On your HD shotgun - Do you have a live round in chamber?

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  • Yes

    21 14.48%
  • Yes - with safety on

    36 24.83%
  • Yes - with trigger lock

    1 0.69%
  • Yes - gun is hidden in room

    14 9.66%
  • Yes - gun locked in gun safe (or similar storage)

    8 5.52%
  • No

    11 7.59%
  • No - I think it's too dangerous to keep live round chambered

    4 2.76%
  • No - if BG gets the gun, then empty chamber might give me a chance

    4 2.76%
  • No - but I can quickly rack a round in from the loaded magazine

    80 55.17%
  • No - I keep the shells totally seperate from the gun

    3 2.07%
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    On your HD shotgun - Do you have a live round in chamber?

    Do you keep a live round in the chamber?

    Please select best answerS (multiple choices allowed) from the poll and elaborate as you see fit.

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    You forgot to include the poll. But yes, yes I do.

    FYI: I do not have any other persons in the residence. No kids or spouse or roommates. When I'm not around the SG is locked in the safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siafu View Post
    You forgot to include the poll. But yes, yes I do.

    FYI: I do not have any other persons in the residence. No kids or spouse or roommates. When I'm not around the SG is locked in the safe.
    Poll is up. It took me a few minutes to figure out the best questions.

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    I'm glad you allowed multiple answers. I answered "yes-safety on" for my coach gun and "no, but I can rack a round from the loaded magazine" for my 870.

    Youngest in my home is my 17yr. old son... and he's been shooting for 10 years.
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    I figure the sound of the first round coming home will cause enough puckering that if THAT doesn't cause him to run, the 1 ounce rifled slug will...
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    I keep the mag loaded, and the barrel empty. Simple reason... a racking shotgun in the darkness is a universal sign of "GTFO"

    Any burglar with half a brain would go the other direction if they heard a racking shotgun. Thats the only reason I dont keep one in the barrel, so I CAN rack it. The sound would be deterrent enough.

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    I keep the tube of my 870 full, with extra shells close at hand, but an empty chamber. The reason is that, it's my understanding that the 870 does not secure it's firing pin like many handguns do and that an inertial primer strike and AD is possible if a round is in the chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benthic View Post
    The reason is that, it's my understanding that the 870 does not secure it's firing pin like many handguns do and that an inertial primer strike and AD is possible if a round is in the chamber.
    Yep. Most shotguns are not drop safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    I keep the mag loaded, and the barrel empty. Simple reason... a racking shotgun in the darkness is a universal sign of "GTFO"

    Any burglar with half a brain would go the other direction if they heard a racking shotgun. Thats the only reason I dont keep one in the barrel, so I CAN rack it. The sound would be deterrent enough.
    I can understand that, but I'm thinking about timing. If the guy is in my house (my apt) I want to make sure I'm ready as soon as I can be to defend myself. I see tv shows where someone is carrying a gun around unholstered looking for someone and 5 minutes into the chase decides to rack the slide. That makes 0 sense for me. I leave my chambered with the safety on. If the guy is already in my home, I don't know that he deserves a warning.
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    I didn't notice that I could pick multiple answers until after I had already voted. I picked Yes but gun is hidden. I would also like to pick the safety is on.

    I keep my shotgun under my bed, velcroed(sp?) to the frame out of sight. It has quick access and is hidden quite well.

    I used to keep the chamber empty so I could rack it, but I decided that was too nice. If I rack it, and they run, great. But if they are already in my home, with me home, they are in trouble, they made their choice.

    Pcon got to it before me, they don't deserve warning. Did they warn me that they were coming over? Not likely.
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    No, because I can rack it when needed, I fell this is safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmanluke View Post
    But if they are already in my home, with me home, they are in trouble, they made their choice.
    +1...my thoughts exactly
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    Snapcap in the chamber with the trigger pulled so it is ready to rack. My dog gets a little wound up and is likely to tip the thing over, so it makes me more comfortable to have the snapcap in the chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaserRonin View Post
    Snapcap in the chamber with the trigger pulled so it is ready to rack. My dog gets a little wound up and is likely to tip the thing over, so it makes me more comfortable to have the snapcap in the chamber.


    What is the benefit of having a snap cap in the chamber? Seems like the only thing it does is potentially confuse you about the actual state of the weapon (if you try to do a chamber check by feel, for instance).

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    Like was stated before, most shotguns aren't drop proof. If Baser's dog is a little rowdy, it seems he's just trying to protect the dog from getting shot.
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