Some of us were there… and left part of ourselves in the rubble.
October 23, 1983 – At 6:22 a.m., a truck carrying 2,000 pounds of explosives drives into the Marine compound in Beirut and crashes into the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regimental Battalion Landing Team barracks.
I don’t do product reviews very often. Unless I become hyper-focused on something. Like I am right now. There are two products that I absolutely love with the complete idea of Home Defense in mind. Both are “holders” or racks for firearms beside your bed.
The first item I want to talk about is PS Products Holster Mate Bedside Shotgun Concealment Bracket. My personal primary home defense weapon is a good old fashioned 12 gauge pump shotgun. I am not going to discuss why’s or how’s. It is is what it is. This bracket (or brackets) are placed between your mattress and foundation. The “wings” extend 12 inches under the mattress providing a nice “cradle” for your weapon. Since it is rather generic, just about any “long gun” will work and fit just fine. They are plastic coated so shouldn’t mar the finish on your weapon.
The second item is parallel to this one. Magnets. Primarily for pistols. I like this particular set called
43 lbs Gun Magnet Mount 2 Pack – Rubber Coated Magnetic Gun Holder for Cars, Bedside, though I would not hang 43 pounds of weaponry off of these. Mounted at an angle on your bed frame, you can hang a handgun on the side of your bed as well. Or in my case. DO BOTH. With two magnets you also have the opportunity to put a small flashlight, magazine or other METAL quick grab items.
Either one or both will put your home defense weapon(s) within easy reach if you are in bed.
Your weapons should always be stored and secured in a safe if you have anyone in your home that may accidentally pick one up or if you are leaving your home with the weapons unattended. Both of these items are meant for the storage of weapons within reach while you are in bed and not for the storage of them in perpetuity. Basic gun rules should always be followed to the letter.
While the advertisement for the magnets indicate you can use them to carry your weapon in your vehicle, check your local laws regarding this. South Carolina, for example, this method of carrying a weapon is against the law.
These product recommendations are just that. YOU are maintain full responsibility for the safe and legal application of their use.
Some localities are passing, or attempting to pass legislation that would require gun owners to store their firearms in a safe inside the home. Here are my thoughts.
- With the exception of your primary home defense weapon why are you NOT storing them in a safe?
- How are they going to enforce this law? Even though I am retired law enforcement, I am not letting LEOs in my house without a warrant. There are some notable exceptions of course. So short of the suspension of the right against unlawful search and seizure… it ain’t happening.
- If someone takes one of your guns that you do not have locked up in a safe and gets hurt or hurts someone else, this law will be the absolute LAST of your concerns trust me.
This is another case of grandstanding by left leaning politicians just trying to make it “seem” like they are doing something.
Today is the 232nd anniversary of our Constitution. And like never before, it’s very core is under attack by the liberal extreme left.
“You have a republic, if you can keep it.” Benjamin Franklin
Q: How many people does it take to change a lightbulb in a Facebook group?
• 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed.
• 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.
• 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
• 17 purists who use candles and are offended by light bulb discussions.
• 6 to argue over whether it’s ‘lightbulb’ or ‘light bulb’.
• Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid.
• 22 to tell THOSE 6 to stop being jackasses.
• 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is ‘lamp’.
• 15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that ‘light bulb’ is perfectly correct.
• 249 to post memes and gifs (several are of someone eating popcorn with the words added, “I’m just here for the comments.”)
• 19 to post that this page is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb page.
• 11 to defend the posting to this page saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant here.
• 12 to post F.
• 8 to ask what F means.
• 16 to post ‘Following’ but there’s 3 dots at the top right that means you don’t have to.
• 3 to say “can’t share”
• 2 to reply “can’t share from a closed group”
• 36 People to post pics of their own light bulbs.
• 4 to say “Didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”.
• 13 to say “Do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”.
• 1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that (insert politician of choice) isn’t the brightest bulb. This usually takes place within the first three comments.
• 50 more to get into personal attacks over their political views.
• 5 admins to ban the light bulb posters who took it all too seriously.
• 1 late arrival to comment on the original post 6 months later and start it all over again.