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Home defense shotgun storage

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by snooperman, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    Where do keep your loaded home defense shotgun for easy access?
  2. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    Mine's in the Master bedroom.

    Handguns for initial response and retreat into MBR for shotgun if necessary. Handy to have it there for those "bumps" in the night after going to bed.
  3. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    In a closet in the MBR - handgun on the nightstand to get to the shotgun
  4. swampboy

    swampboy Well-Known Member

    I keep mine in the closet, but I'm worried about it when I'm not at home. I'm looking for a quick/simple solution for when I'm away. Thought I'd mount one of THESE and just throw a good padlock on when I leave the house. Any thoughts/opinions?
  5. zhyla

    zhyla Well-Known Member

    Why worry about it when you're not there? Shotguns are relatively cheap compared to the other things that thieves will make off with while you're gone. Unless you're locking down your TV, etc, while you're gone why worry about the shotgun?
  6. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

    Before I sleep, I prop up my shotgun next to my bed and place my Glock 27 in the safe. After I wake, I place the shotgun in the safe and pocket carry my Glock 27.

    I believe in having only one gun out of the safe at a time, unless I'm going to the range. California makes gun owners liable for harm caused by kids using a gun owner's gun (with some exceptions).
  7. swampboy

    swampboy Well-Known Member

    The reasons SHOULD be obvious, but I'll explain anyway. Nobody is going to use my TV to go and harm anyone else. They're also unlikely to use my TV to harm ME if I walk in on a burglary.:banghead:
  8. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

    The smallest Stack On safe for long guns is better. I don't like the idea of having guns exposed when I'm not around. I need my guns completely enclosed in a safe and hidden if possible. To come close to the set up you describe, I'd rather open the safe when I'm home and lock the safe when I'm not home.

  9. swampboy

    swampboy Well-Known Member

    jakemccoy, I thought about those, but I can hide my long guns behind hanging clothes with the rack I linked to above. The Stack-On cabinet would be impossible to hide and I don't think it's as secure as a "real" safe.
  10. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the Stack-On doesn't compare to a "real" safe. I was comparing only to the link you gave. That device would be good for keeping out children. However, a burglar is going to get through that device, or they'll get pissed and take a sledge hammer to your guns. Also, I don't like the idea of my guns being hidden only by clothes when I'm not there. A Stack-On safe will be good against children and smash-and-grab thieves.

    My personal philosophy about safes is that I'll go with either (1) a Stack-On safe bolted down or (2) an over-engineered monstrosity. I won't fool around with anything in between because it's a waste of money. An organized thief will get through a decent safe just like they'll get through a Stack-On safe. So, you have to over-engineer to surpass that problem.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2009
  11. geologist

    geologist Well-Known Member

    I keep this in compliance with Canadian law, hanging in our bedroom closet, combination trigger locked, unloaded. The ammo is kept in a separate digital keypad safe beside the SG.

  12. 22LRFan

    22LRFan Well-Known Member

    I'm not a fan of the locking rifle rack. Padlocks can be picked pretty quickly. But a safe is going to require some prying with a crowbar. You can bolt down a safe in the corner/side of a closet where prying becomes more complicated for a potential thief.

    As for easy access, I'm pretty sure you can get hangers that hook to the side of a bed. I think I would put it on the side of a bed that is against a wall (if possible). Something like this: http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/bedmounted_shotguns_7779.asp.
  13. swampboy

    swampboy Well-Known Member

    geologist, is the safety removed from that gun?
  14. geologist

    geologist Well-Known Member

    Yes, I lost the ball bearing and haven't replaced it so I'm running it without a safety. I will eventually replace it.
  15. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Beeeeeecause...we don't want firearms getting into the wrong hands?

    All guns need to be LOCKED UP when not in use or the potential for use is evident.
  16. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    Carry pistols are locked up loaded when I come home. The shotgun stays next to the bed, full mag, cocked & locked with an empty chamber. My kids are 8 & 11, and they are well trained to not touch without permission. I know this is controversial, but I do not lock up the drano, plug electrical outlets, or hide the lighters or car keys either. Neither did my folks.

    My kids know they can handle these weapons whenever they ask, and they must recite the four rules EVERY TIME. They must also render the UNLOADED gun safe AGAIN, even though I did it in front of them before handing it to them. We make a game out of it, but we keep it serious as well. We were trained; our kids can be trained.

    When they have friends over, I lock everything up.
  17. withdrawn34

    withdrawn34 Member.

    Something like a Mossberg Loc-Box would be ideal, but I'm not sure they make them anymore. You can still buy limited stock from some places, but it's at least $40 everywhere I look.

    The thing I have with those locking racks is that while convenient, they don't offer any protection on the action. While it may not be a concern if you don't have kids in the house, I'd still rather have something that can't be fired while still locked to the wall. The Loc Box has a little arm that goes in the ejection port so that the action cannot be fully closed.

    With as many people who keep a shotgun in the closet but still want quick access to it, I'm surprised more people haven't come out with cheaper and more available loc-box type alternatives.
  18. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

  19. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member


    I just noticed that shotgun rack doesn't secure the action. That's a definite deal breaker for me. If you want to lock the action, you have to add a trigger lock or something similar. Realistically, I wouldn't unlock the rack and the trigger lock every time I came back inside the house, nor vice versa.

    I'm almost certain I've seen a shotgun rack somewhere that does secure the action, but I can't find it. Maybe someone will come along here to post it.
  20. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Well-Known Member

    My defensive shotgun sits between my nightstand and bed. Can't miss it if I'm looking for it in the middle of the night!

    Personally, I don't leave the gun out when I'm out-of-town overnight, but I don't usually put it away on a daily basis. Some folks are critical of this, stating that "all guns need to be locked up at all times". Of course, my gun is still locked up... It is inside of my locked house! Obviously I don't want my guns to fall into the wrong hands, but it is rare for my home to be unoccupied for more than a few hours on any given day. So, I take the risk of leaving this one gun out of the safe (btw, my safe is really a cabinet anyway), and I usually conceal it in the bedding when I leave home.

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