How do you store your ready-to-go handgun?


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AZ
May 5, 2012, 12:07 AM
I've been keeping mine in a case but would like to make it more readily accessible in case I'd actually need if for HD. How do you keep your handgun close at hand? Do you put it in your nightstand or cabinet? Under your bed? (I don't have kids) Do you keep it loose or holstered (I've heard the latter can cause it to rust). I'd like it to be as easy to get to as possible but also protected from the elements. Suggestions from you folks would be appreciated for this youthful novice.

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Solidgun
May 5, 2012, 12:17 AM
I place a loaded and chambered pistol in a holster that is attached to my bed before I turn in.
Prior to that it is in a gunvault quick access safe bolted down under a hidden compartment....

This is my bed side gun, so it does not enter my regular gun safe. I rotate the ammo every 6 months and the ammo chambered does not leave until that point or an idiot enters at night uninvited. Rechambering ammo repeatedly is not a good practice.

Stacer
May 5, 2012, 03:24 AM
I usually have my carry gun sitting on the bed next to me, and the rifle rack is right next to the bed too.

ArchAngelCD
May 5, 2012, 03:36 AM
I don't have children at home so I just leave my 4" 6 gun on my night stand at night.

If that bothers you, you can buy a small biometrics safe that can be opened by placing your fingers on the top. It opens in about a second or two and your gun is right there.

allaroundhunter
May 5, 2012, 03:37 AM
My carry gun goes into a GunVault Microvault next to my bed when I call it quits for the night.

I can access it in less than 5 seconds, and it gives me time to assess what is going on so I don't have a gun in my hand while I am completely disoriented.

Chuck R.
May 5, 2012, 10:13 AM
Here’s my setup in a V-Line “Top Draw”, enough room for pistol, light and extra ammo. The 5 button simplex (no batteries) takes a couple seconds to open; the buttons protrude high enough that I can feel them in complete darkness:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a5/CFRHunter/DSCN1187.jpg

For my Benelli:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a5/CFRHunter/X-Mas060958.jpg

I’ve got 3 V-lines all set with the same combination. We once ran an IDPA stage using a combination gun vault versus starting from a holster, and on average the first shot times were a second or two longer and that was with a combination (3 numbers) that no one but the owner was familiar with.

In my mind the vault is an extremely minor inconvenience when compared to the peace of mind they provide. I’d much rather do some additional training than worry about my gun ending up in the wrong hands or coming home to face a previously un-armed burglar that’s now armed himself with one of my loaded HD guns. In the case of my shotgun, the safe is actually quicker than trying to hide it and recover if needed.

Chuck

X-Rap
May 5, 2012, 10:23 AM
For those that leave them out in the open, do you not worry about an intruder seeing the gun and picking it up before you are aware of his presence?

AZ
May 5, 2012, 11:27 AM
That biometric safe looks compelling. Found one for a reasonable price and it just makes more sense than leaving it in the open.

smalls
May 5, 2012, 11:28 AM
For those that leave them out in the open, do you not worry about an intruder seeing the gun and picking it up before you are aware of his presence?

If and intruder is INSIDE YOUR BEDROOM before you realize it, you've failed. I'm a really heavy sleeper, and rarely wake up for damn near anything, but I'd expect to wake up before someone was in my bedroom.

OP, before my daughter was walking, it was out in the open on my night stand. Now that she's scootin' around, I keep it in this: http://www.thesafeplace.com/handgun-safes/homak/pistol-box-hs10036685.html

It's big enough for 2 pistols, and bolts to my night stand. I've got an easy (for me and the wife) code, and takes me about a second to get into.

It's not to prevent theft, it's just to keep my little one out.

Any other time besides while I'm in bed, or not wearing pants, it's on my hip.

Lawdawg45
May 5, 2012, 11:33 AM
To me, an unloaded or inaccessible weapon is as useful as a toaster in an emergency. Our house no longer has little feet running around, so every gun in the house is loaded and ready to go. Tactical, cowboy, rifles and shotguns all loaded, and the wife has her revolver in the glove box of the car. When I work in the yard or garage there's a handgun on the washer hidden between two towels!;)

LD

coolluke01
May 5, 2012, 11:38 AM
I use a GunVault on my dresser. I have the HD 870 with buckshot in the corner. I have the safety on and locked. I keep that key where little ones can't reach.
I looked at the biometric safes. I didn't think they were worth the extra cost. I also like to be forced to think about and function simple tasks so that I can clear the cobwebs. With the finger grooves and a simple code it is very easy to access. 5 seconds from in bed to armed.

