Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but of all the methods of storing a loaded HD shotgun, cruiser ready (empty chamber, hammer decocked, full magazine) seems the best option. This would require racking the slide, with the distinctive click-clack sound, to make the gun ready to fire. Some say the sound gives away your position to a potentially ruthless intruder; therefore the chamber should be kept loaded & on safe at all times. My concern is that pump shotguns are not generally drop safe. Most will spend 99% of their time idle/in storage. If the gun gets bumped, dropped, knocked over, with a live round chambered, hammer poised to fall on a firing pin that does NOT get immobilized with the safety on.....well, that would be a serious ND. Also, I wonder about the long term effect of the hammer spring being compressed for months at a time as well as other small parts under tension. It's a trade off. What say the learned, experienced minds out there? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!