To be or not to be locked and loaded.

To be or not to be locked and loaded.

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    To be or not to be locked and loaded.

    Was wondering if anyone here keeps a round in the chamber in their bedside firearm (semi-auto), while its stored in your bedside safe.

    Just asking because I've been planning out my worst case scenario drills and thought about the time it'll take me to open the safe and rack my M&P40 is a bit long. So could the spring in the gun wear out if left with a chambered round for a long time?


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    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.....

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    I have one in the chamber all the time, and mine is on the bedside table, not in a safe. Of course I don't have any small children running around.
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    I do not think I am the one stop expert however carry or bed side I have one in the pipe at all times.......... I also have a loaded 12 ga in home with one in the chamber and the safety on 24/7.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerby View Post
    I do not think I am the one stop expert however carry or bed side I have one in the pipe at all times.......... I also have a loaded 12 ga in home with one in the chamber and the safety on 24/7.....
    I would like to add we have no children in the house....

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    Any firearm that might be pressed into a defensive role at any time should be ready to go as soon as you pick it up.

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    Thanks for the advise

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    Bedside safe? Psh. I sit mine on my cardboard box "nightstand" in my Crossbreed Supertuck chambered and ready to rock & roll. In the hall closet sits my Remington 870 with 6 in the tube, but not chambered. I keep it at the front of the closet and we're in and out of it enough moving stuff around that I'm not comfortable keeping it chambered. Once I get moved into an apartment in a couple months I'll probably change that and keep it chambered.
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    If no kids in the house and no special issues revolving around doing stuff while asleep, keep it with one in the chamber and not in the safe. Split seconds count during a home invasion. Give yourself a few seconds by using an alarm, and keeping dogs if possible.

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    Let me clarify so there are no confusion. I do have a young daughter living with me. So that's why I have a safe in my bedroom. Ok proceed with the advise, thanks.

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    I don't have any children in the house, so my .45 is in the nightstand when not on my person during the day. It is always locked and loaded. I also keep my Remington 870 with a full tube but none chambered under the bed.

    If I had kids, I would still keep the .45 locked and loaded, but in a safe that could be easily and rapidly opened for access. The shotty would also be kept in the safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JXONE View Post
    Was wondering if anyone here keeps a round in the chamber in their bedside firearm (semi-auto), while its stored in your bedside safe.

    Just asking because I've been planning out my worst case scenario drills and thought about the time it'll take me to open the safe and rack my M&P40 is a bit long. So could the spring in the gun wear out if left with a chambered round for a long time?
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    A spring under static stress DOES NOT DEGRADE. Only converting the spring's potential energy into kinetic energy weakens it, such cases are: pulling the trigger to release the mainspring, which in turn drops the hammer and propels the firing pin into the firing pin return spring, during which time the primer in the round ignites the powder and the bullet flies down and out of the barrel which in turn propels the slide backwards while its movement is abated by the recoil spring, after which a round is stripped from the magazine and the magazine's spring decompresses slightly to keep tension on the rounds still in the magazine. All are examples where the spring is weakened by a minute amount; however, when the spring is either under no stress or is full of static potential energy due to stretching or compression there is no degradation of the spring.

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    Have you checked the function?

    It won't hurt the gun to stay loaded...
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    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. When you get up, gun goes on your side or in a pocket of your robe. Never leave an unattended firearm in a childs reach, however when your in the room, it is safe. At least in my opinion
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