Advanced Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Central Texas
Re: Bolt Action Question
The few bolt guns I own are stored, muzzle down, in a safe, with the bolts removed, and stored elsewhere; kinda makes stearling them an effort in futility, don'tcha think?
Try and 'sweet talk' Remington into selling you a bolt for a 40-X, and you will understand; their attitude is 'send us the rifle, and maybe we will find you a bolt', and it's always the same!
By simply removing the bolt, you have (1) rendered the rifle useless, as a weapon, and (2) worthless, to a thief!
I'm a 'single shot' rifle nut, and these do not always lend themselves to such an easy solution, but several do, and those are stored, breech blocks removed, and relocated, for the same end result.
My concern is reducing the 'desireability' of theft, for any given arm; if they cannot be sold, for a reasonable price, they likely will not be stolen!
My kids have full access to my guns, and, from age 6 or so, a lock would have been redundant; they grew up with guns, as now, the grandkids are doing, and afford them the respect, and attention, such things require.
For them, locks would be an added burden, to put the arm into use;in the few times, in the last forty years, such 'immediate action' has been called for, a lock of any kind would hve been a curse!
I suggest that education, not locks, is a better answer, to your issue.
For me, there are weapons 'stashed', around the house, in such a fashion that I am never more than a few feet from one, but remember, I LIKE dogs, and every one on the lot , even the little ones, have an 'attitude', about strangers; they, on request, will 'tolerate' you, but they 'trust' nobody but me; I get a 'heads up' before the knock at my door, every time!
EG, 'Brandy', my ACD, was a 'rescue' dog, a year ago, afraid of her shadow, then, but never knew a momma, as she was taken, far too young, from the litter, as a 'breeder', and bred hard, and often, from her first 'season'; when we first got together, my job was already 'cut out', for me; I had to be the Bitch, who she never knew. OK, I think I can do that; WRONG! Teaching a dog to 'be a dog' is a job no human should take on; while 'doable', it is more work, and without any guidance, than most will suffer! The saving grace was a most excellent animal, who needed to be taught, then worked, as a dog: she, and I, have made some adjustments, and have 'learned' our roles! She, today, wears a leash, twice a year, to go to the vet; otherwise, there is no need, except his rule!
She was severely abused, like in beaten, by a right handed man, in her past, and I am a man, and right handed; we have a bridge or two, to cross.
We are now well past that; she is far more a 'productive citizen', than anyone would have expected; she has become my 'war hammer', and 'protector', on four little 'cat ' feet!
She goes where I do, off lead, every day, and is as reliable as the sunrise; if I call, she answers!
Trigger locks, gun locks in general, I am opposed to; far better, to teach the children, about arms, and have one ready, to protect the dogs!
For them, without a dog,or dogs, I feel security my well entail a heavy safe,
and lots of work; for me, my job has devolved into protecting my dogs, and letting them take Jesus, to the 'would be' lawbreakers!
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry