I've had my wallet fall into the door pocket and never had it fall out of it. I hope that someone turns yours in.
Yes I know exactly what you mean. I too have kids and although my gun room stays locked and I’m always trying to be diligent about safe storage etc. complacency can still get you. This has been a good lesson. We carry for a long time and it becomes second nature. That is good in the way that we are prepared almost always but it can be bad in that it can become so normal that you make dumb mistakes that this.I get upset when I leave my friend in the car even when locked. I have kids, I had to call my wife last week and admit I'd misplaced my lockblade. It was in the car. I don't like misplacing a loaded mag. I can imagine your pain.
Welp, never thought of stuffing some ammo in the butt. I do take the butt-plate off and use a marker to write my name on the inside or wood of the butt, then replace the butt plate.Had a Marlin 60 .22 stolen from me many years ago in a burglary. When the police were investigating they asked if it had any distinguishing marks on it. Not outwardly, but I had taken the butt off the end of the stock and drilled 5 holes in the end then stuffed five .22's in the holes flush to the end (just in case I got caught somewhere with no ammo). Butt then went back on. Cop that investigated thought that was a good idea!
I agree that the not-knowing of the whereabouts is the most worrisome, not the loss.