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Do you keep more than 1 HD shotgun loaded?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Z71bill, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Z71bill

    Z71bill

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    I have 5 shotguns - but only keep one - my 870 18.5" barrel loaded (0 buckshot) for HD duty.

    I am planning to keep my wife's 20 gauge semi auto loaded up with some #3 buckshot. That way if we do have a situation I could at least hand her the 20 gauge and not have to worry about loading it up.

    Seems like a no brainer --

    This got me thinking -

    Should I keep an extra shotgun ready for use?

    I could load up one of my Winchester 12 gauge pumps that are set up more for hunting with some slugs or 000 buckshot.

    Easier to grab a second gun than fumble a reload?

    Or

    Am I better off with the keep it simple method - have one shotgun to go to - no need to think about it - I reload all the time - and have extra shells on the gun.

    BTW - I have a few pistols and an AK ready (empty chamber multiple full mags) if the need comes up - I am really just talking about shotguns.
     
  2. kimo

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    All my weapons are loaded. I think its dumb to have unloaded weapons. Don't touch that weapon, its unloaded!
     

  3. smitters

    smitters Love MY 35!!!!!

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    I agree with kimo...an unloaded gun is just a club. I don't want a few baseball bats and hammers laying around when I need a loaded gun. All mine are loaded and ready to serve their function in life as a "firearm," not club. And no I don't have kids, but when I do they will learn the importance of guns and gun safety. Kinda pisses me off when people tell me that's dangerous all those loaded guns. I just say don't touch the f...ing trigger and it will lay there contently forever and not kill anyone.
     
  4. Z71bill

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    So if you had 25-30 guns you would keep them all loaded?

    I don't see a need - in a way the fact that I have 9 (soon to be 10) guns loaded seems almost borderline CRAZY GUN GUY! At least it would to many folks. :wow::shocked:
     
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  5. blackwater P226

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    Only if you are paranoid,,,,,ONE is enough
     
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    I take it you like mossberg 500 s. I only keep one of my shotguns loaded
     
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  7. smitters

    smitters Love MY 35!!!!!

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    Yeah I kinda like Mossbergs...I do agree with the idea that too many could seem paranoid. I didn't go that far into my little rant lol. I must be paranoid becuase I have a loaded gun in every room of my apartment. All my handguns on display on my dresser, loaded:), a shotgun in the living room, a shotgun in the dining/ kitchen area and a handgun on the back of my toilet. I guess after having carried a gun full time for the last 5 years I get used to having one around. That and I don't ever want to get caught without one, especially in my own house. That is my castle and I win all battles there...maybe paranoid is correct.
     
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  8. smitters

    smitters Love MY 35!!!!!

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    Z71...I really don't mind being the crazy gun guy...makes me feel special lmao!!!!!!!
     
  9. Z71bill

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    It does sort of sneak up on you - :dunno:


    Start off with one HD gun (in my case a 12 gauge I used for hunting)- then over time add a few more.

    Live through a hurricane or two - makes a guy think about HD in a whole new way. :shocked:

    Getting a CHL "forces" :upeyes: you into a pistol - then another and another and then

    Add a carbine and a couple of rifles - and a few more guns just because you WANT them and then extra mags and a few cases of ammo and all of a sudden = CRAZY GUN GUY!
     
  10. robinsok

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    No offense, but how does leaving a loaded shotgun in the living room and in the kitchen area help you win "all battles"? Seems to me that a loaded gun in any other area than where you are sleeping at night seems like it would give you a lot better chances of being shot with it if someone came in. I figure if you want a gun available at every second, carry one. I wouldn't leave loaded shotguns laying all over the house for an intruder to grab.
     
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    I only have one 870 loaded. But it's backed up by my G23 and a KelTec sub2000 that uses the same mags as the 23. If 10rds of buckshot and 78rds of .40 aren't enough, we're just SOL.

    Mike
     
  12. Truckee

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    ^^ My first thought when I read the OP.
    A well hidden HG in the basement is one thing. Stashing difficult to hide SGs all over the house is an invitation to be shot IMO.
     
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    +2 E-V-E-R-Y firearm I own is loaded.
     
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    Yes.

    I keep my Mossy SPX 930 (primary) at the bedside loaded with #1 buck and my Mossy 500A (backup) in a footchest loaded with low-recoil 00 buck. I also have my G34 within arms reach at all times as my fighting tool to make it to one of my shotguns.
     
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  15. Z71bill

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    Even your .22 caliber stuff?
     
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    nothing wrong with being prepared, your good for the Suarez 2-second rule. :supergrin:
     
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    Yes I do. And a few pistols are kept loaded along with a couple of AR's. Screw that fumbling around with a reload crap.
     
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    2 Glocks 17/26 + 870 loaded. Everything else unloaded and in the gun safe.
     
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    We have some kamikaze squirrels around here. You never know. :supergrin:
     
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    I will only keep guns under my immediate control loaded. Loading everything in the gun vault or hiding a bunch of loaded guns all over the house seems rather counterproductive to me. So for me that means a loaded handgun of some type with me and a loaded long gun within easy access. Spare ammo for both long gun and handgun are kept with the long gun.