Safe direction at home

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    Safe direction at home

    Just curious - how many people have a truly safe direction to orient the muzzle at home when clearing (i.e. a kevlar pad, sand bucket, etc)?

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    The Floor?

    No but a sand bucket would be good.
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    I live in an underground house with only one exposed wall. I guess you could say I have 5 safe directions.

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    My house is a twin, built with solid masonry on all sides. Unless I'm pointing the gun towards a window or door, if in the unlikely event a discharge should occur, a pistol round will be stopped by the exteriour wall in that direction (twin is split by a rather thick solid concrete dividing wall). Ditto with shotguns. Rifle fire might go through a brick wall, but I've yet to need to load live rounds into a rifle at home for that to really be a concern; in any case, when pulling the trigger intentionally to decock the rifle, I aim it towards the floor (solid concrete foundation/basement).
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    I live in an apartment, so pretty much every direction would be unsafe unless I do something about it. I've got a sandbag that I use for dry fire practice and taking down my Glock.

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    clearing barrel

    I'm sure there is something available commercially like the clearing barrels we used in the military. I remember them being very solid metal, and probably filled with Kevlar or something. Maybe something similar could be built homemade?

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    I have to go through some recent magazines but I do remember a product that is a Kevlar mat that you can take with you and use to aim your gun at while clearing it. I could swear it is named something like Aim Here or Point here or similar but I can't find it in google
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    I have to go through some recent magazines but I do remember a product that is a Kevlar mat that you can take with you and use to aim your gun at while clearing it. I could swear it is named something like Aim Here or Point here or similar but I can't find it in google
    It's called Safe Direction.

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    My home was built in 1910. It is built like a doggone fortress.

    The interior walls are heavy nearly 1" thick plaster over lathe interior - really odd 3.5" X 8" wall studs with "blown in" Rock Wool Insulation and then all of the outside walls are 14 to 16 inch thick hand hewn mortared stone...so I just use any outside wall.
    No problem w/ penetration through my walls.

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    I just aim at the dog.

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    I guess if I cleared my guns I could just clear it into my bed. Being a bachelor don't have a real need to have any emty guns (other than .22's and my .30-06) the rest are working guns. The 12 gauge and the zombie invasion rifles I keep with an empty chamber in a locked safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwsnydes View Post
    I just aim at the dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwsnydes View Post
    I just aim at the dog.

    I do hope that was a poor attempt at humor.

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    The floor, on a ground-floor home with crawl space. While it'll make a hole, it won't take out a neighbor. Not exactly what you were getting at, I'm sure, but there it is. No, I don't have a formal, commercially-sold, bullet-absorbing backstop or unit for firing/clearing. But, yes I treat the floor as the safe direction and clear accordingly.
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    I aim at the floor.
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