I'm paranoid about kids finding guns too, so I believe in seperating guns, magazines, and ammo.They don't have to be really far apart, just well hidden.It's not as quick as I'd like if I ever need to use the weapon, but it's a trade off.I'd rather have to resort to swinging a lamp or baseball bat, than to leave a potential horrible accident waiting to happen.
Outside of locking them up, kids are curious by nature, and I agree, a baseball bat is not a bad idea, as well as pepper spray.My dad tried to hide and separate weapon and ammo, but as a kid I knew the house better than he did and found the ammo and loaded the gun.To make a long story short, I almost shot my friend in the head, but that little nagging voice from my father was screaming in the back of my head, "There is no such thing as an empty weapon"!I paused, lowered the M1 Carbine from his head, pulled the bolt, and to my shock, I had chambered a round, even though I had removed the clip and was certain no round was in the chamber.I was DEAD wrong so to speak.No matter how hard you try and keep kids away from guns, kids will always gravitate towards them, educating them is the best defense against accidents.I say every parent should start with the lesson of "Down Range", that way they know to always point away from people.And a regular regimen of target shooting, this will remove the fascination of weapons because it is no longer fun to lose your weekend of playtime.My dad took us out all the time, to the point I hated shooting and dealing with guns, never messed with them after the age of 12 if I remember correctly.Have them, just don't care to shoot them all that much anymore.
I love my S&W .38 that shoots .357 as well. Suffice it so say, I have "more than a few" varities and like them all. But for home invasion, the good old shotgun is the best.When your nerves are rattled, aim goes out the window so the shotgun compensates for some of that and if there is a lag between break in and confrontation the sound of the pump action sometimes is enough to make the intruder shit and flee.My local PD suggests the shotgun as well. Mine has 7 rounds.
One thing I've been wondering about using shotguns for HD is how the blast will inhibit the ability to engage after missing one shot or multiple threats. Anyone have anything about that?