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deleted by PC police
02-12-2009, 1:46 PM
When you were growing up how did your parents store their guns?

Damnit I wanted a poll, how do I do a poll?

Let me also ask if you had any ND's involving kids?

CSACANNONEER
02-12-2009, 1:48 PM
Closets, drawers, underbeds, under the house, locked cabnets in the garage and sometimes on the kitchen table.

Fate
02-12-2009, 1:50 PM
Rifles and shotguns hanging on a gun rack on the wall. Ammo in the closet. Loaded pistol in bedside drawer. 3 kids. Never did we (or our friends) eff with any of it.

big jon
02-12-2009, 1:54 PM
Uncles house the 30-30 was behind the frount door and he allways kept 1 bullett in his pocket :D
when he passed away the hospital returned everything he had with him when he went in. including the 1 30-30 bullett.

Olav
02-12-2009, 2:02 PM
Rifles and shotguns hanging on a gun rack on the wall. Ammo in the gun rack drawer or sitting on top of the gun rack drawer.

We just knew not to use it for anything else than hunting and predator removal to protect our livestock.

freakshow10mm
02-12-2009, 2:21 PM
Father had a .38 snubbie in a safe. That's it.

When I was 11 I got my first gun for deer hunting, single shot 20ga. Kept it under the bed. When I was 14 I got a Remy 870 youth 20ga. Kept under the bed too.

When I turned 18, all hell broke lose and there were guns laying all over the place.

technique
02-12-2009, 2:28 PM
Glass show case...and a home defense close to pops...

EBR Works
02-12-2009, 2:30 PM
My parents were early adopters of paranoia. My dad engineered several secret compartments in the house where the weapons were stored. He also had a 1500 sqft fallout shelter build under the house during the Cuban Missle Crisis with 18" reinforced steel and concrete walls, 1/2" steel doors, a dedicated well, decontamination gear, food and ammo for 10 years and....the list went on and on. My dad was a Naval officer so we had all kinds of ventilation parts and structural components from subs and ships that went into it's construction.

When we sold the house in the mid 70's, the new owner got a chuckle from all the extra "features".

jacques
02-12-2009, 2:37 PM
There were no guns in the house when I was growing up. Way to complicated. 7-kids running around. When you add the other kids from the neighborhood........

deleted by PC police
02-12-2009, 2:37 PM
My parents were early adopters of paranoia. My dad engineered several secret compartments in the house where the weapons were stored. He also had a 1500 sqft fallout shelter build under the house during the Cuban Missle Crisis with 18" reinforced steel and concrete walls, 1/2" steel doors, a dedicated well, decontamination gear, food and ammo for 10 years and....the list went on and on. My dad was a Naval officer so we had all kinds of parts and components from subs and ships that went into it's construction.

When we sold the house in the mid 70's, the new owner got a chuckle from all the extra "features".


That's awsome, I've been thinking about a bunker more and more lately.

EBR Works
02-12-2009, 2:45 PM
The fallout shelter made a fantastic wine cellar for the 15 years after the Cuban event that we still lived there.

biscuitbarrel
02-12-2009, 2:54 PM
Hanging on a gun rack.

berto
02-12-2009, 2:55 PM
No firearms in the house.

Plenty of toy guns in my room.

B.D.Dubloon
02-12-2009, 2:57 PM
Uncles house the 30-30 was behind the frount door and he allways kept 1 bullett in his pocket :D
when he passed away the hospital returned everything he had with him when he went in. including the 1 30-30 bullett.

That is great. No guns in my house growing up either, just maeks me want them more I guess.

BDD

DVSmith
02-12-2009, 2:57 PM
When you were growing up how did your parents store their guns?

Loaded

Curtis
02-12-2009, 3:04 PM
I am one of 8 kids. All guns were placed in a glass display case with the keys on top. It was in a place that wasn't in direct view of the main living area but close to the kids' rooms.

Never had an issue.

grammaton76
02-12-2009, 3:05 PM
Air rifle only. No real guns at all - you know, you only shoot family members if you have a gun.

Barbarossa
02-12-2009, 3:09 PM
Under the bed, and in the closet. And I knew I'd catch a beating if they were played with.

ENTHUSIAST
02-12-2009, 3:10 PM
They were not... that is why I am here.

elrcastor
02-12-2009, 3:30 PM
yah, no guns in my house as a kid either.

xrMike
02-12-2009, 3:38 PM
Same here, not in my house either. Parents wouldn't allow guns in the house. But that didn't stop me from shooting regularly.

I joined an NRA club at Quantico (and then later at Fort Ord after we moved out west), and used the club guns to shoot with, once a week. Earned my Expert patch, but never did get Distinguished Expert. Used to shoot at Boy Scout camp every summer too.

Nodda Duma
02-12-2009, 3:39 PM
Rifles were up on a gun rack out of reach and the ammo was in my mom's closet. We never tried to reach them. We knew better!

