Why You Need to Home Carry… Even in the Shower


Joseph Nizzari writes:

In my 18-plus years of teaching firearms professionally, I have encountered contrasting perceptions regarding various methods of carry. These modes include inside or outside the waistband, appendix carry, small of the back, 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock, condition three, etc. And, as always, I have addressed those different modes of carry with my students employing both my professional and personal opinions . . .

It’s been proven that an individual must first select a mode of carry that gives fast, consistent, and deliberate access to the defensive firearm from the same location every time it needs to be deployed whether or not that mode of carry provides total comfort.

In the words of the venerable Clint Smith: “Carrying a gun is not supposed to be comfortable; it’s supposed to be comforting. The gun that’s with you is better than the one that’s home in the safe.”

With all of that in mind, a question that keeps coming up is where to keep a defensive handgun while in the secure confines of one’s home. When I ask my students and friends where they keep their EDC handgun when they’re at home I get all kinds of replies.

These include, but aren’t limited to: on top of the refrigerator, on the counter, next to the bed, in a dresser drawer, locked in the safe, between the cushions of the couch, in the car in the garage or outside in the driveway, etc. (I always shake my head at the last one). And finally, occasionally, I also get the correct answer…on me!

It is my solid belief that a handgun should be on one’s person from the moment they rise until the moment until they lay their head down and enter dreamland. And when I mention that home carry also includes taking a gun in the shower I often get looked at like I have horns, a pitchfork, a tail, and I smell like sulfur. But more on that a little later.

One never knows what type of break-in will occur or where the point of entry will be. For example, if your handgun is in a nightstand drawer and you’re downstairs at your computer station and there is unauthorized access by an intruder(s) in a different part of the house, you won’t have instant access to that firearm.

And you won’t have enough time to go get it. If you do make an attempt to get to your gun and you have to go through an armed intruder, you now have a possible hostage situation (or worse). Another issue is that if an intruder is not armed and finds your handgun (or any unsecured gun for that matter) you will be at the same disadvantage and you will most likely find yourself at the business end of your own weapon.

I’ve heard reasons against home carry that are all over the board. Let’s address some of them:

1. I wear shorts around the house, where am I supposed to put it? (and this often comes from those that wear shorts outside the home).

My view: Carrying in shorts is no different than carrying in trousers.

2. I don’t like to feel like I’m being overly paranoid.

My view: Preparedness is not to be confused with paranoia. Paranoia is based on fear; preparedness is based on avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes.

3. I live in a gated community and we have a roving security guard.

My view: There are well documented cases of home invasions that have occurred in gated, guarded communities. Remember that gated communities don’t keep thieves out. If they want to get in, they will get in.

4. I have a large, barking dog.

My view: Although a dog is a good first line of defense, never depend on one as an early warning system. Dogs have been known to let intruders in with open paws. They have also been poisoned or shot prior to entry. It does happen.

5. I have children and I’m worried about the gun coming out when I roll around on the floor when I play with them.

My view: If you lose your gun while playing with your children, imagine what will happen if you go hands-on with an attacker. I would review my holster choices in this case.

6. I don’t want to make my guests nervous when they visit my home.

My view: Everyone who comes to my home is of a like mind and most likely carrying themselves. Therefore, it’s not an issue for me personally. On the other hand, if you are worried about panicking your guests, carry concealed and you won’t have to mention it to anyone.

7. Bring my gun into the shower? You’re friggin’ crazy?

My view: Aside from sleeping, showering is the most vulnerable time for home dwellers. When you’re in the shower the sound of the water will drown out almost any noise (including your barking dog). Your eyesight will not be the same as it normally is and your time in the rain locker can be timed by a surreptitious home invader.

It’s no secret that rapists have been known to stalk their female targets by observing the light in the window of their bathrooms at night. Rapists will note the length of time and how long the water stays running, giving them a perfect opportunity to enter the dwelling and lie in wait for the unsuspecting woman to exit the bathroom.

Like rapists, burglars have also caught on to this technique, too. Bringing your gun into the shower isn’t crazy by any means. It just makes sense.

8. My spouse/significant other won’t let me.

My view: I’m not always sure how to address this one, as there are several underlying personal issues at play here. I will suggest to those who need ‘permission’ to carry a firearm at home to review home invasion stories and videos from around the country with their doubting parnters.

Perhaps that will sway them to be more comfortable with home carry and get used to it as a way of life rather than some sort of paranoid voodoo. If there’s absolutely nothing you can do to persuade your significant other to accept the practice, you might consider pulling the ejection handle.

9. I have loaded guns in every room in my house, therefore, I don’t need the hassle of carrying one on me.

My view: That may work well for those who haven’t experienced a break in, but for me, I feel that having loaded guns placed all over my house increases my chances of arming (or further arming) an attacker.

Imagine a burglar coming in armed with a .25 Auto (or unarmed for that matter) and then confronting you with that loaded 870 or AR you keep next to your bed. And what if you come home while an intruder is already in your house and surprises you with one of your own guns? All I can say is, if you choose to store firearms this way, you definitely need to have a handgun on your person while you are at home.

In conclusion, you need to do what you’re comfortable with.. Personally, I always have a handgun on me with a spare magazine, a rear-activated light, and a folding knife.

Call me crazy, but as a wise man once said,

“Lord, make my hand fast and accurate.
Let my aim be true and my hand faster
than those who would seek to destroy me.
Grant me victory over my foes and those who wish to do harm to me and mine.
Let not my last thought be ‘If I only had my gun.'”
And Lord, if today is truly the day you call me home
Let me die in a pile of empty brass.”

(Yes, even in the shower!)

Joseph Nizzari is Director of Training Operations for Line of Fire LLC in Las Vegas


  1. avatar Sammy says:

    I carry in the shower in a rubber shoulder holster.

    1. avatar Rad Man says:

      Sweet! I use a Kydex BTC (between the cheeks) holster with a stainless 1911. It’s very clench-able.

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        I can just see it now, An intruder burst into you bathroom, and pulls opens the shower curtains and say’s “Hands up” and you reach up to the ceiling with one hand, while your fumbling around by your ass hole, with your other hand, trying to get the dam 1911 out of the holster!
        The perp will probably be laughing so hard, he will drop his gun!

        1. avatar Rad Man says:

          Admittedly, dry fire practice is rather wet.

        2. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

          Nice. But will he still be laughing when you need to squat down and push out your spare mag?

    2. avatar Wyatt says:

      When deep concealment is a must, carry condition brown.

      1. avatar Todd S says:

        LOL! I nearly spat Coke on my keyboard for that one.

      2. avatar Mike says:

        lmao +1 internets to you

    3. avatar pat says:

      I stick mine through a bar of soap and bathe with it

    4. avatar Ben says:

      Just in case, I shower with a bullet proof vest….this article is ridiculous. It is PARANOIA not preparedness. If I lived in Harlem or in the hood, ok, I’ll carry my gun at home….maybe. If you live in regular neighborhood and you still feel like you need to carry a gun while home you better get a better place to live. Yeah, home invasion can happen anywhere. Just like a meteorite can crash through your roof and kill you or a car can careen into your house and kill you. I think i stand a better chance at falling, hitting my head in the shower, and killing myself that way, but I don’t wear my boat shoes in the shower either. Get a life dude.

      1. avatar Doni L Juarez says:

        I am a single woman, my 80 something year old neighbor (where I used to live) was the victim of a break in by three young men who beat him to within an inch of his life. He literally could have died from the attack. He had firearms in his home, but none on him. Since I moved from there, I have been the victim of a breaking and entry. Both of these locations were considered safe neighborhoods by local police and sheriff’s offices. I carry all the time (except in the shower, but I do have my handgun laying within reach from the shower). If you paid attention to the news you would realize that it is not safe to go to a concert, church, nightclub, marathon race, school, Walmart, and etc. Therefore, if you don’t find it necessary to carry 24/7, then by all means don’t carry. But please don’t ridicule those of us who wish to protect ourselves and those around us.

