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Old 02-19-2012, 23:26   #1
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HD, kids in the house questions

What the best HD set up for a house with kids? I have an infant and a 2 year old, and until now, I have kept my 19, unchambered on a high shelf in my closet. I'm getting a handgun safe now before my 2year old gets interested in climbing... My question is this, is there anyway to keep a shotgun or AR for HD with kids in the house? I don't have one, but would like to get one, and I don't know how to keep it safe, but accessible... Should I just forget about it and stick with pistols? Any other options I'm not thinking of?
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Old 02-19-2012, 23:34   #2
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I used to keep a Mossberg full, with an empty chamber and the safety on.
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Old 02-19-2012, 23:45   #3
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What the best HD set up for a house with kids? I have an infant and a 2 year old, and until now, I have kept my 19, unchambered on a high shelf in my closet. I'm getting a handgun safe now before my 2year old gets interested in climbing... My question is this, is there anyway to keep a shotgun or AR for HD with kids in the house? I don't have one, but would like to get one, and I don't know how to keep it safe, but accessible... Should I just forget about it and stick with pistols? Any other options I'm not thinking of?
"V-Line" makes quick-access lockboxes for both rifles, shotguns & handguns. Also check "Cannon," "Amsec" & "Fort Knox." You set the combination & it takes 1-2 seconds to open. That's the only smart way to have loaded weapons safe & quickly accessible, round chambered, ready to go. Most will hold two handguns. There is room enough for a small, powerful flashlight & extra mags. More than one in different locations = even better.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:04   #4
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The previous post is absolutely correct about lock boxes and the fact that you must use them to keep your firearms secure.

However, there is much more to be discussed because the presence of kids in the house poses also tactical issues. The first is round penetration: choosing a rifle will increase the risk of an over penetrating round hitting what you wanted to protect in the first place, and for me that is a big no.




Also, there is the issue of deployment: since you can't safely ensconce yourself in your bedroom while waiting for the police you have to go block the stairs or access to the kids' bedroom. To do that, you will need to operate light switches, open doors, all things that will be very awkward with a long gun in your hands. Also, a bad guy behind a wall might have an easier time grabbing your long gun from a hiding position.


The issue of round over penetration eliminates the AR completely. Your Glock 19 is a fine handgun which will do its job well and with good Hp ammo should minimize the risk of over penetration. I would recommend a shotgun in a static scenario such as covering the entrance of your bedroom from behind cover but not when a larger area has to be secured from a dynamic position for which I think a handgun is superior.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:15   #5
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First, I'll get the disclaimer out of the way. You need a safe to store your long guns.

Now that's done...

For the AR:

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GunVault MagVault.


Depending on the size of the handgun safe you purchased, you can pull out the AR's BCG & lock it in the pistol safe.

For the Shotgun:

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GunVault BreechVault.

There's also the ShotLock. I want to get one of these soon.

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Old 02-20-2012, 07:18   #6
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I tend to go overboard on this issue and gun safety.

I lock all my guns up in my safes,then lock my safes up in my walk in closet,then i lock my bedroom door.I have a 13,4,and 2 year old and would never forgive myself if something happened them.

I know this sounds crazy,but the only gun that stays out is the one on my hip because I CARRY AT HOME.I don't like the idea of running to my guns and trying to unlock everything.

I also live in layers too, and it would be nearly impossible to get close to my house without me knowing ,so i would have plenty of time to prepare.

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Old 02-20-2012, 07:35   #7
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Pistols, Rifles and shotguns versus wall material:

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot12.htm

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot14.htm

One man's opinion:

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/edu143.htm

Lockboxes - have some.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:59   #8
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While I think having a safe to keep your guns in is an all around great idea, for both keeping your guns safe from others, and other's safe from your guns, in regards to children the number one best thing you can do is start teaching them about guns as early as you can. Kids that understand guns and the inherent dangers of them (ie: not toy) are much less likely to try to mess with them when you are not around. Taking the mystery out of guns is key to this. Introduce your kids to guns as early as possible and constantly and consistantly enforce safety rules, and you will raise responsible safe children. My $.02 anyhow!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:15   #9
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While I think having a safe to keep your guns in is an all around great idea, for both keeping your guns safe from others, and other's safe from your guns, in regards to children the number one best thing you can do is start teaching them about guns as early as you can. Kids that understand guns and the inherent dangers of them (ie: not toy) are much less likely to try to mess with them when you are not around. Taking the mystery out of guns is key to this. Introduce your kids to guns as early as possible and constantly and consistantly enforce safety rules, and you will raise responsible safe children. My $.02 anyhow!
Agreed, mine started "helping" me clean mine at about 3-4, now at 7 he's learning basic marksmanship and he can make my g36 "safe" ie drop the mag and clear the chamber!!


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The issue of round over penetration eliminates the AR completely. Your Glock 19 is a fine handgun which will do its job well and with good Hp ammo should minimize the risk of over penetration. I would recommend a shotgun in a static scenario such as covering the entrance of your bedroom from behind cover but not when a larger area has to be secured from a dynamic position for which I think a handgun is superior.

Its all about ammo selection. The 5.56 with the correct ammo will penetrate less than a 9mm through barriers like walls, but be a much more effective stopper agaisnt a threat. However, there are no free lunches here. Any round with the power to effectively stop and attacker is going to have the power to penetrate a wall or more if you miss. An AR or 12ga with the correct ammo selection is the safest bet, but one still must be mindful of what is beyond their target and do their best to make sure they hit their mark.

