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Displaying handguns in the home?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Saakee, Jan 5, 2013.

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  1. Saakee

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    All right, so when Longarms are displayed they're sometimes hung on hooks or racks or deer heads or in glass fronted gun cabinets but how does one display a handgun aside from in a shadow box or those magwell stands? I don't have a display worthy sidearm but it's been on my mind for the past few weeks.
     
  2. bannockburn

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    Well you could Google "handgun display cabinets" to get some ideas as to how it can be done, including some companies that make brackets and holders if you didn't want to go the cabinet route.

    Personally I'm not into openly displaying firearms in my home, but I could see having something like a small display cabinet in a private area, like a den or an office, of the house.
     
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    While my Dan Wesson is out of action (looking for a new cylinder-stop spring) it's hanging on my bedroom wall.
     
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    My FIL uses small, stubby wood pegs. One under the barrel, and one in the trigger guard, behind the trigger. Hardly noticeable, and looks good.
     
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    Try ridgebackracks.com. Can display and be secure as well. I have for my long guns, but also make for handguns
     
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    Walls are for oil paintings while gun safes are for guns.
     
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    If you're going to display handguns (or any guns, for that matter) in the home, you need to have really good perimeter security, and really good screening of who comes in. Short of turning your home into a fortress, keep the guns out of sight. Sorry, but I'm paranoid about this. The only guns on open view in my house are two original flintlocks (and not particularly valuable ones at that).
     
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    I had to give up one level of a book case but sure do like the results.

    I walk the whole rack to the safe when we're away.
     

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  11. Jim K

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    Your home is not the Smithsonian; keep the guns out of sight! That does not mean at least one cannot be very handy, just that guns be out of view of the casual visitor.

    There have been several cases in which a meter reader, telephone repairman, or plumber saw a gun in a home and panicked. At best the police come and harass the home owner; at worst, an anti-gun mayor like Bloomberg orders the SWAT team to riddle the house with bullets and kill everyone inside, just for the fun of it.

    Keep the guns out of sight.

    Jim
     
  12. Girodin

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    I'd be MUCH more worried about it being stolen. So long as you are not a restricted person, nor displaying a gun that is patently illegal there is no grounds for the police to come harass you. My guess is in most locals the police have much better things to do than to check up on a report of a, most likely, legally owned gun that was simply sitting in a display case in someones home. Typically, cops investigate reports of crime, not legal activity. They may come out for something that is ambiguous. If they knock on the door you can simply ask them to leave without so much as opening the door. They would be so far from probable cause, seeing as guns are legal to own and have in one's home, it is hard to over state it.

    Police: Knock, knock

    Home Owner: *through closed door* Who is it?

    Police: It's the police, may we have a word with you?

    HO: Do you have a warrant?

    Police: No, you are not in trouble or anything; we just want to talk to you for a minute

    HO: Am I free to leave?

    Police: Yes, but we just need to speak to you? i[Note if the say no they have seized you in violation of the 4th amendment.

    HO: No thank you. Please leave. Good day.

    I can deal with such "harassment." Much beyond that becomes a 4th amendment violation that be be dealt with more aggressively through proper legal channels by the home owner.

    Citation? Result of this panic?
     
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    Firstly, nobody should be able to peek into a window or door of your home and see anything. Secondly, it's your house, display your guns if you want to. I'm sorry but I have to disagree with the Chicken Littles and safety police, as usual. A firearm is not unlike any other object. Display it if you like, it's your business. My house was broken into 18 months ago and everything that would fit through the busted window was carried away but it was a new house and I had yet to move my guns into it. However, I refuse to give in to this level of paranoia.

    Been wanting to do a Civil War/Old West shadow box that will hang in my office.
     
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    If I attached the pic correctly this is a phelps 45-70 revolver in my study.
    The display box I found online. It had to be tweaked a little, it wasn't designed
    For that size gun. The rounds in front of it are a 45-70 and a 44mag.

    Sorry it got turned sideways.
     

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    I remember being in a house where several black powder revolvers were on display. One was just on a stand in a glass curio cabinet alongside other non-gun knick knacks. Not a bad effect.

    The other two were more conspicuous - out on coffee tables or something, and I didn't like that as much. They were all repro guns that hadn't been fired much, if any, so they were all pretty clean.
     
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    Actually it is in several respects. It is a lot like my power tools. They have a lot of utility and there is nothing inherently bad about them. However, the can cause harm in the wrong hands and are an item thieves seems to be attracted to. I don't like people seeing exactly where they are kept. I don't want kids getting a hold of them.

    So, your guns weren't stolen but for the fact you hadn't moved them in yet but you think folks that are worried their guns could be stolen are paranoid. Break ins sadly are not that uncommon. I had a break in, my guns were in a safe and as such I still have them all. If they weren't in the safe they would have certainly gone the way of my snowboard and TV, which I never saw again.

    The fact is many folks have a valuable enough gun collection that not getting a safe is just folly. Having a gun safe saved me many times its value. And that is to say nothing of sentimental value of a number of those guns.

    Being worried their could be a break in and taking measures against it is pretty far from paranoia. Statistically it is much more likely than say being a victim of a crime where you could use your gun for self defense, but how many of us carry. I guess you believe that is senseless paranoia as well.

    It may not apply to all of use, but in a number of states have child access prevention laws that may need to be accounted for.
     
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    The black powder community has display stands made for revolvers. You can get them from cabelas, midwayusa, possibleshop, jedediah-starr, etc.
     
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    Altering your life for fear of something statistically insignificant is what I have a problem with. And yes, I have $50,000 invested in my collection but I'll be damned if I'm going to let the criminal element dictate how I live my life. Yes, a safe is a good idea but do you put every single thing you own in a safe? No. Do you put your kitchen knives in a safe? No. Like I said, it is your own business. If you want to display your guns, do it. Any adult who is not a half wit knows the risks involved if there is a break-in. You run the risk of dying every time you get up in the morning and drive to work but you still go, correct?