-Jason

Dr Rockso
02-12-2009, 3:40 PM
No guns at my house, but spent a lot of time with extended family.

Aunt, uncle, 4 cousins: When we were young the guns were in my uncle's bedroom closet, we weren't allowed in there (and we were scared of the paddle). Later as his kids got older they kept their guns in their own rooms.

Grandfather: In the bedroom closet plus a WWI Lee Enfield above the mantle. If we wanted to handle them we just had to ask, and he would supervise.

tcrpe
02-12-2009, 3:47 PM
Uncles house the 30-30 was behind the frount door and he allways kept 1 bullett in his pocket :D
when he passed away the hospital returned everything he had with him when he went in. including the 1 30-30 bullett.

It was thoughtful that they returned the 30-30 cartridge.

That's a treasure.

Imagine how many years he may have carried that particular cartridge, and the places it went.

shooterdave
02-12-2009, 3:50 PM
not at my house but at my grandparent's house under the bed. i could mess with it as long as my grandparent or my dad was watching. we never had them at the house until few yrs ago. my mom hates guns but tolerates me haveing them.

drexotic
02-12-2009, 3:59 PM
We had long guns in a closet / hand guns in a cabinet in the closet. When I passed my "hunter safety class" I started to accumulate my own guns. My grandfather owned a sporting goods store and the price for guns was right.
In junior high school wood shop I built a gun rack and mounted it on a wall in my bed room.

Norcalkid
02-12-2009, 4:01 PM
My parents gave me a glass show case for my 8th grade graduation. Now I wouldn’t think of not keeping my guns in a safe.

Vacaville
02-12-2009, 4:02 PM
My dad had two shotguns and an old .22 lever action in a gun rack that hung on the wall. Had a Ruger .22 revolver in the original box in the closet. No locks, no hiding. Neither my brother or I ever thought of touching them.

citizen14
02-12-2009, 4:08 PM
Loaded and in most rooms in the house, never had a problem, we were taught about firearms at a young age.

Defense Shooter
02-12-2009, 4:14 PM
I must admit i was bad. It was just me and my mom, she was always at work when i got home from school. She did the best she could but I was a very curious kid. I knew it was in the house and would search high and low to find it. Being careful not to leave evidence of my searching was part of the "hunt". Once i found it, you had a picture of a parents nightmare. An eight/nine year old playing with a loaded gun. I actually remember thinking "if mom could see me now". I had shot a gun once before and knew the basics of how to unload it. This was a new gun to me but i figured out the mag release and pulled back the bolt to check the chamber. After i was done with it i would load it back up (no round in the chamber) and put it back where I found it.

I must say that once the "awe" of handling a gun was gone I mostly left it alone.

Echidin
02-12-2009, 4:22 PM
Under the bed and in the closet.

live2offroad
02-12-2009, 4:25 PM
Pistols in the dresser, long guns in the closet... (shrug) firearm safety is one of my earliest memories

Prowler
02-12-2009, 4:26 PM
We weren't allowed to have guns, not even a BB gun. My parents grew up in Germany during WWll and saw first-hand what happens. They didn't want anything to do with them...

doran4x
02-12-2009, 4:34 PM
Double barrel shotgun loaded behind the front door. My wife's grandfather had guns all over the house. Under the sofa cushions, in file cabinets, dresser drawers, etc... Always loaded.

pdq_wizzard
02-12-2009, 4:43 PM
All over the house all loaded Dad didn't belive in unloaded guns, at 10 I had my 22 in my room and at 16 I got my 30.06 and a 22 six shooter keept all three in my room :p free to come and go with them but if I ever did anything that was wrong I would have been beat with them.

Barbarossa
02-12-2009, 4:57 PM
We weren't allowed to have guns, not even a BB gun. My parents grew up in Germany during WWll and saw first-hand what happens. They didn't want anything to do with them...

Thats interesting, my grandmother was raised in Germany during WWII, and was strongly against guns.

fal_762x51
02-12-2009, 5:09 PM
When I was young, I put down my .22lr in the corner behind the door, under the bed, in the closet, next to the fireplace, the car.

gdr_11
02-12-2009, 5:10 PM
Dad had shotguns, .22 rifle, 30-06, and a .38 revolver in closets and drawers. When I was 6 years old, he showed me the guns and gave me basic safety instructions on why I should never touch them (he was quite graphic about the consequences of poor gun safety). By 8, I was reading hunting mags regularly, and had a good respect for weapons of all types.

Playing with the guns or touching them without permission was never an issue for me or my two brothers. I believe this was because we respected (and feared) my father, and there was also a big thing in our house about personal property and respecting privacy.

Sad to say those values are probably few and far between in most homes these days

jtv3062
02-12-2009, 5:18 PM
My Dad kept his HK91 in my closet, Dan wesson .44 was under his bed. He still has the Dan wesson but sold the HK before the AWB.

zinfull
02-12-2009, 5:23 PM
In the stair well to the bedrooms hanging on nails and in a closet by the water heater. The shells were every where and you could always find some on the refrigerator by the door. Eight kids plus the neighbors and no problems with guns.

