Stashing firearms around the house-Practical or Paranoid?

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    Being prepared isn't necessarily being paranoid, although there is a fine line between the two. If you feel the need to keep one stashed in the living space, then do it, or as others have mentioned, carry your .40 on you.

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    you know the layout best so pick a room youd like to fight from/in most and "stash" your weapon there.
    Trouble is, if the fight doesn't occur there, then you're separated from your defensive weapon.

    IMO, one should not be separated from the lone defensive weapon. In terms of stashing multiples around the house, I think it's reasonable. Make them items that you train with, that can make a difference. They might even be simple, "normal" objects in the room. If you're well-trained and talented enough, that can dramatically expand the number of available weapons in a given space.

    ... it made me realize that I spend about 90% of my day in the living room, in direct line of sight of a flimsy condo front door ...
    First, fix the door/frame. Making it relatively noisy and tough to enter can buy you time, and that might make all the difference.

    So when I open the front door there is never a weapon within 50 feet.
    This is why many people simply wear the primary handgun on them, when around the home. Once you're in the habit, it's a part of you. You can openly carry, or you can continue to conceal. But, there's no reason you need expose yourself unprepared and unarmed.

    Is it practical to stash one of my HD fire arms in the living room/dining area where I spend almost all my time?
    I think most would agree that it's practical to have a life-saving defensive tool near you at all times.

    Or is this paranoia on my part?
    Being aware of the relative uselessness of a weapon that's 50ft or more away from you is wisdom. Failure to see that as a risk is problematic.
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    My practice is to slip the pistols in the pockets along with the wallet, keys, etc. in the morning. That way as I come and go, work around the house or in the yard, I don't have to think about whether I have my keys, wallet, etc. Life is simple that way.

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    I have 1 main and 2 satellite gun safes, one of which is in the LR, so they can stay locked up with the 5 yr old around. Also a home defense shotty in the MBR.
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    1. When practical I have my Benelli M4 within arm's reach, usually after retiring for the evening.
    2. All other times I stash my carry weapon close by - in a holster hooked to my belt.

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    If you live in a bad area that is know for high crimes, then it may not be considered paranoia, but i think the majority of us live in either suburban households or relatively rural areas. In my opinion, its overboard to stash guns all throughout the house. Are you prepared, yes, are you over-prepared, probably yes too. I mean seriously, how many of you are that afraid that you need multiple guns in your house for the ready?? Isnt one enough for your peace of mind?? The wild west was over 100 years ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgrins View Post
    some of the cops ive trained in hand to hand CQC, were talking about the best way to fight in your home. you know the layout best so pick a room youd like to fight from/in most and "stash" your weapon there.
    Not an entirely bad idea, but in my humble opinion, it's not the best idea either. I would like to be able to keep my gun stashed in the bedroom but I can't. I am in the bedroom when sleeping and few other times.
    I don't pick a room that I'd rather fight in/from because it rarely, if ever, works that way. If I want to fight in the living room, chances are the Bad Guy will accost me in the hallway leading to that room. I choose to keep the firearm on me at all times because I can't plan when and where a bad situation will come. I would prefer it never happen but if it does I want to be prepared. It's 0100 Mountain Time, I'm still clothed and my pistol is on my hip as I write this.
    My phone is within reach, my flashlight is on my belt and so is a spare magazine for my pistol. I want to be prepared because chances are, if I'm not prepared now, I won't be able to when the circumstances require it!!
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    There are lot's of instant open safes on th market. My plan is to have several guns in different safes around the house. to meet local laws the guns must be stored in a safe unless they are in use (on hip)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKPRC View Post
    Okay. Just for background, I live in a condo in an urban area, with my brother, also a gunowner-CCW permit holder, no anti-gun spouses and no children are ever present.

    Our condo has a connected living room-dining room-kitchen (all one large area) and than a small hallway with bedrooms and baths. The front door opens directly into this living space.