        1. avatar Pat says:

          Agreed. Please don’t ridicule those of us who carry for personal safety reasons and confidence. I carry ALL the time because I was suddenly surprised by a guy standing in my living room one night. He ended up looking down the barrel of a 12 gauge because it was within reach of me. Normally, at any given time, there are 3 weapons on me. There are weapons EVERYWHERE in my home, my purse, my vehicles. Now…in the shower or tub, a weapon is within reach. Bathroom time is a vulnerable time. I live in a very rural area where we are experiencing lots of break ins and thefts. My weapons give me comfort at all times, because believe me, I know how to use them!

        2. avatar Mike says:

          well said…

        3. avatar Jeff K says:

          24/7/365 EVERYWHERE

      2. avatar Open Carry UTAH- OCU says:

        Then don’t carry at all ever! Anywhere! You have no legitimate purpose based on the principle of RLCS (reason, logic & common sense) to ridicule anyone who chooses to be prepared to take care of any bad situation that could take place in their home in the defense of themselves, family, loved ones and their life, liberty and property! When you imply that no one needs to be armed inside their house you’re really saying that you believe that criminal attacks don’t happen that breach entry into the home! That purely is apathy! Perhaps arrogance. I highly doubt you are a supporter of freedom, liberty and gun rights nor are you a patriot or have any heart or compassion or love for life because a true gun owner and patriot would NEVER ridicule anyone for their choices in taking effective and comprehensive measures to defend themselves and family!

        I carry a gun all the time at home and everywhere because I truly love my life and I really love my family and friends and care about people.


      3. avatar Robert Mustain says:

        Frankly, that’s your hangup. Throughout history, men have carried weapons with them wherever they go. It isn’t a mark of paranoia, it is basically a refusal to accept that I will always be subject to the violent whims of other men (or women). The advent of the gun has enabled even children to go on violent crime sprees. Carrying a weapon in the home to me is no different than carrying a weapon 24/7 when I deployed to Afghanistan. We managed to do so in a safe manner, and even enjoyed our off-time. We didn’t walk around the COP/FOB clearing every room or pie-slicing every corner, but we were also ready to put down threats both internal and external.

        Maybe it’s my life as a Soldier, but I refuse to be someone who waits patiently for someone else to come and save me when someone decides to do me harm. Chances are that I will never use this weapon currently tucked in my belt as I watch TV with my family on a Tuesday night, but I certainly don’t feel paranoid when I have it.

      4. avatar Tom Secreto says:

        Somewhere in the middle is where to be but burglars tend to rob better parts of town.

    5. avatar frank's gun shop says:

      usually spend more time on the commode than in the shower…so, yeah I keep one in the bathroom…….

  2. avatar Chris says:

    Agreed on all counts, my Bride used to get “bugged” by me home carrying, she got over it.

    1. avatar Ben says:

      Paranoia will destroy ya….

      1. avatar James in AZ says:

        I dunno how i stumbled on this article and found somebody replying after more than one year.
        Ok. Only the paranoid survive. Nuff said.
        I have a dedicated Glock for the shower. I just clean it every week like all other guns for EDC and home defense. The shower is used more than once everyday. No adverse effect whatsoever. Always loaded.

      2. avatar Jim says:

        Ben, you seem to be stuck on this “paranoia” thing. Perhaps looking both ways before you cross the street would be considered paranoia by you.

  3. avatar Jack says:

    So…how does one protect a gun from the moisture of a shower? I live in a humid climate, and keeping rust off my guns is already a tough job–even for the safe queens that I keep perfectly oiled and free of fingerprints. I’d really like to hear some useful tips for types of containers that will work in a shower.

    1. avatar Charles5 says:

      My wife and I don’t carry IN the shower per se, but we do have a cabinet directly next to the shower and on top of the cabinet (about 6.5 ft tall) we keep a Stainless Smith and Wesson 686 Plus, loaded with .38 Special +P. It isn’t visible from the door because it sits below a three inch high molding around the top of the cabinet. I cut a gap in the side facing the shower so we don’t have to reach up and over the molding and it takes a nano second to reach up and grab it. I keep it rubbed down with oil every few weeks and I haven’t had any trouble with rust forming. We also have the alarm panel in our bedroom near the bathroom door. Whenever we are home we have the doors locked and the alarm set for home. If my wife was in the shower and anyone broke in, she would hear the beeping even before the alarm sounded after the 30 second wait for entry. I have also trained her to lock the bedroom door when she is taking a shower. Now, we don’t have any kids yet, so some of this will have to be modified for children, but I think it works well for now.

      1. avatar Ben says:

        Man, find a better place to live.

        1. avatar Steve L. says:

          Hey, not everyone lives or can afford to live in Paradise, like you apparently do. Seen your other idiot comments here. Go get a life. No wait, I guess you don’t have to since you live in a crime-free, no guns needed zone city.

    2. avatar Rad Man says:

      Agreed. A stainless revolver within arm’s reach of the shower is the only game in town for a dedicated shower gun. I just drop the day’s pants with my carry gun holstered and leave it all next to the shower while I’m doing my bidness. Problem solved.

    3. avatar Ron H says:

      Waterproof dry bags like the ones used when white water rafting or a simple large zip-lock bag can keep a handgun dry in the shower. I like the more permanently affixed water proof box shown at the top of the article.


  4. avatar Gregolas says:

    Click on the photo and he shows you how he made it. Pretty cool!
    Jack, he used a waterproof box from the outdoor section of Wal Mart. $10.00

    1. avatar Jack says:

      Ah, I see it now. Thanks for pointing that out.

  5. avatar Ontheotherhand says:

    Dudes right, if I where gym shorts I wear a belly band. If I’m running or something I typically just carry my blade, if I’m trail running I typically wear actual pants so I just open carry. The advantages of having a buddy with a Crossfit gym is being able to keep my carry piece close by as I train

    1. avatar Charles5 says:

      If I’m lounging in gym shorts, I carry in a shoulder holster, much more comfortable than a belly band for me. When I go for a run I wear a PT-ONE Holster from Pistol Wear. It is surprisingly comfortable and I can carry up to my M&P9c in it if I so desired. However, more weight = less comfort, so I usually carry my Kahr CM9 or my S&W 642.

      1. avatar VSN says:

        If wearing light shorts that won’t support a full-size, then ankle holster–even in bed.

        1. avatar Ben says:

          You live in the barracks in Iraq??

  6. avatar Gunr says:

    Zip Lok bag. Leave zipper open, fold bag over to keep moister out.

  7. avatar jwm says:

    The Presidents Analyst. Good thing I’m not the only one to see that movie. “My shower gun is a magnum .357.”

    If you feel it’s needed in the shower why not just take the gun you carry at all times and fold it into your bath towel? Just don’t get slippery fingered and drop it in the toilet.

    1. avatar PeterC says:

      A S&W Model 60 Stainless Chiefs Special on a hook behind your towel is a good solution. Don’t ask me how I know.

  8. avatar ST says:

    Keep the gun on top of a counter or toilet, behind a locked bathroom door.

    The lock buys you time to shut off the water and gear up, should the need require. A gun locked in a safe when the balloon goes up may as well be on the moon.

  9. avatar Gunr says:

    Did I hear the instructor say that people accuse him of “smelling like sulfur”? That what my wife tells me after “an escape de gas!”

  10. avatar Hannibal says:

    “…I often get looked at like I have horns, a pitchfork, a tail, and I smell like sulfur.”

    Why? You’re not the devil, it’s just that sound like you have a serious paranoia problem.

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      So Hannibal; do you actually carry a gun outside the house? Why? Well; because there are bad people out there that will kill you for the tenny’s on your feet.

      So now you step back through that portal that has an impervious force field that can’t be breached except by a nuclear explosion; you know; the front door to your home, Now you can take that gun off and relax.

      Wait! You’re not from an alternative universe that has such a device? You mean you’re just a regular human being with locks that can be picked or kicked in 30 seconds or less by any bad guy with a little training?