Jerry

Johnny Diablo
02-12-2009, 5:27 PM
My parents were early adopters of paranoia. My dad engineered several secret compartments in the house where the weapons were stored. He also had a 1500 sqft fallout shelter build under the house during the Cuban Missle Crisis with 18" reinforced steel and concrete walls, 1/2" steel doors, a dedicated well, decontamination gear, food and ammo for 10 years and....the list went on and on. My dad was a Naval officer so we had all kinds of ventilation parts and structural components from subs and ships that went into it's construction.

When we sold the house in the mid 70's, the new owner got a chuckle from all the extra "features".

Is this house in Socal? I wouldnt mind finding it and buying it.

Zaskar
02-12-2009, 5:58 PM
Shotgun in my parents closet. All ammo in my Dads night stand. .38 special snub nose Smith and Wesson loaded in his night stand. My brother and I knew NEVER to mess with these guns. If we did, we would have been beaten like a Govt mule!! Back then, you listened to your parents or else!!!

Kid Stanislaus
02-12-2009, 6:01 PM
That's awsome, I've been thinking about a bunker more and more lately.

Try to think about it less and less!!:D

Kid Stanislaus
02-12-2009, 6:11 PM
When I was a kid my dad had several revolvers and a couple of long guns. Just ONCE in 18 years did that sonuva***** let me shoot one of those guns. So today, of course, I've got a gun safe full!:D

Sam .223
02-12-2009, 6:11 PM
my dad kept the 2 pistols in his dresser and the rifles and shotguns in the closet, i was was given a very strick warning to never touch them when i found out about them, i was maybe 4 and i never touched not one unless we took them out shooting. i valued not having my hands broken.

gcvt
02-12-2009, 6:12 PM
My Dad had a custom gun cabinet built into his closet when he remodeled our house when I was a kid.

CaliforniaLiberal
02-12-2009, 6:27 PM
Couple of rifles in the back corner of the closet. Piece of rag tied over the muzzle to keep the dust out, but the bolts were always left open. Ammunition up on the closet shelf. Never a problem.

CL

BroncoBob
02-12-2009, 6:30 PM
My dad's shot gun and Marlen 30/30 under their bed. No hand guns until I was out of High School. He did keep his hand gun in his safe, mom hated it.

762cavalier
02-12-2009, 8:22 PM
Rifles in glass front gun case. Handguns (loaded) in nightstands. Sometimes just laying on the kitchen counter. I was even given a .38 with a mix of snake loads and regular loads for when I was out horseback riding on BLM land which bordered our property. Never had an incident as I was taught early how to use and respect them. Ah Good Times:thumbsup:

rg_1111@yahoo.com
02-12-2009, 8:45 PM
In a gun rack hanging on my bedroom wall.

Canute
02-12-2009, 9:57 PM
Guns in the closet, ammo in a dresser drawer.

rayra
02-12-2009, 9:59 PM
kept tucked in closets. And ADULTS taught kids the proper respect for them and proper handling, and took kids shooting at early ages so that their curiousity was satisfied, the dangers were obvious, and the mystery dispelled. Not that my redneck kin would put it in those words. But by golly that's what they did.
And it's an aspect of our culture that democrat-socialists have deliberately killed, for the most part.

Blue
02-12-2009, 10:03 PM
My dad kept my Red Ryder locked up for a while...then once the 22 came for some reason he let me keep it in my room (I was 11 or 12). I did make a nice gun cabinet in 7th grade that I still have, and kept everything locked in there. My neighbor on the other hand, his dad had EVERYTHING piled up in his closet and we were always playing with his stuff :o

BigDogatPlay
02-12-2009, 10:16 PM
My pop kept his rifles and shotguns in the master bedroom closet and the ammo was kept downstairs in the garage. He kept a Ruger Standard Auto .22 pistol in his nightstand drawer with a full magazine and an empty chamber. Not much of a defensive round in a pinch, but he never felt unsafe.

Later on he picked up a nice gun case with a glass front and kept his long guns in that in his home office. No one ever screwed around with his guns, we were taught much better and risked a hiding if we got caught fooling with them.

EOD3
02-12-2009, 11:16 PM
My parents stored guns the same way I did, in a rack on the wall or in the top drawer of the dresser. But I would also like to add, we DID NOT have locks on our doors until I was 16-ish years old. The keys were in the cars, the ones that had keys anyway. The curse of growing old; knowing how it used to be. :(

eijjie33
02-12-2009, 11:20 PM
Closets, drawers, underbeds, under the house, locked cabnets in the garage and sometimes on the kitchen table.

