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Thread: SAFETY HELP: Bedside Benelli

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    Kristie Wilder
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    So... not sure if this is a good thing to post here or not. If not, let's have Chris or Vicky trash this thread asap...

    Give me some safety tips for having a benelli super black eagle at my bedside.

    I have the action open, the safety is OFF. I have shells in the nightstand.

    The gun is standing upright between the nightstand and the bed. It is EMPTY.

    I need to make sure of the "buttons" for the action... I can pull the action open with the traditional lever.

    I see I can make the gun safe, apparently, by pushing the safety near the trigger back up into the gun.

    It APPEARS that the round button that's near your hand when you open the action EITHER closes the action or makes the gun unsafe?? This is my question.

    I want to make sure that I can make it unsafe as quickly as possible if and when I would need it.

    So if you could please decipher the various buttons. And anything else I need to know about gun safety in a house (no kids, just dogs). I think the action open, gun empty and safety off is adequately safe for HERE and would allow me to put it to quick use with minimal fuss if needed.

    Let me know what you think and any advise you have.

    Thanks.

    -Kristie

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    that's about as safe as it can get beside your bed.
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    OK, I am not going to tell you what is the best way to leave the gun you are old enough and can decide that on your own.

    1. The triangle shape button at the rear of the trigger would be the safety. If it is a right hand gun meaning the shells eject out of the right, the Safety is on when the lever is pushed to the side the shells eject from the right side of the gun. vice verse for left handed gun.

    2. the silver button in the front of the trigger guard is the bolt switch, this button when pushed up will lock the bolt in the rear position. Which will allow you to see inside the gun at all times. If there is a sell in in the mag. and this button is pushed it will do nothing, actually it will it will let a shell out of the magazine to come back and float below the bolt. but if it is pushed it it will do nothing until the bold is manually pulled back and at that time it will lock it in the rear position.

    3. The black button on the right side of the gun if it is right handed does nothing except close the bolt. watch your fingers.

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    I would say that the way you described having the gun for your situation is safe and would let you put it to use the in the least amount of time.. Throw a shell in and hit the action button and fire but... If it were me in a house with no kids or any potential for kids and was using it for protection I would have the action open and have the magazine full with the safety on then all you would have to do is hit the feed button on the bottom of the gun by the trigger guard to put a shell in the chamber and push the safty off to fire, then you wouldn't be fumbling for shells in the dark.

    This is kind of like trying to explain how to tie your shoes over the internet, sorry if it doesn't make sence.
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    I agree with Browndog, I live alone during the week out in the country, no kids, keep the shotgun pretty much like he describes, on the top shelf of the closet, or else on top of the entertainment center if the wildlife is really active, out of dog reach but handy and fast, looking for shells and loading the thing takes me too long as I don't use it often but do want it very quick when needed, because if I need it, I need it ready. Maybe not the best or most wise gun safety but I feel better for it being there.
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    while i don't use an auto loader for home security- i have a old BPS, there some thing about the sound of a pump shot gun racking in the dark- i would say in your situation to keep the shells in the magazine so you are not fumbling for shell if you need them, best of luck and be safe
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    The universal language of an intruder is the action of a shotgun being racked, either by pump or by bolt of an automatic, especially a Benelli. They make a loud noise for sure.

    I have one by our bedside that is completely empty. No chance of a kid getting ahold of it and shooting. I keep shells near the bed in the dresser that can easily be placed in the open chamber and the button pushed to load it into the chamber. This will take a little more time, but it also keeps the gun much safer in case children come into the house.

    Our kids are gone to college but the guilt I would have if some visitor's kids some day got ahold of it outweighs to me the time saved with shells already in the gun.

    You can make this decision, but I think if you rack that gun anybody in the house is going to think twice about coming into your room unless they are whacked out on drugs, and then you better shoot to kill cause they will have lost pain sensories as well as the ability to reason.

    Take the gun out tomorrow in the light of day and practice the whole process until it's second nature. Then you can feel confident that you can handle the gun in any situation.

    I hope this helps, Kristie.

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    Pros and cons both ways, but in watching people handle guns, I would tell you that if you NEED it for personal safety it would be too late if you had to load shells etc. when most people get frightened/nervous they have 5 thumbs on both hands. As far as unloaded and shells in a drawer, if a kid will wander back to your bedroom"uninvited" they wouldn't hesitate to look in drawers. Only "absolute" safety with a kid around is gun locked up, shells in a different locked location and the keys on you. I opt for what I term reasonable safety; gun out of reach action open, additionally there is a lock on door where guns are and it is locked before kids arrive. Most important keep an eye on kid, even if a guest's child, if they start to wander thru the house they are told politely but firmly to stay where we are or in what you feel is a secure location, but where if they start to wander toward where the gun/guns are you have a clear view.
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    Alone with no children, get it as ready to fire as you can.

    Jerry
    "Where The Hell Is Bedias, TX?"

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    Thanks, everyone... I am afraid if the dogs knocked it over or something. It's in a relatively safe place, standing on the stock, barrel facing up, in between a big nightstand and the bed.

    Although it would be pure redneck, I'm not opposed to getting a gun rack that hangs over my bed or something. I'm not really afraid of this, never have been, and spent plenty of time alone while Joie was out of school... but one thing that folks reminded me of is that there was an obituary in the local paper and that kind of frayed my nerves a little...

    I don't want to be stupid and I have a gun here -- Joie recently got it after I sold his original to get some cash when he left for school, right here on rtf actually four years ago. I feel that gun was bought for a purpose. It was bought just a couple of months ago...

    I can get a sidearm at some point. I just figured that it's a gun that stays in the house... I also have another pump (remington 1187 I think???) from my grampy... It's in the dog truck. Think it may come live inside for a while. LOL

    I'm also going to talk to the neighbors today because they're out on their porch a lot (they smoke and do it all outside the house). So I wanted to request that if they see people coming and going after dark, or anything suspicious, to just call over and make sure I'm ok...

    We have NEVER had any problems with anything down here, but you never know...

    Thanks, everyone. I do have a friend that teaches shooting instruction (not self defense, but competition shooting). I'm sure he would meet me at the range and go over it. I'm fine with guns I know and understand, but I think a lesson is in order to make it second nature...

    The morbid things you have to worry about after you lose your husband...

    -K

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