      You sound like you might have some of the delusion/denial issues that our ever loving gun- grabbers have around GFZ and that impervious shield thing that those circle and slash signs provide.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      Hannibal, serious question to a LEO – I see all the time on the TV cop shows the detectives come home and immediately un-holster their sidearm and either lay it down casually somewhere or lock it in a safe. Is that a standard procedure or are they just doing that to increase suspense when the BG inevitably breaks noiselessly into their abode and catches them unawares carrying only their “gun?”

      1. avatar Bill says:

        Beckett on Castle and Lassitter from Psych seem to have guns squirreled away all over their homes.

  11. avatar Sam Spade says:

    “Carrying a gun is not supposed to be comfortable …”

    My experience. If you can’t find a comfortable way to carry, you won’t. And why should you? Find a way that works for you.

  12. avatar ThomasR says:

    Since I home carry; I bring the gun with me when I use the bathroom; for whatever reason.

  13. avatar Gunr says:

    I wouldn’t rely on a dog too much, We have a Black Lab that barks a lot. He’s an “outside” dog, including night time. However If somebody comes to our front door and forces entry, the Lab in the backyard isn’t going to help the situation much. If he’s inside at the time, the aggressor will probably shoot him first!

    I carry a NAA min magnum in my pocket (holstered) 24/7. I hope I don’t ever get caught with my “pants down” At my age it’s too far to reach!

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      I love the NAA Minis. They certainly are the BUG’s BUG. Anyone could carry one or more of them so I’m surprised that government hasn’t tried to outlaw them.

  14. avatar speedracer5050 says:

    My carry gun stays on me from the time I wake up till I go to bed. At work it’s secured within arms reach. At home, in bathroom or shower it’s in arms reach. In bed it’s within 12 inches of my hand! Better safe than sorry!!

    1. avatar MarkOwen says:

      I carry 24-7.Mi. is an open carry state and I carry both ways, open when I feel like it and concealed when in town. Just keep an eye on most doors, they will say whether guns are allowed or not.

  15. It all comes down to risk management and your tolerance for risk.

    If you need to have your handgun with you in the shower to manage your risk and feeling of security, go for it.

  16. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Here’s one for you: I don’t have a stainless steel gun that can withstand the abuse of regular humidity, and I don’t have the money to buy one.

    I carry at home, in the car, on vacation, when sleeping (well, next to the bed), at restaraunts, literally everywhere that isn’t a felony. If the baddies happen to get me during the 15 minutes I am in the shower, I reckon it was just my time.

    1. avatar Tom from Georgia says:

      Go with Navy showers – 1 minute to get wet, 1 minute to lather up, 1 minute to rinse off, done. 3 minutes out of 3600….it would definitely be your time indeed.


      1. avatar Gunr says:

        Tom, Wow have you really enlightened me! I was on a tin can and I remember that shower routine very well, except I had it wrong! I thought it was “one second to wet down, one second to lather, and one second to rinse!”
        No wonder my shipmates all avoided me.

      2. avatar SteveInCO says:

        The number of minutes in a day is 1440 (3600 is seconds per hour).

        Still, 3 out of 1440 ain’t bad.

  17. avatar akira says:

    One possible solution to the shower carry conundrum is to take baths instead and keep your gun on a little foot stool next to the tub.

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      But seriously. I’m lucky in that I really like IWB carry. It works for anything, including shorts, pajama bottoms, sweatpants, whatever. At home, I wear an untucked shirt over my gun and nobody is the wiser. It’s really become a nice, comfortable routine.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Tuco kept his gun on a lanyard around his neck. Even in the bath. “If you’re gonna shoot, shoot, don’t talk.”

      1. avatar Charles5 says:

        “There are two kinds of people, those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

      2. avatar Liston says:

        Here’s Tuco, from The Good, Bad, & Ugly:


        1. avatar Ben says:

          Great scene…so many people think they live in clint eastwood movie though….still say it is paranoia to home carry. To each his own.

  18. avatar T says:

    All good tips. I also carry around the house and in the shower. So it’s not so weird at all.

  19. avatar Ontheotherhand says:

    Taking a bath while smoking a nice cigar is epitome of success, plus with a nice Peacemaker clone I can live out my fantasy of being Billy the Kid

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      If I smoke a cigar whilst in the tub, I always burn myself as I shave my legs.
      I fear I’ve said too much.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Yes. Yes you have. And now I need brain bleach.

        1. avatar Maineuh says:

          I don’t really shave my legs, but I did volunteer to have one waxed once for a feature story about girl stuff. It didn’t hurt a lot, but man, it took forever for that hair to grow back.

        2. avatar jwm says:

          Maineuh, stop. I can’t afford that many gallons of brain bleach. One slick leg and one hairy leg. That just gives me the willies.

        3. avatar Gunr says:

          Maybe Maineuh is really a female! Do you know the real truth?

      2. avatar juliesa says:

        I know. I’ve done that countless times. No more smokes in the tub for me.

        Edit: reply to Maineuh

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I do that in the hot tub.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Good for her. She kept fighting til she had no need to fight more. And she was smart. She shot him with a .22. It killed him but gave him time to run outside, thus limiting clean up in her house.

    2. avatar ThomasR says:

      She saw the guy with a knife as she was getting out of the shower, then she struggled with him, falling in to the tub, fighting some more until she was able to get out into the bedroom where she had a .22 pistol and shot him 9 times.

      Nah; she would have been paranoid to keep the gun in the shower with her.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Maybe she was in the shower with Hannibal.

    3. avatar Bruce Provda, Esq says:

      Actually, that link no longer works. The correct one is https://www.nyccriminallawyer.com/police-woman-shot-intruder-9-times-in-self-defense/

  20. avatar Ronaldo Ignacio says:

    A 738 TCP fits everywhere, goes everywhere. A bit of Break-free keeps it nice even where the finish gets rubbed off.

  21. avatar FoRealz? says:

    I’m not worried about someone busting in on me in the can.

    Either they succumb to the smell or they faint from having witnessed how dead sexy I am in my birthday suit.

    Course there is always the G17 in the cabinet if all else fails. 😛

  22. avatar Dave s says:

    Whats the concern with rusting the guns? Arent we cleaning and oiling our weapons twice a day ?

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      I buy stainless to avoid that necessity.

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        Yeah, but what about the innards!

  23. avatar AZ47 says:

    stay paranoid.. never relax.. not even in the confines of a secure household. always stay on your guard and stress yourself out. that’s my summary of “home carry people!”

    this defensive gun lifestyle thing gets out of hand. it’s nice to be armed in public places when the (already minuscule) risk of ever having to use a gun is slightly more probable. but this tactical mindset shit 24/7 is exactly why the term “gun nut” was coined.

    1. avatar Charles5 says:

      Tell that to everyone that has ever been the victim of a home invasion, ever. Personally, I think I stand a higher chance of being the victim of a home invasion than being mugged on the street.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      If you carry when you are on the street you still have that weapon when you get home. You have to do something with it until you go to bed, why keep it strapped in its usual place, just in case?
      As for myself, I often find my Ruger SR9c a bit in the way while I am cooking so I swap it for my S&W Airweight in a pocket. Problem solved.

    3. avatar ThomasR says:

      “Stay paranoid, never relax, stress yourself out”
      Sorry AZ 47, this is more about your projection of your issues than it is about people that home carry.

      For me, I feel the same way about home carry, even in the shower, as when I put on a seat belt and have good driver awareness when in my car, having a fire extinguisher next to the stove, knowing CPR and being ready if a home invasion happens. Am I feeling “Paranoid, always on edge, never able to relax” in being prepared in these other areas of potential injury or death. Of course not, why should I feel these things at the idea of a potential home invasion?

      Yeah; AZ 47, it’s your projection of your own insecurities than it is about people that home carry.

    4. avatar Ralph says:

      I guess that AZ stands for Arizona and 47 is his IQ.