:thumbsup::thumbsup: right on but you forgot under the pillow :D

Rule .308
02-12-2009, 11:36 PM
Rifle racks on the walls of the old man's bedroom, pistols in his dresser drawers, ammo in the hallway closet, and all of the various long guns that he did not have racks for were stored behind just about every door in the house. Closest thing that we had to an ND was when I shot the old man in the butt with a Red Rider BB gun when I was 4-5 and when I took apart a shot shell for lead shot to shoot out of my home made coat hanger and rubber band sling shot, took it to school and shot some kid with it and he ran screaming to the office, heck we were shooting each other with rocks I figured it wouldn't be much different.

818gtiguy
02-13-2009, 1:48 AM
My pops alway kept a 1911 locked and loaded 24/7 in his nightstand dresser when I was a kid.

Fantasma
02-13-2009, 2:03 AM
Hidden, one nice hidden spot was in the closet. Part of the carpet cut out, floor cut out, box underneath it all where some where at.

AlliedArmory
02-13-2009, 3:18 AM
no guns in my house

TheBundo
02-13-2009, 3:59 AM
I was given my first gun at 8 or 9 years of age, a 22 tube mag, held 17 total, I think. I took it to show and tell at school one day. That was cool back then in SoDak. Other kids brought guns to show and tell also.

Parents taught respect for guns, and that they weren't toys. In fact, in out home no TOY guns were ever allowed, only real. But the real ones were in regular places, like in the hall closet by the coats and shoes, wherever. Unloaded. We were WAY more worried about nukes than locals back in those days. Nuclear survival drills at school, etc.

leitung
02-13-2009, 4:23 AM
We only had one gun the entire time I was growing up, My grandfather's type 99 arisaka which had the firing pin broken so it was stored in the garage for 20 years. When I turned 18, I fixed it up and shoot it often! Otherwise, no guns, my mother never felt comfortable around them. We had them in the house before she died, she got very comfortable around them before she died.

7x57
02-13-2009, 9:01 AM
I must say that once the "awe" of handling a gun was gone I mostly left it alone.

That's why I think one secret of gun-proofing kids is to do the exact opposite of what society thinks. Expose them very young, let them get over the novelty and mystery at an age where they cannot be unsupervised anyway. When they are older they will not only know *how* to be safe, they will not have the motivation of curiosity and forbidden fruit.

It worked for > 150 years....

7x57

CSACANNONEER
02-13-2009, 9:20 AM
:thumbsup::thumbsup: right on but you forgot under the pillow :D

Nope, I don't think there were every any under the pillows. I know that I would never feel safe doing it either. I move around too much in my sleep and I bet something bad would happen.

RobG
02-13-2009, 9:30 AM
Glass doored gun cabinet. It was out like a piece of furniture and nothing to be ashamed of.

locktime
02-13-2009, 9:40 AM
My parent's bedroom closet until I was 15, when I bought my own shotgun (Ithaca 37). I got a glass face gun cabinet to put in my bedroom, and took my Dad's rifles and shotgun to put in my gun cabinet, so it didn't look so lame with only one gun.

It also had a locking ammo drawer at the bottom which was handy to keep bottles of tequila in for the on-the-sly high school pre-party inebriation.

Vectrexer
02-13-2009, 9:41 AM
When you were growing up how did your parents store their guns?

Damnit I wanted a poll, how do I do a poll?

Let me also ask if you had any ND's involving kids?

Click on the Thread Tool lnk and choose Add a "Poll to this Thread"



The guns were kept unlocked in a place where everyone knew where they were. Later around 1980 or so they were kept locked in a glass display case for the benefit of the visitors. There were never any problems of misuse in our house.

till44
02-13-2009, 9:55 AM
My dad kept his hunting rifles in his closet, along with ammo and his AK. Pistols were kept in either side nightstands. Loaded mags but none in the chamber. I had a gun rack in my room for my .22 and air rifles. We had three kids and we knew not to touch unless we were going to shoot. So much exposure to them whenever we wanted took all the mystery out of them, there was no need to sneak around to play with them.

7x57
02-13-2009, 9:58 AM
Unloaded, in the closet. We never touched them.

When living in my dad's home time, every street had a parked, unlocked pickup truck with a loaded rifle in plain view of children playing. Nobody ever touched them.

In a small Western town it would be safer to date a man's wife than touch his rifle. :eek:

7x57

johnny_22
02-13-2009, 10:02 AM
So, no guns in the home, until I moved out. Go back and visit and there would be some new rifle or handgun to look at (but, not touch).

Now, I am more careful and have my own guns.

Santa Cruz Armory
02-13-2009, 10:07 AM
My parents were early adopters of paranoia. My dad engineered several secret compartments in the house where the weapons were stored. He also had a 1500 sqft fallout shelter build under the house during the Cuban Missle Crisis with 18" reinforced steel and concrete walls, 1/2" steel doors, a dedicated well, decontamination gear, food and ammo for 10 years and....the list went on and on. My dad was a Naval officer so we had all kinds of ventilation parts and structural components from subs and ships that went into it's construction.