Jumpa
May 5, 2012, 11:42 AM
Hello Ladies and Gents I'm Rick a newbie here I found this to be an interesting question. I use the mega magnet and keep my daily driver up under the night stand secured to the metal rail under there it takes a good amount of force to remove it.
I went as far as to super glue the mount to the rail after a few practice grabs from various positions, when I would grab it quickly I found the magnet would some times stay on the pistol hindering functionality . Hopefully I will never have the need to go for it in the middle of the night or any time for that matter.
I seem to have developed this built in sensor that gives me an empty or naked like feeling if I'm ever more than 10' away from it. No kids here either or else it would be in the safe with the big guns.

smalls
May 5, 2012, 11:46 AM
Jumpa, if the magnet sticks to the gun, I'd seriously consider some other method.

Just curious, but why do you use that kind of method? It doesn't sound like you have kids to worry about finding it.

Jumpa
May 5, 2012, 11:49 AM
I also have 2 other mega mags one for under the kitchen table & one next to my Lazy boy I was thinking about putting one in the library A.K.A. Bathroom as most folks call it but... I haven't yet,

Now that I think about it that a very vulnerable area. Taking a shower, I usually keep it in between two towels on the throne

smalls
May 5, 2012, 11:51 AM
Right, but the magnet idea obviously isn't working, since it's sticking to the gun, hindering operation.

So why do you use this method? Why not just stick it in a drawer, or something?

Jumpa
May 5, 2012, 11:54 AM
Smalls Even though I'm a very light sleeper and wake up the instant some one is moving around inside the house "the wife" I cant just leave it on the night stand. I feel what if I'm sleeping deep and some one does break in and finds it sitting next to me before I wake up.chances of that happening are slim to none however, there is still that chance. I think that eliminates that chance..

Oh no Smalls it works fine now .. it just took a dab of super glue top fix that issue ..The wife and I have done many trial runs not one problem now

KTXdm9
May 5, 2012, 12:51 PM
LockSafe biometric safe. I have two young kids.

LawScholar
May 5, 2012, 01:01 PM
I keep my Beretta PX4 with an attached Streamlight TLR-1 on a shelf next to my bed, chambered with an extra magazine for a total of 29 .40 S&W 180-grain Speer Gold Dots. I live alone, so I just keep it out in the open. I think the GunVaults are handy for family folks.

SKLFCO
May 5, 2012, 02:33 PM
I have one of my cz75bd police in a GunVault bolted to the nightstand loaded full of 124+p t-series. Second mag in the vault is factory 26 round full of 124 +p bonded golden sabers. rotate ammo and mags every 6months.

Nicky Santoro
May 5, 2012, 02:58 PM
1911 in lower drawer of nightstand. Mag in, no round chambered. 12 ga O/U in closet unloaded but 5 rounds 00 in elastic cuff on buttstock.
Downstairs I have a Rossi .38 in the drawer of the computer desk 1 foot from where I now sit. Factor in Morgan doors, Schlage locks, reinforced jambs, and an alarm sytem, I believe I'll be ready to greet uninvited guests.

JEB
May 5, 2012, 03:06 PM
i keep mine in a holster on my hip. when i go to bed, it sits on my nightstand by my clock.

beatledog7
May 5, 2012, 03:26 PM
A striker-fired semi-auto w/o external safety, with a round of .40S&W (165gr JHP) in the chamber and 21 more in the mag, rests in the nightstand drawer within 18" of my bed.

I don't have any children in my house.

tomrkba
May 5, 2012, 04:32 PM
Store? Unloaded, oiled and definitely not ready to go in the safe.

If it's on "guard duty", I keep it loaded in either a regular safe or in a small safe.

P5 Guy
May 5, 2012, 04:50 PM
On my hip in the holster, or in the holster right over there less than an arms length away.

