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My kids knew better than to touch the guns without permission/supervision. Now that they're grown and gone, I can do as I please in my house.
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Do you keep air in your spare tire?
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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Not to be locked, yes to be loaded. In fact, your HD handgun should be fully loaded with one in the chamber, so as to maximize your firepower. Whether 7+1 or 17+1, that's what you'll be bringing to the game.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
No small kids in my home either. XD-9 fully loaded with one in the chamber in the chest one step from my bed.
One point. Our CC instructor suggested your "night time weapon" be a step or so from the bed so that you have to get up to get it. That gives you time to get fully alert before pointing and firring. He could recount more than one incident in which a child unexpectedly entered a bedroom in the dark startling an asleep parent. The parent grabbed the gun from the bed side table pointed and fired killing the child.
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Out of the three handguns I own, they're ALL kept +1. The USP is my HD handgun and it's +1 (de-cocked, safety off) in my night stand. My Glock 30 is my "not at work" carry gun, and it's always +1, in it's holster in my night stand beside the USP when I'm not carrying it. My Kahr, is always kept +1, holstered in my work jacket pocket. I mainly keep my carry guns +1 to reduce chances of an ND, always fiddling with chambering a round while getting dressed and it will prevent bullet setback. I keep my USP +1 because it's quieter and quicker. Though, I don't keep a chambered round in my shotgun.
No kids in my house. When there are, door is always shut with a child proof door knob. But a chambered round in the gun will not hurt it. If it did, my guns should be broken, and they're not :)
At night my .45 (15+1) is always condition 1 in a holster mounted behind the night stand. At all other times when I'm either carrying my other HD gun or in the shower it's in the gun vault. Kids don't get up at night anymore.
Mine is +1 in a SERPA holster in the nightstand. I have young kids and I have taught them not to touch our firearms without our permission. That helps, but is not 100% certain. The question is, could one of my kids walk across the room, in the dark, find my handgun, take it out of the holster, without me waking up? I just don't see it happening. And if you are so jumpy that you immediately go for the gun if something goes bump, then it may not be the best option.
What I can tell you about my setup is this. If you don't know what you are doing, you end up with the gun and the holster. The gun does not function that way. If you know what you are doing, you can hit the button on the SERPA and drag it off with the lip of the nightstand drawer. I've had to do it once when I though I might need it. Luckily I was wrong.
I prefer to live dangerously free than safely caged!
"Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun. And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son." Josh Thompson "Way Out Here"
Always have my pistols chambered. My 870 I have loaded up but not chambered.
Mine is always chambered (DA/SA Sig) but in a gun vault when the kids are at home. When its just me and the wife it out on the night stand or on me in a holster.
One on the night stand,one by the lazy boy,one in the kitchen and one in the pool room all of them ready to roll. But my kids are grown and I live in the boonies so It's not always the bad guys I'm gunning for. Here lately it's been coyotes after the chickens, in a month or two it will be jack rabbits after my green beans and come hell or high water I'm going to have something out of the garden in the freezer.
I have a few firearms scattered around the house and the one on the bedside is always loaded.Things were a bit different when the kids were little but now there gone and everything is chambered.Same goes with flaslights I have 3or4
flashlights in the house next to handguns.Sam's sells 2 flashlights called Rocky which are 6 battery that has florscent light it has two adjustments and a strobe setting for $30 is a deal.