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Alcohol and guns #8450994 11/17/21 04:07 AM
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First don't get me wrong I enjoy a cold adult beverage as much as anyone else, but I am curious how others feel about alcohol around guns.

My hunting buddies and I have pretty much an unwritten rule that we don't drink alcohol when guns are present. This applies to either hunting or time on the shooting range. When I read these forums though I get the impression that we are the exception and not the rule. To me it just seems like it could be too easy to make a mistake with tragic results, so why take any chance?

Like I said above I am just curious how others feel.

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I have a hard rule that guns and booze don't mix. I'm happy to have a few while skinning and quartering, or at camp after the hunt, but only when the guns are put away. There are just too many things that can go wrong otherwise.

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No alcohol on my place while hunting or shooting. After the guns are put away, a cold beer is in order.

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My BIL almost had his foot shot off because a hunter was drinking in the blind. So I have no use for those that think they have to drink while hunting. As others have posted ok to drink after the guns are put up.

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I have a select group of pro drinkers that I hang with other than them I don't trust anyone else with guns and booze.


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I don’t mix alcohol and guns. But I have done it, one time. Visiting my cousin I have seen once in over a decade, one of my cousins I grew up with. It was this past 4th of July and we broke all the rules. We drank during the day, and shot clays, and drank and shot 3 liter sodas, did fireworks too “artillery shells”. Probably not a great idea under the influence either. We just had a great time.

With that exception I still don’t combine alcohol and shooting.

Edit- oh and let me tell you it was about 50/50, between making people nervous and people having fun. It was pretty foolish really. Before we put the guns up I tried to shoot 3 liter sodas one handed with 3.5” heavy shot speedballs. Gun flies right out of my hand like I wasnt even trying to hang on.

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Originally Posted by Whammy
When I read these forums though I get the impression that we are the exception and not the rule.

I don't see where this comes from. Truth be told, I don't even read that much about drinking at all here, and I'm certain we consume our share. I don't read all the chatter in Off Topic though, so maybe that's it?

Personally, when my place changes roles and becomes the range, no alcohol is outside the house. I start at or near dinner time and I'm asleep soon after. Booze mixed with knuckleheads is a suicidal cocktail.

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While few things apply to everyone, I've learned through experience that nothing can change a person's attitude any quicker than alcohol and firearms. Put the two together in the hands of the wrong person and bad things can happen. Others can handle both without a problem.

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One or the other at a time for me. I've had enough tragic events in my life, not worth risking another. The thrill and adrenaline of hunting and shooting, waiting for that next bird to flush, is enough of a high on its own.

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You mean "liquid group tightener"? After a beer, I can feel my heart rate subside some, and I am certainly more steady on the rifle (for shooting groups). Heck, I knew shooters back in the day who would pound a beer real quick on the way to the firing line from working the pits in a 1000 yard F-class match. There's no question it settles you down. Am I talking about getting drunk, absolutely not. But a beer will settle you down and reduce your nerves when shooting for groups. I also have to have my morning coffee. I generally go to the range in the morning, and I reduce my coffee intake on those mornings so I don't shake as much. Same for shooting matches.

There has been many times we had had a few beers in a deer stand when hunting. Again, am I talking about getting drunk, absolutely not. But for the shooters who become drunk while handling firearms, that is a bad combination. If you are old enough to drink and have guns, you are old enough to make your own decisions. Some people make good choices and some make bad ones. Same as driving a car and alcohol.



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I don't mind somebody having a beer or 2 but once you start drinking hard liquor or get passed 6 beers, it's my opinion that guns need to be put away. A member of this forum was almost killed by a drunk at a camp several years ago.


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Originally Posted by hook_n_line
I have a select group of pro drinkers that I hang with other than them I don't trust anyone else with guns and booze.

^^^^^^^^^^^^This X 2^^^^^^^^^^^

I see absolutely nothing wrong with having a couple drinks either in the stand or at camp for that matter before going out as long as NOBODY overdoes it.
Everyone should know their limit and act right.

I mean, who here that is saying absolutely none but yet has gotten behind the wheel because they knew they were not legally intoxicated? So, it is alright to drive a 4 ton truck down the road after having one or two but not ok to handle a firearm with correctly after having one or two. I believe it comes down to moderation and knowing your limit before becoming even the slightest bit intoxicated where your judgment is even slightly off!

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Originally Posted by ILUVBIGBUCKS
Originally Posted by hook_n_line
I have a select group of pro drinkers that I hang with other than them I don't trust anyone else with guns and booze.

^^^^^^^^^^^^This X 2^^^^^^^^^^^

I see absolutely nothing wrong with having a couple drinks either in the stand or at camp for that matter before going out as long as NOBODY overdoes it.
Everyone should know their limit and act right.


Yep.

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One of my favorite hunting past times is having a 6 pack of shiner on salted down ice in the blind during an evening hog hunt. Granted, I'm usually alone. Normally when I'm hunting I enjoy a quiet sharp mind, Beers after dark. Hog hunting is a different sort of therapy session.

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I’m more afraid of dumb chits around guns than I am of a solid gun handler after a case of beer. Anyone and everyone that knows me and how I act when guns are out will understand this but I simply have absolutely zero trust other than my wife, father and a few close friends when it comes to guns and ammo being around and when others have guns on our place they leave them in the case unloaded until I’m long gone and out of sight. I’ve had a transmission blown to hell, a fuel tank from the back seat drained, the side of a truck bed ventilated and the worst of all my right ear drum absolutely exploded from a 300 win Mag with a large break on it going off within 18”s from the side of my head.

Alcohol and guns don’t kill people, sober idiots with no common sense do..

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Often times I enjoy an iced cold beer from the deer blind....to each his own I suppose.

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I never take a cooler to the blind, but I'se always gots my flask. Put my bag together just this AM.

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Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
I’m more afraid of dumb chits around guns than I am of a solid gun handler after a case of beer. Anyone and everyone that knows me and how I act when guns are out will understand this but I simply have absolutely zero trust other than my wife, father and a few close friends when it comes to guns and ammo being around and when others have guns on our place they leave them in the case unloaded until I’m long gone and out of sight. I’ve had a transmission blown to hell, a fuel tank from the back seat drained, the side of a truck bed ventilated and the worst of all my right ear drum absolutely exploded from a 300 win Mag with a large break on it going off within 18”s from the side of my head.

Alcohol and guns don’t kill people, sober idiots with no common sense do..


Bingo. Do what makes you comfortable, and most of my comfort comes from people I trust because they've earned that trust...regardless of if there is a beer in their hands or not.

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In the words of Robert Earl Keen. “Only in Texas can you mix alcohol and firearms and call it a family outing”


Think the case has already been stated. A beer and a case a beer is a world of difference.

Actually I got no use for drunks and try to avoid them guns or not.

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After the guns and ammo are put safely away, the drinking can begin. It's a hard, fast rule with all my family members and it applies to any guest they may invite to the party. My whole family enjoys drinking in moderation, but do not mix alcohol and guns. At least a bit of "impairment" takes place whenever alcohol hits the blood stream, to me, even that slight amount of impairment is not worth the risk of a tragic accident.

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guns not allowed at our fire pit, courtyard or whatever you want to call the area where we gather.

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