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If you are participating in a recreational activity such as paintball, laser tag or a similar activity with non lethal items that look like firearms, would you conceal carry your pistol during that activity?
 

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I don’t participate in those types of activities.
I used to participate many years ago but I don't anymore however in general I feel that it's a dangerous situation to conceal carry during an activity of this type so that is why I voted NO. I am curious how others here feel about this scenario.
 

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Absolutely not....
 
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The last time I played paintball was at an outdoor "junkyard" arena in North Denver near the Stockshow Complex.

Damm skippy I would be armed if playing there again...
 
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Maybe they've changed in the 5 or 10 years since I last picked up a paintball gun, but last I knew paintball guns are totally different than the weapons most people carry for personal protection. I think you'd have to be an idiot of the highest order to get them mixed up. Even then I don't think it's possible. It would be like getting your 1911 mixed up with your garden sprayer. I think it's less risky to keep my weapon on my person during the game than keep it in a locker room or out in my vehicle.
 

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I don't normally participate in those types of activities simply because I don't know anyone in my area who does. I have participated in several force-on-force courses, using Simmunitions, Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) and airsoft. During those types of courses, the instructors are always scrupulous about ensuring you have no weapons of any type on your person. They also have each person check any persons they will be working with during the training.

Just this year, there was a case where a female LEO thought she was drawing a taser and instead drew her pistol and accidentally shot a person. Not a good situation to find yourself in....
 

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As you word it my answer is no. It would not make sense to carry a loaded fire arm during such activity's
 
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I did real combat and so I have never had a desire to engage in mock combat, but, if I did participate, I would not depart from my 24/7 personal policy to always be armed.
 

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I have an amusing story about this. I played paintball back in the old days of the sport, where the only paintball gun allowed was the Nel-Spot 007 bolt action pistol, pictured below, which was designed for forest services to mark trees. We played in a forest, not some prepared paintball field.

A buddy of mine and I were in a league in Virginia Beach. The league had teams from the Marines, the Seals, local police, etc. Against all that combat training, it was well known that the top team was ironically a group of nuclear engineers for the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. These guys won a lot because they planned really intricate strategies and weren't afraid to intentionally sacrifice players to win. The real "operators" were not so cold-blooded. No offense to the Corps, but one time a Marine lost his Nel-Spot. The shame of a Marine losing his weapon was no less than if it had been his rifle in combat.

But the amusing story is that one time we were game-on in the woods and someone yelled out to stop the game. This was only supposed to happen if someone was injured. We all converged on the area where the call came from and what happened was that someone came across a really big rattlesnake. We kept our distance, but he was coiled to strike, rattler going and everything. After a short discussion, we decided it would be best to kill it or it could be a further hazard. The SEALS and Marines beat feet back to their cars and returned with all kinds of artillery. It was like, "First one back gets the shot!" The first guy back was a SEAL with a 1911. He dispatched the snake with one to the head.

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I have an amusing story about this. I played paintball back in the old days of the sport, where the only paintball gun allowed was the Nel-Spot 007 bolt action pistol, pictured below, which was designed for forest services to mark trees. We played in a forest, not some prepared paintball field.

A buddy of mine and I were in a league in Virginia Beach. The league had teams from the Marines, the Seals, local police, etc. Against all that combat training, it was well known that the top team was ironically a group of nuclear engineers for the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. These guys won a lot because they planned really intricate strategies and weren't afraid to intentionally sacrifice players to win. The real "operators" were not so cold-blooded. No offense to the Corps, but one time a Marine lost his Nel-Spot. The shame of a Marine losing his weapon was no less than if it had been his rifle in combat.

But the amusing story is that one time we were game-on in the woods and someone yelled out to stop the game. This was only supposed to happen if someone was injured. We all converged on the area where the call came from and what happened was that someone came across a really big rattlesnake. We kept our distance, but he was coiled to strike, rattler going and everything. After a short discussion, we decided it would be best to kill it or it could be a further hazard. The SEALS and Marines beat feet back to their cars and returned with all kinds of artillery. It was like, "First one back gets the shot!" The first guy back was a SEAL with a 1911. He dispatched the snake with one to the head.

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I wasted some money at the local Splatter Park's "Zombie Shoot" several years ago, simply to indulge some non-shooting friends. Yes, I remained armed throughout the entire fiasco.
 

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Participating in any game or sport using equipment that can resemble firearms or that operate in the same manner?
I'm not taking a chance of having a real weapon in play by accident.
 

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For such an activity I would most likely pocket carry a jframe or my beretta pico. I don't think I would be tempted to reach into my pocket and draw it if my paint ball or lazer tag gun malfunctioned.
 
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