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Old 03-17-2010, 10:05 PM   #31
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Three year olds are usually kinda short; you could put a rack on the wall above your nightstand. With a pump, i seriously doubt a kid under 6 or 7 could rack a shell into the chamber, so you could have it anywhere so long as the chamber was empty (i would want the safety on too). When the kid gets older/bigger/stronger, you would have to figure out something else.

I hear you though; i want to keep one in the chamber, but i don't feel 100% comfortable with a chambered shell & my crazy cats. My mind knows they couldn't get the safety off, but i see how they look at me sometimes.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:29 AM   #32
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I would love to have a loaded shotgun lying around,but I just can't do it with my 3 year old here.I like how I can load up my pistol and stash it away where my child could never get to it,but I would need some ideas of how to safely keep a loaded shotgun around.Being prepared goes completely against what you learn in hunter's safety class,but if you are fumbling in the dark with shotgun shells,you are as good as dead anyways.
I have a three year old as well, and it is a tricky balance. I keep a 12 gauge loaded but with the chamber cleared and the saftey on. I also clear the chamber on my pistol when I get home. I do reload the magazine, but the slide would have to be racked for the gun to be put into service. I keep the gun holstered and out of reach.
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Remember that in a critical situation, adrenaline is injected into your system. With a good dose of natural speed coursing through your veins, the only thing you can count on is gross motor skills. These involves large muscle groups. Your fine and complex motor skills diminish pretty quickly. Having to perform two seperate operations like racking the slide AND depressing the safety button may be too much for your body to handle. Engaging the safety and keeping an empty chamber is not only overly cautious but also imprudent.
I recommend you keep the shotgun in "cruiser ready" mode - empty chamber, hammer down, safety in "Fire" position with a full or nearly full mag tube. This is perfectly safe, yet instantly accessable under stress.

You must not have a Winchester pump gun. The Remingtons and Mossbergs have safeties that block the trigger. The Winchester safety blocks the hammer so you cannot engage the safety if the hammer is in the "fired" position.
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Thanks for the insight.

I think you are right about the safety. It is probably overkill. I am going to take your advice.

My daughter will not be able to pump the shotgun, but she is smart enough to know how to do it.

It is amazing how much they learn even when you think they aren't paying any attention.
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Would be a death wish to snoop around someones rural property here in Texas.
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The "three S's" rues the day (or night) in many parts of Texas.


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