When we sold the house in the mid 70's, the new owner got a chuckle from all the extra "features".

By chance was the house in Ben Lomond, CA? I know of a house here with a really cool bunker/shelter under the house. It has multi rooms, etc. Supposedly the old owner was a paranoid engineer or something...

ZRX61
02-13-2009, 10:13 AM
My dad *had* several firearms, but owing to them being bolted to the decks of various warships he couldn't bring them home.. but I did get to play with the shore mounted ones at the gunnery school when I was a kid. Mostly 4.5in & a 6in or 2

tmuller
02-13-2009, 10:47 AM
All guns kept in locking glass cabinet in the office. After Dad was done working in the office after work the S&W .38 made it's way into the nightstand until the next morning.

Similar to how I operate now, except it's actually a safe and replace. 38 with .45 but you get the idea.

Edge
02-13-2009, 11:51 AM
A few rifles in the closet, most in the attic space behind the closet. Pistols were kept in drawers. Nothing was locked until my Dad bought a gun case in my teens. We didn't mess with stuff. If we wanted to shoot Dad was always up for taking us to the range on weekends.
Now he has everything locked in a safe. I think it has more to do with crime being up than a safety issue.

twistedtahoe
02-13-2009, 12:05 PM
The fallout shelter made a fantastic wine cellar for the 15 years after the Cuban event that we still lived there.

wheres this house i want to buy it!!!!

CowboyShooter
02-13-2009, 12:07 PM
My dad had a shotgun for hunting and a Ruger .22 semi auto handgun for "whatever"... both stayed in his closet and I never dreamed of messin' with them. When I got my first shotgun (single shot Ithaca 20 ga.) when I turned 12, it stayed in it's soft case w/ my dad's guns in his closet. My grandfather (Dad's father) had a revolver that lived on top of a cabinet in the kitchen. My Mom's Dad had a shotgun that was usually propped up next to the water heater in their laundry room. My uncle was the big hunter in the family and had a real gun cabinet in their family room with a collection of shotguns and rifles. Ammo was in the drawer under the guns.

Amazing that my whole family wasn't wiped out by some deranged lunatic with all of those guns just laying around.... How about that Senator Feinstein? No gun locks or safes and nobody died. It's called responsible gun ownership. :thumbsup:

I know things are different in today's world and I'm glad to have a safe and keep my guns secure...

When did you first get "formal" gun training? For me it was an NRA Safe Hunter course when I was in the Boy Scouts.





:D

Sam
02-13-2009, 12:21 PM
We weren't allowed to have guns, not even a BB gun. My parents grew up in Germany during WWll and saw first-hand what happens. They didn't want anything to do with them...

Yet those are the times when guns are needed the most. Good thing the Allies could do a little bit better than asking the German Army to give up.

My dad had a safe for all of his Glocks and now they are in my safe.

The Wingnut
02-13-2009, 12:27 PM
I'm noticing a recurring theme among a few posters - no firearms in the house as a kid, and only wanting them more as a result.

Same here, only worse. In my mom and stepdad's house, no firearms, and I wasn't even allowed toy guns unless I got them myself or other relatives gave them to me. I had pocket knives and other implements, but these were tightly controlled, as well. I couldn't be trusted, had a short temper, my parents were 'scared' of me. At least, this was their reasoning. At 18, I went out and bought a helicopter crewman's knife as a present to myself, at considerable expense. My mother found it about a year later and CALLED THE POLICE to come pick it up. I came home from school to find a uniformed police officer in the kitchen holding my knife while talking to my parents. Sheesh.

Now, to my father's house: Lots of firearms. Leaning in the corner, in the office, reloading bench in the basement, in the bedside table, so on, so forth. No lock or anything, no safe, some were kept loaded. No NDs as far as I know.

...all of this served to give me an unhealthy fascination with firearms that bordered more on 'fanboy' than 'shooter'. Since acquiring my first firearm about 10 years ago, I've realized the weight of my situation and have changed considerably, but there's still a little childish awe. I keep all of my weapons unloaded and stored out of sight, except the bedside gun, which is stored loaded in a fake book on the nightstand. I don't have many visitors and never any children in my home.

I like the idea of teaching the notion that you don't touch, EVER, unless with permission. There should be no fascination, simply a healthy respect, similar to staying out of the street and looking both ways before crossing, and not standing in the driveway when dad's backing out. Sort of a 'matter of course' ideal.

bplvr
02-13-2009, 3:16 PM
I grew up in Pennsylvania.Most folks had an oak case with glass doors.
All of them had a 5 ft 'force field' around them. If you got caught inside that field you were about to meet 'Mr. Belt.' If you were at your friends house and got caught ,his dad would whip you and then call your house and Pop would whip 'ya when you got back. I can't remember any kid that was stupid enough to violate that community rule.When I was 10 I took my .22 to school for Show and Tell. The real crimes were committed under the cover of darkness ,when we would ride our bikes without headlamps. Personal
responsibility and respect for guns and others property was a way of life.

