Have More Than One Handgun? Do This For Better Home Security
Many firearm owners own more than one. Some people own many. If you happen to own more than one handgun, then here is a simple piece of advice to better protect your home…
Unless you carry all the time in your home, consider keeping your handguns in the several locations where you spend more of your time.
It sounds like common sense, but how many of you do this?
Don’t keep them all in one place in one safe. Here’s why…
IF you ever need to access quickly, you will only be as quick as the distance you are away from your firearm.
While home intrusions do happen and home burglary does happen while residents are home, it is statistically rare for any one person if you average all of us together in our homes. Obviously some neighborhoods and regions are more risky than others, but all it takes is ONE TIME.
If the SHTF, it will be even more important.
Here’s an example…
Most firearm owners most certainly keep one in the bedroom. This may be the most likely place where you might need emergency access to one… in the middle of the night.
While you’re relaxing during the evening, perhaps watching a TV-show in the living room, ‘what if’ this is the time when your home intrusion goes down… Keep a firearm nearby.
Maybe you spend lots of time at a desk at home, or in another room or basement doing a hobby or maybe a shop area, etc.. Wherever it is, if you spend significant time there, and you own more than one handgun, consider keeping one nearby in each location.
For safety’s sake, and for legality sake in many states, use a safe designed for a handgun. You’ve invested lots of currency to buy your firearms, similarly you should invest in safe keeping for them.
I happen to use this model safe for some of my handguns…
Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe
Often, the pistol safe can be hidden in plain sight, readily accessible in seconds. They all have mounting holes at the bottom to enable fastening to the floor, or anything secure. Or you could simply choose to set it anywhere without fastening to a surface (just not as burglar proof).
You might place one near your bed – screwed-bolted to the floor (you can go right through the carpet to the sub-flooring), perhaps covered with a fabric (or clothes) to hide the safe’s identity from unsuspecting eyes.
Next to your recliner you might simply set (or attach) to a short bar-stool or small similar dimensioned table while covering it with a fabric so it appears to only be a covered table. Perfect for setting your remote controls on top…
In another room you might set the pistol safe on a shelf with the other items there. Again, cover it with something if you wish to blend in, or you could go so far as to securely attach it.
The bottom line here is simple. If you ever need access to a firearm quickly, your life might depend on those seconds. If you happen to already own several handguns, consider spending some of your paper currency for some hard assets… like an additional pistol safe or two. Keep them in a few locations around the house where you spend more of your time than not. Statistically then, you will stand a better chance IF you ever need it…
Oh excellent info. I never realized they made such an item. The main reason all of our firearms are kept in the bedroom is we never know when the grandkids will be around. I have always wanted to be able to keep a firearm in the living room where we spend many hours. The timing couldn’t be better as there was a home invasion not ten minutes from our house, and the police didn’t arrive for 1 1/2 hours, after 3 different family members called 911.
“didn’t arrive for 1 1/2 hours, after 3 different family members called 911”
can one ask where about this is?
Not really rural but not city, would rather not say exactly where.
I have called 911 and waited 45 minutes. We are in South Florida.
Not unusual for response time in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County to be 45 minutes or more. If you live in any rural area any where in the USA response times can range for minutes to over an hour or more. Even in an area as populated as South Florida LEO’s may be tied up on other calls and depending on what is reported to 911 operators your call may not be dispatched as a priority call. An old saying goes: When seconds count the cops are minutes away. All the more reason to either have a gun or some sort of weapon handy as this article states.
I live in the city now, moved 5 months ago. When I lived in a cabin in a wooded area I kept a gun stuffed down in my recliner seat. I could have put it on the table beside the seat but then I would have to worry about it when someone was around. But in my seat no one would think to look there.
Have a few spread out here and there all around the house , not paranoid just part of being prepared . Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.
You are right. It’s not being paranoid at all. It is commonsense to be prepared, like having insurance for things.
Good article. The problem I find with most folks is they buy the handgun, get trained, practice some, and then put it in a nightstand drawer. If you are serious about home and personal protection in 2014 Amerika, you should have one on you AT ALL TIMES! Or, at least have one within arm’s reach at all times. You can spend $500.00-$800.00+ on some tricked-out, super-laser/flashlight 9mm/40/45 cal race gun, but what happens when the walking dead are bursting through your front door at 11:00PM while you and your spouse are sitting in front of the tube in your onesies?
