Same here...I dont leave it loaded, but 2 magazines loaded sitting right next to my gun.
Originally Posted by unpecador
Not to say that there's always an answer to those types of fears, but peace of mind is cheap compared to unpreparedness.
For about $160, you can have the peace of mind required when there are children around, or for when you are away from your home if you don't carry your gun with you. I'd much rather someone have something like the picture above than try to manipulate a firearm, under duress, from unloaded to ready. The codes possible with these types of safes can be as complex as you like, or as simple as you like. Either way, if your concern is that a small child can get a hold of your weapon, there's a gigantic RED FLAG that goes off in my mind. The only gun of mine that is out of the safe, is the one I'm responsible for, either on my person, or on the table next to my bed as I sleep. If I have to go somewhere where guns aren't allowed, it's either locked in the main gun safe, or unloaded and locked to the seat frame of my car with a cable lock. If I'm down in the big city, I'll unload and remove the slide and take the mainspring with me if I can't take the gun with me as well as lock it to the seat frame.
Unattended guns are a big "no no" with me. If you aren't in possession/control of your firearm, it should be locked up. $160 is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Well I don't have any kids in the house, so that has nothing to do with why I might leave it unloaded. I was simply doing it for peace of mind when it came to wear and tear on the magazines. Once I read here that the mags are not affected by long term constant loaded condition I won't worry about that anymore.....
Originally Posted by zhurdan
I was actually swayed a little by my case that says "DO NOT LEAVE GUN LOADED IN THIS BOX" all over the place......
I have children and leaving a loaded gun out of my safe while I'm sleeping or any other time for that matter is not an option. In an emergency situation when time is usually critical and by the time I open my safe, I may have just enough time to grab my gun, point, and shoot depending on the scenario.
Originally Posted by cquence
I always have my gun ready to go, and securely stored (but quick to access). This means not only a full mag in the gun, but one in the pipe as well.
However, even if you are for some reason leaving the loaded magazine out of the gun, why would you leave an empty magazine in the gun? If you needed it in an emergency, why have to drop the empty mag first before you can load up? You essentially have to unload an empty gun before you can load it.
It's been said many times by many people, but an unloaded gun is as good as having no gun at all.
Originally Posted by cquence
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