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A gun under your pillow?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mr White, Jun 15, 2008.

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  1. Mr White

    Mr White Member

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    We've all heard the cliche of someone sleeping with a gun under their pillow, and I was just reading a thead where someone was talking about the ammo they keep in their 'pillow gun'.

    Knowing what my bed, covers and pillow look like in the morning, I couldn't even imagine sleeping with a gun in that close proximity to me at night.

    Does anyone literally sleep with a gun under their pillow?
     
  2. El Tejon

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    I believe this is more of a figure of speech than an actual practice (at least I hope it is).
     
  3. ieszu

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    Trying to figure that out....
    I did sleep with one under my pillow, but as soon as I got married, that had to change... wife tosses and turns a bit.

    So instead it sits on my nightstand... no kids yet and no one ever comes into the bedroom, so no safety worries.
     
  4. The Tourist

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    I also believe it is an idiom. For example, people don't really sleep with "one eye open." Most blind dates I had in high school didn't really have "terrific personalities" either.
     
  5. geekWithA.45

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    Yup, I've slept with a gun under my pillow on select occassions, usually biz hotels in rough neighborhoods.

    It was lumpy, and got banished to the pillow next to me. 'Twas right where I left it upon awakening.
     
  6. Shung

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    not really under, but somwhere beside it (no round chambered though)
     
  7. revjen45

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    On the nightstand next to my head. Round in the chamber, 2 spare mags. 8-rd pump Shotgun within reach.
     
  8. nwilliams

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    I wouldn't do it myself, I just never liked the idea of having a gun that close to my head. Besides with the way I sleep tossing and turning all night it would stay under the pillow long it would just end up on the floor:rolleyes:
     
  9. give

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    never under the pillow ,toss and turn a bit,but inbetween the mattress and box spring has worked for me
     
  10. ZombieHunter

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    To The Tourist:
    I'm sure that in the strict sense of the word some of those blind dates did have terrific personalities along with terrific body masses and looks...colloquially (sp) speaking I'd be inclined to agree.

    As for the gun under the pillow...With some of the zombie dreams I have, having a gun within easy reach stikes me as a terrific (used literally) idea. I mean I know during REM sleep we're supposed to shut down our muscles and basically we're paralyzed...but no dice.
     
  11. Prince Yamato

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    I've slept with a gun under the pillow for the past year. Originally a Beretta 92, now a Glock 26. It's no big deal.
     
  12. AntiqueCollector

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    Not under but pretty close beside it while camping (barrel pointing away from my head...).
     
  13. koja48

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    Next to the pillow & with a round chambered . . . I sleep VERY lightly & DON'T toss and turn. Light-Sleeping Lab is even more aware of the surroundings. The 1911 has never moved . . . unintentionally . . .
     
  14. ar10

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    There was a news story last year, CA I think, where a female LEO slept with her service gun under her pillow and it went off. Didn't kill her but she was wounded. The last I read on it the local PD was doing an internal investigation
     
  15. Ala Dan

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    On occassion, I have slept with an old West German SIG-SAUER .45 ACP
    P220 under my pillow. Once when our home was broken into, and I could
    imagine the perp coming back to retrieve goods that he/she had dropped;
    I stayed overnight in the then unoccupied home with the SIG at hand~!

    Now, that I live in that very same home; and we have beefed up security,
    my home defense weapons stay at arms length away from the bed inside
    of a RSC.
     
  16. psyopspec

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    From the North Dakota Concealed Weapons Manual:
    Personally, I just make sure that there's a step between grabbing and firing the gun - usually keeping it in a holster near where I'm resting.
     
  17. justin 561

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    I can't sleep with a pistol or any kind of gun near my pillow. I have sleep walking,eating, driving problems, and sometimes I find my pillows in the back yard.. I DON'T need to add sleep pistoling, or shot gunning to those already very bad things. I have to have my girl friend hide my car keys at night so I don't go driving.. :uhoh:
     
  18. g.willikers

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    Rumor has it that the best place to keep a gun at night, is not under the pillow, but with a trustworthy neighbor.
    When you hear the bump in the night, and run for your gun, you'll be out of harms way when you get to it.
    Unless, of course, the danger is at your neighbors.
     
  19. Marlin 45 carbine

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    I have a spare holster for my Makarov velcroed to bedpost near nite-lite. and SXS 12ga in near corner. and light-sleeping (and very noisy - his bark definitely worse than bite) wire haired terrier on rug by door.
     
  20. Jamie C.

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    Since I generally spend the whole night fighting with my pillow, I don't see any wisdom in arming the S.O.B. :uhoh:
    ( I always seem to wake up feeling like I lost the fight, as it is. )

    Guns stay on the nightstand... out of the pillow's reach. ;)


    J.C.
     
  21. DFW1911

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    In the house, no: on the nightstand.

    When I'm camping it's pretty darn close to me. It's not under a pillow since my pillow is normally a rolled-up fleece jacket, but I can - and have - gotten to it very quickly.
     
  22. Nate C.

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    Sleep-"driving"?!?!?

    Please elaborate.
     
  23. moooose102

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    EVERY NIGHT. taurus 45 or 40 s&w w/ laser sight, sometimes, BOTH! i have on occasion, slept with my kel-tec under my pillow. but i must admit that sleeping with that gun under my head is not all that comforting. mostly because it has no safety. the others at least have safeties. always have a round chambered, ready to rock. besides, if i am @ home, i would rather have the stopping power of a 45 than my little .380. when i am traveling, sometimes you just have to take what you have. i dont leave any of my guns in motel rooms, so if i cant carry it on my person, it stays home in the safe, or my wifes hands!
     
  24. .45&TKD

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    In between mattress and box spring is the best place for it.

    Easy access for you. Difficult for someone to get to it without waking you up.
     
  25. jakemccoy

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    I wouldn't do it because I tend to move a lot in my sleep. Sometimes, I even sleep walk.

    However, my decision to sleep with a pistol under the pillow is situational dependent. For example, if I were stationed in an active part of Iraq, I'd probably sleep with my gun in my hand, holstered of course.
     
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