FAS1
May 5, 2012, 05:01 PM
Around the house I usually pocket carry a P3AT. My HD gun is in a FAS1 SAFE (http://fas1safe.com) bolted to my bed.

Video Clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcJUGuB35y8)

daybreak
May 5, 2012, 05:17 PM
chambered XD9 on my night stand. Mossberg pump 4 shells in the tube, arms reach from the bed. AR-15 full mag not chambered in the closet.

Handguns hot, long guns not!

During the day, handgun in the kitchen drawer, shotgun in the living room. I really don't see the point of putting a weapon in a safe next to your bed while you sleep, unless you have kids. It's not going to shoot itself, so why not have it easily accessible to you while you sleep?

zoom6zoom
May 5, 2012, 05:27 PM
i keep mine in a holster on my hip. when i go to bed, it sits on my nightstand by my clock.
Ditto.

AZ
May 5, 2012, 07:43 PM
I really don't see the point of putting a weapon in a safe next to your bed while you sleep, unless you have kids. It's not going to shoot itself, so why not have it easily accessible to you while you sleep?
I live in an apartment and my window is right next to the walk way and my nightstand right next to the window. All someone would have to do is break my window and they'd be a foot from my gun. The safes I looked at would only take a couple seconds to open (enough time to acquire my handgun before anyone enters) and would offer only me access to it.

AZ
May 5, 2012, 07:45 PM
OP, before my daughter was walking, it was out in the open on my night stand. Now that she's scootin' around, I keep it in this: http://www.thesafeplace.com/handgun-safes/homak/pistol-box-hs10036685.html

It's big enough for 2 pistols, and bolts to my night stand. I've got an easy (for me and the wife) code, and takes me about a second to get into.


Thanks for the safe suggestion and the website. Much less expensive and more quality than the other places I was looking.

marv
May 5, 2012, 10:16 PM
EDC always in my pocket. Others around the house and in vehicles. None in sight.

smalls
May 5, 2012, 11:07 PM
AZ, I actually picked it up at Dunham's for like $60. I went to Walmart, and got a small motion sensored LED light (meant for hallways and such) for like $5 and mounted it to the top of the inside of the safe. So when I reach in, I can easily see my pistol in the dark. It also has holes in it so you can bolt it down.

I think it's a great deal, plus it fits 2 pistols comfotably. I can fit more if I stand them straight up and down on a rack or something.

460Kodiak
May 6, 2012, 03:09 PM
FNP-45 sitting on the nightstand all the time, and a 357 in the living room on the entertainment center.

No kids obviously.

orionengnr
May 6, 2012, 09:18 PM
It's on my hip all day. When I retire for the evening it is on the floor next to the bed.

NMGonzo
May 6, 2012, 11:13 PM
I am sitting right now with on in my left pocket, there is one 10 feet away out of sight but ready to go and another one near the bed out of sight and ready to go.

Stevie-Ray
May 6, 2012, 11:41 PM
My EDC is on me at all times, until it is time for bed, then it is placed on the nightstand.

shiftyer1
May 7, 2012, 12:27 AM
I keep my bedside gun in the drawer of my nitestand. I also have a couple otherplaces in the house on top of high cabinets. I have 4 teens but only one likes guns, He has his own but likes to borrow mine. He says mine are better than his.........he's right:) I don't allow him to keep his loaded. He's 16.

The rest are in a locked cabinet, in the truck and one in the shed. All out of sight but easy access.

allaroundhunter
May 7, 2012, 12:31 AM
I don't allow him to keep his loaded. He's 16.

Just out of curiosity, do you have an age in mind when you will allow him to keep it loaded?

shiftyer1
May 7, 2012, 12:44 AM
I never really thought about that, probably when he's 18 and has his own place.

We have friends that occasionally visit who have kids of all ages. Of course the younger ones want to hang out with the older ones. He keeps his put up, the ammo is put up somewhere else in his room. In the event that a younger visiter stumbled on it, i'd prefer it was empty.

Thats the same reason I keep mine out of sight and high up. I have been eyeing those finger opening safes but haven't gotten one yet.

allaroundhunter
May 7, 2012, 12:52 AM
Thats the same reason I keep mine out of sight and high up. I have been eyeing those finger opening safes but haven't gotten one yet.