      1. avatar AZ47 says:

        if you can’t take a shower without a gun, I don’t think I’m the one with a low IQ. if you’re that worried about getting killed in the shower by a home invader, don’t take a fuching shower. what’s next? conceal a shotgun in your ass while having sex?

        seriously guys.. can you not see the headlines from left media after reading a blog post about showering with a gun? it’s a perpetuation of stereotype. I have a gun on my hip all day, on the breakfast bar when I come home, and on the nightstand when I sleep. but showering with a gun would make YOU full retard.

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          Then give me my sign. I don’t engage in any activities at home without a a firearm very, very close by or on me. (Yes, that includes intercourse.)

        2. avatar Charles5 says:

          Listen man, my Wife is a young attractive blonde, just the type that a potential stalker/predator would take a fancy to. I am in the Navy and I have to be at work early, early in the morning. Plus, there are a lot of evenings that I am gone for duty, not to mention extended underway periods and of course deployment. Anyway, my wife spends a lot of time in the bathroom everyday, between getting ready for work in the morning, taking a shower, etc. She probably spends 1.5 to 2 hours a day in there, most of which while I’m gone. If a rapist is watching and calculating, that leaves a lot of openings while she is in there. We have an alarm system, but for a deranged sexual predator, that is not a deterrent, it is an early warning system. There is an alarm panel in our bedroom near the bathroom door, so she can hear it. If the bad guy tries to break in when she is perceived to be the most vulnerable, all she has to do is reach up and she now has a Smith and Wesson 686 Plus, 7-shot 4 inch barrel .357 Magnum in her hand that she shoots VERY well. So excuse me if the safety of my wife is more important to me than your full retard opinions.

        3. avatar ThomasR says:

          Sorry AZ 47; but your fear around the idea that you would be “paranoid” to have a gun available while in the bathroom is not backed by fact. We are not gun-grabbers that base our decisions on emotion, denial and wishful thinking.

          Fact; predators look for a person that is helpless, weak and defenseless.

          Fact; you are effectively, blind, deaf, naked and defenseless while in the bathroom taking a shower.

          Big deciding Fact- The article talks about the fact that predators- (guess what) target people specifically when they are in the shower just because they know you will be deaf, blind, naked and defenseless.

          So you can use fact, logic and experience to guide your actions, or you can continue to be guided by delusion, denial and wishful thinking.

    5. avatar Ben says:

      Well said….home carry people are gun nuts…living in some kind of apocalyptic imaginary world, dying, wishing, waiting with baited breath for someone to come in their house so they can shoot.

  24. avatar Nate says:

    That’s just straight up paranoid. I mean christ, just put a gun on the counter or something if you’re certain someone is going to break in in that small amount of time. It’s unlikely, and then less likely because it’s a tiny span.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:


      No one is “certain” that they will be broken in on while taking a shower. But that would be the worst possible time for it to happen, now, wouldn’t it? At the very least Murphy’s Law says that that is when it will happen, therefore. But Murphy’s Law applies to inanimate objects; someone actively trying to outsmart you would be smart to deliberately break in while you are showering.

    2. avatar teebonicus says:

      Paranoid and alive beats “rational” and dead every time.

  25. avatar Punknil says:

    Fun fact: I live in CA, so home carry is all I do, can’t get permission to carry elsewhere, but I carry a 5″ 1911 and a LC9 equal amounts of time, including shower readiness, the lc9 showed rust, and not the Kimber 1911 from the moisture. be aggressive in your sidearm cleaning and lube schedule…

  26. avatar JC says:

    Ok. Usually I love just about everything on this site. This one is a bit out there. The first one I will address is under #8 where the author wrote “If there’s absolutely nothing you can do to persuade your significant other to accept the practice, you might consider pulling the ejection handle.” Really, you advocate for divorce over home/shower carry. You advocate for divorce, even if I have children who will have irreparable harm done by said divorce, over home carry to protect against something that will, in all probability, never happen to us (statistically speaking it is still rare for a home invasion to happen while the occupant is home). That IS bordering on irrational paranoia. That, if you are weighing the things that are important in life (your child’s well being and the financial destruction of divorce against the small likelihood of such an event), would be a poor bet.
    Second, as somebody who went on patrol every day south of Baghdad for a year (and another year south of Mosul), I accepted that sometimes, despite all of your training and vigilance, when it is your time it is your time. Unless you plan on pulling 50% security all night long–and during shower breaks–with your spouse (thus never getting a decent night sleep), and have blast doors, walls, and windows installed around every inch of your home, the potentiality exists that you will be caught unawares. Yes one of those times may be in the shower. Guess what, should an armed home invader come during your shower it may just be your time. Have the grace to accept it. Or not, but don’t pillory those who do.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      You could invite the intruder into the shower with you! It’s better to be shot by a “clean” shooter than a dirty shooter!……………………………………………I guess.

    2. avatar FoRealz? says:

      What all would involved with putting in blast doors and windows? Is it something a couple guys could do over the weekend if they were handy with tools?

      I giggle. 😛

    3. avatar Jason says:

      I think the problem is that some people lose sight of the cost benefit of being armed. He also see this in survivalist websites. The focus becomes so wholeheartedly on preparing for the worst that they forget to take into consideration the likelihood of that outcome. The calculus becomes, is there anything I can do to prevent this (exceedingly rare) evil from taking place. If there is, then they feel the need to do it.

      I carry, or at least I did when I lived where, it was legal, and I generally have a weapon close by. I think it’s fine to home carry, and even shower care if you want to. What I find absurd in this discussion (from the comments) that it’s completely irrational not to, or that somehow you’re not truly one of the AI if you don’t.

  27. avatar former water walker says:

    Wow this is paranoid. Lock your doors,put iron bars on your windows,move to the wilderness. My wife already thinks I’m nuts for having a loaded shotgun next to me. Guess I’m NOT.

  28. avatar Malcolm says:

    Watched the movie “Big Jake” over the weekend.

    John Wayne was carrying in the shower, and he needed it too

  29. avatar sean says:

    I have a gun in the bathroom as well. A highly polished stainless Charter Bulldog.

  30. avatar Michael B. says:

    I take a Glock to the can with me ever since a cop told me a surprising amount of people get killed while they’re sitting on the toilet. No idea if it was true or not, but hey, whatever. Just throw it up on top of the tank. No biggie.

    Showering, though, is a whole other animal. I guess I could just throw it on the toilet tank since it’s next to the shower. I don’t know.

    The intruder would have to get through locked doors and a dog first and I don’t have a problem running around naked wet but good god, you do not want to run around after dropping a deuce without wiping first.

    I figure if an intruder somehow catches me unaware while I’m sitting on the toilet it’s my last stand. Talk about a crappy situation.

    1. avatar Robb says:

      Pull the ole monkey routine; throw your poo at em!

      1. avatar Michael B. says:

        You know who gets to clean that up if I go that route? Me!

        No way.

  31. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    If you need ‘permission’ from the wife to be prepared to defend your family it may be time to take some of your “Man-Up Vitamins”. Explain in great detail why you’re going to do it, then just do it. If someone is going to pull the ejection handle, let it be her. PS. What’s she going to do to stop you? Withhold sex? You might find that in the end she’s more eager to be with a man that has grown a pair.

    1. avatar FoRealz? says:

      This guy gets it.

    2. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Yup. For some, this is a shit test. I’ve known men that have passed this test and their relationships were even better.

