Where’s Your Nearest Gun?

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

For those of us who are concerned about protecting our families, guns are a way of life. Like me, you probably carry a gun every day of your life; not because you think you need it, but because you never know when you will. It’s a whole lot easier to carry a gun all the time, than it is to constantly be analyzing every situation and deciding whether or not there’s enough potential risk to warrant carrying at that time.

Believe it or not, there are a couple of situations where I don’t carry, even though I carry pretty much every day of my life. The first is when I’m gardening. While that probably doesn’t seem like an activity which would preclude the carrying of firearms, I get tired of my pants trying to fall off. The other is when I’m roughhousing with my grandkids, for what should be obvious reasons.

That doesn’t mean that I think those situations are safe. Home invaders don’t care what we’re doing and would rather catch us busy anyway. It’s just that carrying a gun in those situations, like carrying one in the shower, just isn’t practical. You probably have some situations like that too.

So what do I do? I always make sure I have a gun close by, if I can’t have it on my person. That may seem like a lot of hassle, but it really isn’t. I’m not a huge gun collector, but I have enough handguns that I can keep a few loaded guns hidden in strategic places, close to those where I might find myself without a gun. One of those places is my office, which is pretty centrally located in my home and another is my workshop, where I spend a lot of time.

But the other thing I’ve invested in is lockboxes. I have lockboxes hidden in places where I might need to take my gun off, like the family room and the trunk of my car. These are bolted down and operate off a keypad sequence that I can key in quickly, but is not obvious. If I’m going to wrestle with the grandkids or watch a movie at night, after taking a shower, there’s a lockbox right there, where I can put my sidearm.

I also have a lockbox permanently mounted to my riding lawnmower. I pretty much always have it with me when I’m doing gardening and yard work, because I use it to tow a trailer for tools and supplies. So I’m not really unarmed when I’m gardening, even though I don’t have my pistol strapped to my side.

But here’s the thing; if you’re going to do something like this, you have to develop an awareness of where your closest firearm is at all times. This may all sound like something from the movies, where the hero has guns stashed in hiding places that only he knows about. Then, when the bad guy unexpectedly shows up to attack him, he pops open the secret compartment to grab the hidden gun, shooting his way to victory.

Yeah, that sounds dramatic and even looks good on screen; but in reality, none of us know when the bad guys are going to show up. So having a few stash guns and maintaining an awareness of how far away they are makes sense. While you may never use any of them, you just don’t know.

This is really just another part of situational awareness. We should already be keeping track of our environment, who is in it, what they are doing, and where to go for the nearest cover and/or escape route. Adding where we have our guns stashed to that list really isn’t much of a step at all; and by doing so, we make our security just a touch better.

Of course, whether or not you have kids in the house affects the decision to have stash guns a lot. I’m fortunate that my kids are grown up and out of the home; so it’s just my wife and I. Even so, I have grandkids coming to visit, so I need to keep my home safe for them; hence the lockboxes.

But in reality, when the grandkids aren’t here I don’t usually bother with the lockboxes, putting my guns in a drawer somewhere, where they aren’t visible but are highly accessible. That could save me precious moments when I need a gun, but more than anything, it saves me from the hassle of unlocking the lock boxes all the time. I don’t have to worry about the dogs getting the guns and my wife leaves my guns alone.

Keeping a gun safe in a lockbox is just another part of keeping your powder dry and keeping your survival gear close at hand. It’s all part of protecting your family.

Dr. Rich

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