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The Colin
March 31, 2006, 01:52 AM
How do you store your HD Shotgun?

I'm new to having a shotgun in the house - so i'm trying to figure out the best way to store it for quick access. How do you keep yours? Bedside? Under the bed? behind the door? Where?

I've got a Remington 870 Express 7 shot 18.5'' loaded with Federal 00 buckshot.

I look forward to your replys!

March 31, 2006, 02:06 AM
I keep my Benelli Nova Pump behind the bedroom door (which is right next to my side of the bed) with 4 in the mag, not one in the chamber, a quick racking of the pump fixes that. And i keep one of my old hats (beanie - took, for the canadians) on top of the barrel to keep out dust or other objects, just like they did in WWII when they hit the beaches with condoms on their guns to keep the crud out, well same principle anywayit doesnt take much to shoot though an old cap

March 31, 2006, 03:07 AM
chambered, safety on, in the master bathroom closet.

March 31, 2006, 06:59 AM
Loaded tube, chamber empty, safety off. Seven rounds of Remington managed recoil 00buck. During the day, it's in the trunk of my car, at nightit's leaning in the corner of my closet.

March 31, 2006, 07:13 AM
Full tube, not chamebered and under the bed. It's in the case but the case is open. Oh, and the .45 is in the nightstand drawer along with the flash light.

March 31, 2006, 07:25 AM
Standing up between the bed and the 7' armour about 6" from my hand when I sleep
Hammer down, empty chamber

March 31, 2006, 07:47 AM
Cruiser ready (hammer down on empty chamber safety off) leaning against wall next to bed.

March 31, 2006, 09:42 AM
I keep my semi-auto A-5 loaded with a full tube and one in the chamber, saftey on. I don't have any children and my wife one touch it so I feel comfertable with one in the chamber. I keep it right next our bed on my side.

March 31, 2006, 10:08 AM
Kids at home, so unless I'm in the bedroom sleeping, it stays in the safe. Upon retiring for the evening, it leans up against the headboard/wall with full tube + one in the chamber, safety on. Also, .45 + spare mag + flashlight on night stand.

Shawn Dodson
March 31, 2006, 03:25 PM
Cruiser ready in a V-line Closet Vault installed in the MBR walk-in closet.


March 31, 2006, 03:27 PM
Kids at home also.

Kept behind my closet door in the master bathroom. Mossberg 500A, tube full and combat sleeve on the stock holds 5 more 00 buck. I keep a cable lock through the chamber. I have the key hidden on a tie rack in the closet.

Also have a Glock 17 with spare mag in a lock box about two feet away.

March 31, 2006, 03:35 PM
I keep my Remington 870 in my bedroom closet with a full tube but an empty chamber. I have the action closed but I dry fire it so that it can be racked without hitting the release. Since the chamber is empty, I leave the safety off. I want as few steps as possible before I can fire the gun but I want to rack the slide in hopes that the sound will convince an intruder to choose an easier target.

March 31, 2006, 08:41 PM
I installed racks in the closet so it's above the closet door. 5 in the mag.

chamber empty safety on. Baretta 1201FP. Butt cuff holds 3 slugs and 2

extra OO bucks (for weight more than anything).

March 31, 2006, 09:24 PM
Winchester 1300 with deer slayer barrel leaned up in the corner by the bed has a rotation of bird load, slug, bird load etc. 5 of them 3 bird loads and 2 slugs. I like the option to rotate rounds from the 2 3/4" number 8 shot to the 3" 1 oz slugs. Intruders beware.

March 31, 2006, 09:30 PM
This thread again?

Full tube, empty chamber, 6 on the side, 5 on the cuff. Safety off. Right next to me.