  32. avatar JC says:

    First, I don’t house carry because the good old Army just moved me to NY, where I have to wait for a permit to even have possession of my handguns (3-4 months). But even before that I stopped house carrying when my daughter was born because, until she is old enough to learn about firearms, I will hedge my bets. I will risk a home invasion so there are no unsecured firearms around her until I can educate her.
    As to mr macho, straight from the 1950s, “she’ll appreciate a man with a pair who tells her what to do, makes all of the decisions, and expects obedience,” there are many things she could do that I would find infinitely worse than withholding sex if you alienated or angered her enough. First. If you have children it matters not who “pulls the ejection handle” your children will suffer and, statistically, will be at a great disadvantage in life. That is worse, for me, than death let alone no sex. Second, in said divorce, she would paint you as a gun nut lunatic who is endangering your child’s life. This would almost certainly limit your custody rights. Having little or no involvement in my daughter’s life is worse than death for me, and certainly worse than no sex. She could call the police and claim you threatened her with your firearms. Now, apart from having no custody you would now be facing prison time, hefty legal fees, and the loss of your firearms freedom. Again, worse for me than death or no sex. I could go on and on but you get the idea. Despite the tenor of the arguments here, there ARE things in life more important than carrying a firearm 24/7 and the illusion of control over all of life’s variables; they start with my daughter’s best chances for success and my continued involvement in her life.

    1. avatar Michael B. says:

      Jesus Christ, are you married to a woman who would do all that?

      I think you ****ed up, dude.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        If he has reason to be concerned about all of that then the enemy is already within the parameter; home invasion has already happened.

        1. avatar JC says:

          Micheal B and John, you miss my point. No I don’t believe my wife wants to do any of that, as long as she is my wife and our relationship status-quo remains the same. I believe her to be a rational and caring person. What you fail to recognize is that ALL of that goes out the window in the vast majority of divorces. Think to yourself, how many truly amicable divorces have you witnessed. How many heretofore rational, reasonable, and loving women become vindictive monsters, egged on by her divorce lawyer, bent on completely destroying their soon to be ex-husband and gaining sole custody of any children. If you believe that could not happen to your wife you might want to take your head out of the sand; divorce is orders of magnitude more likely than a home invasion.

          More to the point, for you guys, I don’t believe that my wife would leave me for home carrying. She might think I was battshit paranoid, but she would not leave me. That said, she MIGHT think about leaving me if I had a conversation with her that started with, “look at all of these horrific examples of home invasions, now you are going to allow me to wear my weapon anywhere I damn well please because I am the man of the hosue…you silly irrational woman,” which, based on the misogynistic (or at the very least paternalistic) tenor of his comment, is how I envisioned soccerchainsaw approaching the woman in his life about the topic.

        2. avatar John in Ohio says:

          I’ve been through two divorces; the second of which I retained custody of the children and raised them as a single dad (no offspring in first marriage). I have always carried at home. Her approval didn’t figure in the equation for either marriage.

  33. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I find my Remora holster to be awesome. As a matter of fact, it’s where my EDC P238 lives when it’s not in my SuperTuck on my belt. If I haven’t put on a belt yet, or have taken it off for the day, the P238 is in the Remora, and it tucks and holds well in anything from jeans to cargo shorts to pajama pants. I don’t always have it on me, but it’s within arms reach, and if I go outside with the dog, it’s easy to slip into my waistband and go.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Oh, I forgot. I do not shower carry per se, but I may have one within arms reach outside the shower. Or I may not.

      I see a good tactical reason to have a gun squirreled away at the “furthest point of retreat” in any given home. In most homes, that will be the shower, or at least the bathroom that contains the shower. If you keep a gun at the “furthest point of retreat,” you’ll always have one somewhere “behind you,” meaning you never have to get closer to an intruder to retrieve a firearm.

      If you really want it hidden (or have no better concealment options), put it in a heavy-duty Ziploc freezer bag with a half-cup of rice in the bottom, and drop it in the toilet tank. It’ll be fine for months (if not longer), assuming it was dry and lubed when it went in.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Matt, you just went green on us to boot.
        A water saving method has been to put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water needed to refill the tank.
        By placing the gat there, you killed two birds with one bag.

  34. avatar Mark N. says:

    Carry a gun into the shower? No way, no how. Being male (and old) I am not at risk for a stalking rapist. And the vast majority of burglars around here are meth heads who crash at 3 am and get up at noon. I’ve showered by then.

  35. avatar Texas Colt carry says:

    Seems everyone is missing important thing in the OPs article. It’s the observation from the outside by a potential intruder and that’s your habits. Observing from the outside where you will be and when.

    Mix up your habits as much as possible keeping the potential aggressor off guard and maybe not worth his effort. The wife and I do this as well as changing up our dog walk times and routes. Nobody will ever predict where or when we are anywhere.

    And its also fun and interesting for us.

  36. avatar defensor fortisimo says:

    So you’re saying you’re a never nude

  37. avatar Jason says:

    Meh, at some point the benefits of preparation outweigh the costs. If I am unlucky enough to be attacked while in the shower so be it. The gods will decide the outcome.

    1. avatar teebonicus says:

      Sheeeyeah. It’s really “that” inconvenient.

      Good habits are easy, once ingrained.

  38. avatar Bobby B says:

    It’s not hard. Buy an ugly revolver or any of a million small semi autos and an IWB holster. fasten the holster to the wall somewhere the gun won’t get directly sprayed. Properly clean and lubricate the gun, routinely. Insert it into the holster when showering. Retrieve when done. A shoulder holster or ankle holster should suffice if you like to lounge after showering. I wouldn’t even swim without a revolver at least.

    1. avatar Fanfare _Ends says:

      What and how do you carry when you are swimming (aside from “with great bravado”)?

      Seriously, I am contemplating moving to a beach area and was always wondering how people carry at the beach, or in a pool.


      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        A diving knife in your teeth, of course! 😀

        Seriously, I carry just about at all times and have my sidearm very nearby when I sleep and I don’t recall ever carrying while swimming. I wouldn’t fault someone for doing so but I just never found a reasonable way for me to do it. I couldn’t imagine actually swimming with a revolver on my ankle like Bobby B suggested.

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          Edit isn’t working again. That last sentence should be something like, “I couldn’t even imagine actually swimming like Bobby B suggested unless it was some really small revolver like a NAA mini.”

  39. avatar J. Vindictive says:

    I also carry in the shower, as seen here


    1. avatar bozo says:

      lmao – nice

  40. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Ridicule is too often used by those who are uncomfortable with reality, which they usually replace with practiced rationalization and a smidgeon of fiction. That said, I think a few of the Armed Intelligentsia here have just lost their A.I. ranking.

    First, too many here sound like they’ve never heard of waterproof boxes. Really? That’s uh…..totally embarrassing. And silica dry packs, heard of those? The lack of serious thought by the TTAG regulars is profoundly disappointing. The house I’m renovating had a space in the bathroom for a shotgun and 2 handguns, both kept perfectly dry with very little effort. There’s more idiotic paranoia about rust going on, than about being caught naked and defenseless. Secure, dry, firearms secretly located in the bathroom and shower? That’s absolutely goddamn right. Oh, and fuck “paranoia,” and any asshat who uses that word to dismiss and ridicule. That’s one the favorite verbal weapons the gun control Leftists like to use on us. Being prepared is not being paranoid. Are the Boy Scouts paranoid?
    From my perspective, security is supposed to be total; as in, wherever possible, and not having a secure firearm stashed in the bathroom and/or shower, is less than serious about being prepared. You mean you DON’T have a gun stashed in the one room where you’re usually completely naked and the most vulnerable in your own home?
    Ya, why would anyone want to stash a gun in there?

    1. avatar Wayne Clark says:

      Thank you! I’ve been reading & avoiding any arguments about paranoia & gun nut arguments, basically, because they are entitled to their opinion as I am of mine…but mostly, because it would do no good. Haters gonna hate, doubters gonna doubt & those that need to put others down for seeing things differently, will…well, make asses out of themselves. You though, brought out points I was keeping to myself…& I won’t be redundant…but I will ad what I told my wife when she asked me why I bring my gun, “EVERY TIME WE GO OUT?”. I simply said, provide me with the bad guy’s schedule & I’ll only bring it then. She says nothing ( mostly) anymore. Same applies at home. They give no schedule, so neither will I. Guess when I’m carrying if it makes you feel better.
      To the one that said home invasions occur mostly when nobody’s home, I think those are called, burglaries.