    Not everybody has kids running around to be concerned with. Some folks just can't see past their own noses.
     
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    I aint skeered!

    As a matter of fact - it most certainly is. My very own tiny little museum with items which might otherwise be hidden away and not enjoyed as they are now.

    Aye gawd! It just occurred to me looking at the photos that I even have ammo displayed with some of the firearms. Not to worry Y'all. Zero and I mean Zeeero kids' access to my blasters.
     

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    You've got some good books too! ;)
     
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    Pretty soon gun owners with unsecured guns left at home will be held liable if they're stolen. If guns were left on display or nightstand drawer they will no longer be able to own firearms legally. You have to remember most guns in hands of criminals were once owned by those who could buy them legally.
     
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    Oh yeah, that is just soooo crazy. I'm glad I don't take the time to buckle seat belt. Having health insurance, to say nothing of paying for that life insurance, or malpractice insurance, is just stupid. Why alter my life by missing out on that money for statistically remote possibilities. When I do wood or metal work, I don't bother to put on safety glasses. I refuse to let some unlikely event dictate how I live my life.

    Just a question do you carry a gun?

    How statistically insignificant is it if you actually experienced it already? I don't live in a bad neighborhood (actually home burglars often operate in affluent ones) and had a two break ins. I'm pretty sure one was the neighbors drug addict kid, they were great people and good friends BTW (I'm intimately familiar with a similar case where the drug addict kid did a hot burglary of family friends, the friends stumbled across him and he murdered one of them, beat her to death with a bat actually). Between having an alarm and a safe it greatly mitigated losses.

    And some folks seem to lack very, very basic reading comprehension. Or, perhaps, they are just so focused on taking a shot at someone they ignore what was actually written. You will note I specifically typed:

    I can see how you thought I was saying it was applicable to you and every other person and that I cannot see past my own nose. And of course you are making some big assumptions, as I never said whether I have kids or not.

    Obviously not. This argument is of course a false dichotomy, the big fat phony either or. Because I don't lock up everything doesn't mean it is a better idea to not lock up anything. My safe isn't as secure as my safety deposit box, and I don't keep everything in one of those. I can tell you if I get a kitchen knife that is worth $10k+ I'll likely start. I can also tell you that in no home burglary I am familiar with did the thieves take the kitchen knives.

    If you don't want to lock up your guns, that is your prerogative. However, what I take exception to is your suggestion that people that are concerned with burglary, or other forms of unauthorized access, and thus keep theirs in a safe are some how operating based on paranoia.

    Yeah (well actually, I don't have to go to work everyday, some folks cannot see past their own nose, but lest's say agruendo that I do), but I wear a seat belt, have a car with airbags all over it, try my best to drive prudently and defensively. I also carry insurance in case of a wreck or my untimely death. So in other words while I cannot eliminate all risk, I take the prudent steps to mitigate risk in ways that I can. Once again we see it is not really an either or. Furthermore, your analogy breaks down badly because the consequences of not working or alternately stated the utility of going to work. The harm of not going vastly outweighs the relative risk of death in traveling to work. The same cannot be said for leaving guns out and unsecured.

    In sum, what you have failed to realize is that it is not a matter of paranoia, or letting others dictate one's life. Rather it is cold hard basic risk assessment.
     
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    The point is that it is not criminally insane to NOT lock up your guns at all times. You're taking offense just as you are being offensive. The point is that one may 'choose' not to subscribe to the paranoid belief that having guns not locked in a safe will make you more likely to be a victim. No, I don't think you're paranoid to lock all your guns in a safe at all times but at the same time, not everybody who chooses not to is a naive fool. Pot, meet kettle. It is a personal choice and neither is right or wrong.


    Yeah? When they broke into ours they took bedding, dishes, pillow cases, towels, everything they could carry through the broken window. Had they not opened the door to the garage and set off the alarm, they would've taken all the copper out of the house and A/C unit.


    I make no assumptions. All I do is respond to the words on the screen. I work from home so I guess I can't see past my own nose either. :rolleyes:


    It is to me. Sorry but when I read posts #8 and #11, that impresses upon me as being VERY paranoid. I apologize for not being one that sits around worrying about things I cannot do anything about.


    You sure are getting defensive. I'd suggest taking a chill pill before you hurt yourself. Nobody spit on your dog or said anything about your momma so there's no reason to get bent outta shape. So you can stuff the cheap comments about reading comprehension and perspective.
     
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    Are you saying that there is a move to make it felony to leave your gun ready to go in the nightstand?
     
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    That is not a paranoid belief. It is very nearly a truism. A gun in safe is harder to steal than a gun that is not. Furthermore, "advertising" what you have makes it more likely to be stolen. Anyone involved in law enforcement or security will tell you that.

    I will say I think post #11 and the part about police is a little out there and not based in reality.

    Well, that's just the thing, you could very easily do something about a lot of those things. You could, oh I don't know, have a safe. A decent alarm system helps a lot too. I don't sit around and worry about such things either, but I do take easy, responsible, steps to mitigate risk. Its actually a little hard for me to understand why someone would willfully refuse to do so.

    Not really. I stated in general terms that CAP laws may need to be accounted for, but noted it might not apply to all of us and you accused me of having a myopic view of things. I'm not sure how that was responding to the words on the screen at all. I do find it interesting that when I "spoke" back to you the same way you thought it was offensive, how ironic.

    Do what you think is prudent, and situations and risks vary, but don't expect not to get a little push back from folks when you call them paranoid for suggesting a gun would be more secure in a safe.
     
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