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    I'm doing research for my next novel, which includes a character who is a Minneapolis homicide sergeant, and I'm a stickler for authenticity wherever possible. Upon arriving home at night, he needs to place his badge and gun somewhere. He's married; no kids. And his wife is being stalked.

    Would it be most authentic (not necessarily safest) for him to keep it in a locked box? A nightstand drawer? Somewhere else? Away from ammunition? Near it? Unloaded? What is typical, and what would you recommend for said character?

    Thanks in advance for your contribution!
    Last edited by soferet; 08-09-2005, 12:59 AM.
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    i can only speak for myself, but i leave my weapon in my holster, which is always on my duty belt. i hang the duty belt in my closet. i would think most leos would do it this way, but i could be way off. seems pretty secure there bc someone would have to come into my apartment, into my room, into my closet, and figure out how to get the weapon out of the security holster. hope that helps.
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    • #3
      In the holster, on my duty belt, in a pile on the floor in the vacinity of my door. I'm a lazy bastich.
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      • #4
        No kids and wife being stalked.....AR15 adorned with an Eotech and surefire light under the bed double mag cinch loaded with 30 rounds in each magazine.
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        • #5
          Years ago when I was single I kept it along side my bed usually in an "off" duty hoslter. My dog would alert to any little noise so I would be able to get it. (my stinger was there too by the way)

          Now with wife (also a LEO) and little ones, we keep it in a closet up on the highest shelf and seperate the mag. Trusty dog still with me and still somewhat sharp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ufresdave
            i can only speak for myself, but i leave my weapon in my holster, which is always on my duty belt. i hang the duty belt in my closet.

            Tha's what I do.

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            • #7
              No Kids in the house, Glock 27 in a Fanny pack on the kitchen Counter with my cellphone. Issued Glock 23(?) was in my Holster on the on-duty belt hanging in my Office closet. Taurus Model 85 in the nightstand drawer. Parkerised Mossburg model 500 with 8 round tube loaded with 2 rounds of rifled slug followed by 5 rounds of 000 also in my office closet.

              Nieces come visiting, the Fanny Pack goes onto the high shelf and the Office closet gets locked. I had the closet cabinet and shelving custom installed to fit around my gun safe.
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              • #8
                Not to drag this off-topic, but... does anyone other than cops still use fanny bags (aka fag bags)? I have one buried somewhere... I don't think I ever used it though. It was given to me by... another cop, who never used it, either.
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                • #9
                  no kids in house
                  i keep my duty gun in the closet in a gun safe
                  i take my backup gun out of the ankle holster and put in in a kydex in nightstand
                  the taser is also in the night stand along with a flash light.

                  yes i have a fag bag and use it but i drap it over my should/neck instead of around my waist

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                  • #10
                    Creeker

                    Creeker w/a fanny pack???!

                    I also leave mine in the holster most of the time hanging in the closet. I interchange w/taking it out of the holster and keeping it on the nightstand under something (like a newspaper or magazine)at night a lot of times.
                    Last edited by curlyblue; 08-09-2005, 04:33 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Any other suggestions on where to carry a Glock 27 in SC heat... which would be much like TX? Ankles are out, and I can't stand an untucked shirt tail.

                      Shoulder holster would be kind of obvious.

                      So, Yeah. A fanny with my 'cuff's and pepperfoam, extra badge and a pen. And a 15 round extra clip.
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                      • #12
                        Glock 21 45 acp under my pillow with extra mags.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by soferet
                          I'm doing research for my next novel, which includes a character who is a Minneapolis homicide sergeant, and I'm a stickler for authenticity wherever possible. Upon arriving home at night, he needs to place his badge and gun somewhere. He's married; no kids. And his wife is being stalked.

                          Would it be most authentic (not necessarily safest) for him to keep it in a locked box? A nightstand drawer? Somewhere else? Away from ammunition? Near it? Unloaded? What is typical, and what would you recommend for said character?

                          Thanks in advance for your contribution!
                          On the nightstand, loaded with one in the chamber. There would probably be at least one other gun in the house in a different location, loaded. Both handguns would be in a holster.
                          Last edited by Darkwulfe; 08-09-2005, 12:52 PM.

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                          • #14
                            My Glock 27 goes on the dresser in my bedroom. There's also a decent light there. My duty pistol stays at the PD in my locker, unless I'm bringing my duty rig home for some reason.

                            The rest of my weapons are in a safe. Easy access for those of us that know where the safe is, hard for those that may have to hunt for it.

                            CT laws are kind of strict. The way they are written is pretty basic- if there is no reasonable expectation that a kid will get to your weapon, you're pretty much in line with the statutes and can leave guns all over the place. But I'd hate to be in court explaining why one got my weapon.

                            So, no kids in the house, and I have an accessible weapon locked and loaded. When kids come over, it gets locked up. I used to keep a high-powered rifle accessible since we have horses and there is a chance there may come a time when some critter could be screwing with them (we are starting to have bear and various big cats in the area- not to mention stupid dogs). But that hasn't happened and I think I can get to a rifle fast enough if the need arises, so I've put them in the safe also.
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                            • #15
                              weapon storage

                              With a wife being stalked and no children present the gun would be within easy reach and fully loaded. When my kids were young, still at home, I used to remove the mag and slide, leave it in the nightstand drawer. As the kids got older the gun was locked up.

                              By the way, I sometimes use a planner/ holster setup I bought from Galls. It's neat because you can carry your piece and a spare mag regardless of how you dress or where you're going. It looks just like a normal dayplanner to most people. I use the fanny pack like a piece of luggage when I take a roadtrip, but never use it in public. It just screams gun.
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