  41. avatar Marion Crane says:

    Carrying a gun in the shower, huh? That’s ridiculous; what could possibly happen to me in there?

    1. avatar Norman Bates says:

      Yes, Mother told me nothing bad can ever happen to you in the shower.

      1. avatar teebonicus says:

        Heh-heh-heh. Nice touch.

  42. avatar Skyler says:

    Even in a war zone I don’t bring a weapon into the shower.

  43. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    “These modes include inside or outside the waistband, appendix carry, SMALL OF THE BACK 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock, condition three, etc. ”

    Who in their right mind is advocating small of the back carry? Anything short of clinching the gun between your butt cheeks is better than small of the back carry.

    1. Falling or being pushed on your backside, which is possible in a fight, can easy result in a broken back, or badly bruised tissue, at the very least. Between the ground, metal, and bone, bone gives out first.

    2. At what point during anything with the word “fight” in it (e.g.,gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, wiffleball bat fight) does putting both hands directly behind your back seem like a good idea? Never would be the answer if you plan on winning.

  44. avatar Ian Moore says:

    Unbelievable how the US has come to this. I’m so glad I live in the UK and we don’t have a constitution that states you have the right to bear arms. I’m staggered by the comments and measures you take to protect yourselves. At least I can shower in peace without being shot at anywhere in my country it just sounds so desperate, messed up and most of all very sad for anyone who feels they need to protect themselves to such a degree.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      The fact of the matter is you suffer more violent crime over there than we do (though less of it is murder). Of course that assumes your crime reporting is honest, and it has been revealed that your police are not above cooking the books to make it appear lower than it is.

      1. avatar Jason Lynch says:


        http://dispellingthemythukvsusguns.wordpress.com/ is well worth a look: we really do seem to be safer over here, than over there, largely because of differences in definition of matters like “assault”. In the UK, “the appropriate charge will be one of Common Assault where no injury or injuries which are not serious occur” (from the CPS) which is usually compared to the US “aggravated assault” statistics – but in the UK “assault” is a raised fist or a push in the chest. Hence, we seem to get a lot more “assaults” than the US.

        Comparing to the US and trying to match Royal Gala with Golden Delicious, the relevant offence in the UK would be “grievous bodily harm” to match against “aggravated assault”: on that basis, you’re 690% more likely to be “assaulted” in the US than the UK. (yes, about *seven times* more likely: 241 vice 35 offences per 100,000 inhabitants. (Reality probably misses some of the most serious “actual bodily harm” offences in the UK, which would reduce the imbalance a bit)

        Some offences are fairly level pegging. Robbery, rape, knife attacks and car theft are fairly level pegging (robbery 10% more likely in the UK, stabbing 27% more likely, car theft 29% more likely in the US, rape of a female almost dead even). However, the burglary rate is 52% higher in the US, the murder rate is four times higher, and fatal shootings are 3,520% higher in the US…

        Of course this is susceptible to books being cooked, selective reporting, et cetera, but that goes for both sides: and it’s evidently not the UK where people are under such an incessant lethal threat that they feel the need to be armed every second of every day even while locked inside their own homes. (This makes a recreational visit to the US sound more dangerous than a military deployment to Basra, where weapons weren’t carried in the heads, showers or mess halls… and nobody died as a result)

        In the UK, violent home invasions aren’t utterly unknown, but they’re extremely rare, very newsworthy (precisely because of their rarity) and you’re statistically at more risk from lightning strike than from a crazed mob kicking down your doors.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Comparisons to Basra and the like are a false analogy. You’re talking about someplace that has 24/7 perimeter security. Unless you’ve got someone walking the fence at your home, what happens in places like Basra is completely irrelevant.

        2. avatar Lucas D. says:

          That’s kind of the problem, isn’t it? The Brits largely have no problem with increased surveillance, police presence and government control over their lives because they are not free citizens, but rather subjects who choose collective security over individual liberty. They are absolutely fine with having no fundamental rights, but instead a list of privileges their wise and benevolent rulers bestowed and can revoke at any time. It’s a different mindset that I can’t understand, and I thank Christ I don’t have to live with it yet.

    2. avatar Charles5 says:

      Ignorance is bliss, indeed.

    3. avatar Albaniaaaaaaaaa says:

      No one needs to protect themselves in the shower, they just decide to take extra precautions which amounts to little more than carrying a phone that is on the heavier side (and can kill lol). Personally I don’t feel the need to be so vigilant in my home, but that’s me and I live in a relatively higher crime area.

    4. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      I’m glad you live in the UK too, keep it that way.

      Please don’t try to pull a Piers Morgan.

    5. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      Criminals attacking other criminals during criminal activity are responsible for something like 80% of murders in the U.S. regardless of the murder weapon. And domestic violence is responsible for many of the remaining murders in the U.S. where weapon choice is immaterial. (A person who decides to murder their spouse can easily poison them or kill them with a hammer while they are sleeping.) If you are not a criminal and do not have a violent spouse, your odds being a murder victim in the U.S. are exceedingly low.

      Of course there are some number of attempted assaults, armed robberies, car jackings, sexual assaults, and home invasions. Keep in mind that those crimes happen about twice as often in the U.K. as they happen in the U.S. But more importantly, the good people who arm themselves are almost never physically harmed in any of those events. The good people of the U.K. cannot make that claim.

      So say what you want. I know that I will almost certainly prevail over a violent attacker if today turns out to be my “lucky” day, regardless of whether that attacker shows up in my home, on public streets, or in a business. You cannot say that.

    6. avatar teebonicus says:

      Ever see Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”? You MAY want to rethink that.

    7. avatar Paelorian says:

      If I lived in basically gun-free, minimal-crime contemporary Japan, I’d have no fear of being assaulted in the shower, yet I’d still wish to shower carry. The primary reason I carry a weapon is not fear of violence, it’s warrior spirit (or in Japan, bushi damashii). Being prepared for as much as possible, within reason, is strength. If I carry a weapon elsewhere, then that time when I disarm myself for a half hour to take a shower would be an obvious weakness. I want to be strong, prepared, and hard to kill, whether that makes a difference in my life or not. Someday the environment I live in may be different and these practices and habits will be life-savers. Many of us are not so far removed from such experiences, like TTAG founder Robert Farago’s father, who barely survived mass murder and genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany. If I never encounter that, good, I want to be safe. Being strong and prepared is simply part of who I am.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        You put into words some thoughts that had been in the back of my own mind for some time; well stated! Also, it occurs to me that people, to whom a firearm had become second nature, would be more inclined to gave a visceral reaction against any attempts by government to disarm them. Such a people would be so accustomed to being at all times armed that it wouldn’t take much thought for them to resist being legislatively or administratively disarmed. I’ve been armed all of my adult life and much of my late childhood so it might play into my automatic disdain for being disarmed; being armed at all times became a part of me.

  45. avatar jimmyjames says:

    My wife has often asked “what are you afraid of” when seeing me arm up with my edc knife and G26 in the cup holder in my vehicle. My answer, “not a damn thing”. Like a friend of mine told his wife one day, “you need to have a near death experience”. I dont think that would even help my wife. Some folks just dont get it and never will.

    1. avatar Joe sansone says:

      Why carry at home, some people ask? Did anyone see the episode on that “Forensics”. TV show where the elderly home owner had a foot race with the home invader to the bedroom night stand to get his handgun?….Guess who lost the race…his gun….and his life ? The home owner….too old, too slow,now dead and buried! BTW, folks, The US Coast Guard has a motto….Semper Paratus ( Always Ready) …..paranoid? I don’t think so. If you have a comfortable IWB, you should have little discomfort with a home concealed carry. ….also everyone please check your smoke detector batteries….no one should call you paranoid for that either.

  46. avatar Albaniaaaaaaaaa says:

    Sometimes I bring my EDC pistol in the bathroom when I shower but that is usually only if it was on me already. I am not too concerned with carrying in the house.

