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Shotguns in the house....
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Cindi    Posted 08-19-2003 at 06:27:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doug's post made me wonder how many people keep guns out in the open in their homes. Out where we live a shotgun is kept by the door in case it's needed quickly, but is not loaded. It is loaded when needed and if the shell is not spent, it is unliaded before it is brought back inside. Now there are actually two leaning up by the door as Jake has been polishing on the one that was given to me.

Right now I am out of .410 shells, but if I had any they would be in the box on top of the tv. Pointless to keep the gun out and lock the shells up. The girls don't touch the guns for any reason. Jake, Fred or I will load the .410 and use it if the need presents itself which is not very often. How many hold with the theory that guns should not be in the house unless under lock and key? We have other guns that are locked up, pistol, etc, but the shotgun is never locked up.

Chuck    Posted 08-19-2003 at 16:01:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Right on Mutt,IMHO a gun is a tool,needs to be loaded otherwise it's just a pry bar.
we are locked & loaded 24/7 just in case.
Also live way out in the boonies

BOSS    Posted 08-19-2003 at 14:02:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ours is the last house anybody would want to sneak into. Besides our Komondor that sleeps at the top of the stairs, my 100 lb. lab sleeps at the bottom of our bed. We have my wifes loaded 9mm. Glock next to her, I have my SW 45 cal. loaded next to me and a 357 loaded in my office. No rifles or shotguns loaded.

We have one little girl that knows that if she EVER touches one of our guns.................

I was brought up in the same "gun owning" kind of household. We never had any problems.


ret    Posted 08-19-2003 at 14:07:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
where do you live anyway and why all the firepower?

STEVEN H    Posted 08-19-2003 at 14:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
what you mean why all the firepower? he has listed only 3 handguns and a .45 smith an weston sure is not big when put next to a good desert eagle.50 now there is a piece.

ret    Posted 08-19-2003 at 15:12:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah, he said three handguns. Is he going to fight a war? If I didn't feel safe I wouldn't live there. Don't get me wrong, I am armed too, and maybe he lives really out in the boonies. That loony Weaver was armed too, look what happened to him

Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 17:33:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Different guns for different uses. My Mini-14 is for fast shooting close range (100 yrds), the M1-M14 is for slower shooting long range out to 1,000 yards with the 3-12 power range finding scope, the 10/22 is for 50 yard+ shooting of little things and plinking, the Ruger SP101 38 with +P Hydro Shocks that is for close range, 12 gauge is for close stopping power of just about anything. The reason I have a lot of 20 and 30 round mags is for plinking and not having to load up if I want to shoot say 350 rounds in a few minuits for some real fun blasting away. You should try it some day you would like it. I do not havwe a criminal record and have been around firearms all my life and enjoy them. Since I stopped hunting I sold a lot of them and only have 5 of them now. Would like to get a .50 cal Barrett Semi-Auto to finish my collection but it runs around 5,000.00 to get so it is only a dream. Also the Wife and Daughter knows how to shoot so I need a few so each one can have one to plink with. Mark H.

IBM WWII GI Issue M1-Carb    Posted 08-19-2003 at 17:59:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
No better deterent with a 30 rd mag...

Coyotes fear me (Cuz I miss alot) ;-)

And no better fish-gun was ever made...


Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 18:57:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I put a 30 round Mag in my M1/M-14 the .308 cal will rip up a Lake or make a Coyote never want to come back too. Love shooting into water and seeing the holes it makes in the water. Fun to skip them at a long distance that way you can see them hit. Blown a few holes in some plate steel and concrete blocks befor. I love to find a old car parked and make it look like a Bonney and Clyde one if it has allready been shot up. Don't shoot at targets much except to sight it in. I want to see some thing blow up for my money I spent on the rounds. Mark H.

STEVEN H    Posted 08-19-2003 at 11:55:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here we have most shotguns loaded and a few rifles too. we dont have any gun locks on guns. we use to. we dont have any ammo locked up. and at least one pistol is loaded. we have quite the varment and predator problem here, we had so many coyotes and fox that we have most screens out of the windows. with out haveing to do more than find the little buggers with the night scope and open a window we get rid of a lot more, rather than haveing to get a light, walk out the doar and shine around. we also use to have a problem with %^&23 nieghbors and vandals and even one person would poson cows. once we had a few foxes show up around midnight and latter and we would open up the gates on them, we stoped haveing problems. the nieghbors think we are nuts maybe?
but funny we have not had one trespasser, vandal or cow killer. imagine that ;-)

LH    Posted 08-19-2003 at 11:23:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
None of my long guns are loaded, but the shells are right by them should they be needed. My handguns are all loaded and kept where I can get to em in a hurry if need be.

buck    Posted 08-19-2003 at 10:28:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

got to tell this on the power of the 410. Seems someone keeps one handy so this old pesky groundhog keeps getting braver and braver. One afternoon he ventures to about 50 feet of the back porch and just sits up chewing on something. The trusty 410 is called to duty but the groundhog continues to munch away and seems to smile and offer the single finger salute. I all but busted a gut laughing but later dropped by a nice single 12G just in case.

