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Best Firearm for RV?

Posted on 08/03/2006 6:45:43 PM PDT by SantaLuz

I posted a little while back that my family and I are in the final planning stages of taking a sabbattical year and travelling the US in an RV: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1650540/posts

Although I currently don't have a firearm at home I'm thinking about purchasing one to take on the RV. But I have some questions/concerns:

- Is is legal to carry a gun in an RV? What kind of permit would I need to cross state lines? - What would the best weapon be to use in an RV park where a missed shot could easily travel through other RVs in close proximity? Shotgun? - Is it legal to purchase a taser-gun?

I'd appreciate any recommendations.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: bang; firearm; gun; help; rv

1 posted on 08/03/2006 6:45:44 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz
Similar subject has been covered in depth on FR. Please review them. The basic question is "Are you ready to take another human life?" If not don't get a gun.
2 posted on 08/03/2006 6:47:40 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: SantaLuz

A FAL rifle.


3 posted on 08/03/2006 6:47:42 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: SantaLuz

Are you talking about somthing you can carry, or something you can mount on the RV? :^)


4 posted on 08/03/2006 6:49:22 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: SantaLuz

This web site will answer some of your questions.

http://www.packing.org/


5 posted on 08/03/2006 6:50:36 PM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: mkmensinger

Depends on the RV. Some of them can't handle anything over a 30mm.


6 posted on 08/03/2006 6:54:28 PM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: mkmensinger

Something to carry in the RV. We plan on doing some occasional "boondocking" in the wilderness and I thought I should have some protection against someone/something trying to break into the RV.


7 posted on 08/03/2006 6:54:30 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz
...Best Firearm for RV?...

To TAKE OUT an RV???

8 posted on 08/03/2006 6:54:56 PM PDT by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
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To: SantaLuz
RV to cramped for shotgun....I would have a 4 inch barreled .357, shooting self defense .38 special rounds...and why on earth would you be shooting outside your RV at an RV park....you will go to jail for sure unless you show them the BEAR that attacked you.....

Ruger GP-100....take classes if you haven't already....and never use the fu**er unless you mean business
9 posted on 08/03/2006 6:54:58 PM PDT by NorCalRepub
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To: FReepaholic

haha.....good one...taking out an RV is much tougher...


10 posted on 08/03/2006 6:56:06 PM PDT by NorCalRepub
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To: pageonetoo

11 posted on 08/03/2006 6:56:15 PM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: FReepaholic

Hahaha! Yeah hopefully I don't get a lemon and have to put it down.


12 posted on 08/03/2006 6:56:40 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz

How po'd are you at the RV?


13 posted on 08/03/2006 6:57:33 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: SantaLuz

I think Taser Guns are sold in Texas but they are kind of expensive I hear, not that I would know. Sounds like a shotgun would be right up your alley, aim and spray


14 posted on 08/03/2006 6:58:31 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: SantaLuz

I say a 12 gauge. Short range stopping power, and you don't need to be a good shot.


15 posted on 08/03/2006 7:00:05 PM PDT by Pro-Bush ("A nation without borders is not a nation." President Reagan)
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To: SantaLuz

16 posted on 08/03/2006 7:00:52 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: SantaLuz
Laws are different from state to state. A loaded rifle may be ok in one state but not in another. Same for Tasers. Using any gun in an RV is not much different than using one in a car. Who are you going to hit in your family? Consider a trained dog and OC pepper spray. I assume you have no firearms training, if I am correct you do not have enough time between now and you departure to gain sufficient knowledge to have a firearm for self defense.
17 posted on 08/03/2006 7:02:33 PM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: tiger-one

The gun would be hidden and unloaded at all times since I have children. I would only consider using it in an extreme life threatening situation. Pepper-spray will be something we take as well. Both my wife and I have some firearm training but from years ago. I've used a shotgun in skeet shooting and have fired various rifles and handguns in the past. We would be leaving in about 2 months time. Is that enough time to become knowledgeable enough?


18 posted on 08/03/2006 7:14:11 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz

Kimber 1911 .45cal ACP "Eclipse Target II", IMO.

http://www.kimberamerica.com/pistols/eclipse/

Lemme know what you finally decide upon, S.


19 posted on 08/03/2006 7:14:36 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: SantaLuz

I think you are going to have to know the rules of every state you are entering.


20 posted on 08/03/2006 7:16:00 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: tiger-one

Thanks for the link. I'll do my homework.


21 posted on 08/03/2006 7:29:09 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: pageonetoo
My personal favorite is a Phased Plasma Rifle in a 40 watt range.


