How do you keep your home defense shotgun?

How do you keep your home defense shotgun?

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    22 30.99%
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    How do you keep your home defense shotgun?

    Mine is in condition 1 with 5 rounds of 00B
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    Since the shotgun isn't my first go to weapon I don't keep it in condition 1.
    Handgun w/weapon light next to bed is always in condition 1.

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    Condition one with five rounds of #1 buckshot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Cruiser ready.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=crui...XkAZsagzFYAAAA
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    I keep my pump unloaded so I can one-hand rack it to scare any bad guys. I keep my movie quotes loaded in my mouth, ready to use, to follow up the badass display.
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    Cruiser ready. Flashlight attached. #4 Buck.
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    Magazine loaded, chamber empty. #1 Buck.
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    Most long guns arenít drop safe. Chamber empty until you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Most long guns arenít drop safe. Chamber empty until you need it.
    ^^^THIS My home defense shotgun is an old Winchester 1300 Defender that is so smooth and slick that you can load a round in the chamber with hardly a sound. It isn't safe to keep it with a round in because it has no firing pin block - as is the design of almost all shotguns.

    #1 Buck and a flashlight.
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    Ok, guys. I'm new to shotguns and I keep mine loaded with one in the chamber. Is this unsafe??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusive Man View Post
    Ok, guys. I'm new to shotguns and I keep mine loaded with one in the chamber. Is this unsafe??
    Well, it's probably not drop safe. Most shotguns don't have a firing pin block as mentioned above. Many hunters have been killed or injured by their own shotguns falling over while crossing a fence or leaning it up against a tree.

    Look up "cruiser ready" for more detailed info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusive Man View Post
    Ok, guys. I'm new to shotguns and I keep mine loaded with one in the chamber. Is this unsafe??
    I consider condition one (loaded, one in the chamber, safety on) safe for me for my shotgun that is stored in my bedroom closet. It may or may not be for you.

    My HD shotgun is a Remington 870 12 gauge with an 18" cylinder choked barrel with bead front sight. It doesn't have an extended mag tube and has a standard smooth walnut stock. It was commonly referred to as a Police model. It is loaded with 5 rounds of #4 buckshot and has an additional five rounds in a butt stock web carrier.
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    Thank you for that. I just read a Lucky Gunner article on keeping a shotgun cruiser ready. I just took the round out of the chamber. The only thing I don't really understand from the article is keeping the tube downloaded by one round (but I'll do as the article suggested).
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