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Something I think worth discussing concerning a home invasion scenario is the importance of making pre-placement of essentials always in the same location. By that I mean things like your cell phone, car keys (so you can click on the car alarm), flashlight, weapon and extra magazines.

When something goes down, mere seconds can make all the difference and you don't want to be running back and forth between rooms screaming (inside your head) "where's the cell phone! Where did I leave that flashlight! etc...)"

Some people can own enough weapons and flashlights to keep them stashed in fixed places throughout the house. And more power to them. I'm not that wealthy.

My wife gave me a wicker carry basket, about 10 inches long. At night, the basket comes in the bedroom. It contains the receiver for a front door motion sensor - goes off if someone is approaching the front door area. I drop my car keys in the basket, my tactical flashlight, my cell phone and an extra magazine for my 9.

When I am awake in the evening I have the basket in the area I am.

Some may feel this is a bit overboard. I don't. I actually live a less stressed life because I don't have to think a whole lot about where things are.

It wasn't always like this for me. I've had a couple of sudden needs for my "goods" and could not find one or more items. The pain and panic that swept over me because of that I never wanted to happen again.

So how about it? Do you keep everything in it's place to help with rapid reaction?
 

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Keys, flashlight, and knife on nightstand. EDC and extra magazine in lockbox on same nightstand. Somehow I manage to find room for an alarm clock and lamp too.
 

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I have breach alarms on my doors and I keep a gun on my nightstand. I have another one hidden downstairs but when I'm home my EDC is usually on me. I like the idea of the motion sensors.
 

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Seems like a sound plan to me. Kudos.

On a similar vein, I have a nightstand and a smaller stool I use as "nesting table" to tuck away. When I get home from work, keys, wallet, LCP etc goes in one of those old-fashioned guy caddies (pic below) that sits on top of the big nightstand. I then get out the G17 which is kept in a little Bulldog case (also pic below) and it goes on the nesting table.

If I can find the security bracket that I really want, I will keep the 12ga out permanently in the room we would retreat to, but I want it secured. I have seen several, but I am not yet sold on one that I feel is secure, quickly accessible, and will work where I want to mount it. I will eventually find one I like.

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I do the same. You can have pop-out deploy safes near all the beds upstairs and down, to assure you're never looking for your tools.

Keep your keys, wallet, cell and flashlight with you, into the bedroom at night, near you in the daytime. Good plan, OP.
 

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Certainly would not be overboard if the front door was in the process of being kicked in.

Seems like just good common sense to me. :king:
 

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Same here. G17 33 round mag, 2 flashlights , glasses always in same spot . Loaded G19 & G26 ( wife's firearm) in open desktop safe with 4 17 round mags for wife ( just in case)


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Gun on nightstand with spare magazine, phone and car key (with fob) on shelf within 3 feet (otherwise they're with me). Wife's 640 and Beretta Nano with reloads in biometric safe within wife's reach. Front door camera alarm controlled by phone app. Dog in hallway can see both back and front doors.

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I think that personal essentials as well as SD items should be managed and organized is a very routine way that does not vary. Even something as simple as a dog leash should be staged very purposely in case of emergency you don't have to "hunt" for anything.

A gun and flashlight stay in the top drawer of the nightstand and all other personal essentials reside in my hanging messenger bag when they are not on my person. Dog leash hangs from a hook by the garage door with another flashlight as well. I have also learned that my sleep wear needs to have pockets and a good draw string.
 

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This thread reminded me its time to check all my batteries! I have a downstairs gun an upstairs gun and an office gun. All of them have with them a flashlight, extra reload, slippers, and electronic ears. The ears aren't so much for hearing protection as they are for hearing aids! Its time to check all the batteries and the ones in the smoke detectors! DR
 

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So how about it? Do you keep everything in it's place to help with rapid reaction?
I do. Makes life so much easier to have things you need in the place you know they belong.

Unfortunately (don't want to mention any names) but somebody I'm married to leaves her things anyplace and everyplace. My tactic is to keep my things hidden from her grabby hands, because whatever she holds will be put down wherever. Fortunately for me, firearms and flashlights don't interest her.
 

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I carry until I go to bed. Gun, spare mag, knife, leatherman, and flashlight. When I get undressed, I drop my jeans or shorts with everything still on place. My boots are next to my jeans. If I have to get up in a hurry, jeans go on and I am ready to go. Oh, and a MK25 with a tlr in my night stand, a Xdm with a tlr in my wife's nightstand, and a Ar with red dot and light in my closet.


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Something I think worth discussing concerning a home invasion scenario is the importance of making pre-placement of essentials always in the same location. By that I mean things like your cell phone, car keys (so you can click on the car alarm), flashlight, weapon and extra magazines.

When something goes down, mere seconds can make all the difference and you don't want to be running back and forth between rooms screaming (inside your head) "where's the cell phone! Where did I leave that flashlight! etc...)"

Some people can own enough weapons and flashlights to keep them stashed in fixed places throughout the house. And more power to them. I'm not that wealthy.

My wife gave me a wicker carry basket, about 10 inches long. At night, the basket comes in the bedroom. It contains the receiver for a front door motion sensor - goes off if someone is approaching the front door area. I drop my car keys in the basket, my tactical flashlight, my cell phone and an extra magazine for my 9.

When I am awake in the evening I have the basket in the area I am.

Some may feel this is a bit overboard. I don't. I actually live a less stressed life because I don't have to think a whole lot about where things are.

It wasn't always like this for me. I've had a couple of sudden needs for my "goods" and could not find one or more items. The pain and panic that swept over me because of that I never wanted to happen again.

So how about it? Do you keep everything in it's place to help with rapid reaction?
What about your gun? Is it in the same place and orientation every time so when you go to grab it at night it's almost instinctive? Is it possible to grab it by the trigger in the dark?

I do keep a pair of reading glasses, a flashlight, my cell phone (and a corded phone) on my nightstand. The most important to me is that my gun is secured, but quickly available from my sleeping position (I sleep on my left side mostly), and without the possibility of grabbing the trigger. It is presented to me every time in the exact same place and orientation. I also like only using one hand so that my weak hand is free so I can quickly grab a spare magazine from the safe after removing the gun, so that eliminates just laying a holstered weapon on the nightstand.
 

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What about your gun? Is it in the same place and orientation every time so when you go to grab it at night it's almost instinctive? Is it possible to grab it by the trigger in the dark?

I do keep a pair of reading glasses, a flashlight, my cell phone (and a corded phone) on my nightstand. The most important to me is that my gun is secured, but quickly available from my sleeping position (I sleep on my left side mostly), and without the possibility of grabbing the trigger. It is presented to me every time in the exact same place and orientation. I also like only using one hand so that my weak hand is free so I can quickly grab a spare magazine from the safe after removing the gun, so that eliminates just laying a holstered weapon on the nightstand.

>>. exactly. As for me, I have a night stand next to the bed where the weapon is always placed in the top drawer, always facing away from the bed.

Funny thing happened the other night. In the middle of the night, both wife and I asleep, suddenly wife blurps out "get your gun!' in an excited state. I could not believe how quickly I rolled out of bed and had the weapon in one hand and flashlight in the other.... but it was a hand full of seconds at most.

Well, as it turns out, she was blurting out from a dream. She does talk a lot when she dreams. Thank goodness there was no real threat. But man it was a damn good test and I was in awe of myself to be fully honest - I had been asleep.... could not believe i was at the ready so quickly.

But yea, gun in exact same place, in exact orientation.

And oh... I do practice from time to time in various home scenarios.

Don't want to live through another home invasion. That one turned out ok.. but that was luck.

Rick
 
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