I want to keep a round in the chamber and have my HD gun ready at all times but I worry about the safety failing and the gun going off by accident.I do not have any kids and my wife never touches the gun and when I am not there I keep it locked away.
So what do ya'll think?
I've been debating this myself. I'm in an rv, and keep it in a small closet by the bed. I'm by myself, but still. Could be risky to keep one in the chamber. I keep four in the tube, with the action open, so all I have to do is rack it and turn safety off and it's ready to fire.
Always fully loaded, 18 inch side folder moss 500, leans muzzle down on a magazine in a corner behind a bedroom door. Carpets can cause rust, so buffer yours with something
I'm in the club that believes racking is a bad idea, it gives you one less shell, gives away your position and if they are crazy or very determined they will simply open fire on you immediately. The first thing they will hear at my home will be BOOM
I keep a double barrel leaned against the nightstand with it loaded, safety off, and hammers down. All Ihave to do pull back hammers and fire. Keep a fully loaded pump in the safe, 4 in the tube and safety off.
870/deer barrel/ extended magazine/00buck mixed with 4 shot and slug in that order. Always one in the chamber safety on. It will not go off if knocked over and I am practiced enough to know the safety is on. Don't tread on me.
Currently, I keep the magazine filled, but no round in the chamber. I also keep the safety on. I keep the gun in a zippered camo bag, hung from my closet rod. I keep the zippers at the top, so all I have to do is pull down the bottom zipper and grab the gun.
Most of the home invaders I hear about in my area are either looking for drugs or things they can steal to fence or trade for drugs. This is getting to be a pretty serious problem around here. These folks are not real pros, and most aren't the brightest bulbs on the tree. My thought is that they will crap in their pants when they hear me jack the gun, and I won't have to shoot. If I do shoot, the first shell will be birdshot. If they keep coming, 00 buck will be next.
I have thought a bit about getting a laser sight. Besides being a little quicker to get on target, I would think that putting a red dot on these punks would also be a huge deterrent factor.
I have 4 grandkids. That does cause me some concern. So far they don't know my guns exist. The 3 boys are old enough to start teaching about guns and gun safety. The youngest is a 2 year old girl. I think it's highly unlikely she could get the gun out, jack a round in, release the safety and fire.
Contrary to the opinions of most of the Liberals around, I think a Home Defense weapon doesn't do you much good if it's not loaded, or it's locked away in a safe, or if it has a trigger lock on it.
Excuse me, Mr Burglar, could you hold that pose for a couple of minutes while I open up my gun safe, load my shotgun, and take off my trigger guard?
I keep several of my firearms loaded at all times, but chambers empty on any pump shotguns, autoloading pistol, semi auto or bolt rifle. Safeties off. I want to have to make a consious decision to arm and fire the weapon. I still occasionally have nightmares of combat and thrash about in my sleep. I need a weapon nearby, but I have to be as careful about it as I can.
My bedside weapons are a colt 1911 and a Ruger Mini 14, both less than a foot from the bed.
As I am typing this in my livingroom I have a 44 Special snubnose revolver in my pocket.
When you live out past the end of the blacktop these things come naturally.
I always carry a fully loaded handgun on my person at all times. Either a S&W 642 loaded with 38sp., or a Taurus Judge Magnum loaded with 2 PDX1 shotshells and 3 45LC. I know some local police who have told me that if I ever have to shoot an intruder, make sure they don't get back up. So that's what I`ll be aiming for.