Keeping Guns at-Hand

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

As anyone who has read my writings knows, I’m a firm believer in carrying concealed, even in the home. But I also recognize the reality that it’s not always practical to carry, all the time. I don’t strap my gun back on at night, after taking a shower. Rather, I depend on guns that I have hidden in various places around the house. I have guns hidden in my office, family room and workshop.

I realized long ago that no gun is useful if it is not readily accessible. Having a gun sitting in the night stand, if you’re sitting in the living room, watching a movie, when someone kicks your door open isn’t going to do you the least bit of good. They’re not going to wait while you excuse yourself and go back to the bedroom to get your gun. If you can’t get your hands on that gun before they get through the door, you might as well not have it.

Fortunately, there are a lot of good ways to hide guns, especially pistols, including furniture that you can buy, which has built-in hidden compartments, made just for guns. While a bit costly, these provide an excellent alternative for those of us who don’t want to keep a gun on us at all times.

But don’t just buy one of those pieces of furniture without thinking it through. How long is it going to take you to get from wherever you’re sitting to that piece of furniture, picture frame or shelf with a hidden compartment and grab your gun? If it’s more than a second or two, you’re really no better off than having that gun in the nightstand.

Ideally, you want to be able to get the gun out of that hiding place without having to get out of your seat. A coffee table, with a hidden compartment seems to meet that need rather well. Another option is to build a hiding place into the chair you typically sit in; whether that is into an arm or just attaching a holster between the seat cushion and the armrest.

Of course, children have a lot to do with what sorts of hiding places you can use. I have a distinct advantage here, as I don’t have any kids in the house. When my grandkids come to visit, I gather up the guns I have hidden in various parts of the house and lock them up, where they can’t get to them. It’s a bit of a hassle, but their safety has to come first. Once they leave, I can take the guns back out of where I have them stored and put them in their customary hiding places.

But what if you have children in the home? Then you’re limited to using storage devices which provide security. To avoid having to keep a key with you at all times, I’d recommend sticking with lockboxes that have a biometric lock. While a touch slower to open, they provide the necessary security. The box itself can be kept under such places as your favorite chair, the sofa or the coffee table. Should it seem that someone is trying to break into your home, that makes it quick and easy to grab a gun, without having to run to the other end of the house.

But just having access to a gun isn’t enough. You need to train your family on what to do, should someone try breaking into your home. This may mean various different options, depending on where you are in the house; but there still has to be a plan. More than anything, that plan must make sure that your family members are out of the line of fire, should things come to that.

I’ve trained my family that the best thing to do in the case of a home invasion or an active shooter situation is to get down on the floor. There is little in a home or commercial building that can actually serve as cover, so if they can’t get under cover, then get down on the floor. While they will still be visible, they won’t be in the line of fire. Any shooting that goes on will likely end up being above their heads.

That sort of training gives you the option to react, without having your family getting in your way. While you still need to check the background behind the intruder and look around to make sure that nobody is about to run across your site line, chances are much better that those checks will come up negative, allowing you to take action, without your family being at risk.

It’s all about being prepared; and training family members is just as important as training yourself. Just like keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Dr. Rich

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