    I work from home and last week I had a strange encounter with some weird guy selling magazine subscriptions. It was not in itself threatening, but it made me realize that I spend about 90% of my day in the living room, in direct line of sight of a flimsy condo front door, and that all of my HD firearms are in my bedroom. (I have a HD shotgun, AR-15 and a .40 caliber pistol, my brother has the same, in his bedroom also.) So when I open the front door there is never a weapon within 50 feet.

    Is it practical to stash one of my HD fire arms in the living room/dining area where I spend almost all my time? Or is this paranoia on my part?

    For those of you that do keep weapons outside of the traditional "Bedside table" or safe, where do you put them? How close are you to a weapon when you open the front door, etc?
    I've had a lot of experiences myself in the past. Lived a lot of different places.
    stashing firearms around the house-practical or paranoid?
    How close are you to a weapon when you open the front door, etc?
    Okay...for all intents and purposes, we'll need to leave the paranoid theme out of the question because it really doesn't belong. Main thing is....if you carry all of the time, stashing guns around the house really doesn't make sense. In actuality, I'd say it's borderline craziness. If I open the front door, I have a firearm. Opening the door without frightening the salesman pretty much dictates I wear a pistol instead of the shotgun or AR-15 over the shoulder. One would expect to be as unobtrusive to society as society is....well...never mind that then. Thing is, nothing stashed is going to be with you in the here and now. Matter of fact, you start stashing things hither and yon, you'll soon be forgetting where here and there is. Besides....more than one or two guns out of the safe at any one time is just asking for trouble in my book. Not many of us are gifted well enough to see the next 24 hours much less a minute from now. If we were, this would be a whole different world, and more than likely we would avoid our own circumstantial death more than a few times. To answer your question quite honestly......practical or paranoid?....I say neither one. You could however be more practical carrying all of the time, but my guess is that since you posed the question, you're either not ready nor willing to do so at this time. Until you are ready to do so, your mind will keep you busier thinking about it and away from things that are more important, and the rest of life. I hope you find peace soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecorrigan View Post
    Not an entirely bad idea, but in my humble opinion, it's not the best idea either. I would like to be able to keep my gun stashed in the bedroom but I can't. I am in the bedroom when sleeping and few other times.
    I don't pick a room that I'd rather fight in/from because it rarely, if ever, works that way. If I want to fight in the living room, chances are the Bad Guy will accost me in the hallway leading to that room. I choose to keep the firearm on me at all times because I can't plan when and where a bad situation will come. I would prefer it never happen but if it does I want to be prepared. It's 0100 Mountain Time, I'm still clothed and my pistol is on my hip as I write this.
    My phone is within reach, my flashlight is on my belt and so is a spare magazine for my pistol. I want to be prepared because chances are, if I'm not prepared now, I won't be able to when the circumstances require it!!
    Very well put. Keep the gun on you.
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    Paranoid.
    If you live where it is that dangerous then keep your gun on your person.

    I keep one by my bed and that is it.

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    I OC around the house or it is within arms reach (.40cal) or there are 2 on the main floor center of the house(.357mag or 9mm)
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    I generally keep my main EDC gun with in arms reach at home. One sits on my desk as I type right now. The safe is about 2 feet behind me full of choices, all ready to go... I don't stash guns around the house, I stash them around me...
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    Strengthen your door jams and get good deadbolts. Make it so that your door can't be kicked in, which most easily can. Then, while BG takes 3-4 tries to break in(if he can), you have time to retrieve your weapon.

    And don't open your door if you don't know who's outside.

    I can't see having guns stashed everywhere. Too much risk for kids, etc. and seems too much like some Bourne Identity movie.
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    And don't open your door if you don't know who's outside.
    That's the key right there.
    I am convinced that that rule saved me from an attempted robbery once and saved me from Watchtower wielding grandmothers or Scottish foreign exchange students selling encylopedias ( really happened and OMG was she hot) countless times

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