carry for each perticular trip


Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Re: Re: Really on 07/13/2011 08:30:26 MDT Print View

What was I scared of?



Locale: Pacific Northwet
Being Scared and packing. on 07/13/2011 08:35:56 MDT Print View

Officer stops car with tail light out.

Driver hands over officer his concealed weapons permit and informs cop that he is carrying firearm.

Cop says "OK, just keep your hands on steering wheel please"

Cop asks where firearm is.

Driver indicates he is carrying on his waist.

Cop asks if there are any other firearms in vehicle.

Driver says there is also a firearm strapped to his ankle.

Cop asks "Any more?"

Driver indicates there is a sidearm in the glove compartment.

Cop: "Any more?"

Driver: "There is also an AR-15 in the trunk"

Cop: "Any more?"

Driver: "A semi-auto shotgun behind the seat"

Cop: "Any more?"

Driver: "hmm, I guess that's it"

Cop: "If you don't mind my asking, what are you scared of?"

Driver: "ABSOLUTELY Nothing"

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Sorry on 07/13/2011 08:58:03 MDT Print View

"I did not mean to stir anything up. MODS please remove this before it heats up."

Nah, the mods here are good about letting things take care of themselves, without pushing the "good vibe only" thing.
Your question is legitimate, it's just that many here have seen this go south before. Does not mean it can not be brought up again, in my opinion.

kevin smith
on a side note on 07/13/2011 09:04:57 MDT Print View

i have been stopped while driving and carrying a firearm

i have had nothing but good experiences with the local law enforcement

gave them my permit and they just asked where i was carrying it replied in my waistband on my right hip

they said ok wait here while we run your info and firearm serial # i never excited the car and the officer handed my permit back and said your good to go thank you for telling me about your firarm

that was it no big deal and no one got crazy over it

iguess it depends on who stops you but i haven t run into any hard core anti gun officers yet lol