85FourEyedGT
02-13-2009, 3:20 PM
My Dad kept the rifles in the closet and loaded

I had my daisy pellet gun in my closet for "self defense" haha

My grandfather ran a convenience store in Mexico for 50 years, and in his cash drawer he kept a .38 special revolver.....I remember helping him count money and eyeballing it all the time :)

mdouglas1980
02-13-2009, 3:23 PM
All of the guns in my house growing up were kept in a very large very locked safe in my dad's closet(even my 10/22 and my browning lever .22). Usually only taken out when we went to Chester when I was a kid to the shooting range up there. Other than that my mother wanted nothing to do with them, to this day she tells me "if she had her way they would all be in the trash!"

eta34
02-13-2009, 3:28 PM
In the closet and loaded. My dad used to tell me a story about his uncle, who was the Sheriff of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. My great uncle used to come home from work, remove his service revolver from his holster, and place it on the kitchen table. There is stayed until he went to work the next day, despite a half dozen rugrats running around. They feared my uncle more than a gunshot, and knew not to touch that thing. Times sure have changed.

Decoligny
02-13-2009, 4:06 PM
Hidden in the celler wrapped in an old shirt.

My parents would have killed me if they knew I had a Springfield single shot .22 rifle at age 15.

They never did find out.

6266guy
02-13-2009, 4:13 PM
Some where kepped in the ole wood and glass gun cabinet, for everybody to see, and of course the overflow went in my dads closet, pistol in the night stand and 12 gauge behind the door...don't even think about touching em...we learned gun etiquette very early, even at 8 years old...I got to keep my trusty Marlin .22 bolt action in mine...so much for the old days...now with kids, I need 3 "legal" gun safes and several lock boxes

Bird of Fire
02-13-2009, 4:49 PM
Not a single one. Dad's a former marine from the vietnam era and decided he'd seen too much bad occur from guns. Never even had a pellet gun growing up.

One day at 24 years old I realized I didn't own any. So I called up the gun shop and asked wtf I needed to do to buy a handgun. 10 days later.... :D

Turbinator
02-13-2009, 6:02 PM
There were a couple guns in the house. We knew where they were but never once tried to get to them. We had our own toy guns and BB guns to mess around with.

Turby

acaligunner
02-13-2009, 6:09 PM
Pops would keep his rifles & pistols in his room, He told us, 'If you touch my guns without my permission he would put a whoopin' on us'

If anyone violated these laws, We would be taken to the garage, ( I guess because we didn't have a woodshed ), and hit.

But if you listened to my dad, he would teach you about any firearm he had.

On most Sat/Sundays, everyone would head out to the Gorman/Valencia area and drive down a dirt road, and shoot.

Of course this was when the area wasn't developed, etc.

acaligunner

oldschool88
02-13-2009, 6:27 PM
Under the living room couch when we were home, In the attic when we weren't. A couple in the closet also.

Harrison_Bergeron
02-13-2009, 6:33 PM
I only lived in a house with guns as a child for a year around kindergarten. They kept most of the collection in a large safe in the closet in front of the front door. There was one revolver that was stored in a drawer in the dining room cabinet that I would ogle whenever retrieving a new checkbook from the box. I can't remember if I ever touched or handled it, although I very easily could have.

When I was a late teen my mom's live in dead beat got his hands on his dad's old shotgun, he would carry it around the house with him. We would come home to find it resting in some random corner of a room. The ***** tried to show his superiority by teaching me gun safety, showing me how to know if the safety is on, he was the only one in the room qualified enough to handle it, luckily it was unloaded. When we ditched him my mom bought a gun lock for it and sent the key to one of his family members.

pottymouth310
02-13-2009, 6:43 PM
Ahhhh..... memories..:o
luv my dad, god rest his sole. He kept his pistol wrapped in a old rag inside him office drawer and his rifle in the closet next to the golf bag.
My uncle! (served in the 442nd) kept his in his office desk drawer too. next to the bulletin flier that were posted all over E. LA saying "All Jap had to report to their local civil service officer for internment" My Uncle told me "Remember your an American 1st" that stuck.
this was back in the '70s.

pottymouth310
02-13-2009, 6:46 PM
reading the other posts, Times sure have changed....

Ownedbydogs
02-13-2009, 7:02 PM
Dad kept a deer rifle and a shotgun in the closet unloaded. Snuck it out once or twice, but I never even considered loading them. Never even shouldered them unless dad was there. I just thought they were cool.

randy
02-13-2009, 7:07 PM
I grew up in rural Nevada. Guns were everywhere. In a closet by the door, drawers, next to the bed. I never did find any in the bathroom though. In the pickups they were on top of the sun visor, under the seat or behind the seat, in a gun rack in the back window.