This is a good option, both for you, and for him when he starts keeping his gun loaded. I was given a GunVault Microvault for Christmas, and it is a great safe.

VN Vet
May 7, 2012, 12:57 AM
I have no children around the house. My SD firearm is always located on my body or within arms length away from me. Yes it is loaded: Cocked and Locked. Not that I am afraid, but I make the best darn cookies in the State and people try to steal my recipe. :>)

Safe shooting,
Vv

shiftyer1
May 7, 2012, 01:12 AM
If you can make molasses, m&m, and chocolate chip cookies like my grandma did you better watch out, throw in that you can make apple and cherry pie like great g-ma and i'm tellin you now.......i'm on my way and ain't nothing gonna stop me:)

I just gotta be back here by 6am to get the kids on the bus and go to work.

Rail Driver
May 7, 2012, 01:22 AM
either in my holster on my hip or on my nightstand next to my bed.

Skribs
May 7, 2012, 02:06 AM
My handguns are actually scattered throughout my condo, hidden from plain view (well one is in plain view, but where you wouldn't expect it to be and amongst a group of airsoft guns). The one nearest my bed is actually a shotgun. All of my handguns are loaded and chambered (or chambered x5 in the case of my revolver, and my shotguns are loaded with the chamber empty, safety off.

allaroundhunter
May 7, 2012, 02:18 AM
well one is in plain view, but where you wouldn't expect it to be and amongst a group of airsoft guns

When friends come over, do they fiddle with your airsoft guns?

Skribs
May 7, 2012, 03:00 AM
The airsoft guns are on top of the table, the real one is underneath. But it's close enough that at a quick glance you wouldn't register "oh, there's a gun there". My friends know which one is real, and if I'm going to have people over I secure my firearms.

Too_Pure
May 7, 2012, 03:25 AM
In an unlocked lock box I got at Walmart for $30.00, on an eye level shelf in my closet, which is right next to my bed. I have a red light on in the walk in closet at night so I can see if I need to get there fast without remembering to turn a light on, that would draw a lot of attention to begin with. During the day the box is locked. My EDC is on me, and the rest of the rotation is locked up. When I'm not home the box is locked. It's screwed to the shelf.

Just a few nights ago I actually almost went for it for the first time. I heard some noises, figured it was my son going to the bathroom or getting a drink of water. These are familiar sounds. I know them. But I heard hurried foot steps, loud noises from the wrong places. My guts knotted up and I lept for the closet. Then I saw my son dash down the hall with a big bowl (I leave the door open) headed for the bathroom, nauseous. My nine year old son was handling middle-of-the-night illness, solo, for the first time, making a lot of noise. I never made it to the shelf. Once I stood up I saw what was up and went to help him out. But that momentary feeling of dread, reflex action and tunnel vision focus. I still get goosebumps remembering it. The cretin that attempts to invade my home will get the business end of that reflex action.

allaroundhunter
May 7, 2012, 03:40 AM
But that momentary feeling of dread, reflex action and tunnel vision focus. I still get goosebumps remembering it.

Very scary indeed. I have gotten my gun out of my quick-access safe once because my dogs started barking and there were shadows visible in the windows from people moving outside. It turns out that they were running around playing tag for a birthday party.....really spooked me because a couple weeks before I had caught two men peeking into my home at 11:00 at night...

mdauben
May 7, 2012, 12:36 PM
I don't have to worry about children in my home anymore, so I keep a fully loaded gun in a cheap nylon holster in the drawer of my night stand. I would never carry the gun in that holster, but it keeps the lint of whatever out of the gun, and covers the trigger while I'm groping for it in the dark.

marcclarke
May 7, 2012, 12:40 PM
For those that leave them out in the open, do you not worry about an intruder seeing the gun and picking it up before you are aware of his presence?
Motion detector on an uninterruptable power supply.

Striker
May 7, 2012, 12:46 PM
Maybe a bit unorthodox, but since I sleep on my back and do not move, my handgun is usually on the bed under the covers next to my right hand.

Works for me, but as always, YMMV.

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