I have a Mossy 500, and keep the Tube full, and Chamber empty hammer down. It stays in the corner near me. This was the way we kept the Shotgun in the patrol car. I know that some people believe that you should keep a shotgun that way. Because a bad guy would piss his pants and leave when he heard you Rack the 12ga. I'm not a believer in that. I do believe that he would if he could see a Full Size Rotty coming with the sound of Mossy Racking. Other than that I just feel better without a round in chamber.