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To be or not to be locked and loaded.

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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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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INccwchris View Post
    even with a child in the house, i would keep the gun loaded and in a drawer by my bed, the kid is not gonna come snooping through at night without opening a door and i would hear that and wake up. You would be surprised at how easily awoken a parent is.
    - I'm also a light sleeper, but I'm not going to take chances with my children. It's bad enough that they sneak into my bed and the middle of the night.

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    Never leave an unattended firearm in a childs reach, however when your in the room, it is safe. At least in my opinion
    - I put my guns inside of a GunVault. The risk is much greater that the child may harm themselves with a gun than I will need to have immediate access to my guns. Both my daughters (6 and 2.5) know not to touch my guns or knives, which is great, but there's no way I'm going to trust them. They steal candy from drawers and do all kinds of other sneaky things.

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    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.

    Be careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattInFla View Post
    Having a round chambered won't harm anything in the gun. The only spring which is effected by a chambered round is the extractor spring, and it will be just fine.

    More to the point, assuming that you'll have both hands available to cycle the slide if you need the gun is not always a safe assumption.....Matt


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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 :)

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    My bedside gun always has a round in the chamber. Like others, I keep it inside of a Gun Vault...
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    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.

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    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.
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    Always have my pistols chambered. My 870 I have loaded up but not chambered.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Oh yeah I'm a flashlight nut too. LOL

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