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Sleeping with a gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kd7nqb, Apr 29, 2008.

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Is sleeping with a gun a safety issue?

Poll closed Jul 13, 2008.
  1. Yes, it is

    69 vote(s)
    23.9%
  2. No your fine

    168 vote(s)
    58.1%
  3. I dont ever sleep, it prevents 100% situational awareness.

    52 vote(s)
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  1. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Member

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    So it dawned on me today that occasionally I have a few hours between work and school or something like that and every once in a while I use that opportunity to take a quick nap. Sometimes its falling asleep in the recliner sometimes its actually laying on the bed.

    Is there a specific safety issue with falling asleep with a gun on your hip? If its not a comfort issue is it ok?

    Secondly, is their a distinction between sitting in a chair or couch and laying down on a bed?
     
  2. PTK

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    I nap on couches, chairs, etc. with my gun on my hip in the holster. No problems in about a year of doing so.

    The only time it comes off is when I'm going to bed for the night.
     
  3. rero360

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    I see no problem with it other than comfort, I've done it a few times with my 1911 in an IWB holster just behind my right hip. Most of the times I do it I ended up waking up just enough to take the pistol out of the holster and put it on the floor if it gets too uncomfortable. The worry about touching off a round inadvertantly while doing this has never crossed my mind, I'm pretty trigger concious even mostly asleep. The only thing I won't do is sleep with the pistol under my pillow, I tried it once and it ended up on the floor, I move around alot in my sleep (or so I've been told) so I figure it got pushed off the bed by my head moving around.
     
  4. Winchester 73

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    You're fine with the gun holstered.
    I doze off 2 or 3 nights a week with my Glock 36 resting comfortably on my hip,while watching endless repeats of the Maltese Falcon and Casablanca.
     
  5. Treo

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    I voted yes it's an issue but I thought you mean it in a mall ninja " I sleep W/ my GLOCK fully loaded in my hand every night kinda way. I've nodded off W/ my gun holstered before
     
  6. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Member

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    No I didnt mean this as a mall ninja thing (although option 3 is for all you ninjas out there)
     
  7. bogie

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    This is my weapon, this is my gun...
     
  8. possum

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    i have a tendaincy to fall asleep anytime anywhere. i will sleep on a couch or comfy chair, but my intentions weren't to fall asleep but i do. and normally if i am laying in the bed that is a good indication that i am going to bed therefore i will take my gun off my hip.
     
  9. daniel1113

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    I do it all the time. If you invest in a decent holster, I don't think you have anything to worry about, assuming you're not tossing and turning all over the couch. For cat naps, I think you're safe.
     
  10. CAPTAIN MIKE

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    You Need Protection

    Sleeping with a gun can be dangerous. I recommend wearing protection so that no STDs are transmitted between you and the firearm. Also be careful about becoming Anatomically Challenged when you mix human anatomy with the moving parts. It can be painfu.

    It is better to sleep with your wife, and have the firearm (in Condition III) nearby so you can retrieve it in the middle of the night if needed. Also keep your four-legged canine alarm system nearby as an Early Warning device.
     
  11. bogie

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    Just had a horrid thought concerning the malady which some know as M1 Thumb...
     
  12. MinnMooney

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    Not enough choices

    It's a "Safety Issue" but not in the way I believe you meant it. It's for safety against Bad Guys (BG's) in the middle of the night.
    Other threads have mentioned that it might be a dangerous situation due to sleepiness, dreams or what-have-you. Everyone's situation is different. I live alone so you'd think that would be a no-brainer...... if someone is moving around in my house (& it ain't me) then they don't belong there. Well, Yes and No. Two years ago, while I was doing an addition onto my house, an idiot plumber put a ladder up to a second floor BR patio door and pried it open "so he could work and not wake me up" he said. Well, it DID wake me up and I met him in the hall with a gun behind my back. The gun had been at the ready but I saw him 1st so I put it behind my back and backed out of the hall, hid the gun and then confronted him. I was livid! I fired the plumbing company that he worked for. I never told him that I had a gun on him for a nano-second.
    During hunting season, my hunting friends think they can just walk into my home at 4 AM Sat. or at 10 PM on Friday night 'cause I live alone. I tell them (& they know) that I have a CCW and DON'T DO THAT. I think I've finally cured them.
     
  13. Heartless_Conservative

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    Honestly I think option 3 is skewing the results a little...(and yes, I am so guilty).

    More on topic, unless you think you're going to "sleep draw" I'd wager you're fine.
     
  14. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    since you misspelled "you're" in my first choice, I voted my for the third option.
     
  15. Zedicus

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    Safety Issue? No.
    Uncomfortable? Yep!
     
  16. 21H40

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    How else are you gonna get some shut-eye?

    The key is keeping the weapon on safe and your finger off the trigger... its pretty common to be armed and have to sleep for soldiers (and marines, etc).

    My 1911 is not near as bad for sleeping on as my M16 was! :D
     
  17. glocker82

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    Just don't fall asleep with a glock down the front of your pants and you should be good.
     
  18. Australian Shooter

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    In Australia all firearms must be kept in a gun safe (rifle cabinet). My gun safe is located in my bedroom. The keys to the safe are always within one arm's length to me. So this is the closest thing I can get to sleeping with my rifle.
     
  19. Vern Humphrey

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  20. koja48

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    I always sleep with a gun, but I really need to get to know it first (I ain't easy, but can be had) . . . my Son does likewise . . . can bad guys spell "well-coordinated crossfire?" I didn't think so . . .

    230-grain X 16= "defensible-perimeter/effective insurance." ('course, either of us could grab "something else," also.
     
  21. doc2rn

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    I will sleep enough after I am planted in the ground. Too much to do in so little time.
     
  22. Winchester 73

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    This is very depressing.
    Hopefully, sanity and change will come for you wonderful Aussies.
     
  23. brighamr

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    Depends on the gun and your sleeping position.
     
  24. scrat

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    i dont know about you guys. but i much rather sleep with my wife than with my gun. though my gun maybe redily available i dont sleep with my gun.
     
  25. phonesysphonesys

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    I have slept on a M1 and I have slept on an M14 in freezing cold and pouring rain. Neither one is as comfortable as my .45. But they are all good sleeping partners.

    Semper Fi
     
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