Where do you Keep Your Carry Gun?

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

One of the many questions that face those of us who carry is where we keep our carry gun when we’re not carrying it. Granted, we should be carrying all the time; but I don’t carry in the shower and I really don’t like to sleep with my gun in bed with me. As for other places, there are a few where the government doesn’t allow us to carry, so we have to leave our guns behind.

So what do we do with them?

Let me start out by talking about where we leave our guns in the home. A lot of people leave theirs on or in the nightstand, with the idea that it will be ready at hand, should they need it at night. But while the nightstand might be a convenient place to put a firearm, I’m not sure it’s the best. I see several problems with this idea.

  • I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to knock things off my nightstand, I wouldn’t want that happening with a gun. Today’s guns are designed to be safe, not going off if they are dropped; but who wants to take chances?
  • If there are kids around, the last thing that any of us want to do is leave a loaded gun where they can reach it.
  • Burglars know that the most common place to keep a pistol is the nightstand, so that’s the first place they usually look. Stealing a gun is better than jewelry.
  • If I need a gun so quickly when I’m awakened by a noise in the night, that I don’t have time to fully wake up and walk across the room, it’s too late. That gun isn’t going to do me the least bit of good. For that matter, it might just be dangerous for me to grab it.

So, where do I put my gun when I take it off at night? I put it on my upright dresser, that’s across the room. That puts it out of reach from accidents and makes sure that I can actually make sure I’m awake before drawing it out of the holster. Since I don’t have any kids in the house, I don’t have to worry about them getting their hands on it; but when the grandkids are visiting, I put it up higher, where they can’t reach it.

A friend of mine, who is both a firearms instructor and an instructor for concealed carry takes this a step further. He keeps his gun in a gun safe in his bedroom, with a biometric lock on it. He does this for one of the same reasons why I keep mine on the dresser. He figures that if he doesn’t have time to get the gun out of the safe, he probably doesn’t have time to use it; it’s already too late.

Besides my carry gun, I also have two other loaded firearms in the home, hidden in places where I can get to them, but are not easily found by others. One of these is in my desk, so it is where I spend the majority of my time and the other is in a hidden compartment in a piece of furniture. I will probably put one in my workshop eventually, but I haven’t found or made a good hiding place yet.

Then there’s the problem of where to put my carry gun if I’m out and going someplace where I am not legally allowed to carry. There aren’t all that many places that fall into that category; but they do exist, so I need to be ready for them.

I’ve never liked the idea of just leaving my gun in the car. It’s just too easy for someone to break into the car and steal it, especially if they see me take it off and hide it. While I try to make sure that nobody sees me hide my pistol, there are times when that’s just not possible.

My solution to this problem is that I have lockboxes mounted in the trunks of both our vehicles. That way, even if someone does break into our car, they’re not going to find a gun to grab, but rather something else that they need to break into. While there are no guarantees when it comes to security, that second stage should be enough to scare most burglars off. If not, they’re going to have a hard time unbolting the lockboxes, as they are bolted through the floor, with large washers. So they can’t just pry it off the floor, expecting the screws to pull through.

While this is still an imperfect solution; I feel that it is an adequate one. It should slow down any thief enough that they end up giving up; and that’s about the best any of us can expect to do.

Being prepared means more than just carrying; it means protecting our guns as well. That’s just as important as keeping our powder dry or keeping our survival gear close at hand.

Dr. Rich

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