how to secure a shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by JeffCooper, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. JeffCooper

    JeffCooper New Member

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    Greetings! I've got a 12ga Remington 1100 tactical shotty. My intent is to use it for home defense. Here's the thing: what good is it if I can't get my hands on it, get it loaded and bring it to bear in 30 seconds?

    So I'm looking for a way where it can be loaded and stashed under my bed in some kind of secure, yet quickly accessed manner. I want to grab it and rack the action to chamber a round and be ready. I've got two boys in the house so safety is a major concern. Currently it's in a locked case with a trigger lock. Id have to find the keys, unlock the case, unlock the trigger and load up some buckshot.

    My pistols are easy. They go in a biometric safe. Is there an easy and at least somewhat affordable way to secure Big Bertha where she's ready to go the the zombies show up at my bedroom door?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Handy with woodworking tools? Build a plywood gun case. Thin, flat, big enuff the hold gun laying flat. Mount to wall inside closet, on back of BR door, or slide under bed. Go over to Amazon, search for biometric lock. There are 2 Sears Craftsman locks there- fingerprint readers- used, $25.00 each. Use those to secure the gun case. Would not stop a burglar, but should keep the 4 yr old from playing Elmer Fudd with Daddy's scattergun.

    Or make a case that attaches to underside of bed, use lock for door in end of case. Kneel, touch lock, open door, slide shotgun out. That presumes room enough between bed and wall to remove gun.
     

  3. JeffCooper

    JeffCooper New Member

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    What an excellent suggestion! Design phase starts first thing!
    thanks!
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Education, Education, Education, Education, Education, How many times do I have to say it, I grew up around loaded guns in the house & so did my four boys & nobody got killed, growing up we knew that if we touched a gun with-out permission we were going to get our a***** you know what whooped & the message was the same with my boys, they are grown now and NO accidents.
     
  5. fireguy

    fireguy New Member

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    That's the way it was when I grew up. Dad kept his guns behind the bedroom door. If we even SAW them we felt like we did something wrong. Never touched them, tried not to look that way.
     
  6. JeffCooper

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    My kids are well educated about guns, the danger, the "no touching without dad" stuff... However I'm don't take chances with guns because there is only one chance. My youngest is 8 and my older son is 16 and autistic. Sometimes the autism thing leads to some odd ideas, and 8 year olds lack judgement.

    Anyway, I appreciate your feed back, but my OP was about how to secure my home defense weapon
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Know any plumbers? You could secure some 8" PVC under there and cap one end while threading the other for a screw-off cap. That would NOT look like a firearm holder.
     
  8. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    Or put a slide on cap on the active end and put a bike lock through it to keep it tamperproof.
     
  9. moonpie

    moonpie New Member

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    we sneaked around and did it anyway. knew where daddy hid the whisky too. whipping just made us smarter, we knew not to get caught the next time. of course kids today are less likely to get into any trouble than we were back in the sixties.
     
  10. ACRhino

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  11. NOVA

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    Kids are not angels today any more than they were back in our day. They still get into trouble. We just don't punish them the way we used to.
    We tust our son. But if he has friends over at our house we could be in another part of the house and they could find a gun if its not locked up... How do we explain that to their parents, considering the teenage suicide rate these days? At least, that's the way we feel about it - not that I'm saying there's anything wrong with other folks keeping guns unlocked in their homes.

    I do like that idea about the fingerprint locks on the internet for $25.00! Cool!
     
  12. PowerViolence

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    Maybe you should just stick to using your pistol for home defense... it seems "easy" your words not mine. Keep the shotty llocked up, jut because a shotgun is a great home defense option its not the only one. I would be more concerned with over penetration with kids in the house regardless.
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I use my handgun to get to my shotgun which I use to get to my rifle.
     
  14. JeffCooper

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    Cane, my friend...you took the words right out of my mouth. I'd be grabbing the first thing that was handy. That I have multiple options just means more holes in the bad guy (did I just say that out loud?)...and while I love my .45's, nothing says get down and stay down like a loaded mag full of slugs/buckshot.

    Anyway, I didnt intend this thread to end up debating parenting "best practices" or what's strategies should be employed for home protection.

    All that aside, there are some GREAT ideas in here. I'll let you know what I end up with a final solution. Thanks to all!
     
  15. JeffCooper

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    Welp, the prize goes to ...a 14 gun steel cabinet by StackOn. It's not ever close to being a gun safe, but it holds my two AR15s, my scatter gun and a .45 (or two) and a 9mm for the little zombies. Three point toggle locks, decent keyed lock... One twist and I can have a choice of rifle, shot or hand gun. Rack a round in to the chamber, and I'm ready to rock-n-roll. All this is 10ft from my bed, so if I hear the door alarm, I can be ready for a close encounter of the worst kind.

    Some EXCELLENT ideas here...PVC pipe? Custom wood case with a bio lock?

    PS if anyone wants a couple almost brand new hard cases, let me know! I'll make you a deal
     
  16. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Very nice!

    Of course, you could mount it on a slide out tray under the bed for easy access. :D
     
  17. JeffCooper

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    I'm going to have to jack up my bed a few feet. :D
     
  18. Jpyle

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    +1 Education and exposure certainly help to remove the "forbidden fruit" appeal of Dad's guns and having kids that can confidently and correctly handle a gun goes a long way in preventing accidents but at the end of the day they are still kids, filled with insatiable energy and curiosity. Being overly cautious in this case, in my opinion anyways, is the right thing to do.
     
  19. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    How does that saying go...hidden in plain site? :D

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  20. PanBaccha

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    This may be right up your alley. The bedroom rack:

    The-BackUp | The Bedside Gun Rack