I have a Remington 870. I'm wondering what "state_of_readiness" do people leave their shotguns, generally? With a shell in the chamber and more in the magazine? & safety on (does having the spring permanaently compressed damage it long-term?) & if so... At home, fearing grievous harm---pick weopon up...push safety off * acquire target * ; fire. (no need to rack the slide?) Or... With NO SHELL in the chamber rather ...shells in the magazine? [safety on ] then : at home, fearing grievous harm---pick weopon up, rack the slide...push safety off * acquire target * fire. I've noticed though that... before the action will rack Either, ---the gun needs to be dry fired or the slide needs to be 'started_a_touch' by pressing the release button near the trigger.... How do other people leave their home defense shotguns?