I do agree that if you're forced to move alone through your home, a pistol is the better option. IMO, a pistol with a mounted light is just about optimal.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:10   #11
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What the best HD set up for a house with kids? I have an infant and a 2 year old, and until now, I have kept my 19, unchambered on a high shelf in my closet. I'm getting a handgun safe now before my 2year old gets interested in climbing...
I'm partial to this one

Besides that, it offers more security than most (7Ga) if you plan on leaving a dedicated HD gun in it all the time. Whatever you get be sure to bolt it to something solid so it can't walk off.


I keep a loaded 12ga in my safe in the closet if needed.
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Old 02-20-2012, 14:58   #12
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Another approach is to load the blank for the first shot. And, perhaps, to keep the mag not fully seated. Even if the kid will manage to slap the mag in, disengage the safety, rack the round and press the trigger, firing the blank will most likely discourage further experimentation.

Rfle/pistol will still be ready. You just need to remember to slap the mag and cycle the slide/bolt twice. Same with pump shotguns and revolvers.
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Old 02-20-2012, 19:09   #13
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First, I'll get the disclaimer out of the way. You need a safe to store your long guns.

Now that's done...

For the AR:

General Firearms Forum

GunVault MagVault.


Depending on the size of the handgun safe you purchased, you can pull out the AR's BCG & lock it in the pistol safe.

For the Shotgun:

General Firearms Forum

GunVault BreechVault.

There's also the ShotLock. I want to get one of these soon.

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Shotlock with a 12 gauge and some 00 buck.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:14   #14
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I keep my 870 loaded and chambered with 000 buck...with a Remington RTL06 trigger lock. It hangs up high in the closet on a hook.

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:41   #15
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If you kept a Mossberg Crusier chamber empty but the tube full with the safety on. You would have to trip the pump action release button on the left hand side of the trigger assembly. Pump a round into the chamber and then release the safety and squeeze the trigger to fire a round off. Seems like a lot to do and it would be for a child but for an adult it's a piece of cake and can be done in approx one second. One kept high in a closet and out of the way from the little darlins with a child lock on the closet door works well. I did pretty much the same thing when my kids were small. However my kids were also taught that you never go into mommy and daddys room by yourself and we always kept the door to our room closed to keep toys that had a mind of there own out. Other than mommy and daddy being in the room, our room was a no toy zone and a very boring place for a kid to want to be by themselves.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:00   #16
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Until they are 4 or 5, just keep them out of reach when you aren't handling them. After that age, they are capable of being taught. Basic firearms safety is the BEST lesson you can teach your kids. The NRA Eddie Eagle program has excellent teaching aids.

Most accidental shootings involving children (not teenagers) occur because there is no adult present. Since when is it a good idea to leave any young child totally unattended around a firearm?

Over-penetration is a matter of ammo selection, not the firearm. I keep an AR15 carbine handy as we live out of town and get coyotes and other pests that might require a longer range shot. The little 45gr varmint rounds drop coyotes DRT, and blow up in sheetrock at close range.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:17   #17
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When my kids were younger, I did two things with SD guns that I'll share.

The first was with the shotgun, like somebody else said. Chamber empty, magazine full, safety on, stored horizontally above the inside door of a walk-in closet more than 7 feet off the ground. I kept a cloth draped over it, too, so it didn't look like a gun to casual observance.

With the Glock I kept it chamber empty, magazine full with the trigger back. Little hands don't have the strength to cycle the slide and the trigger back gives me an immediate, tactile reminder in the dark that I need to charge the weapon. That setup is probably safe enough, but I kept that pistol in a nightstand safe anyway when they were tiny.
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My parents had their guns on a rack, pistols in a drawer, and I knew better than to mess with them.

By age 7 I had a .22 and a .410 in my bedroom. An SKS and 12 gauge by 11.

I lived.

I doubt your young children could reach a high gun rack.

Keep them unloaded with ammo elsewhere if it worries you.

For pistols...the make picture frames that you can hide pistols in. Place it high enough and the kid wont get to it.

Easier access for you than a lock and it keeps it away from the kids.

Perhaps you could get your permit and carry while awake and leave it on the nightstand as you sleep.

Dont know about you guys, but I dont want to go looking for a key then fumble with a lock should I notice someone breaks in.
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I have a 2.5 year old and a 4month old, and I think about this everyday. Currently, I keep all but one of my guns locked in my reloading room unloaded. I keep a glock 17 with a streamlight next to my bed in a "gunvault". I also do not have a chambered round in the 17. I have issues with the notion that education will keep kids from investigating guns at almost any age level. I don't know how many times, when I was a kid, that a friend would show me "their dads cool gun." Additionally, I have problems with the notion of "keeping a gun out of a kids reach." My daughter, at 2, could climb and get into places that would blow my mind. Her current trick is to drag a chair or box and get things down from shelves and cabinets. I can't think of a single place (that isn't locked) that she couldn't access. I personally think there would be nothing worse that my child harming themselves with one of my firearms. It would destroy everything in my life. I would rather be less prepared for a self-defense situation then have any part in a firearm related accident with my kids.


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For those who think out of reach is OK here's another sad story from the news this morning.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02...4-fatally.html

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Police say the youngsters were in their mother's bedroom while she was in another part of the house. Police say the woman had put the handgun on top of a chest of drawers, thinking the weapon was out of the children's reach.
Police say the 4-year-old boy managed to get the gun and shoot his little brother.
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