Currently, I keep a pistol cocked and locked at my bedside. That is, round in the chamber, hammer cocked, safety on. I've convinced myself that this handgun is safe this way. There is only one other person in the house and she knows how to operate the pistol. We never have others in the house. Guns are locked up when we're not at home.
I'm getting an M2 soon. It's going to be a bedside gun. How do others keep their semi-auto shotguns ready? Is it safe to keep a round in the chamber and the safety on? If not, why? Is the gun not drop safe? Is it easy to get used to chambering a shell in the the m2 with that small lever with practice?