March 31, 2006, 09:37 PM
Mine is locked in the safe, unloaded. Not the best way to store it if I need it in a hurry, so I would have to rely on my Glock in the night stand. I am looking into one of these for the bedroom closet. http://www.mossberg.com/locbox.htm

March 31, 2006, 09:38 PM
Mine are kept on hooks above the door inside closets. I keep the the shotguns with an empty chamber, hammer down, safety off. Stowed like that, they all work the same, whether Winchester or Mossberg, to chamber that first round. The shooter needs to grab the gun, rack the forend, aim, and pull the trigger.

More (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/02/house-guns.html)

March 31, 2006, 09:49 PM
Mine are kept on hooks above the door inside closets.

I love it....

April 10, 2006, 09:43 AM
Stephen426 and XaxierBreath both have everything right about the best combination of conditions for storing a defensive PUMP shotgun, i.e.; (1) the magazine should be fully loaded, (2) with no round in the chamber, (3) the trigger pulled so that the is hammer down on that EMPTY chamber and
(4) the safety in off position. You then only need to rack the slide and pull the trigger to get a BANG!

Note: If you should be fortunate enough to have one of the old Winchester Model 12s, remember that as long as your finger continues to press the trigger, it's going to chamber and FIRE other available rounds from the magazine AGAIN each time you rack the slide even WITHOUT A SEPERATE PULL OF THE TRIGGER .

April 10, 2006, 11:39 AM
No kids, just my wife and me. My 870 (18.5" with Surefire and laser is loaded with five in the tube, one in the chamber, 4 on the side with the safety on next to my side of the bed. 1911, spare mag and light on the bedside table. I prefer that the only sound the BG hears is the snick of the safety coming off.

April 11, 2006, 08:42 AM
so the model 12's have and "auto" trigger. I didn't know that, I have one of the 20 guage versions of the model 12.

April 11, 2006, 08:57 AM
With kids around, I keep my pump shotgun locked on my wall, with a bathrobe hanging from a hook mounted above it which conceals it. Open the lock with a key, pull off the shotgun, rack a shell into the chamber and you're set.

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2804/locboxcloset2mu.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Here's a website for it: http://www.andean-inc.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TAOS&Product_Code=MS95092&Category_Code=Gun_Locks

April 11, 2006, 07:46 PM
Mossberg 590 12ga Home Defense model. 8 rounds 2 3/4in 00 Buck in the tube, empty chamber (so I can jack the slide as a warning) safety on. In a locked case under my bed. During the day the key's on a keychain hanging from my belt, at night it rests on the light-bridge/shelf above my bed.

April 12, 2006, 10:23 AM
Chamber empty - but 2 rounds in the tube. 4 extra rounds in a holder on the stock.

Anyone worried about the spring weakening with a full load of shells?

April 12, 2006, 11:24 AM
That's one benefit, I suppose, of the Loc-Box. Hadn't thought of that before. My magazine holds 5, but I have to jack one out to open the action to secure it to the box, so it sits long-term with only 4. Hmmmm.....

April 12, 2006, 03:00 PM
Loaded tube in my safe. Chamber empty hammer down safety off. The kids force the extra diligence. My Glocks reside in stack-on quick access lock boxes. One in the bedroom and one in the living room.

April 18, 2006, 03:16 AM
No kids or wife. Frequent girlfriend sleepovers. Alert dog sleeps between my bed and the bedroom door. I'm a light sleeper.

I keep a loaded .40 5" Glock, extra mags, flashlight and KBar in my nightstand. Accessible within seconds. Cell phone and light switches are also immediately accessible. Can give knife or phone to girlfriend.

I have a massive fire and burglary resistant floorsafe at the foot of my bed. At night I open it completely and have access to an modest arsenal of guns, ammo and a kevlar vest (I obviously lock it during the day; if there were an emergency like a fire it would take less than 2 seconds push it shut and turn the lever). If I had a few extra moments to arm myself, I could retrieve body armor for self, shotgun or AR15 for self and revolver for girlfriend. Shotgun has full tube, 5 shots in sidesaddle, safety off, and empty chamber. AR15 has full 30 rd magazine (with many others ready) empty chamber, fire selector in "fire" position.