ATW/WA    Posted 08-19-2003 at 10:27:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live alone so there is no dange of family members aquiring a firearm left out. However I have had a couple of pistols disappear, there are now several neighbors no longer welcome in my house.
But I do keep several loaded pistols, rifles and shotguns ready and available. I do recommend to my friends who have children to keep their firearms locked up. I do have a large gun safe and hold firearms for some friends, and many of my own in it.

I also have a conceal carry permit, and I do carry about 99.999% of the time. I hope I never have to use a weapon in self defense, but I would hate to be without should the need arise.


mutt    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:35:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
keep all my guns in the cabnet unloaded, except the winchester 97 12 bore, it sits loaded, 5 in the mag. one in the chamber, just inside the back door. a replica 1860 colt 44 cap and ball full house loaded, hangs in the holster from my bed post. some ammo is locked up, some aint. a gun thats not loaded and ready is only a club. course mabys thats all you would need.

Sven    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:11:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Out of sight but not locked up, haven't had them out in several years but I know they are there if I ever need them.

Sven    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:08:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Out of sight but not locked up, haven't had them out in several years but I know they are there if I ever need them.

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-19-2003 at 08:18:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 8 long guns and 2 pistols in my house. One is a 12 ga. autoloader. All have trigger locks and are unloaded. I live next to an elementary school. I step off my property and am on school property. I am seriously considering buying a metal gun safe. Too mnay kids, too close. These are different times.

Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 08:08:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have one there but it is not in view but easy to get to fast. It is loaded but not one in the chamber, 6-3 inch Magnume slug/00Buck Staggerd in the Magazine Tube. Does not take long to slide the action on it and the sound behind the door helps too if need be. I use it for large dangerous game animals and I want good stopping power, not getting them mad power. Mark H.

GusandEdie    Posted 08-19-2003 at 11:02:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Willy, what type of dangerous critters you got around there?

Willy-N    Posted 08-19-2003 at 12:18:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
1,800+ lb Bulls, Cougars and Bears. All 3 can do some serious damage if mad, injured or cornerd. There are some 2 legged ones but never realy been botherd by them. With our Dogs and Livestock you never know what might come up including walking around the place. Chased off a Bear and one Bull so far with the noise alone. Mark H.

rhouston    Posted 08-19-2003 at 08:03:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't keep them buy the door as the kids are at that age where something could happen. Most of my ammo is locked up in the basement. The guns themselves are not locked but are kept in my bedroom. Both boys (maybe Chloe when she is a little older) are learning to shoot. When I was growing up my stepfather kept a pistol by the bed and a 22 inside the door to the upstairs. I was allowed to shoot from my bedroom window.

As a side note the son of a friend's girlfriend took a pistol from his cabinet. He and the neighbor boy took ammo from another cabinet. They then proceeded onto the side hill where they were fumbling trying to load it. Well it went off striking the neighbor boy. Guess who was charged with "endangering the welfare of a child" ?? The gun owner!!!! nothing was done to the kids (13&14 year olds). He has taken the charges up through the courts but has not been acquitted or had them dismissed. Something just isn't right about that

sHan    Posted 08-19-2003 at 06:40:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
whats the point to having it if its not loaded and out where you can get to it???? who wants to fumble around at 3am tryin to find and load shells in a gun before you can use it??? and what u gonna shoot with a 410? stray cats? get areal gun like a 12ga pump or somthing./..have a good 1 shan

Bandit    Posted 08-19-2003 at 14:08:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
a .410 has the same muzzle velocity as a .44 magnum, and it won't over penetrate your target. A nice home defence weapon.

GusandEdie    Posted 08-19-2003 at 06:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a real gun? I bet that .410 would make you stop and think. With the correct ammo you can do what needs to be done.

sHan    Posted 08-19-2003 at 07:00:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
it was a joke to bug cindi...what i do best :)

Cindi    Posted 08-19-2003 at 06:59:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Usually the noise is enough for stray dogs, etc., but if you have to pepper the behind of an intruder, they will like as not, never come back. With a slug in it, coming back is not an option.

sHan    Posted 08-19-2003 at 07:01:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
its about time you wake up.......

Cindi    Posted 08-19-2003 at 07:04:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whatchu talkin' about I've been up since six....!

sHan    Posted 08-19-2003 at 07:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK arnold..he he didnt get up today till 7am but drove a little over a 1000 mi since sun morning didnt get here till 12:30 this morn..just givin ya a hard time..see ya later got to get a nother load ready to go.............

olga serna    Posted 02-23-2005 at 19:00:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
live safe

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