what gun for mtbing?
I posted this up on the thread about that daft george clooney film
but I think its worthy of its own one just to make us all greatfull we live in a relatively sane countryPosted 4 years ago
I used to post on svrider, a US motorbike forum and it was a popular theme there. And all I could think was 1) If I fall off my bike I don’t want to land on a big lump of steel and 2) How the **** do you even draw a gun on a motorbike, in leathers and gloves, let alone shoot it? By the time you get it out, you could be quarter of a mile away doing 100mph. But they were not convinced, even when one of the guys fell on his 1911 and shattered his pelvis. Oh and another one carried one around in his tankbag and got it stolen when he went to the shops, his response was “I should get another gun” not “I shouldn’t leave loaded guns lying around”. As yet none of them is ever to actually try and use it, thank god, as they’d get instantly killed to bits by some dude who is prepared to use his weapon, and already has it in his hand.
So anyway, bikes. Even more likely to crash on it. Less likely to want to use it. Not to mention all that weight!1!onE. And picture the scene, you’re riding up an orrible climb, someone jumps out to rob you, you try and draw your equaliser (sorry, equalizer) while wearing your riding gloves and breathing out of your arse… Chances are you fall over and shoot yourself saving your robber a bullet.
Finally, bears. Shooting bears with a pistol is a ****ing terrible idea, the chances of killing one quickly are very small but the chances of really pissing it off majorly are very high. Bearspray works though.Posted 4 years agohatterSubscriber
Don’t get me started, I married a septic and as a result have acquired a bunch of particularly rootin’ tootin’ in-laws.
One of them keeps a small arsenal dotted around the house, loaded AK-47 in the wardrobe, .45 Sig Sauer under the sink etc etc.
He once, beeming with pride, went to open one of his hidey holes under the bed saying that he was going to show me “the weapon that won WWII” he was a bit put out that my immediate reaction was “bloody hell, you’ve got a Lancaster bomber under there!?”Posted 4 years agowillardMember
When I was riding in Colorado a few years ago I saw a few of the hikers carrying pistols when they were halfway up mountains, but this was primarily for defence against rampant bears or something. I’m not sure I’d want the extra weight of a loaded hand cannon in that thin air, but if they were happy to…
If someone told me I had to carry whilst mountain biking, or if there was a genuine reason (militant, rabid honey badgers or something), then I’d probably go for a cheap, reliable pistol. Something that was not too heavy and I wouldn’t cry about when I fell off and it got filthy. I’d also want something that had a drop safety, so probably something like a Glock.Posted 4 years agosomoukSubscriber
Glock would be my choice. I know some of the guys who tested them before the recent adoption by UK forces and they’re near indestructible, accurate to good distances and you can always get accessories like big clips if you find yourself in a really rough part of the woods.Posted 4 years agohatterSubscriber
Yeah, he’d read Max Hastings’ book and disputed the effectiveness of area bombing.
Granted, historically speaking I should have asked if he had a Soviet T-34 under there but from ‘from the hip’ I was pretty pleased with myself.
It was actually an M1 carbine for the record.Posted 4 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
That MTBR forum threads really doesn’t surprise me. My immediate team members consist of 1 Canadian and 7 Americans. The Canadian & I just can’t get our heads around how totally and utterly obsessed the Americans are with their freedom-defending weaponry. Two of the guys sleep with loaded guns in their bedside cabinets, both have small children in their houses which is apparently ok, but none of them them are allowed to visit Cuba as that would be irresponsible. As a nation, they scare the crap out of me.Posted 4 years ago
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