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Old September 11th, 2020, 07:32 PM #1
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locked up or hidden?

Handguns, I always thought a nightstand handgun safe was counter productive,, I mean they will just grab the whole safe in a daytime "smash and grab".

I always thought well concealed but accessible was the best way to go ?
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Old September 11th, 2020, 07:36 PM #2
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Handguns, I always thought a nightstand handgun safe was counter productive,, I mean they will just grab the whole safe in a daytime "smash and grab".

I always thought well concealed but accessible was the best way to go ?
I'm not going to disagree. The other option is to open the locked box in the evening and lock it in the morning. Since my main HD gun is a 2 stamp gun, it is in an in-wall safe. I just unlock it when I get home....

I have handguns stashed in other rooms not locked...
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Old September 11th, 2020, 07:47 PM #3
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The best place to hide something is where everyone can see it. E.A.Poe

Lots of places to put a gun where no one would know its there. Hollowed out dictionary, hinged picture frame on a wall, in a drawer but holster mounted above the drawer in the table-open drawer 1/2 way gun is up above the top of the drawer box.

A guy makes furniture with hidden compartments between the panels (behind the pilasters) thick shelves with gun drawers, magnetic releases and hidden catches. Neat stuff, if I can find the name I'll post it up.
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Multiple factors , multiple variables . A ( thing that goes bang ) is just one part of your multiple layers .

What's your balance between preventing access from 'yutes , casual visitors , etc vs. resistance to semi- serious burglars ?
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Do you ever have children in your home?
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Old September 11th, 2020, 07:53 PM #6
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Handguns, I always thought a nightstand handgun safe was counter productive,, I mean they will just grab the whole safe in a daytime "smash and grab".

I always thought well concealed but accessible was the best way to go ?
******You can do both. My HD handgun is in a small pistol case under my bed, but the AR's and other stuff are hidden behind a sort of hidden wall that most people would miss. I have an alarm, and cameras with motion detection, so if someone does break in I at least know it is happening in real time and can call the police, the Anti-Antifa, etc.. I do hide the less hidden firearms way out of sight when I travel.

If someone breaks in, and has some time, they will get into whatever safe you have. All you can do is slow them down. Years ago, a group of burglars broke into a home in this area that had a safe, and they tried to use pry bars, and finally some kind of cutter to get into it and one of the thieves gutted his head open when his reciprocal saw with diamond blade kicked back from a safe that was built to not make it so easy to just use that kind of device (Graffunder brand). The thief was severely injured and almost bled out. He had to go to the hospital and the cops figured out that it was this guys blood all over the floor of the house he had tried to rob. Very expensive safes are much tougher to get in to and have multiple layers of protection besides steel. However, given enough time and the right tools, anything can be broken in to.

Anyway, hidden would be best but at least have something to slow folks down or keep kids, etc.. from just getting to the firearms easily. I would never just have a firearm out in the open or in a nightstand, etc.. without it being in some kind of pistol safe. It seems like too much of a liability.

There are several companies that make awesome hidden pistol boxes, furniture, etc.. to store an HD gun. Some are quite expensive, some less so.
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Do you ever have children in your home?
I hate it when we have kids over. Then I have to try to remember what is where and lock it up.
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Exactly. Safes in my house aren't for burglars.
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Exactly. Safes in my house aren't for burglars.
Same at my place.
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