  47. avatar PeterC says:

    On a quiet Saturday morning some years ago, a good friend and shooting buddy of mine was having breakfast with his wife, when some psycho broke in and shot him to death for no reason. My friend was 6 ft. away from his loaded pistol in a kitchen drawer. I have carried, or had a gun within close reach, 24/7 ever since.

  48. avatar Jason Lynch says:

    Matt in FL,

    Two words – “insider threat”.

    (Can’t do inline, haven’t got a “reply” option on your post)

  49. avatar Camo says:

    This one is not that complicated. If you home carry, which you should, there is no excuse to not have your gun in the bathroom at arms reach when you’re in there. Simple fix, revolver in a big ziplock bag. Shoot through bag if necessary. Remove from bag when you leave. Easy.

  50. avatar bozo says:

    Meh – I guess a watertight box in the shower would be the ultimate anxiety med, but I’m good with “within diving reach”. Should some elite team circumvent my perimeter with complete stealth – they damn well deserve that kill.

    As an aside… now that I think about it… if you’re that insecure and believe you need a watertight box in the shower… re-evaluating your perimeter security may be in order.

  51. avatar teebonicus says:

    “It is my solid belief that a handgun should be on one’s person from the moment they rise until the moment until they lay their head down and enter dreamland.”

    Absolutely, impeccably correct.

    The only time one should not be armed is under conditions where being discovered would result in an arrest and conviction (or worse).

    Corollary to that is that one should never go anywhere one cannot legally be armed, unless one can’t avoid it without penalty of law (i.e. jury duty, etc.).

  52. avatar Ole Twinkster says:

    Soooo let me get this straight,,,,, ALL you people take showers or baths ???,,,EVERYDAY ?????

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Um, yeah? Sometimes twice.

  53. avatar askeptic says:

    I think John Wayne demonstrated that (carry in the shower necessity) quite well in “Big Jake”.

  54. avatar warbler says:

    I carry mine shoved firmly up my ass, at all times! more gun owners should do this, to be extra safe!

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      I’m surprised that it fits up there with your head in the way. 😀

      1. avatar warbler says:

        oh, you big ol’ meanie! Don’t Tread On Me.


  55. avatar Dennis Maher says:

    I have lived 70 years now and have never owned or carried a gun. It has never occurred to me to do so. I don’t think I need one or ever needed one, even when I lived and worked in the inner city of Chicago and Trenton NJ. I do not assume that there are very many people out there who wish to commit mayhem, and the likelihood that I will encounter them is small. I stopped a rape in progress in Chicago and a theft by shouting and chasing the perps away. Such people are usually scared of getting caught. I have showered nearly every day of my life and have never thought about being attacked. One should be alert, especially in cities. This allows you to get away from potentially dangerous situations. I always thought Dodge City KS had a good policy of insisting that cowboys check their guns with the sheriff or marshal. I think some people watch too many films such as Death Wish or Dirty Hairy. Such films make people fearful.

  56. avatar James madison says:

    What a sad life these people must live if they are that paranoid. There are many psychiatrists that treat paranoid personality disorder. There is no cure but there are prescription meds and therapy that may help. Also, not ingesting everything the NRA tells you to be fact would also help. Good luck.

  57. avatar Dave says:

    I’m not entirely sure how you can sleep at night knowing that during those you are at your most vulnerable state. I mean, if they’re gonna break in while you’re in the shower, surely they know that an even better time would be at 2 AM while you’re fast asleep.

  58. avatar Alex says:

    This seems extreme and paranoid. I’m not totally fond of guns nor am I totally against them. I just think that to be this worried about protecting my life that I need a gun with me at all time I wouldn’t get to enjoy life to its fullest I’d be so worried. I would rather live a full and diverse, scary and passionate life than carry a gun around everywhere because I’m so scared of death. Death comes to everyone eventually, and I have accepted that.

  59. avatar Jake says:

    it really is a sliding scale. when you’re making drastic preparations to prevent the loss of your life, do any of them matter if you are sacrificing so much of your life in the mean time that it becomes meaningless anyway?

    I liken it to the same attitudes grabbers have: you give up so much of your freedom for security, and you end up with neither.

    I carry, every day. At work, at home, etc. I carry a full sized pistol, owb, with an attached weapon light, which is far more gun than most people that carry pick up. it’s a chore sometimes, but i feel very comfortable with it now. However, I don’t carry a back up gun. Or 2. I don’t completely avoid bars or restaurants that serve alcohol. I don’t refuse to attend professional sporting events because they ban firearms.

    If personal safety is such a concern, do you refuse to eat hamburgers? Or any other fried food? Do you *always* wear your seatbelt? Do you *never* consume alcohol? Do you see your physician on a bi annual basis for a physical? Do you ever speed? Do you ever go out after dark? Heart disease or an auto accident are a hell of a lot more likely to kill you than an armed assailant, so I sure hope you quit eating garbage food and started using public transportation solely before you installed your shower revolver lock box.

    You have to live your life. If the gun in the shower makes you feel more comfortable and it’s not too inconvenient, go for it. But the idea that I’m a fool, unprepared, or under armed because I don’t constantly carry a complete arsenal with me in my home or out is a little obnoxious.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      You have to live your life. If the gun in the shower makes you feel more comfortable and it’s not too inconvenient, go for it. But the idea that I’m a fool, unprepared, or under armed because I don’t constantly carry a complete arsenal with me in my home or out is a little obnoxious.

      Well stated and I agree.

  60. avatar Tom Human says:

    Gosh, you should consider moving somewhere less terrifyingly dangerous than wherever it is you live.

    Overall in the US, you’re much more likely to die slipping and falling in the shower than you are to die in a home invasion. But I imagine you live somewhere really dangerous where home invasions happen all the time.

    You should consider whether the cheap rent is worth constantly living in fear. It wouldn’t be worth it for me and my family.

    1. avatar Terclinger says:

      Not everyone can afford to move to a better neighborhood.

  61. avatar Rennie Miller says:

    Yep, preparedness is the only truly sane path to follow. Besides my Glock 42 with super sized magazine loaded with armor piercing bullets, I have a garland of garlic around my neck…and a wooden spike to protect against vampire attacks. I keep vinyl records around to protect me from the zombie apocalypse ( learned that little survival trick for Shaun of the dead). I’m still trying to lay my hands on some plutonium to allow myself neighborhood nuclear superiority. Don’t be a chump, be prepared!

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      I know, right?

  62. avatar Bonkers says:

    This is all one big joke, right? As a guy who’s been carrying a concealed weapon for 10 years, I’ve had multiple occasions where I had to defend the difference between paranoia and being prepared. Keeping a firearm in your shower is paranoid.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Only ten years, huh? That’s just starting out by comparison to some of us. As a person who, at one time, had a firearm in just about every room; it’s not necessarily paranoid. If a firearm can be stashed in the bathroom or shower, not unlike having smoke detectors or fire extinguishers, how is that a problem? Really, just the mere act of being armed isn’t the determiner, IMHO. The surrounding details may or may not indicate paranoia but the basic act doesn’t any more than other precautionary safety equipment.

  63. avatar Scott in Virginia says:

    Sorry. No home carry and no shower carry here. I frequently carry outside the home except when going to work (federal property). I had my rectum removed so code brown is NOT an option. I agree with the sediment “If its your time to go…”, but opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one…. oh… wait a minute… Except me 😉

  64. avatar Only Sane Person Here says:

    Please tell me none of you live on my street. Because if I ever discovered I had a neighbor this crazy the house would go up for sale immediately.

  65. avatar Ryan says:

    I usually just take a double barrel Greener shotgun into the shower with me…

  66. avatar Ann says:

    I was assaulted while I was in the shower. It was terrifying and I am honestly the luckiest woman in the world in that I did not get raped or killed.
    To be in the shower, hear a noise and see a huge dark figure moving quickly toward you while you are wet, naked and alone is terrifying. I now only take baths and have my revolver on the floor next to me.

