RV carry

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by FlBob518, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    In a couple of months when I retire, I plan on heading out in an RV for about a year. I will probably stick to the 30 states that honor my CCW.

    While in the RV, what would anyone recommend for bedside protection that won't kill someone 20 feet away in another RV or car? Maybe a my Taurus Judge with #9 shot? My Daisy BB gun? :)

    Maybe an alternative type of protection would be best. I even thought of things like an ear spitting air horn, but I have to think of surprising someone already in the RV too, so it would involve my carry gun. I have a S&W 642, maybe rat shot?

    Any of you folks traveled armed in an RV?
     
  2. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO New Member

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    If you have a CCW and are out full timing it, I would be less concerned about the "neighbors" if there is some mope in my "house" and more about getting him "handled".

    If the neighbors are your concern, try a "T Ball" bat. It can be devastating (and stays inside your RV). The end of a shovel handle (about 30" of it) also works quite well.
     

  3. RCgeek

    RCgeek New Member

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    While I don't RV cross country and I rarely stay in a campground with many, if any neighbors. Boondocking I think its called in the RV community. I have a 24 foot travel trailer that my family uses for camping and hunting. I like to shoot so I normally have an arsenal with me. Never really thought about defending against an intruder. I guess my .44 mag would be it because its always close.
     
  4. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    My primary goal is of course to stay alive. But I also don't want to spend my retirement in criminal and civil court.:)
     
  5. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO New Member

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    Check the laws of the individual states you are planning on traveling through. Many have laws similar to Colorado where an RV is considered the same as your house and you have full right to expel any mope that breaks in, with any force you think necessary. In other words, don't worry about shooting the ding-bat.

    The other consideration is shooting near "neighbors". If you hit the mope, I seriously doubt there will be repercussions of a bullet entering a neighbors "house". Hit him solidly, COM and the energy left in the bullet will not penetrate far. Besides which, in an RV you would most likely be shooting front to back or back to front rather than side to side AND most likely be shooting from a low position to someone standing (shooting upward).
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  6. c3shooter

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    I would urge you NOT to attept to use any form of "ratshot" or "snakeshot", simply because it is NOT going to stop an attacker with any kind of certainty IF the attacker is larger than a field mouse. Pick a firearm you are comfortable with, accurate with, and load it with a good personal defense cartridge. That may be a .380, a .38 Special, a 9mm, ,40, 45, or some other. It will RARELY be a .44 Mag, .460, or .999 Bambi Stomper. It should be a gun you shoot well shot after shot after shot- because you may very well need more than one shot to stop an attacker. My everyday carry is an old S&W Mdl 36, loaded with good HP ammo. Yes, I own several .357s, 9s, 45s- but I can put 5 of the 38s in a space the size of your hand at 7 yds- in the time that most .357 snubby shooters are getting off shot #2- recoil, ya know. Put bullets in the person attacking you, they are not likely to go much further, unless you picked the .308 or the .50 Barrett.
     
  7. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    I would defend my RV home with the same, if not more, force that I would defend my bricks and mortar home with. Once someone breaks into your RV, they are IN the same room as you. There is no locking the bedroom door and calling 911. The bad guy is 10 feet away, do you want to put your life in the hands of Speer rat shot or Gold Dot's? At a time like this I would not worry about what a bullet MIGHT hit, I would just worry about what I NEED it to hit. Go with a proven fight stopper, i.e. 9mm, 40, .357, 45 etc.
     
  8. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Why not load the first 3 or 4 rounds of your 9mm or similar full-power handgun with frangible rounds?

    FRANGIBLE Ammo : Ammunition To Go

    It is designed--I think--for air marshals so it won't penetrate the shell of an airplane.
     
  9. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    First things first: Kill the bad guy deader than sh*t. If you want to shoot shot, make it 12GA 4 shot through an improved choke. If there's a chance that the maggot is going to wake you up by jumping on you, have a handgun.
     
  10. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

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    A good shotgun sounds like your best bet.
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    In Texas, you can legally have a handgun in your vehicle. We also have the "Castle Doctrine". An RV/Travel trailer is considered a habitation when hooked up to utilities (water, electric, and or sewer) so in the camp ground, you are in your own home.

    Personally, I would avoid travel to unfriendly states. Perhaps a letter/e-mail to the Good Sam Club in those states informing them of your intention to NOT visit their Draconian State.
     
  12. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Congrats on your retirement Pat!

    I would vote for the Red Ryder! LOL In all seriousness I would tend to agree with c3. I would go for a round that will stop an attacker or intruder.
     
  13. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    For me protection in the RV starts with a good alarm system.


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    Then a four cell Maglight next to the door.

    Then the CCW. If they are in the RV I better be able to hit the ten ring. It's a good size RV but still less then the 21 feet I point shoot in.
     
  14. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Wazzup Roscoe!!!
     
  15. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Roscoe's not allowed to use the computer right now. He's grounded. Bad dog broke out another window in the house. Luckily He did not cut himself up too badly.

    Somtimes having a over active alarm system can be a pain in the azz.
     
  16. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    This will be my alarm system. That is why I have a CCW!
     

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  17. canebrake

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    Beats spending your retirement in a dirt nap!

    In close quarters, there is no better protection than a good snub-nose!

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    If I had a RV my handgun of choice would be my Ruger LCR loaded with GLASER SAFETY SLUGS Blue 38 SPECIAL. (NOT silver)

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  18. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Hey Lon, didn’t we do a test on the 45 Glasers? And if I'm correct they inflicted a hell of a lot of damage.
     
  19. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    Thanks for the info! They look very impressive.I have a 642 that would love to hold those in it's belly. I may even order 6 of the .380s just to see if my LCP will handle them also.
     
  20. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    I've been looking through which states allow what, and it looks like I will have to install a hidden safe just to drive through some states! It's a shame that you can't travel the U.S. openly without being able to protect yourself.

    I will be writing the Good Sam Club before I leave.