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The wife has me convinced to move to Florida before moving to Nashville. We are both very excited to move to TN, but the wife wants to get the urge of living the beach lifestyle out of her system before we commit to the good ol land locked state of TN. So, we are doing what any gun loving, freedom promoting, tax hating couple would do: move to Florida instead of California. yes, I know much hotter but half the liberals, half the taxes no earth quakes and no droughts


Anyway, if we move to Florida, acquiring a boat will be high on my list. Hoping to do a lot of Gulf fishing, wake boarding , cruising and occasional long weekends to the Bahamas (Bimini).

Now, obviously being me I looked up what guns people keep on their boats. The consensus I'm seeing are (1) preferred handgun (2) shotgun (rem or moss mariners) and/or (3) mini 14/30's in stainless. A close runner up was the AK, but most of these threads were older and AKs were much cheaper then (pre Obama up until around 2009)--not exactly rust away prices anymore.

Anyway, lets have at it, what gun(s) do YOU GUYS use for boat defense?
 

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I'll start off with my hypothetical in the event I do get one....

My boat defense would be 2 guns. Glock 20 (10mm) and stainless mini 30 (7.62) with a side folding stock.

My reasoning: just like hiking in the woods, help is far away. Being in Florida/USA, I'm not worried about pirates, but what I might accidentally witness (drug boat, drug related murder on the water etc). I would much prefer to project myself as a "hard target", inducing flight rather than fight.
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The wife has me convinced to move to Florida before moving to Nashville. We are both very excited to move to TN, but the wife wants to get the urge of living the beach lifestyle out of her system before we commit to the good ol land locked state of TN. So, we are doing what any gun loving, freedom promoting, tax hating couple would do: move to Florida instead of California. yes, I know much hotter but half the liberals, half the taxes no earth quakes and no droughts


Anyway, if we move to Florida, acquiring a boat will be high on my list. Hoping to do a lot of Gulf fishing, wake boarding , cruising and occasional long weekends to the Bahamas (Bimini).

Now, obviously being me I looked up what guns people keep on their boats. The consensus I'm seeing are (1) preferred handgun (2) shotgun (rem or moss mariners) and/or (3) mini 14/30's in stainless. A close runner up was the AK, but most of these threads were older and AKs were much cheaper then (pre Obama up until around 2009)--not exactly rust away prices anymore.

Anyway, lets have at it, what gun(s) do YOU GUYS use for boat defense?
I know this is off topic, but have you considered lakefront or riverfront property in TN?
 

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I know this is off topic, but have you considered lakefront or riverfront property in TN?
Yup. I don't think we can afford lake front in the towns we like around Nashville as a primary residence. Certainly a weekend house/hunting property near a lake in east TN at some point in life would be awesome. The wife likes the idea of a lake boat too.

Basically, FL is extreme. We both grew up with 4 seasons (me LI, her CT) so subtropical is something that might become unpleasant after a few years and, in that case, we would head to our original destination. We are still in our mid/late twenties and would like to experience more from life. Living in a few areas of the country sounds exciting to us. We will move and have kids when I finish grad school in 1.5 years. We figure we have until our oldest kid is 5-ish before we have to be fully settled in. This gives us plenty of time to make a second move.
 

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The wife has me convinced to move to Florida before moving to Nashville. We are both very excited to move to TN, but the wife wants to get the urge of living the beach lifestyle out of her system before we commit to the good ol land locked state of TN. So, we are doing what any gun loving, freedom promoting, tax hating couple would do: move to Florida instead of California. yes, I know much hotter but half the liberals, half the taxes no earth quakes and no droughts


Anyway, if we move to Florida, acquiring a boat will be high on my list. Hoping to do a lot of Gulf fishing, wake boarding , cruising and occasional long weekends to the Bahamas (Bimini).

Now, obviously being me I looked up what guns people keep on their boats. The consensus I'm seeing are (1) preferred handgun (2) shotgun (rem or moss mariners) and/or (3) mini 14/30's in stainless. A close runner up was the AK, but most of these threads were older and AKs were much cheaper then (pre Obama up until around 2009)--not exactly rust away prices anymore.

Anyway, lets have at it, what gun(s) do YOU GUYS use for boat defense?
When you say 'keep on a boat' do you plan to actually store it on the boat? If so, I agree on the stainless being ideal. But anything you take care of and store properly will be okay. If you need to repel somalis I'd go with an AR or AK. But in Florida you can go native and get a Galil.
 

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The Coastie in me feels compelled to say........All of those weapons are legal as well as handguns, as long as you can legally possess them in the port that you left from and the port you are going to. With that said, I have heard a lot of good things about the Mossberg Mariner.
 

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The SS mini is a great choice. I would go with synthetic for obvious reasons and also go .223/5.56 instead of 7.62x39. Longer range, and more accurate. Might come in handy fending off a Kraken before it gets too close.
 

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Pistol of your choice for sure. Then between a scatter gun and a rifle?...depends on how close you want the other guys to get. A rifle, Mini for instance, would be better for stand off with its longer range accuracy and capacity; the shotgun for if you think you'll defend on or real near the boat.

If I were on the hook or at the dock and asleep and someone came aboard, I'd want the Mariner to clear the deck; if they were closing in the Mini. (Although how you would be able to know if he someone who was getting close is really a bad guy and it was okay to shoot, I'd be hard pressed to say.)

If it were me, the pistol and the shotgun would be my choice.
 

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FYI taken off the bahamas.com website.

"If you have a firearm on board (shotguns and handguns only) you must declare it with Bahamian Customs. You must provide the serial number, name of the manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. While you are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, you cannot remove it. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. In cases of emergencies, which require your departure by air, you must notify Bahamian Police or Customs. They will accompany you to retrieve the firearm and present you with a receipt. Upon your return to the island, Bahamian Police or Customs will escort you to your vessel and return your firearm. Any infraction of this law will be dealt with severely."
 

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A shot gun will be just fine ,if you had to shoot a shark or any other creature. I would look on line for some incendiary loads incase you don't want to actually shoot someone ,but just burn up his boat at sea. The Mossberg line of JIC guns have their own case and can be stowed and locked up proper.
 
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