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yanges 04-06-2003 03:03 PM

home self defense
i recently purchased my first firearm [ S&W revolver ] and had a question regarding self defense at home.....

when keeping a gun at home for self defense, it seems self-defeating to keep a trigger lock or have it locked in a box somewhere.....

if the need arises, there might not be time to actually unlock and/or retrieve it in time to be of help......

with this in mind, how do you keep your firearm at home to be ready to protect yourself?

i was thinking of keeping mine in a gun rug soft case for easy accessibility or a carrying case with combo locks that i could set to easily open...

any thoughts on this would be appreciated.....

Huevos 04-06-2003 08:11 PM

Check out the Handgun quick safe at this site - http://www.agenglish.com/Handgun/cannon.html
They are around $100, sit on the nightstand next to your bed and are easily accessible in a time of need. There are other brands but this will give you an idea............Sam

Peter Loron 04-07-2003 03:29 PM

There are a number of self-defense books on the market that cover this issue...can't recall the titles offhand, and I don't have access to my library. Perhaps another forumite can chime in.

In any event, you need to balance ready access to the firearm with preventing unauthorized access. If you have untrained individuals living in the house (especially children) or have frequent guests, then you may need to have the gun in a more controlled arrangement than otherwise. Some people just carry them instead of having it at the bedside (or wherever)

The aforementioned "quick safe" can help out, a number of people seem to be happy with them. Like anything else connected with self-defense, you need to train with it to improve your chances of successfully operating it under stress.

Jim Pope 04-24-2003 07:44 AM

Quick access safes are definately the way to go. I have three positioned throughout the house to allow quick access no matter what room I'm in. I also have quick access to a 12 gauge with the idea being that if need be, the handguns will allow me to fight my way to the 12 gauge. I don't think you need to buy a book on this issue. Just think about various worse case scenarios and plan in advance. In a nutshell, be proactive not reactive.

David Blinder 04-24-2003 06:15 PM

Speed vs. controlled access is always the issue in storage. Personally, except for my carry gun, all otherguns are in vaults. My carry gun is on my person except for when I'm asleep and it then resides in a quick access pistol box. I'm of the opinion that if you truly need a gun, you need it NOW and you likely won't have time to fetch it.

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