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Old 04-29-2011, 12:00 PM
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Default In a pickle regarding a shotgun purchase.

I want to get a shotgun for home defense....
Wife is against it.. EVEN THOUGH, last year for Valentine's Day she bought me a gun safety class gift certificate... Which went to and completed.

I'm thinking about getting one anyway and stashing it in the attic under the insulation with a gun lock on it.. Should the need arise, I can get to the attic pretty quickly since the only access is from the closet in our master bathroom.

We have 2 small kids in the house as well so I want it to be out of reach.

I HATE hiding things from my wife but I feel pretty strongly about it and she seems dead set against it..

Women and their mixed signals...
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you'd be better off storing the gun unloaded where you can get to it, and keeping the shells out of reach...
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
you'd be better off storing the gun unloaded where you can get to it, and keeping the shells out of reach...

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If she feels that strongly about it it is a mistake hiding it from her.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
If she feels that strongly about it it is a mistake hiding it from her.
Remind her of the Petit family.

Store the gun for easy access and store the shells in a 'GunVault'

www.gunvault.com
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My wife actually knows William Pettit. We live about 10 miles from them.
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Just buy a "skeet" gun. ;?
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Originally Posted by paulyjsob View Post
My wife actually knows William Pettit. We live about 10 miles from them.
Wow...

So do you think she might want to learn how to use a shotgun?

Sometimes folks are simply afraid because they lack the knowledge on how a tool works.

I wish you luck.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
you'd be better off storing the gun unloaded where you can get to it, and keeping the shells out of reach...
A shotgun without shells is a club. You might as well get a bat!


If you want a gun get a gun and teach your kids what it is, what it is for and to keep their hads off of it unless you are around.
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Originally Posted by Retimlap View Post
A shotgun without shells is a club. You might as well get a bat!


If you want a gun get a gun and teach your kids what it is, what it is for and to keep their hads off of it unless you are around.

You should teach them but a safe is a must as well, there is no margin for mistakes with kids and guns.
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Originally Posted by Retimlap View Post
A shotgun without shells is a club. You might as well get a bat!

If you want a gun get a gun and teach your kids what it is, what it is for and to keep their hads off of it unless you are around.
no....

a shotgun with shells a few feet away, safely out of reach of young children, yet easily located and retrieved by an adult when needed, is a shotgun
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Don't hide it from her, as that will only come back to bite you on the ass big time.
Maybe a locked gun safe in the attic would make her feel more comfortable.
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Maybe she thought you were going to start hunting? My wife is relatively ok w/ me hunting, but when I mention weapons and "home defense" she changes her tune. One of these days, my comments about buying a handgun won't be in a joking manner (and she won't be able to tell the diff....)

Are you wanting to buy a 'street sweeper' with pistol grip? Or a normal remington 870 w/ a short (20") barrel? One of those will make a wife a lot more uncomfortable!
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putting the gun in the attic is not going to protect you from anything that is most likely to happen like a home invasion. Yeah it would be ok for zombies but what are the odds. If you like the shotgun aspect get a taurus judge handgun. You can shoot .410 shells through it as well as .45 long colts and get a gun vault finger safe and bolt it somewhere that you can get to it with ease. Its really pointless for all intensive purposes to have a shotgun in the attic for 99.9999% of problems that would arise necessitating the use of deadly force. Like the other poster you could just pick up bird hunting and buy a Bennelli that works well in suppressing things that go bump in the night as well as knocking down doves. Your really not going to have time to go up in the attic get said gun and do anything when you need it right now. I have a glock 21 in a finger vault (have a four year old in the house) and it still takes a little time to get it out in the middle of the night.
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A loaded pump is pretty safe and real young kids ain't gonna be able to work it and explain to the wife a shotgun is lightyears safer than a hand gun as its almost impossible to shoot yourself. If you wanna be real safe keep it unloaded and the shells out of reach of the kids but very nearby the gun. Practice loading when nobody is home.

As far as her objection have her take the safety course
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
A loaded pump is pretty safe and real young kids ain't gonna be able to work it and explain to the wife a shotgun is lightyears safer than a hand gun as its almost impossible to shoot yourself. If you wanna be real safe keep it unloaded and the shells out of reach of the kids but very nearby the gun. Practice loading when nobody is home.

As far as her objection have her take the safety course
Great advice!
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Originally Posted by Retimlap View Post
A shotgun without shells is a club. You might as well get a bat!


If you want a gun get a gun and teach your kids what it is, what it is for and to keep their hads off of it unless you are around.

IF you think that protecting your family is something that you want to do, and

IF you think that you're going to be a LOT closer to the action than a cop at the time, then

do NOT keep an unloaded firearm in a locked safe or in the attic. Are you nucking futs to think that things like home invasions happen in slow motion? That's Sam Peckinpah movies; the real thing happens in seconds.

Read the quote and learn from it. Take the wife/kids to a field and shoot gallon jugs full of water so the whole family will understand what it's capable of doing to somebody...then let her shoot 2-liter bottles you toss into the air ( from a safe blind) to see that she CAN do it.

A gun is like a coffee-maker; it's a tool for a specific purpose. The difference is that the coffee maker is used daily, and the gun is used rarely....so know how to use the gun.
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I'm looking at an 18" Remington 870..
From my bed I can get to the attic in less than 30 seconds..
My house has an alarm and a big black dog. I just want another layer of defense.
She' just so dead set against it. Not sure why. she wont even discuss any more.
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there are other problems here than just buying a gun--
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30 seconds is an eternity. Doyou sleep with the Bedroom door deadbolted?

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