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Nightstand Gun - Keep in Holster?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by D-Man, Oct 22, 2007.

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  1. D-Man

    D-Man Member

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    This is sort of a spinoff from the 'Gun Under Pillow Thread'.

    I was wondering, for those keeping a gun on the nightstand, are they kept in a holster or without it?

    I can see keeping it in a holster because if you are startled out of sleep first instincts may be to rush to grab the gun and mistakenly get a finger in the guard and squeeze the trigger. A holster would prevent this. Of course, I can see it the other way as a holster is another step to have to remove in order to get the gun in firing position.
     
  2. Creature

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    No holster for me. I keep my gun in condition three in the nightstand. Racking the slide back should get me fully awake.
     
  3. gandog56

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    Nope, no holster. I want to be able to reach up there and the dark and not have to fumble around. Of course, I also don't have any kids around.
     
  4. Creature

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    No kids here either!
     
  5. 19-3Ben

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    Double action revolver in the nightstand. No holster. Sometimes I will have one on the floor next to the bed. Then it is in a holster.
    I like to have ONE and only one step between my desire to fire the gun, and firing the gun.
     
  6. GunNut

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    Depends on what gun.

    Glock when loaded is always in a holster.

    Revolver or other heavy DA/SA gun, not necessarily.
     
  7. CWL

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    M1911 cocked and locked & in holster. Same set-up as for carry.
     
  8. strangelittleman

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    Single action revolver on the nightstand, no holster.
     
  9. D-Man

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    I think I would go with what GunNut says above - any DA/SA or guns w/ a safety (say 1911), I think could go holster-less. But if I had a Glock or any other lighter triggered gun, I'd prefer it to be in a holster.
     
  10. glockman19

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    Nightstand Gun - Keep in Holster?

    No
     
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  12. Cosmoline

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    With the holster. It's easy enough to draw, and a holster prevents the possibility, however unlikely, that a freak set of circumstances ends with me pushing something that pins the revolver and engages the trigger. Or a nightmare involving zombies and law professors.
     
  13. RNB65

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    My next to the bed gun is a locked and loaded Glock 17 which I keep in a cheap nylon Glock mini-holster. I cut the belt loops off so it only serves as a trigger cover. It makes sure I don't accidentally grab the trigger if I reach for the gun in the middle of the night and it slides off in an instant. I'm a strong believer in keeping the trigger covered at all times on loaded DAO semi-autos.
     
  14. chieftain

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    Well,

    the primary home defense side arm is Kimber Warrior#1 (230gr Golden Saber Remington's) with a X200B light attached, is kept in a holster. SideArmor.

    Along side the night stand, between the stand and the bed is the XCR with Aimpoint M3, white light, and CTC laser grip(Federal 50grHP for in the house in a 20 round mag, in the Grab bag is 4 30rd mags with CorBon DPX 53gr) . Next to that used to be the 590 Mossy with night sights too, but I have switched and have a double barreled coach hammer gun (#1 buck in both barrels, with 00buck in the Grab bag) next to the XCR now. I select the tool/s for the mission as I see it. Also the grab bag, with a couple of flash lights, ammo for all the weapons, water, first aide kit etc...., cell phone gets recharged sitting on top of the grab bag.

    The under the pillow weapon is the S&W 642 with CTC laser grip (Speer 135gr +P Gold Dot for snubbies) is kept in its Kramer pocket holster too. It is one of the few weapons that can be fired from under the blankets repeatedly with out fouling and getting a FTF.

    I use the Crimson Trace a lot in home defense because of my vision. while in bed I do not have my Trifocals on and can clearly and accurately place fire on an in house target without my glasses when using the Lasers. If I have to come out of bed, fighting, or fight from under the covers, I want to be able to effectively employ/aim the weapon I have with me and must fight with. I do keep an extra pair of glasses in the Grab Bag, but I may never get a chance to (A), get to the grab bag, (B), get the glasses out of the bag if I get the bag.

    Fights tend to be dynamic, sudden, fast, and never seem to go as planned. I try to neutralize as many of the potential REAL problems I may run into in the defense of my home. I try to "Plan" for nothing going my way. It doesn't cover everything but it helps. Remember practical is my watch word, and practical means different things to different people. Not good/bad just different.

    I will lose if they come with a rifle company and armor. I am not ready for that, and never will be. there are limits to which each of us must decide to prepare for. It isn't about right or wrong. It is about capability and as stated above, what is practical for each of us.

    My question for folks I discuss this with is, what are you going to do if you wake up and there is a guy standing next to your bed, with a lets say a baseball bat in his hands? Yep, your defenses have either failed, have been neutralized/defeated, your kids have let these folks in and you are rapidly approaching a worst case scenario etc....

    Lying in bed under the covers with a BG standing over you what are you going to do? There are not a lot of options. Some guy asked me to replace the bat with a gun. My answer was probably try to die gallantly. May happen with a bat too. But that's why I have the 642. It gives me a chance, that's all. No guarantee's in this kind of fight.

    And for folks, that believe they have defenses that cannot be defeated. I guarantee, you are wrong. Just make them as strong and in depth as you can in a practical manor. Defenses buy time, they don't stop a determined advisory. The only defenses that have a chance of "stopping" a determined advisory must be covered by direct fire.

    Most of this is War 101. If you place all your bets on unmanned defenses, you are at best buying time if the advisory is determined. They may fend off non determined advisories.

    AS Sir Darwin implies, we all get to choose for ourselves. You can be right hundreds of times. It only takes being wrong once to join Sir Darwin.

    Go figure.

    Fred
     
  15. MCgunner

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    DA .38 revolver in a gun rug. Nothing tacticool with high firepower, it just works.
     
  16. Lonestar49

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    Yep

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    All my guns are in Uncle Mikes IWB 14 buck neoprene holsters. They protect the gun/s, and furniture, from dents, scratches, and are all black, which conceal well at night, mixed with my black, morning, comfy's I wear and, place the gun in between them, right next to my bedside, in arms reach, with only the 2 rear Night Sights glowing green, for easy spotting, looking down.

    And as mentioned, prevents me from grabbing the trigger by mistake as you have to pull the gun out first to get to the trigger, which they, the guns, come out fast and easy with these most excellent gun carry holsters for putting my guns into my safe, on my PC tower under my office desk, on the living room table,etc.

    And no kids here FYI.

    Again, less is more IMHO



    Ls
     
  17. choochboost

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    At night I keep my carry gun sitting in a SSHMI mount on the side of my bed.
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  18. Hokkmike

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    I do, but that is just me.
     
  19. Thernlund

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    No holster. Lays quietly on top of my socks in the top drawer.


    -T.
     
  20. TimboKhan

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    I don't have kids, and I live alone, so my gun is unholstered. Also, there is a locked and loaded AR leaning against the wall, for much the same reason as the pistol.
     
  21. unlearned69

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    No holster. Wife and I both have pistols in the top drawers of our nightstands. They are kept company by spare mag(s) and a flashlight that are tucked far into the corner. Pistol is right in the middle of the drawer.
     
  22. 10-Ring

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    My nightstand gun is not in a holster, but in a quick access mini safe because I have kids in the house, I want to be the only one who can access it
     
  23. mainebear

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    No Holster......No Kids
     
  24. davepool

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    I keep it in a shoulder holster with a quick release thumb snap; holster is slung over bedpost; early warning system....large, LOUD dog
     
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    Why???
     
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