I keep a reliable, 5-shot .38 special in my pocket at all times. It’s just there. When you pull the trigger it goes boom. And, I try not to zone out into space, even in my home. Doors are always locked, exterior lights come on at dusk. My wife and I know where we are and when we leave, where we are going.
I speak from the experience of working as a peace officer for over thirty years in Southern California. I have worked shooting scenes and instructed other criminal justice students at two local sheriff’s academies. I am also a NRA certified firearms instructor. If you want to read documentation on real-world incidents right here in our socialist worker’s paradise, find a copy of the NRA monthly magazine, AMERICAN RIFLEMAN. For years, they have a section in the publication titled THE ARMED CITIZEN. This documents news reports from all around the country about us “bitter clingers” defending ourselves with firearms.
One last tidbit: A handgun is something you use to fight your way to your rifle, carbine, or shotgun. Godspeed, friends.
I keep near me one AK, COLT AR, Franchi Law 12,.38 special derringer, Glock 17 not to say many many more.
Don’t forget the outside areas that you spend time in. I spend a lot of time in my garden, in the chicken coop/yard, and in the horse pasture. I don’t have enough firearms to equip all these areas (and the house too), so I chose a central location and installed a mailbox, very handy to keep metal objects out of the weather and has easy access.
Two-legged varmints aren’t the only concern we have, there are coyotes that come into the yard to drool through the fence at the chickens, also feral dogs, and lately someone down the road has a new dog that is very aggressive, and he turns him out of his yard every morning to roam the area. And the ever present rattlesnakes.
I agree with you 100%. If you’ve got the tools (and that’s what firearms are), they need to handily accessible where you need them…WHEN you need them.
That being said, security and safety MUST be paramount. For that reason, I’ve purchased several lockable handgun safes over the years, simple to complex…but none of the biometric type; I’d just seen too many user comments about their UNreliability (if your gun is in a box you can’t access when you need it, all you have is an expensive rock to throw at the bad guy).
So it was with more than idle curiosity that I went to Amazon and checked out the reviews for the Sentry biometric safe you referenced in this article. I was amazed at the universally high ratings it received from Amazon-verified purchasers, more than any other such safe I’d seen.
Long story short, I immediately ordered a Sentry biometric safe. If it works as well for me and my wife as the reviews would indicate, I’m going to be pleased and well served…and very grateful for your recommendation.
I have had the very same biometric safe’s (pictured in the article), and they ALWAYS work flawlessly. It is a requirement that it needs to work EVERY time (even though it has push-button code backup). I don’t know how many times I’ve randomly checked it by swiping my finger across the biometric reader, but it always works. It can hold two fingerprints, which is perfect for me and the Mrs…
In addition to sentry safes, I’ve taken Blackhawk Polymer Serpa Holsters and fastened them within reach but out of sight to furniture pieces near the sofa, chair and bed. Always one in the pipe. Each firearm is routinely trained with, cleaned and replaced.
God Save this Great Republic!
I keep a pistol in every room in my house!!
A little overkill there…. You live in a warzone area?
Take a note from Lance Thomas – the Urban Gunfighter that survived numerous attempts on his life by armed robbers at his West Los Angeles Rolex shop and repair center. he had numerous loaded firearms salted at key location around his workbench, cash register, etc. He did not have spare magazines. He did the New York Reload (drop the empty weapon, pull out a loaded weapon and resume the fight). For myself, having 2 guns means I can have one at-the-ready while I am cleaning and servicing another on my workbench.
Lance did not ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. He ended up closing his shop in West Los Angeles and went into a life of self imposed seclusion. He also practiced a lot with the guns that he purchased.
Most retired cops I know have at least 3 pistols or revolvers stashed around the house. I have had to search a person’s home after a diagnosis of dementia or the passing of a retired cop at the request of the family. The highest number of loaded handguns I found around the home was: 17 by a retired cop that had dementia and he kept purchasing and salting around his home because he forgot where he stashed others around his home. He was placed in a SNF after the dementia was apparent and not-deniable. I have somewhere between 2 and 17 salted at different locations within my home. I need 5 minutes to get them under lock and key if children or demented adults come to my house.