Hi I just purchased this shotun for home defense and have been researching the different ways to store this gun, and I know this topic is beaten to death, but I have a specific question I was unable to find anywhere, so here it is.
I live with 6 other people in this house with plenty of visitors in and out, so I want to be as safe as possible with this without sacrificing it's intent for me which is home defense. I want to eventually get a safe to put it in during the day while I am at work, but I don't have the funds for that.
I keep the shotgun in my room and the door is locked, but that doesn't put my mind at enough ease to leave it at that. Despite the recommendation to not put the trigger guard on a loaded firearm...which I agree with completely and know all the reasons why...I put it on with the shotgun unchambered and the magazine full, with the action closed and the firing pin cocked. I do this because the trigger guard that comes with the remington 870 encloses the slide release, and when it is cocked, the slide locks and no one can pick up the shotgun and chamber a round.
I just want to be as safe as possible without having to unload the shells everytime I leave the house...but I have a feeling this will be the only way I will fully be able to put my mind at ease.
Also, I know this has been beaten to death too, but one of the reasons I bring this up is because this requires keeping the firing pin cocked, and I've heard negative things about that.
Any input is appreciated, thank you.
There's no question I guess, I just would like to hear what more experienced people have to say about it, and I couldn't find this specifically anywhere.