May 29, 2017

Being Armed at Home

If you have a firearm that you will use for home defense, where is it kept? If Joe Dirtbag kicked in your front door, how long would it take you to put it into play? I believe you should be armed at home. I don’t mean a shotgun over every doorpost and a handgun in every drawer, but a firearm you are proficient with that is accessible within a matter of seconds.

I personally don’t care for the circular keys on many gun safes, they’re fine when things are normal, but when you’re under stress and the adrenaline is pumping, your fine motor skills decrease. Unless you have built finding the key and mating it to the lock into muscle memory, chances are you will not be able to do it quickly under that much pressure.


There are discrete and safe ways to be armed at home. We use the magnets to the right. They keep a handgun hidden, yet accessible. While you could, we don’t keep a firearm here full time, only when we’re in that room.

I am also a fan of the push-button handgun safes over the ones that are key entry only. It’s much easier to punch in a known code under stress then it is to find the key and mate it with the lock.

There are all kinds of creative ways to safely and discreetly keep a gun. Post here if you have any ideas.
 
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Comments

  1. CHRIS, IT SEEMS TO ME AS A MALE ITS SIMPLIER JUST TO KEEP MY SMALL .22 IN MY FRONT POCKET, WHEN I GO TO BED ITS ON THE CORNER OF THE NIGHT STAND, NO PROBLEM FINDING, NO PROBLEM OPENING THE SAFE, NO PROBLEM SOMEBODY ELSE FINDING IT. FOR LADIES THAT WEAR A DRESS ITS MORE DIFFICULT, IF THEY WEAR PANTS AND DON’T LIKE TO KEEP IT IN A POCKET HOLSTER IT. LARRY

    • Larry I think if it suits you, having it on your person is a good way to go. My only concern would be stopping power.

  2. I have several firearms in strategic locations around my house. All in push-button style gun safes. Each weapon has a full magazine and a full spare magazine that I change on a regular basis so the magazine spring doesn’t lose its elasticity. I also check to make sure the everything is functioning correctly. Finally, I also have handcuffs in case someone opts for a more peaceful resolution…

  3. CHRIS, I’VE GOT TO STAY ALIVE TO GET TO THE STOPPING POWER, I JUST WHAT SOMETHING TO GIVE ME THAT EDGE AND THEM THE LASTING IMPRESSION THAT I’M PREPARED AND GUESSING WHATS BEHIND DOOR #2. LARRY

  4. Licensed to carry a gun. I just leave it in my pocket (9mm) or in my holster (40 S&W) even when I’m home. Becomes a normal thing to always be armed. Always.

  5. The best home defense weapon Is and always will be a shotgun.
    You are awoken at 3am to someone coming down the hall, I would much rather have a 31/2″ buckshot coming at them than one 45acp. I load one 31/2 bs, followed by a 3″ slug, then 3 1/2 bs, then 3″ slug.
    My thinking is …..If you shoot down the hallway and miss the intruder will try to take cover then you shoot thru the cover with the slug, the intruder then runs you have 19 45s chasing him. The other slug is in case a monster buck is in the front yard.
    The point is when a person is awaken from a deep sleep aiming would be an issue especially if you wear glasses. So aim small and spray alot.

  6. I think for your own safety everyone should have a gun safe. I have two (got them both from maximumsecurity.com) heavy duty safes…one for smaller handguns that’s more accessible, and one that stores my collectibles and rifles. Being prepared is what it’s all about – great blog!

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