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I'm sure the OP has solved his issue, or not, in the past six years. Zombie thread . . .
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I'm sure the OP has solved his issue, or not, in the past six years. Zombie thread . . .
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Some have been known to sleep with a holstered gun under their pillow.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:05 AM
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If you're worried that the intruder might get to it first keep in under your pillow.

Where I live the response time is 25+ minutes.

Mine is close at hand.
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Some have been known to sleep with a holstered gun under their pillow.
Used to do that myself, with a Model 40. Probably still safe, but I just don't feel the need, and I change positions enough that it would be a nuisance.

Most sane people are intellectually capable of figuring out what's appropriate for themselves, so I mostly pay the whole subject no mind.
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:35 PM
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ABSOLUTELY UNSAFE.

A loaded firearm, say in the bedroom at night (NO CHILDREN) should be 8-10 feet away from you.
One man's opinion. While I would never place a loaded weapon in an area where I place my hands when I sleep (e.g. under my pillow or on the mattress next to me), I have no history of grabbing anything off of my nightstand unconsciously during the night. I do think it's smart to hedge your bets and place the gun in a nightstand drawer, down lower towards the floor rather than at face level, or at minimum keeping my water bottle between me and the gun. But I have slept in some shady motels while traveling and kept the gun on the night stand without issue. I think that declaring anything less than 8'-10' away is just your personal bias rather than being an absolute necessity for everyone who keeps a gun in their bedroom.
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One man's opinion. While I would never place a loaded weapon in an area where I place my hands when I sleep (e.g. under my pillow or on the mattress next to me), I have no history of grabbing anything off of my nightstand unconsciously during the night. I do think it's smart to hedge your bets and place the gun in a nightstand drawer, down lower towards the floor rather than at face level, or at minimum keeping my water bottle between me and the gun. But I have slept in some shady motels while traveling and kept the gun on the night stand without issue. I think that declaring anything less than 8'-10' away is just your personal bias rather than being an absolute necessity for everyone who keeps a gun in their bedroom.
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FYI, zombie thread or no, I keep a loaded revolver in an unzipped gun rug under my pillow. I pulled it out instinctively ten days ago when the burglar alarm went off. Sadly, it was a fire, but that's a whole nuthuh thread previously done!

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My pistol (PX 4 Sub Compact) is taken off and put in a holster on the night stand when I go to bed and is but back into my carry holster when I wake and get dressed ..

I lay a handkerchief over it so anyone entering the bedroom wouldn't see it // I am armed anytime I am on my feet awake ..

There is always one in the tube !!!

Edit .. been doing it this way for a number of years and the one in the tube never went off unless I had my finger on the trigger and squeezed the trigger to fire the round in the tube .. but only when I had pointed it at something I wanted to destroy !!

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Old 05-02-2018, 10:14 AM
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I have slept quite well with a 44 under my pillow while camped in the wilds of Montana & Alaska.

At home, I generally jest hang my holstered sidearm on the bed post when I retire at nite.


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I live alone, and the gun is a revolver. Next question?
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:51 AM
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I lay a handkerchief over it so anyone entering the bedroom wouldn't see it
I lay my white silk flying scarf over mine, with my leather flying helmet, gloves and goggles along side!
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Old 05-05-2018, 03:25 PM
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I'm a heavy sleeper and far too groggy when I wake up to trust myself with a loaded gun by the bed.
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Alarm, 2 Beagles, 12 ga pump, condition 2, 5 rds 00 buck, bright tac light and the will to use to defend the castle. All is well, guard is mounted. Cat on patrol.
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Years ago, when I had small children at home, my service revolver stayed in a secure container on the top shelf of the bedroom closet unless it was being worn. I wanted to be awake before being able to access it. All other firearms in the house were unloaded and ammunition stored in another room.
Now, with the children grown and gone, my issued G23 goes from duty belt to holster already in place on the Wranglers that I am putting on, along with a spare 15 round G22 magazine. Pants go on, loose shirt or sweater goes over belt, and I am ready for the rest of my evening.
When retiring for the night, Wranglers with holstered Glock are on the floor just out of reach enough for me to be awake to reach it.
My newly wedded daughter has declared that children will be sooner than later so I need to come up with another strategy for the bedtime Glock and my bride’s 4” M10 in the dresser.
Others have mentioned making it more difficult for unauthorized persons to enter your home. I concur. If proper measures are put in place, both physical and awareness based, the odds, in my opinion, of having to employ force to protect yourself or your family from felonious harm are greatly reduced.