If flight is necessary, I'm on the ground floor and bedroom window can be opened and egress in under 30 seconds.

Soon I will install further measures to secure my bedroom including a solid door, rebar reinforcements, etc. But that's a project for another day.

As it stands, I'm very comfortable that I'm prepared for nearly any burglary. If I'm not there all of my valuables are locked up. If I'm home they BG is in for one hell of a surprise.

April 18, 2006, 08:26 AM
Moss persuader in corner near bed, 7 in the tube, chamber empty, safety off. XD-40SC loaded w/gold saber HP on night stand.

April 18, 2006, 10:21 PM
Having a "special" child, i never leave a loaded or unlocked gun in my house. If not on my body or in my hand it is unloaded and locked. I do keep the magazines loaded for my sigma, and have two large, loud dogs. I can go from deep sleep to loaded pistol in about 10 seconds. It would be difficult to get into my house before I am ready. The only shotgun I own is a single shot 12ga, so I lean more towards my pistols for hd.

April 19, 2006, 09:45 AM
I have a small love seat within two steps of my bed. It has removeable back cusions. I slip the 870, fully loaded safety on, behind the seat cusions and place the back cusions on top of that. You can sit on the sofa and not know there is a shotgun there. Plus I love the irony of hiding a shotgun in a love seat!:)

April 19, 2006, 06:19 PM
rack ready.

Fill the magazine (4 rounds in a stock tube).
Barely crack the slide open.
Check the chamber (visually and physically)
Check the chamber again.
Point in a safe direction and pull the trigger.

Now you have a loaded, but safe, gun. Just rack the slide and you are in business. Plus, you have SOME protection against a negligent discharge.

April 19, 2006, 11:06 PM
12 ga under the edge of my mattress, 4-6 shells of #1 buck in the tube, none in the chamber, safety off.

April 19, 2006, 11:35 PM
Within arms reach at night....

5 - 2 3/4 #4 in the tube, empty chamber, safety on.

5 Remington 00 reduce recoil on side saddle.

Rack the slide, safety off, and i'm ready to rock.

XD9 in nightstand draw with 16rds of 124gr+p Gold dots next to my cellphone for the old lady

April 20, 2006, 01:43 AM
Sorry for the noob question, but what do you guys mean by "empty chamber, hammer down?"

April 20, 2006, 05:28 PM
Stoeger Coach Gun (hammerless SxS) 12ga leaning against the wall b/t my side of the bed & the nightstand. Chambers empty & firing pins down. Butt cuff holds three 00 buck & two slugs and the slip-on buttpad has two more 00 buck tucked inside for the initial load. A paper towel lightly tucked into each barrel (like a hankerchief in a suit) to protect against bugs & dust (& if I get the sniffles... :p )

Also have a bandolier of buck & slug (w/ flashlight & multi-tool attached) near my K-38 in the nightstand.

Almost needed it the other night. My two indoor dogs heard a strange noise at the same time I did. The male began barking and raced out of the bedroom. I gave the Stoeger to my wife & took the K-38, a double speedloader pouch, & another flashlight to investigate. Turned out to be the icemaker, but I'm glad my reflexes & "Daddy's Little Target Indicator" work so well... :D

April 20, 2006, 07:51 PM
if you have no shell in the chamber, you can pull the trigger to release the firing pin. This means you don't have to push the slide release to rack it to get a shell in the chamber if you're in a hurry. My dad says it also releases the tension on the spring. I don't do it because I don't like dryfiring my weapons and because I like the slight added safety of the release button. Many people don't know how to use it or where it is if they're unfamiliar with shotguns.

April 20, 2006, 09:09 PM
Hammer down, 4 rounds of 00 buckshot in the tube, 5 rounds 00 buck on butt cuff, locked in safe (stack-on type cabinet) with hidden key within reach.

April 20, 2006, 09:34 PM
under my pillow...


April 20, 2006, 11:44 PM
butt cuff just sounds wrong