Originally Posted by xxuxx
LOL.....the fact really is you are shaping your argumment to suit your criteria. Dude, I think we all can agree that that is the case in the Gulf and the NW Indian ocean
but I was referring to the shapes and sizes in central and south america and in the pacific. When one is alone or with 2-3 crew in the middle of nowhere.....it sure is nice to have that GUN!!
OK "Dude" we've heard your personal preference. I'm sure you know yours is an inflamatory point of view, so lets tone it down, shall we? The only places we've heard of pirates regularly hurting people are Venezuela
& the Gulf of Aden (GoA), & there are some places on the PNG mainland I wouldn't go. The Pacific was so crime free that in Tonga
it was considered rude to lock your dinghy!
Of course, it's much easier carrying in Hampton, VA, than in the rest of the world. We've met people who've had their boats taken away for having an undeclared gun on board, & very few boats get away with having a declared gun on board.
Personally, I think most GoA pirates are fishermen looking for easy targets, & a few rounds from a good rifle at 400m will send them looking for easier prey, but my evidence for that is thin.
And it turns out that I had a gun pointed at me in '81 in almost the exact spot that Peter Blake had one pointed at him, & one reason I'm here & he's not is that I didn't have one to point back.