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Almost always have a can of pepper spray at hand, last year I purchased a pistol but find travelling with it more of a nuisance in terms of weight, attention (full sized frame) , restrictions on where I can go which Is complicated by using a bicycle to get around where i cant lock it down very well just hide.

I had some cops investigate my campsite in a city park last year while I had my Hk VP9 inside at around 3 am, on my trailer is an HK sticker which the keen eyed cop spotted making him inquire as to whether I had any firearms with me.

Its was an awkward affair explaining to them from inside a hammock which is hard to see into yes I do and will be coming out hands up and not to worry! They let me stay after running my ID for warrants, all my firearms are in storage until I can get a safe out here in the wilderness. Besides I've never really been able to suppress feeling anxious and self conscious about carrying a firearm even with the proper legal documentation, also riding with one attached on a hip holster requires a very long shirt or jacket to conceal and makes riding. Less comfortable.
 
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when your in a homebummy area do you also sleep with a weapon in / close at hand or no?
I'm not currently traveling but am in the planning stages. In my opinion, pepper gel spray is the way to go. From what I've read, the gel is easier to control. It's less likely to get on you and more likely to hit your target. They sell it by the cash register at Lowes. Other than that, I'm not going to carry anything that is an obvious weapon. Of course, there's always a glass bottle or something else that you can hit someone with, which are improvised weapons that won't land you in legal trouble. Thete are also personal alarms and whistles. If you're in an urban area, that might help because the attacker sure doesn't want noise to draw attention to his crime.
 

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I usually carry a full-tang survival knife (right now, a Fallkniven F1). I really hope I never even have to pull it out for anything besides cutting up veggies or kindling, etc. But it is comforting to know I've got it. I've heard from many folks is dangerous to have a big knife and pull it out to defend yourself -- something about that it's more likely to be used on you. While there may be some truth to that, I don't think it's "more likely" to happen, and I also think that most guys would look at a knife and probably re-consider fucking with you.

I think next time I go out hitching or catching out I'll bring a small can of bear spray.

I'd love to carry a little .32 or even a small 9mm, but it's too much weight and heat.
 

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whenever I'm out there I either carry nothing (most likely) or a can of bear spray sometimes.

I'm curious as to what you guys think but something inside me tells me that if I have a gun or a knife, and someone sees me pull it out, the chances of them pulling out a gun (if they have one) and using it are much increased.

besides, i feel like if you don't look like you have antyhing valuable, like you look bummy or whatever, most people will kinda just leave you alone and not want much to do with you anyways. If I don't look like I have anything valuable on me, then who would waste their time trying to jump me? that's what I've always told myself.
 

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whenever I'm out there I either carry nothing (most likely) or a can of bear spray sometimes.

I'm curious as to what you guys think but something inside me tells me that if I have a gun or a knife, and someone sees me pull it out, the chances of them pulling out a gun (if they have one) and using it are much increased.

besides, i feel like if you don't look like you have antyhing valuable, like you look bummy or whatever, most people will kinda just leave you alone and not want much to do with you anyways. If I don't look like I have anything valuable on me, then who would waste their time trying to jump me? that's what I've always told myself.
As a female, just looking like I don't have anything to steal does not help with my security. You always have to worry about rape. As a male, you need to understand that you are not invincible. I think women tend to be paranoid about security, for good reason. On the flip side, I think males might tend to underestimate their vulnerability. There are crazy people who will muder just for fun. There are people who have beaten to death homeless folks with a baseball bat as they slept.
 

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when your in a homebummy area do you also sleep with a weapon in / close at hand or no?
Yes. And my knives are always razor sharp. Literally you can shave with them. If I so much as touch someone with one it will cut them. Even my little 3" lock blade knife would do some serious damage to someone. Sharpening my knives is also a great way to pass time when waiting on a ride.
 

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I've never had to wake up to a fight, thank goodness. Definitely not afraid of homebums. It's usually the folks with money you have to worry about. Those people are insane.
 
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