22 posted on 08/03/2006 7:34:27 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: SantaLuz; kanawa; Candor7
Is there a local International Defensive Pistol Association near you? If not for the trip, then certainly for the long haul. IDPA might have some pointers for you short of membership. Of course kanawa, Man (Freeper kanawa) stabs bear to death, might counsel you to bring a knife instead. Check with kanawa and candor7, pinged to this post.
23 posted on 08/03/2006 7:37:53 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist)
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To: SantaLuz
I am a gun guy, former LE etc. An unloaded gun is worthless for self defense. The RV may or may not be considered your home therefore state laws need to researched. Even OC is illegal in some states but if you have it, and use it the penalty is far less than using a gun. There is no license for carrying a hand gun from state to state, and in states like MA it is illegal to carry a HG, rifle or shotgun in your vehicle if you are from another state unless it is disassembled to some degree, is not accessible and you can show you are just passing through.

You need to look at the laws of every state you are going to visit. Good luck
24 posted on 08/03/2006 7:40:16 PM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: SantaLuz
PS, if the ads are correct, you will need a tactical flashlight for target illumination at night. From American Rifleman, Aug 2006, "A self-defense firearm should always be accompanied by a jury-defense flashlight." Time to learn the Surefire-Rogers technique or something similar.

PPS I also like the suggestion to get a dog. A bark can be as good as racking the ole shotgun to make a burglar think twice about continuing.

25 posted on 08/03/2006 7:46:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist)
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To: NonValueAdded

It would be great if they had a toy gun that made the sound of a shotgun, and a another toy dog making growling noises. Good speaker system might work for the dog too. This might buy some time anyway...


26 posted on 08/03/2006 7:55:06 PM PDT by SantaLuz
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To: SantaLuz

remington 870 , at close quarters hard to beet, some places you may have trouble with a hand-gun


27 posted on 08/03/2006 7:56:32 PM PDT by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: SantaLuz

Twin .50's mounted on a swivel base controlled by video cams at all 4 corners.

That should sort things out nicely...:)


28 posted on 08/03/2006 8:22:40 PM PDT by Khurkris (Things look different from over here.)
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To: SantaLuz
My husband & I traveled in a motorhome for 15 years. Guns were always on board, stored under our bed, unloaded except for one pistol,always loaded. We were never stopped and searched and never needed to use a gun except when we went bird hunting.

We never camped in the wilderness and always stayed in RV parks so danger of being bothered was almost nil. We considered the motorhome a home. I don't know what the law is on that. My guess is most Rvers have guns aboard.

Good luck and happy camping.
29 posted on 08/03/2006 8:29:59 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: SantaLuz
We just got our first trailer this year. We are getting old enough that we were finding it painful sleeping on the ground, plus we wanted to expand our options for enjoying the outdoors (and especially the beach) during the colder & wetter times of the year. We don't get out of Oregon much and here you can pack anything you want. As for the neighboring states I haven't had cause to be too concerned about what's allowed, but I need not test the water in California as I didn't lose a darn thing there.

I like a 870 pump gun at home but our trailer is too small to handle anything but a pistol, so inside I figure some kind of gut gun would be our best bet. Lacking one of those presently, the little 9MM auto is what I keep handy. It slides under the matress easy enough.

Outside I like a bigger bang. But I don't want to deal with extra baggage in my leisure time (indeed, we just go naked when it feels right) so when I do pack outside it's still usually the auto. In the more primitive areas where open carry doesn't make folks nervous, a shiny sidearm is standard jewelry and I'll show some bling with my favorite magnum revolver.

And that's the most I figure I need to keep handy. If there is someplace I wouldn't feel safe without more than that, I don't go there. I'm not real paranoid though, so that doesn't limit me all that much.
30 posted on 08/03/2006 10:22:14 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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To: SantaLuz
Shotgun?

Definitely. A pump action 12 guage is the most economical, with a selection of ammo for different situations. rifled slugs, 00 buck, and "4 shot" should give you a nice spread. Make sure you buy a pump that will take 3.5 inch magnum shells, and ask about removing the plug so you can increase the magazine capacity. Get a sling for it.

My choice would be a Benelli Nova Pump Tactical with a mag extender kit, so the gun can carry 7 in the magazine and one chambered. You also would need a couple of shot shell belts so you can drape one over your shoulders quickly if needed.

http://www.benelliusa.com/firearms/large/novaTacticalSynthetic12Ga.jpg

This shotgun can pump-cycle 8 rounds in 11 seconds and keep accurate fire, which is enough to destroy just about anything that you might encounter.

As far as crossing state lines, you have to look up the NRA summary of state gun laws, very few prohibit shot guns although you must be careful how the are stored while transporting, especially in states like NY, MA or CA.

http://nraila.org/GunLaws/

Good Luck

31 posted on 08/04/2006 8:16:12 AM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: NCC-1701

You and LAZ went to the same gun-school?


32 posted on 08/04/2006 8:22:49 AM PDT by litehaus
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