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Poll: What percentage of you utilize an internal lock (or would if available)?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Got_Lead?, Aug 24, 2011.


Do you actively use the internal lock of your handgun, or would use if it had one?

Poll closed Sep 23, 2011.
  1. Yes

    4 vote(s)
  2. No

    177 vote(s)
  1. Got_Lead?

    Got_Lead? Well-Known Member

    Do you actively use the internal locks of your guns? Or would you use the internal lock of a gun, if you owned one with an internal lock?
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011
  2. 230therapy

    230therapy Well-Known Member

    I NEVER use them. EVER.

    The last thing I ever want to do is engage the lock and then put the gun in a holster a few days later.

    The lock is a storage device. Proper storage is in some sort of locked container. If the owner really needs to lock the gun down, a cable lock may be passed through the action.

    There is absolutely no need for an extremely wimpy lock that is easily picked on a gun.
  3. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I used to have a Taurus 85 that had a lock. When I first started to carry, I'd lock it when I left it in the car while I was at work. Eventually it got to be to much trouble so I stopped.

    I didn't care that it was there though. Still don't.
  4. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    I do not use them. Furthermore, if it is an S&W with ILS it gets removed.
  5. Dogguy

    Dogguy Well-Known Member

    I have two S&W revolvers with ILS. I've never used the locks and never intend to. If any of my other guns had an internal locking device, I would not use it.
  6. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    I own two Steyr pistols and one S&W revolver with the internal lock.

    Never used the locks in any of them.

    But to be honest I don't lock up most of my guns with external locks either ... since we don't have kids, most of my guns are loaded and distributed around the house where the wife (who doesn't CCW and is home alone all day) can get to them if needed.
  7. Tallinar

    Tallinar Well-Known Member

    I own guns that happen to have them. I will never, ever use them. I see absolutely no point.
  8. Scipio Africanus

    Scipio Africanus Well-Known Member

    I hate 'em. Will never use them--Ever!
  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Absolutely not and the only revolvers I will own that even have internal locks are Ruger single actions.
  10. JellyJar

    JellyJar Well-Known Member

    I have two guns with IlSes, ( neither a S&W revolver ) have never used either, don't intend to ever use them and can't think off hand where the keys are!

    They are not needed but at least on the ones I have aren't detrimental to the proper functioning of my weapons.
  11. MyGreenGuns

    MyGreenGuns Well-Known Member

    to OP: ??

    I'd like clarification before I vote.
    a. Would I lock the gun at night or before storing?
    b. Would I use it at all?

    I have a S&W with an internal lock. I do not use it on a regular basis, its currently unlocked and loaded on my nightstand. But I do like practicing drawing from conceal with a full weapon. I -do- lock the gun, verify lock engagement, fill the cylinder and practice.

    How should I vote?
  12. velojym

    velojym Well-Known Member

    Anything I'm not keeping loaded and ready is in my gun safe and empty.
    Besides, if I have one or two guns with an internal lock, and a few others without...
    I'd probably easily forget about it, unless I kept a checklist on the safe.

    ...might do that anyway.
  13. billybob44

    billybob44 Well-Known Member

    I -do- lock the gun, verify lock engagement, fill the cylinder and practice

    I would say that this is an example of an unsafe practice.--NEVER-NEVER-trust any type of lock with live ammo. You stated "fill the cylinder" I assumed you were suggesting to "Cow Boy" draw with LIVE ammo, not fired cases.:uhoh:
    Since this is the Revolver section, IF in fact you require a lock of some kind, it's hard to beat a good ole Master Lock over the top of the frame, with the cylinder open.;)

    IBEWBULL Well-Known Member

    I have a fire extinguisher which is unlocked. If I need it , I need it fast.
    The ones in the safe do not need to be locked.
    Safety is an attitude. I unplug tools when not in use, I do not lock them.
    I taught my kids to be safe at home and work ALWAYS.
  15. ColeK

    ColeK Well-Known Member

    I NEVER EVER use a lock!!!!!
  16. webfox

    webfox Well-Known Member

    You're probably not going to get a special key into a locked gun in the dark. The special internal locks satisfy laws, not reality or necessity.

    Internal locks are like airport security. They're there to make you feel safe when you really aren't. Actually, it's there to make people who don't understand the particulars of safety and firearms to feel better.

    If you have kids, you should probably get a gun safe, even a small one. A firearm that doesn't shoot is just a rock to throw. A safe that you can open quickly, but has a useful firearm inside is thoughtful planning.

    I live alone, but my firearms are loaded and ready to fire. When I visit, my firearm gets unloaded, with the safety on, so small hands can't do anything bad. When children visit my house, guns are locked up. Even my bedroom door has a key lock, just so that no tragedies can occur.
  17. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    The ones on the Taurus are harmless, "out of site out of mind". They have a screw that raises up stopping you from cocking the gun. When I bought my Taurus I didn't even know it was there. The Smiths are a different story (from what I've read and seen in pictures) they can internally affect the action. I never use the one on my Taurus and forget it's even there.

    I can't see how the Taurus can be construed as an "internal lock" when it is all external.
  18. Snowbandit

    Snowbandit Well-Known Member

    I have four guns with the internal locks, a Walther P-22, a Remington 572, an 870 Marine Magnum, and a S&W 340. The lock on the Smith has been removed because it's for defense and back-up. I have no idea if the locks on the rest even work, they've never been used. I think I know about where the keys are though. The locks are a stupid waste of time and money.
  19. O C

    O C Well-Known Member

    Locks might be good to have if you have kids that you can't/won't control. I got rid of the kids and got more guns.
  20. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Owned a 45 Colt NM Blackhawk - never used the lock.

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