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Old 05-08-2018, 04:03 PM
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I keep a Taurus Judge Magnum loaded with 3 rounds of Barnes VOR-TX 200gr .45LC and 2 rounds of Federal Premium .410 Handgun 000 Buck at my bedside. The gun has a heavy DA trigger and a Transfer Bar, so the odds of it going off without me deliberately pulling the trigger are virtually non-existent.

Personally, I feel that there comes a point in which safety concerns become so rampant that they're practically looping back in on themselves because the firearm is kept in such a "secure" position that it can no longer be quickly/easily readied when necessary. Situations which call for the use of a firearm seldom occur under circumstances in which one has the time to go through several steps in order to make use of the firearm, and if you cannot get your weapon ready in time, then I'm pretty sure all that safety was detrimental once you're being attacked/murdered.

I think that it's best for a firearm to require between 3-5 steps in self-defense situations, otherwise it's excessive and your "safety" has become more of a liability. (For the record, 3 of those steps are reserved for Draw/Aim/Fire leaving the remaining 2 for safety steps like unlocking a case, chambering a round, or disengaging a safety.)
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Alarm, 2 Beagles, 12 ga pump, condition 2, 5 rds 00 buck, bright tac light and the will to use to defend the castle. All is well, guard is mounted. Cat on patrol.
Hope your cat on patrol is a lion or tiger! I visited a museum once where they had a big cat in a cage, IIRC it was a lion. They let it roam the museum at night and had signs posted to that effect. It was a good deterrent, I hear!
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My Beretta stays within an arms reach of me even at night while sleeping ,, Have never woke with it having been moved .. One in the tube stays there 24/7 ..

An 80 pound GSD Alarm system sleeps just outside of my bedroom door .. and if any one was to enter my home they would be missing a part of their rear end as she isn't very friendly to strangers she hasn't been introduced to !! she also doesn't bark very often but emits a low growl when she hears something at night .. and since she can run about 5 times as fast as they could I imagine numerous bite marks on the legs and arms .. before I could get her to back off .. If they were to harm her and enter I doubt if they would leave with out being shot multiple times !!
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My nightstand has a hidden compartment on its near side. At bedtime I put an SD9VE in it. Unnoticeable and easily accessed.
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is a good idea . i no longer have my 115 lb. akita . miss her ! not in the market or have a life structure that will let me have an other dog , at he present. when she passed 5-6 years ago i invested in a good , strong 7 gauge gun safe . peace of mind i would say . got a few guard cats but they sleep a lot .
my garage was broken into twice a few years ago . i now have a re-enforced door lock & a good brite motion sensor light . seems to have worked. i keep my carry gun , g43 , and as a back up , a 357 sp101 ruger 5 shot . the glock has an extra magazine so with the revolver i have 18 rounds ... if it would come down to that. YES , the auto is chambered with one in the pipe . both guns are in open zippered cases and on the floor in a position that someone walking into the bed room would not see because they are hiding behind a couple of plastic bins. regardless of the garage episodes , i am not in a bad neighborhood . if circumstances were worse or i was out in the country , i would have my g19 15 shot loaded with a back up full magazine with a remmington 12 gauge 870 as a final answer.
AND .... i have a very brite sure fire light that has the one brite gear only .that is precisely what i would reach for first ! hit in the eyes with that light will blind an intruder for sure & gain u 20 or 30 seconds , plenty enough time to get your gun in hand !
i can only pray that i will never have to employ these tools .
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This stuff will never ever happen with a dog in the house.

Once the dog goes nuts, any intruder will bolt. If not you have plenty time to insert mag, rack slide etc. I do not sleep with guns in the bedroom unless I am totally alone but again a dog takes care of 99.9 of problems.

I'd go belgian shepherd. See if anyone watches you sleep then..stupid lunatics in the world.
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For me, 'home security' isn't about keeping them out, because you really can't...if they want in, they'll throw a chair or garbage can through that sliding glass door...your house has a lot of entry points...it's all about slowing them down, just a bit, and forcing them to make some noise, so I have a few more seconds to be able to wake up, get my gun and respond...
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Years ago, when I had small children at home, my service revolver stayed in a secure container on the top shelf of the bedroom closet unless it was being worn. I wanted to be awake before being able to access it. All other firearms in the house were unloaded and ammunition stored in another room.
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When retiring for the night, Wranglers with holstered Glock are on the floor just out of reach enough for me to be awake to reach it.
My newly wedded daughter has declared that children will be sooner than later so I need to come up with another strategy for the bedtime Glock and my bride’s 4” M10 in the dresser.
Others have mentioned making it more difficult for unauthorized persons to enter your home. I concur. If proper measures are put in place, both physical and awareness based, the odds, in my opinion, of having to employ force to protect yourself or your family from felonious harm are greatly reduced.
When my grandkids come over, all guns except the one on my hip go into the safe until they are gone.
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