They were a way of life. They were respected but not feared.

When I was in grammer school I had a jeep, a shotgun and a 22 rifle to cruise the hills with. I'd go hunting after school. When I was older we'd ditch school and go hunting. Where I grew up and when I grew up you could buy ammo when you were in grammer school. I'd walk down town to Raleys drug store and buy shotgun shells and 22's take them back to school and home on the bus.

In high school when I didn't ride the school bus I would always have a rifle, shotgun or multiples of them in the truck.
Funny nobody I knew or knew of ever had any problems with guns. Times have changed.

Salty
02-13-2009, 7:10 PM
Unlocked .357 with an extra speed loader in parents sock drawer, unloaded rifle, shotgun, and compound bow in the closet, locked snub nose in the car. I also had my own compound bow in my bedroom. Grandparents on both sides kept rifles/shotguns unlocked in the bedroom closet. My grandpa used to carry a .22 lever gun on the farm to pop golfers and such, after all they were eating his money.
For the most part though, no one in my family ever went shooting much. These were mostly old hunting and farm guns that were used at most once every 3-5 years and kept at ready incase of an emergency.
Most of my friends has BB guns in their rooms as well, and a few had bows like me. The yearly Super Bowl party was held at a friends house with a glass gun case that had 5-6 rifled and 2-3 pistols in it.

Nothing ever happened because our mom let it be known that should we touch a gun without an adults permission she would make hell on earth for us. The walls would turn red, the carpet would turn to fire, and she would morph into some type of devil creature and pierce our eardrums with banshee screams. Basically it just wasn't worth it.

Archery also taught me to respect weapons and such. For whatever reason, my Mom was ok with guns in the house, but we were never allowed to shoot the real guns, just BB guns and bows. We knew where they were, knew how to respect them, but never shot them. I remember my grandpa taking me aside when I was barely old enough to hold a rifle steady and showing me his .22 lever gun and 20g side by side. He told me about keeping my finger off the trigger, keep it pointed in a safe direction, told me how a .22 can travel over a mile, etc.

scrat
02-13-2009, 7:11 PM
under my parents bed. Oh and the pellet guns were put behind the front door. ya we used to have these racoons when i was a kid that used to always come around i dont remember why they were eating somthing in our yard. this was several decades ago. so Thats what the pellet gun was for.

aklon
02-13-2009, 10:37 PM
Dad kept a .38 in the bedroom when I was a kid and when I was twelve I got a Remington .22 which we kept in a rack in the boys' bedroom; ammo and a cleaning kit fit in a long drawer beneath it. There were five kids and we never had an accident or a problem involving any of the guns. (I got a Ruger Single-Six with spare .22 WMR cylinder when I was thirteen.)

This was is first in Beeville, TX, then Poway, CA, a long time before it got all built up. I remember when Rancho Bernardo used to be a real ranch; I rode horses myself out there.

devildog999
02-13-2009, 10:44 PM
Wrapped in a blanket and put in the back of the closet. Handgun was just in a soft case on top rack of closet. Good thing I never got curious

TheBundo
02-13-2009, 11:12 PM
My grandpa used to carry a .22 lever gun on the farm to pop golfers and such

After the worldwide ban on shooting golfers went into effect, I went out and played some golf, and it was kinda fun.

FS00008
02-13-2009, 11:36 PM
All over the place.

M1911
02-14-2009, 9:07 AM
My dad kept his Remington 1911 under under his bed. Back where I grew up (at the age of 16), my grandfather let me kept his 22lr Colt Woodsman and I hid it also under my bed. I don't think I can do that now that I have my own kids for safety reasons. I have to use the small gunvault with a "no eyes" key pad. But, I let my son keep his Daisy bb gun in his closet just to let him feel how to be responsible. When the time comes, he will have his gun or rifle and he would know where to keep it safely.

N6ATF
02-14-2009, 12:54 PM
No guns in my house growing up. But my uncle in rural PA had a windowed rifle cabinet in his living room last time I was out there.

otteray
02-14-2009, 8:26 PM
Never messed with my dad's guns that were stored unlocked or on a gun rack. If we did, we knew what was coming; unholy pain, served with his thick, black belt.
No need to mess with his stuff though; after coming home from grammar school, my brother and I could go outside the house and shoot our own .22s at jack rabbits.
Although, Dad did keep a bottle of Kentucky whiskey on the top shelf that we risked sipping on, once or twice.
Apple Valley, CA 1957-1962

M. Sage
02-14-2009, 10:25 PM
Rifles and shotguns hanging on a gun rack on the wall. Ammo in the closet. Loaded pistol in bedside drawer. 3 kids. Never did we (or our friends) eff with any of it.

Pretty much the same as my house. My brother and I never messed around. We were taught from a pretty young age to respect the gun.

