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    Is your gun holstered at night?

    When you are sleeping, and your handgun is either on the night table or somewhere within easy reach, is it holstered?

    For some guns, this may not be as big an issue, like a 1911 or a Sig as they have an external safety/decocker. But for a Glock or XD, it is more of an issue. Especially if a child can come in.
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    It is pretty much always holstered. If for nothing else, it helps protect the gun and whatever the gun is sitting on.
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    My XD is not holstered when I sleep. It is on my dresser where I need to actually get out of bed (and be somewhat awake) to retrieve it. I want to be able to be ready to use the weapon with one hand while I grab a flashlight/phone with the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exactlymypoint View Post
    When you are sleeping, and your handgun is either on the night table or somewhere within easy reach, is it holstered?

    For some guns, this may not be as big an issue, like a 1911 or a Sig as they have an external safety/decocker. But for a Glock or XD, it is more of an issue. Especially if a child can come in.
    Just wondering how a decocker makes a difference?


    And FWIW, mine usually stays holstered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Just wondering how a decocker makes a difference?
    Just a bit harder to pull the trigger. On a Glock, it would seem with less pounds needed to pull the trigger, one might get an AD if it were not holstered and you were reaching for it under a stressful situation.
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    Mine is holstered. I move around in my sleep - I'd hate to knock my gun off the nightstand and have it fall on something and BANG! wake up that way. If I even woke up... Plus it takes half a second to unholster (if that) and it will help wake me up. I'm not worried about the half second since I'm upstairs. Maybe if I was in an apartment it would be a different story. Just my $0.02

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    It's only in a holster when it's on me.
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    Its holstered on my nightstand. Didn't used to be,...however since I adopted my two beautiful kittens, I firgured it best to have it in at least a holster,...they haven't come near it thankfully


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    Hell no! Let that puppy out to breathe at night. Gives the holster a chance to dry out too. You're just asking for rust if you carry all day, then leave the gun in the damp leather. When I go to bed, it gets relieved of it's binding and goes to sleep on the the head of my bed.

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    A cocked and locked .45 in a stiff leather pocket holster (mitch rosen), at the head of the bed. Lovingly and ceremoniously transferred from an IWB each and every evening. A holster is an additional "soft safety" in my mind (you will probably be grabbing for it in the dark in the midst of a total adrenalin rush), and a pocket holster is almost instantaneously able to be rid of, but a good one keeps your finger off the bang button when you are desperately grabbing for it in the sleepy dark.
    I don't think it is ever a good idea to have a statically located (maybe you look at it once a month?), loaded handgun in the house, when little kids are around. My youngest now is nineteen. With little kids around, I would keep it status two at night, chamber empty. The 1911 in condition two is actually very safe around little ones, since even my wife who is an avid shooter and 1911 fan, still has trouble racking the slide.
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    I will post again what I have posted before - OK it's just me.

    My piece is on the floor ... resting grips on a book partly so the laser grips switch is not activated - plus it is oriented just right. It is in such a position that an arm dropped down from under the covers finds it easily - blind. The manouver is surrupticious and hard to see also.

    I do NOT use the nightstand ... it is cluttered with ''stuff'' - and last thing I want is to fumble and screw up! I do not see nightstand (personally) as the ideal place at all.
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    Yes it stays holstered, I have to get up several times a night to let the @$%# dogs out, they have their nights and days mixed up, so I grab the gun when I take them out, and if its in the holster, its ready to go with me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by exactlymypoint View Post
    Just a bit harder to pull the trigger. On a Glock, it would seem with less pounds needed to pull the trigger, one might get an AD if it were not holstered and you were reaching for it under a stressful situation.
    Not really.... but OK.
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    Mine stays in a nylon slide next to the clock. The clock slightly illuminates it. Next to that are my flashlight, mag, phone, ink stick, and dog tag/Star.
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    Gun (S&W M&P .40) is in a gunny sack holster, with an empty chamber.

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