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Old 11-30-2011, 15:46   #1
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How do you keep your semi auto HD shot gun loaded?

I will always have an Remington 870 pump action in my safe as a HD weapon -

I make sure the gun is unloaded - dry fire - then load up the mag tube - leave the safety off (fire position) and stick it in the safe.

If I ever need it - all I need to do is rack the forearm to load a round - no small buttons to push -simple easy - could do it in my sleep.

I bought a 20 gauge semi auto for my wife to shoot - decided it would be a good idea to keep it next to the 870 -

I loaded the mag tube up with #3 buckshot - left the chamber empty - safety off -

All I would need to do is rack the cocking handle - seems straight forward enough.

But I am not the type that accepts a simple solution without beating it to death.

I considered locking the cocking handle back - with the magazine cut off engaged - then all I would need to do is push the magazine cut off button and the action closes and a round is loaded.

The button is a little tight - my wife would have trouble - it is her gun.

How do you keep your semi auto HD shot gun loaded?
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Old 11-30-2011, 15:50   #2
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Chamber round, safety on
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Old 11-30-2011, 17:11   #3
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Chamber round, safety on
I don't like keeping a round in the chamber on a gun sitting in my upstairs safe.

It would be the only gun in this safe with a round chambered.

I considered doing it anyway - the gun is only a 4+1 - I put 4 in the mag and then have a loose shell laying around.

My simple rule that I have followed for years -

Gun in a holster always a round in the chamber - gun not in a holster never a round in the chamber -
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Old 11-30-2011, 17:14   #4
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20rd. Drum loaded and put on in the chamber takes a 1/2 second.
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Old 11-30-2011, 17:18   #5
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Is this a trick question?

6 rounds of #1 Buck in the tube, with 1 round of #1 Buck in the chamber. Safety on. One step away from the bed.
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Old 11-30-2011, 17:21   #6
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1200fp with one on the lifter, 6 in the mag.
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Old 11-30-2011, 17:39   #7
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What eracer said. Its a defense gun it needs to be reachable in one step and ready to rock and roll.
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Old 11-30-2011, 17:52   #8
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Loaded tube, safety off. Pull back the charging handle, release and it's ready to go. Mossberg 930 SPX.
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Old 11-30-2011, 18:43   #9
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Saiga 12, 12 round magazine loaded and inserted, bolt locked open, stock folded to the left side. All I have to do is hit the handle on the bolt and it slams shut and is ready to rock. If that gets emptied, I also have a 20 round drum sitting in the drawer of the night stand. Both the magazine and drum are loaded with Federal 2 3/4 00 Buck.

IF I need a second shotgun for some reason, I have an 870 in my safe in another room, fully loaded 6+1, safety on. Has the same shells as the Saiga.

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Old 11-30-2011, 19:34   #10
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Same as a patrol car.
Rounds in tube, chamber empty, decocked with safety on.

It's generally called "Car carry ready."
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Old 11-30-2011, 19:59   #11
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One loaded in the chamber and full mag (safety on).

Why not?
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Old 11-30-2011, 21:19   #12
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I don't want a safety on (not ready to fire) in a SD/HD shotgun.

You really want to mess around with a little-bitty button in this situation?

Why have a safety on & an empty chamber?
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Old 11-30-2011, 21:20   #13
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Loaded tube, safety off. Pull back the charging handle, release and it's ready to go. Mossberg 930 SPX.
This is how I have it right now - so far I see nothing "better"

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Old 11-30-2011, 21:22   #14
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1200fp with one on the lifter, 6 in the mag.
What is 1200fp?

What is one on the lifter?

At least I know what 6 in the mag means!

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Old 11-30-2011, 21:27   #15
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Same as a patrol car.
Rounds in tube, chamber empty, decocked with safety on.

It's generally called "Car carry ready."
I always thought it was

full mag tube - chamber empty - decocked with safety OFF = "cruiser ready"
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Old 11-30-2011, 21:45   #16
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What is 1200fp?

What is one on the lifter?

At least I know what 6 in the mag means!
He is talking about the Beretta 1200FP semi-auto shotgun. And the lifter being the shell lifter/carrier.
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Old 11-30-2011, 21:52   #17
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I will always have an Remington 870 pump action in my safe as a HD weapon -

I make sure the gun is unloaded - dry fire - then load up the mag tube - leave the safety off (fire position) and stick it in the safe.

If I ever need it - all I need to do is rack the forearm to load a round - no small buttons to push -simple easy - could do it in my sleep.

I bought a 20 gauge semi auto for my wife to shoot - decided it would be a good idea to keep it next to the 870 -

I loaded the mag tube up with #3 buckshot - left the chamber empty - safety off -

All I would need to do is rack the cocking handle - seems straight forward enough.

But I am not the type that accepts a simple solution without beating it to death.

I considered locking the cocking handle back - with the magazine cut off engaged - then all I would need to do is push the magazine cut off button and the action closes and a round is loaded.

The button is a little tight - my wife would have trouble - it is her gun.

How do you keep your semi auto HD shot gun loaded?
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Chamber round, safety on
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Old 11-30-2011, 21:53   #18
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You really want to mess around with a little-bitty button in this situation?
It's not difficult. Don't over-think it.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:22   #19
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He is talking about the Beretta 1200FP semi-auto shotgun. And the lifter being the shell lifter/carrier.
So have the action open - with a loose shell sitting just outside the chamber?

If I have it right - this would be a poor method -
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Why have the safety on?
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:38   #21
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It's not difficult. Don't over-think it.
I want to think it through before hand.

I had my alarm system go off one night around 3:00 AM

I learned a few things -

The main point I came away with - I want it simple - no small buttons to mess with.

All I needed to do was hit the action bar lock so I could rack a round into the chamber. It's not that difficult. Except that night - at 3 AM - alarm blaring - my mind still half asleep - my arm tingling from laying on it - course it didn't help that it took me 3 tries to get my safe open - it wasn't all that easy.

YMMV -

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Old 12-01-2011, 06:52   #22
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So have the action open - with a loose shell sitting just outside the chamber?

If I have it right - this would be a poor method -
No sir, action is closed, lifter is holding shell under bolt. The beretta 1200fp lets you load off the carrier. Uber fast loading and shooting.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:59   #23
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The way we trained and keep ours is with the safety on. Maybe it depends on your department.
I never had an issue remembering to turn the safety off or not being able to disengage the safety - and I'm a left handed shooter (on a rem 870 pm that is set up for a right handed person).



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I always thought it was

full mag tube - chamber empty - decocked with safety OFF = "cruiser ready"
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:59   #24
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Duty Condition. Tube full. Chamber empty, Safety on. Just like at work.
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If you have trouble with muscle memory, you aren't training enough.

You will default to your level of training. If you have none, that's what you'll default to.
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