Best Practices for Home Defense Handgun Storage

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by lurkusmaximus, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. lurkusmaximus

    lurkusmaximus New Member

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    What are the "best practices" for storing a handgun in the home where it can be accessed quickly if needed? Is it wise to have a loaded magazine stored near the firearm so it can be loaded and ready quickly? The gun locks I have seen are not conducive to "quick release", and when in a stressful situation like a home invasion, I could see where the additional time to get your firearm ready may prevent you from protecting yourself.

    Also, in a multi-story dwelling, is it better to store the firearm downstairs where it can be obtained quickly in case of "trouble at the door", or upstairs where its closer during the nighttime hours? I'm curious to know where and how members are staying safely prepared.
     
  2. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    I keep my magazines in my handguns(without one in the chamber), and I have a gun in almost every room.
     

  3. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    My 1911 is always on my hip in condition one.

    A personal protection firearm should always be loaded..... period. If you can't access it instantly, you may not be able to protect yourself with it.
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I keep my pistol with a loaded mag in it, in a drawer beside my bed. I don't use the lock; there are no children in my home. The Mossy sits beside the bed, with a few in the ammo tube. I do not keep a magazine in the SKS, nor do i really consider it a weapon of quick reaction.

    I think the "right" answer differs depending on your house & household; do you have small children who might be tempted to play with your pistols?
     
  5. lurkusmaximus

    lurkusmaximus New Member

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    No small children. A teeenage daughter that has had training and enjoys shooting, so I'm not concerned about her misusing it.
     
  6. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I ware my .45 auto and my boots to bed where they are with in easy reach
     
  7. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Loaded mag without one in the pipe, stored on a shelf where the kids can't reach it. It's 2 steps from my bed and takes me no time to get to it.
     
  8. easterner123

    easterner123 New Member

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    I have no small or unresponsible children in the house. I have no idea where my father has the handgun, but I have my 870 with ammo next to it ready to go should something happen.
     
  9. subie-jeep

    subie-jeep New Member

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    i leave the key in the lock in my gun locker while i'm home,and my car/house keys are on the same keychain so i can't leave without locking it.the locker is in my bedroom,where i spend most of my time at home,10' from my bed.the glock sits on the to shelf of the locker with a loaded mag sitting next to it.the benelli,sks,10/22 are standing in it unloaded but i have five #4 shells sittin loose on the shelf.
     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2009
  10. lurkusmaximus

    lurkusmaximus New Member

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    Thanks for all the sage advice. It appears to me, that the key is "Keep it close, keep it ready". Any delays could be detrimental to your safety and well being.
     
  11. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    12 Gauge pump tactical mossy loaded, next to bed, .40 M&P on the night stand chambered, no kids to worry about and the poodle hasn't figured out how to fire any of them yet. :)
     
  12. FTK87

    FTK87 New Member

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    1911 Cocked Locked and ready to Rock in my nightstand, but its not like a normal night stand, it has 2 drawers and the kinda just an open spot for a 3 drawer but no drawer, open for easy access, only youngster isn't big enough to move on his own so not a problem yet.

    Besides, I had the 1911 with a full mag in it and slide locked back, I told my wife (doesn't have any expirence with handguns) to make it shoot and it took her a good 15 minutes to figure it out.