13 February 2016

How fast can you reach a loaded firearm?

TrueBlueSam's ordeal offers some important "lesson's learned".  We talked on the phone this AM and while physically OK, the nerves are thoroughly rattled and I bet the adrenaline is still flowing.  Comments here reflect some of that conversation and he gave permission to post.  This is not a game of "Let's Second Guess The Victims".

Let me address one.  Put yourself in the scenario...  It's 1030PM and someone is trying to physically force their way into your residence (Kicking doors & breaking windows).  From where ever you would be at that time, how quickly can you arm yourself?  For some very good family structure reasons everything was locked up in the safe at the back of the house.  I bet those seconds running to the safe and working the lock felt like days!

Takeaway:  Guns secreted around the house are a good thing!  Implementation is left as an exercise to the reader, subject to and tailored to family situation ;-)

BTW, I can reach one in 1-2 seconds "in my office" (best case scenario).  But what if I happened to be in the kitchen when the attack commences?   A lesson learned from a late night visit from the "good guys".  Or so I'm told the boys in blue are the "good guys" but their actions sometimes give me pause...

5 comments:

Merle Morrison said...

I was glad to hear all were OK. I understand his situation, and anyone who has to live with similar circumstances has some hard decisions to make. One guy I knew always carried concealed while at home - it seemed his best option under the circumstances.

Barring being in the shower, it would take me 4 ~ 5 seconds to arm myself. Hopefully, I'll never have to.

Merle

David said...

If I'm at home, awake, and not in the shower, the gun is on my hip. I can't fathom a reason to have it anywhere else. That's about 1.2 seconds from concealment. If I'm in bed, it's in the bedside table. That's about 3 seconds.

Old NFO said...

+1 on David...

NotClauswitz said...

Holy cow!! I can imagine being fumble-fingered trying to load one of my Smiths, but the 1911 is always nearby cocked and locked with one in the chamber and the Sig P220 also.

Wilson said...

I'm never more than 1 second away from a gun when I'm at home.