  67. It’s really amazing and inspiring blog.

  68. avatar BG says:

    Wife an I just bought to guns, at her insistence. Going to ankle carry when I sleep. If woken up during sleep I’d initially be to groggy to make life or death decisions. If I kept a gun near where I slept, I probably wouldn’t be able to wipe the sleep dust from eyes, focus and reach for it and use it. Having a concealed gun on my ankle gives me time to collect my thoughts and make rational decisions. IMO.

  69. avatar Burns says:

    I keep a gun on my bathroom dressing area table. Near the shower, an arms length away, where my watch and other crap is when I shower. That’s close enough. With 2 big dogs that bark at anyone who walks by, I believe that is enough, otherwise live in a bomb shelter

  70. avatar Mike says:

    I live in a very safe area but can always get to it within 5 seconds or less. One locked on every floor and different areas all with digital quick access.

  71. avatar Bruce Beckwith says:

    RE a gun in the shower: Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 60 stainless steel 2 inch revolver not long after the movie “PSYCHO” was released. Coincidence? I think not!

  72. avatar Juan Stugots III says:

    I have a howitzer in my shorts.

  73. avatar Mikial says:

    Outstanding article. Really. One of the few I’ve read lately that I really don’t have a single note of disagreement with. If your gun is on your person, you will never have to worry about how to get from point A to point B to retrieve it. My wife and I are always armed with a full sized handgun of either 9mm or .45 whenever we are home . . . or anywhere else for that matter. That includes watching a movie, mowing the lawn, BBQing, eating dinner, or in the bathroom. I will say the picture of the waterproof box hanging on the shower wall gave me a great idea of how to deal with being armed in the shower. I will use a stainless gun that is regularly disassembled and lubricated and the ammo cycled to deal with the issue of condensation and dampness.

    Thanks for a great article.

  74. avatar Bagabonz says:

    Shower? Easy. I let my wife hold my pistol.

  75. avatar Mike says:

    Unjustified paranoia!

  76. avatar Horace Beeman says:

    Sounds a little paranoid, but whatever it takes to help a person feel safe..If I felt that I needed to carry 24/7 where I lived, I would move…

  77. avatar runninwolf says:

    I am one that carries inside the house. Because I can not outside, I’ll explain. I did two tours in the Army for 8 yrs. with a 2 yr. break in between with the Reserves. On may second enlistment, after I came back from the first Gulf War, I was court martial-ed, and given a BCD (bad conduct discharge). Now I can not own any firearms in my name but the ones in the house belong to my wife. Now with that explained, I am the first line of defense in our home and my wife is my back up. She knows what to do when the threat has gone past me. And I will not think twice weather I can legally or not shoot someone that has broken into my home and think about harming my children, wife, or I. I would rather live to tell about it than dead and someone else tell what happened. I just had surgery on my shoulder and carry my Glock 34 in a UTG shoulder rig. But since my arm is in a sling I switched to my Colt / Walther 1911-22 and have it hidden in my sling. Paranoid, no. Just aware that anything can happen when you least suspect it. And just want to at least have something and never use it than need and not have.
    As to shower carry, that is interesting, and never thought of it. And it makes some sense. But us, my wife and I are for the most part always together and when one is showering the other is “packing”. But now, if the threat breaches, I am going to have to start considering having something in the bathroom as back up.

  78. avatar rahim says:

    If you carry in the shower . Please seek mental help.

  79. avatar Peter says:

    Agreed. Criminals arm themselves inside their homes to prepare themselves for rival criminals and for police raids.

    While good citizens do not need to fear police, if criminals are going to arm themselves against rival criminals, then good citizens should do the same.

    Crime is the trade of criminals and they know very well how dangerous it can be.

    People call me paranoid for doing this, so you have to be careful not to buy into the belief that you are paranoid just because others think you are.

  80. avatar David Hanken says:

    Great article. Carrying concealed is a commitment to personal safety at all times. Why do it half-assed? Agree completely.

  81. avatar Denny says:

    Instead of spending a bunch of money on guns. Spend it on burglar proofing your home.

    1. avatar Terclinger says:

      Loser comment from a liberal loser.

  82. avatar Lonny says:

    There is nothing wrong with being prepared.There will always be a need for safety rules and safety equipment. Destructive devices have become necessary examples of safety equipment. The crap that has been allowed to get into this country has become a problem.
    When we are invaded by TWA’s with the mentality that it is all right to take from others is just fine. Now add the drug problems. You must make the decision to be self relent for your personal safety. Bad things happen very quickly. There are people feel they live in a civilized country and the authorities will protect them. That is their right. I don’t want those people interfering with my rights to do what I deem necessary to protect mine. Protecting yourself 24/7 in your responsibility. The authorities can’t do that for you.
    The only way this is possible is to be armed with suitable hardware.
    The criminals have to be conditioned committing crimes is a dangerous line of work and look for a safer line of work.

  83. avatar Ken says:

    I have a friend who lives in a very safe area… rural (20 minutes to town), several neighbors with a few hundred yards, quiet. He did a tour in Vietnam and was involved with Special Forces. Very adept with firearms. He has two German Shepards in his mobile home. One night he was about ready for bed (variable times for him), and he heard just a very slight noise, which didn’t seem to alarm him or the dogs. He was in a recliner. A couple seconds later the door burst wide open, and before he could reach for his revolver, he had a gun barrel in his mouth, and three other people screaming for money and valuables. They threatened to kill him several times, but there was nothing there of real value. They left, and were never caught. A few weeks later a group with the same MO did a home invasion nearby and killed the homeowner. Again, never caught.

    An unlikely place for it to happen… I was looking at houses to buy one very near him. A very unlikely person to be caught unaware. But, it happened. He now keeps a gun on his person all the time, and within inches in the bathroom. Everyone who knows him knows better that to try and enter his house without verbal OK. But, to think it can’t happen to you, a spouse, friend, or relative?
    Not me… I know better.

  84. avatar WIll says:

    Yet those same ppl talking shit probably play the lottery with 1: 250 Million odds. Your chances of someone breaking in your house is ridiculously more likely. Are some people so bored with their own lives that they worry about what strangers do in their own homes?

  85. avatar byron says:

    A well-written, well-reasoned article. I’m an ex police officer. I’ve seen a dozen civilians killed in their own homes during a day-time break-in when they had a legal firearm in an adjoining room – most often in a drawer of their bed-table. I, myself, carry comfortably and by habit inside my home. My sidearm is always on my side. This is just basic, common-sense preparedness to prevent a tragic situation which all-too-often, and tragically, occurs. Day-time break-ins and murders are not an aberration. They are routine. Many people are killed inside their home when they have the means to prevent it, but are unprepared to use that means. Congratulations. A well-done article.

  86. avatar Joseph Nizzari says:

    Readers, I am the original author of this article and I must say that shortly after I wrote it I was surprised to read that many of the comments ridiculed me for my perspective on Home Carry. I wrote the article because I wanted to share several views that people don’t often think about when they are at home where they feel the most secure.

    As I said in the article, “Preparedness is not to be confused with paranoia. Paranoia is based on fear; preparedness is based on avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes.” I’m happy to see that since the article was published over four years ago there have been several positive comments and personal stories (especially by a few LEO’s) regarding carrying at home. There have also been several more responses that mocked the article but that’s OK. That shows me that my message has reached more individuals and those individuals took the time to share their opinions (positive or negative) and I am grateful for that.

    Thanks again to all for taking the time to read and post your comments.

    Be Safe.


  87. avatar Mikial says:

    As I write this comment, I have a Jericho 941 in an OTW holster. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing shorts or jeans at home, I have an OTW with a handgun and a flashlight on me. When I’m not home my wife has her Beretta 92 with her at all times. Right now it’s sitting two feet away from her on her computer table. I always cringe when I read accounts of how an armed citizen had to retrieve their gun from a bedroom in the event of a home invasion. The ones that successfully do so are luckier than they can imagine. I carry a gun on me when I mow the lawn, go get the mail or BBQ. I’m never without it.

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