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How important is having a back-up gun

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by jbmi, Feb 21, 2008.

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  1. jbmi

    jbmi Well-Known Member

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    and do you haul it to all your shoots ?
    I have a combo and shoot all three events, but don't have anything to shoot should I have a break-down. Never had a problem so far, but hate the thought of traveling 100's of miles only to miss out do to a malfunction.
    If you shoot it well is an Auto better than another O/U?
     
  2. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Very important, and the older you get and the more money you have to spend the more backup guns you need!!
     
  3. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    It is imperative.

    How else do you justify having two K80's?

    That's my story and I am sticking with it.

    Don
     
  4. School Teacher

    School Teacher Well-Known Member

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    I like knowing that, if I have a problem, I can retrieve the backup gun quickly. Both are Remington 870 trap grades.

    Over the years, I have used a backup gun three times. The reasons for the stoppages were a broken firing pin, really stuck federal paper hull in barrel and broken action bars.

    Ed Ward
     
  5. Mike Michalski

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    In my experience not only do you need one but it should be the same kind and fit as your regular gun. Had to switch to back up gun several times and since I was shooting a break open gun (90T or 682)and the back up was a fitted 1100 it was a goat rodeo. Your experiences may vary.
     
  6. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Buy a Ljutic, you'll not need a backup gun.
     
  7. N. J. BOB

    N. J. BOB Active Member

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    BEWARE, the man with ONE gun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Capt. Morgan

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    You worry too much!

    Morgan
     
  9. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    Never leave home with out one.

    Seriously, I never have had a gun failure during a shoot but the one time I show up with less than two guns the worst case scenario will happen. Having a plan B is a good idea.

    As mentioned above, plan B is a perfect reason to get another shotgun. (As if reason is applicable)
     
  10. RogerNRA

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    I normaly bring an extra gun along. The one time I didn't I had a problem and had to borrow a gun to shoot league..........Roger
     
  11. esoxhunter

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    I always carry a backup gun when I attend a registered shoot. I have had to go to the backup only once. However, it is one less thing to worry about. A gun is a mechanical instrument that can break down. It is comforting to know that if your main gun malfunctions you have something to fall back on. I have a Beretta 682 combo and my backup is a Super X-1. Even though they are two very different guns; they shoot the same for me. Ed
     
  12. tomk2

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    When travelling to shoot, I always have one. No point in driving or flying somewhere, only to end up sitting around. For a local shoot of normal consequence, one gun is enough.
     
  13. OLD ONE EYE

    OLD ONE EYE Well-Known Member

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    I used to shoot a Model 12 and never carried a back up gun. I now shoot a SBT gun and carry my 682 doubles gun as a back up. I can shoot both equelly bad or good depending on the day. I did have a breakdown last week on my TMX the fireing pin broke and I could not open the gun with a live shell. I was able to take the forarm off and remove the barrel to unload the gun. When we took the stock off half the fireing pin fell out it is easy to replace but cost 40.00 for that skinny little piece of needle compaired to a Model 12 pin it is a sewing needle. First time I had a gun break on me in 50 years but I don't shoot but 8 to 10 thousand a year.

    Buddy
     
  14. mono1393

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    With a combo a person can get an extra receiver, or if you have a drop out trigger gun, a receiver and a trigger and be safe. You don't really need the whole gun. If it is a problem with the barrel, you can switch to the other barrels. You may want to put a stock on the receiver set up exactly as your original. I haven't been able to do the above yet, but that is the plan for the future.

    Chris Morris
     
  15. Gary Waalkes

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    Unless all these guns are identical, my crystal ball sees lost targets in your future. You can drag extra guns along, but can you hit your average with your "back-up" gun.
     
  16. hmb

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    Whenever I buy a gun my wife tells me to get two, so I will have a back up gun if something goes wrong with the first one. HMB
     
  17. vdt

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    sorry,but i have been shooting the same gun since 1983 it has never failed to fire ,i shoot about 8000 rounds a year ,have owned several back up guns ,[which i could never shoot as good as the one i shoot ],o i forgot to tell you i shoot a poor man's MX3-c Perazzi but i keep it very clean and well oiled ,helli told you my secret....vdt
     
  18. hoggy

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    It's only important if the gun your using breaks. I take my Mod 12 as a backup. I cannot afford another K80.
     
  19. Old Cowboy

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    It's not important at all--------unless your main gun breaks down.

    John C. Saubak
     
  20. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a Beretta 303 auto and I have 11 backups. My wife simply does not understand that one
     
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