Sleeping while armed - Practical Considerations for sleeping with your gun?

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  • Under my pillow

    33 5.64%
  • Somewhere on my bed/bed's platform

    88 15.04%
  • Within view on furniture/a nighstsand adjacent to my bed where I can reach it

    234 40.00%
  • Obscured from view in an open drawer I can reach from my bed

    35 5.98%
  • Obscured from view under my bed but within reach

    42 7.18%
  • Obscured from view in a holster lodged between the mattresses

    24 4.10%
  • In a closed drawer I can reach from my bed

    81 13.85%
  • Obscured from view in an open safe I can reach from bed

    15 2.56%
  • Obscured from view in an open safe I must get up from bed to access

    18 3.08%
  • Somewhere else in my bedroom (please post specifics)

    36 6.15%
  • In a closed and locked safe somewhere else in the house

    19 3.25%
  • Other (please post specifics)

    33 5.64%
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    I keep mine in my boot on the vanity, about 8' away, so that I must wake up to access it. I know two guys that have decided to keep their weapons out of arms reach when they turn in for the night. One had a night mare and put 3 holes in his bedroom wall thinking that there was an intruder. The other tried to answer the phone that was also on the headboard... he says that after you answer a .357 your ear rings for days. But what ever works for you.

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    Locked in DAC Sportsafe on the floor, next to the bed. I need a couple of seconds to get my wits about me.

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    My G26 sits on the nightstand, set so I can see the night sights. When my daughter was still at home, it was locked up if it wasn't on me.
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    I voted for two:
    -somewhere on bed/bed's platform
    --I keep my shotgun mounted to the underside of my bed frame (with velcro)

    -Obscured from view in an open safe I can reach from bed
    --that's where I keep my pistol
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    Shotgun with magazine loaded in my safe about three steps from my bed.

    At night the safe is unlocked for quick access. In the day, I lock it up.

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    I keep a 12 gauge 870 next to my dresser which is situated so that one side of it makes like a hiding hole for such a thing as a rifle or shotgun. I tell my sister's kids when they come over not to go over to where my bed sits without my presence and they obey that rule. I also keep my carry gun behind my pillow on a little shelf that my head board has and the gun sits in the holster that I carry. In case of a sudden SHTF situation I keep my AR15 with a loaded mag but chamber empty next to my bed. I do lock it up before I leave the house and when I come home I unlock it and put a loaded magazine back in the rifle. Basically I have a rifle, shotgun, and pistol at my disposal for home defense.
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    I have my S&W 40 on the night stand, a 870 with 18 1/2 inch barrel & 7 rds 00buck in the corner that you cant see [coverd] in my offce i have my 357 mag, back porch a hid side by side 12 ga #4 buck, a Beretta U22 under the couch, and my XD- 9 allways with in reach, a auto-5 shotgun with #4s in the liveing room coverd and my dog that will bark at sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwildwest View Post
    I have my S&W 40 on the night stand, a 870 with 18 1/2 inch barrel & 7 rds 00buck in the corner that you cant see [coverd] in my offce i have my 357 mag, back porch a hid side by side 12 ga #4 buck, a Beretta U22 under the couch, and my XD- 9 allways with in reach, a auto-5 shotgun with #4s in the liveing room coverd and my dog that will bark at sounds.
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    There are no kids in my house anymore, just the wife and me. I sleep with a gun or two on the night stand next to the bed. I think it should take ay least two individual actions to fire the gun, like removal from the holster and racking the slide, so you are completely awake before you can pull the trigger.

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    Well i had some guys try a home invasion and all I had was my unloaded 357 and i had to find it and load it and open the bedroom window and show them i had a gun and they ran off they all most got in they broke though the front porch door and the sreen door and were kicking in the last door when there look out seen me and my 357mag yelling and drawing down on him and he yelled at them and they took off, then we had my wifes car get stold and smashed and junked, 2 guys tryed to steal my yukon but i seen them on my security camera i just put up after the invasion crap and I came out with my 870 and jacked one in and they ran off and left there crow bar yes you can say im a little paranoid but things are a little better now the cops shut down the crack house down the street, no probs yet anyway

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    stuck to a magnet that is stuck to the steel side rail. I can reach it in in my sleep. As my hand falls off the mattress it hits my gun. No children in the house.
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    While I see the usefulness of "sleeping with your gun", I also wonder how fast someone can break into a house and into a bedroom with a locked door. For some people, "sleeping with" might just be the safest option if they don't have a handgun safe or something to that effect.

    Sleeping with a rifle, now... I dunno about that one. My bed's usually cluttered with a lot of crap, and I've fallen asleep beside a disassembled rifle, but that just conjures images of I Am Legend's bathtub scene.


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    Well......do your research or whatever. I sleep with my Glock under my pillow. Most of the time, I have a grip on it. It took the place of my previous 1911A1. The Glock's more comfortable under the pillow in my opinion, and there's been a pistol under my pillow for a long time. How do I keep myself from blowing myself away while I'm in purgatory? Simple...I don't want to off myself. You'd figure it out if you were where I am, but I don't figure you ever will be.

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    ...under the pillow.
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    I keep my SR9 in my night stand top drawer every nite i take out it ouf the IWB holster an dplace it next to my defender flashlight.
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