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Old 03-11-2013, 03:43 AM   #11
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I started a thread pretty similar to this called "guns and kids" a couple months ago that might give you ideas. My girl is about 2 as well. I ended up getting a stack on gun safe. Their are others a little better like the gunvault, but they were more pricey. My wife and I both have one on our night stands now. We got the PDS 650 version if I remember right. Good luck though, hope it helps a little.

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Old 03-11-2013, 03:47 AM   #12
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Oh I have 2 year old. I keep my mini vault right on my night stand. The battery does die kinda fast tho. You will know when it needs changing when you have to put the code in twice.

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:23 AM   #13
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Yeah, I don't like the idea of electronic locks. But a key is not ideal for you. The three-digit combination lock may be the ticket though at 3 AM it might be a little hard to see...

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Starting to think maybe a 6'+ corner shelf may be the ticket.. Out of sight out of mind out of reach..

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My thought is that I want to be able to access my HD handgun from my bed and with one hand in the dark. I think I am most vulnerable while sleeping and I want to be able to access my gun as soon as possible if needed. One handed also means not having to chamber a round. What if you are fighting someone off? You never know.

Also, I like the reliability and durability of a mechanical lock on something that could possibly save my life.
There are lots of choices out there and I'm sure you can do the same and find a way to have your handgun close by, accessible, and SECURED. Don't rely on the out of reach method while you are educating your kids about firearms. It might only be one in a million, especially in a good home, but your childs life is worth way more than a couple hunderd bucks to secure your gun.

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I bought a drawer safe at sportsmans for around $50. Works perfect for me, it keeps wandering hands out!!

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A friend of mine has to small children, so he had the same problem. What he did, because in an emergency you may not have time to unlock a lock box or gun cabnet, so mounted a spare holster above the door frame of his bedroom. He was tall enough to reach it, but the kids were not. Hope that helps.

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A friend of mine has to small children, so he had the same problem. What he did, because in an emergency you may not have time to unlock a lock box or gun cabnet, so mounted a spare holster above the door frame of his bedroom. He was tall enough to reach it, but the kids were not. Hope that helps.
That's kinda the idea I was going for with having a corner shelf..
Maybe a holster with a thumb break would be a better option though.
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I don't have kids; let's all be thankful.

Maybe you need to switch your nightstand gun to one she couldn't fire. Maybe something like a pump shotgun that she would be unable to rack (much less point at herself). I don't think a two year old could rack the slide on your semiauto to make it active, anyways.

If you are worried about her dropping it on her foot, you have a WHOLE HOUSE full of problem objects; guns aren't the only thing that she could potentially crush a pinky toe with. She will eventually figure out gravity, and a empty tube would prevent an AD from a drop, even if the internal safeties wouldn't.

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A friend of mine has to small children, so he had the same problem. What he did, because in an emergency you may not have time to unlock a lock box or gun cabnet, so mounted a spare holster above the door frame of his bedroom. He was tall enough to reach it, but the kids were not. Hope that helps.
But even that has limited safety. It might work for a two year old but might not for a year old.
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