Now staying with my friend who has two kids aged 8 and 12. Never a fear of having a gun out and leaving them in the room with it. They know better. The gun safe here is to keep thieves - not kids - out of the guns.

mstlaurent
02-15-2009, 12:21 PM
Well, let's see, there was an 870 loaded with 00 buck in the front hall behind the door, there was a Python under the couch cushions in the living room, there was a S&W .38 in my mom's nightstand, there was a Colt 1911 Officer's in my dad's nightstand, and (after my twelveth birthday) there was a Walther PP in my nightstand. All loaded, ready to go. The other 40-some-odd guns were locked up in a safe in the garage, more for anti-theft than child safety.

Oddly enough, my brother, who had many lapses in gun safety at the range, was not allowed to have a gun in his room, even though he is almost three years older than me. And, to this day, my brother hates guns and would surely call me a bad parent for having them, if the subject came up.

The other funny side was that out of all of my friends, I was the only one whose house was never TPed, because they all knew about the arsenal and were afraid of getting shot.

billd
02-15-2009, 2:02 PM
In the back of my Dads closet. Ammo on the shelf in his closet. I knew not to touch them or tell people we had them.

motorhead
02-15-2009, 2:58 PM
openly displayed in a rack. usually at least 1 loaded under a bed or in a closet.

MT1
02-15-2009, 3:09 PM
Locked in a closet, but I knew where the key was - didn't mean that I was going to play with them. Once I was 10 or so, I could take them on my own for target shooting, rabbit/bird hunting.

Locked guns will always be a temptation for kids without education/training - eventually they may find a way to gain access. I was taught about firearms from a young age so I never had the urge to play with them without adult supervision. Poor parenting & lack of common sense = child gun accidents, not a lack of laws and locks.

flamaest
02-20-2009, 10:32 PM
My parents were early adopters of paranoia. My dad engineered several secret compartments in the house where the weapons were stored. He also had a 1500 sqft fallout shelter build under the house during the Cuban Missle Crisis with 18" reinforced steel and concrete walls, 1/2" steel doors, a dedicated well, decontamination gear, food and ammo for 10 years and....the list went on and on. My dad was a Naval officer so we had all kinds of ventilation parts and structural components from subs and ships that went into it's construction.

When we sold the house in the mid 70's, the new owner got a chuckle from all the extra "features".

1st, I would have NEVER sold the house. That setup is worth millions today.

2nd, i think my eyes fell out of their sockets.. i want that house!

F.

Capt. Speirs
02-20-2009, 10:39 PM
Gun cabinet, top shelf in parents bedroom and never ever messed with 'em, cuase if the gun didn't kill ya, my dad would have.

cactus
02-21-2009, 2:44 PM
I remember my dad kept his shotguns in the coat closet with the ammo on the top shelf because we all loved bird hunting growing up. The deer rifles were in his closet with ammo. The handguns were were also on the top shelf of his closet with a couple in his nightstand. I think I was 7 when he bought me my first shotgun but I always remember my 22 and an old single shot shotgun in my room. It was common for him to come home and say " lets go shooting you grab the guns and ammo ill get us a Dr. pepper" in a bottle a may add. My earliest childhood memory is of me and my dad shooting his 22 pistol off an abandoned rail bridge when I was 3 ( so he says). Ammunition was plentiful as well as black powder all in the garage. I think when was 8 and my brother was 7 we got m1 carbines for Christmas dad said he knew weed love em and he got a hell of a deal. Never once took em out to show my friends did take them out to take friends bird hunting though dad didn't have a problem with that. Never played with them the toy ones were funner and we didn't have to clean the toys after use. That said all my guns are locked up as well as ammunition. Not that I dont trust my kids because I do. I don't trust other kids who have never seen a gun and the first thing they want to do is touch or play with it. I had a neighbor tell me once as I was cleaning a gun in my garage how her son doesn't like guns and would never touch them. To which the boy said " mom guns look like they would be fun you wont let me see them id love to go shooting with Aaron and Aidan". Different times!

Hunter158
02-22-2009, 8:50 AM
Dad's were unloaded in the linen closet in the hall... 1 rifle and three handguns. Bullets were on the second shelf. We (five kids) were told to leave them alone.

At the grandparents, I slept in the spare room that had maybe 20 rifles hung on the wall. Everything from Brown Bess's, Flint-locks, cap-and-ball, Garands, 1903's, you name it. On the other side of the room there was an unlocked glass cabinet with maybe 15 or 20 handguns like polished, Ivory handled 1911's and Colt PeaceMakers. Grand-Dad went to Military Academy in 1899. He met and knew a lot of people in the military and was given, had handed down, bought lots of amazing neat stuff. (all of it stuck with my only uncle, and all of his kids have no interest.)

Oh, yeah... NO AD/ND's

Sig357
02-22-2009, 9:39 AM
Closets, drawers, underbeds, under the house, locked cabnets in the garage and sometimes on the kitchen table.

+1 which was a big reason for me learning safety and how to shoot at a young age.;)