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Do you keep a round in the chamber in your home defense shotgun?

Or do you leave it empty so you have the opportunity to rack it and make the bad guy poop on himself?
 

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i dont want the bad guy to hear me untill i pull the trigger. i prefer the element of surprise instead of letting them know exactly where im at.
 

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I dont keep one in the chamber..only cause of the kids....but Rotie and Lab are sapose to let me know someoen is not allowed in the house...and be the first line of defense....pistols/shotgunS are 2nd line....I take home security a little too serious....got a camra system, burgler bars, motion lights and the dogs....I figure if someone goes through all that to steal a 1940 era computer and my collection of 8 track tapes....welp he needs a good shooting. Of course with 3 women in the house one of them at least is pissed off about something...and in the all men are pigs mood...so shooting the burgler might be letting him off easy :)
 

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I prefer to rack a round. A little psychological warfare. Plus they can't say I didn't give the guy a chance.
 

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Mine stays unchambered - for both safety and for that psychological effect on the intruder. Nobody wants to face a loaded twelve-gauge!

On my ship in the Navy, we had a joker on the Security Force who liked to awaken his relief by racking the gun next to the guys ear. Bad sound to wake up to . . . :)
Imagine the goblin hearing that in the pitch dark house . . .
 

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I agree with Dallas, Let them hear you rack one, That way they will know what hit them.
 

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I'm in agreement with those who will rack one round first. For safety reasons, with grandkids around, everything's locked up. But along side my SG is a loaded clip for my pistol.
 

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I agree with keeping unchambered for the racking effect and for safety. Also, it allows you to load the round of your choice without ejecting a live one.
 

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Shotgun (Ithica Featherweight) is second line of defense.
First line is the dog. He's half Akita half Lab. Sounds like he's about 300 pounds, and he's black, so you can't see him clearly at night. If he doesn't scare away the intruder, racking the shotgun probably won't either. But I do keep it unchambered.
 

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I belive NRAJOE is considered to be always loaded :drink: :cheer: not shure about his shotguns and aks :assult: :assult:
 

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I got 3 in the mag of the 590 and a bandolier nearby.

Of course, I can't use the S/G for home defense (local law), but if the G23 runs empty and the SHTF, I'll grab the mossy and deal with the gummit later.
Read my signature!

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there's an old saying to describe the guy who racks his shotgun to scare his enemy. It's "Man down." Having said that, i cant disagree with anyone who has kids or nonshooters in the house and keeps theirs not chambered for safety reasons. Not having to worry about that not having a wife or kids, i keep mine chambered with the safety on.
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When I lived alone, the chambered AR and a cocked and locked Kimber were at the bedside. Now, the shotgun is ready to be racked. After reading some compelling articles though, I'm thinking its going to be loaded with #1 instead of #00 soon.
 

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No kids........keep it loaded. Safety on of course. You guys that like to "rack"
can do so. I`d rather just "push" the safety less chance of a jam or some other human error. IMO.

" The best part of the hunt is not the harvest but in the experience."
 
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