Home Defense setup question
I am trying to get set up for home defense and have an issue. My original intention has been to set up my Remington 1100 12ga for home defense. I have it set up with speed feed synthetic stocks (with pistol grip - this will be important later) and an 18 inch barrel loaded with #4 Buckshot.
My intention was to keep the shotgun loaded and secured in a "long gun vault" (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=176908 ) under my bed for easy and fast access in case of need. Unfortunately, there is no way to fit the gun with pistol grip into the longgun vault, and no way to modify the vault to fit.
I have a three and a half year old daughter and a two week old son so the weapon MUST be secured. My current HD weapon (and future back up once the shotgun comes on line) is a Sig P226 9mm with Speer 124gr +P Gold Dots. It's kept on my nightstand in a "Gunvault" GV2000 ( http://www.gunsafestore.com/GV2000DLX.htm ) fast acces container 24/7. During waking hours I carry a Sig P239 9mm holstered IWB, also with the Gold Dots (which is also secured ith the gunvault at night).
My question is about the shotgun. I would prefer for it to be used as my primary HD weapon. Since the "long gun vault" is a no go and I need fast access for HD I wanted opinions on the following possibility: Keep the shotgun loaded but with nothing in the chamber, under the bed and secured with a key locked trigger guard. Keep the key to the trigger guard in the fast access gunvault on the nightstand with my 226. In the event of a problem, I would open the gunvault and initially use the 226. If time allowed, I could then use the readily available key to unlock the trigger guard and switch to the shotgun.
What do you all think? Would the trigger guard be an acceptable safeguard from children (who I intend to teach about guns early in an effort to take the mystery away) for the shotgun if it's loaded but nothing was kept in the chamber? Does anyone know of a good alternative?
The only caveat to all of this is that my wife is "adjusting" to my new found focus on home and personal defense. She won't go for anything obtrusive (guns in the open or mounted to walls behind curtains, etc). Maybe in the future, but not now.