I have a question on home defense shotguns. What is the etiquette on keeping my shotgun loaded in the house? What is the point of having one if I have to take off the trigger lock and load it and hope that the home intruder is slower than I am?
Q: I have a question on home defense shotguns. What is the etiquette on keeping my shotgun loaded in the house? What is the point of having one if I have to take off the trigger lock and load it and hope that the home intruder is slower than I am?
Answer from Bushi357:
Here’s my take on this. Storing HD guns at home is a touchy subject. There are many mitigating factors such as small children, wives that don’t like guns, small apartments, etc. SO, I say this- If you need to use it, your gun (of what ever kind) should be ready to shoot without more than one action before bringing it up to your sights and pulling the trigger. That means one safety, or one slide rack, whatever, before you ate ready you fire. My AR is loaded. 30 rounds, including one in the pipe, with the safety on. At night, the gun safe next to my bed is unlocked. If I need it, I open the door, and the gun is ready to rock, I take the safety off as I present it, like I learned in SOI & SSF schools.
I’m not a believer in trigger locks, unless you don’t have a safe, and you do have small kids in your house often. They are not what you want on a HD weapon on any kind.
In closing- If your HD gun of choice is a Shot Gun (please never say ‘shotty’), then load it to capacity, put the safety on, and keep it near. Put it in the safe/ safe place during the day. If you don’t have a safe, but you do have kids around, either unload it, or trigger lock it during the day. But when you go to bed, or when you come home- it should only require one action to make ready.
That’s my say. I’m a former Military type. Not a cop. I have grown children, so my sensibilities are not those of a parent of small kids. I will hope that a parent of small kids can answer here as well.
Good luck. I hope this helped.