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Old 06-08-2020, 11:10 PM
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Covid caused me to up the readiness of a loaded handgun in the home.

Just me and the wife. When we are home a loaded handgun is in a ready access locked V-Line handgun case. (Being New Jersey, when outside the home we are disarmed, but that's not for this thread)

The V-Line will not stop someone with tools, but it keeps the SIG P226 secure when we are home and the SIG is not in the safe:



The SIG barely fits, but it does:



In low light the V-Line is easy to open with a push button locking device. I can open the V-Line by touch:



In low light against a light colored background the Meprolight tritium sights are easy to see and the outlines of the rear and front sights (no tritium) are barely visible:



In low light against a dark background the outlines of the rear and front sights (no tritium) are useless, but the tritium dots are clear:



However, I better make the first shot count as I suspect it will be difficult to see the tritium sights after the flash of the first shot.

Anyone ever try a follow up shot in low light with tritium sights?
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I shoot night matches couple times a year. I also teach flashlight techniques. If you have a flashlight, which you should, the night sights become moot. Where I like the night sights is a low light scenario where i can id my target but not find black sights.
Btw, if you dont secure that lockbox to somthing solid, bad guy just walks off with it. Also if right handed, orient the box & pistol in it so you can just reach in& get a grip on the gun. The pic you have would be fine for a lefty.
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I have the V-Line "Brute". I can secure a couple of Glocks and a 642 in it, in terms of size. Mine is bolted down to the floor.

Great little safe. Picked mine up a few years back.
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Great photos. I firmly believe in quick access safes of good quality. V-Line are among the best and come in many sizes. They have heavy gauge metal and the Simplex 5-button lock is simple, secure and negates any need for hoo-ha electronics that fail when you most need them.

They must be secured so they canít be taken, oriented correctly, and lastly, used.

Since my wife and I live alone and have an alarm system, other layers of security, and a locked, dead-bolted, frame reinforced solid wood bedroom door, I also have a strong magnet on my bed rail. The home defense gun actually rides there at night, but I either put it on for carry or into the nearby Ft. Knox QA safe that is the brother of the V-Line shown.

I have a Surefire X-300 light with grip switch, but I rarely attach it. I prefer using a handheld tactical flashlight. I have tritium night sights on most of my carry guns. The situations where they would be really helpful are so rare Iíve just decided as they dim in 5-7 years I donít replace the tubes.
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Have a V-Line thatís probably 20 years old. Itís bolted down to the top of an old dresser. Donít use it much unless we have guests.

When I do use it, I enter the combination but do not turn the knob.

I would suggest a light instead of relying on night sights. I was never a fan of gun mounted lights before. But trying to reach for my gun, flashlight, and glasses wasnít very quick for me.
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Btw, if you dont secure that lockbox to somthing solid, bad guy just walks off with it. Also if right handed, orient the box & pistol in it so you can just reach in& get a grip on the gun. The pic you have would be fine for a lefty.
The pre-Covid condition of the handgun was in the large safe.

But with Covid I want something loaded and at the ready.

The V-Line is only used when we are home. When we are away for even a short time the V-line pops into the safe.

I also have a flashlight at the ready
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The best place for your self defense handgun, is on your self! Why would you fix the gun to a stationary location when you move about the house freely? (Is NJ really that bad?)

Here in the "barely free" State of Ohio, if I have pants on, I have a firearm on. In normal times, I don't have a gun within reach while sleeping! (That probably saved all four of my teenagers' lives!)

I EDC a J-frame 49 no dash (and a 8 round speed strip). If I feel the need for greater firepower, I ADD to that one or two of my many options.

I had thought when I moved from the farm to the condo, I would be more exposed to "Bad Guys", but I find that having all these neighbors gives the bad guys many targets that are easier to get to and from, and are much more lucrative than my humble abode!

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