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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Korbin, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. Korbin

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    I know a lot of you keep guns at your bedside in case of an emergency. Do any of you sleepwalk? Are any of you afraid that something might accidentally happen while you're half awake?

    For example - I've had times when I swear I could see someone standing in the room only to wake up and realize it's my coat hanging on a chair or something.

    One time I jumped out of bed and ran at my girlfriend who just came out of the bathroom before I woke up.

    Scary.
     
  2. chris in va

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    There's been a few threads on the subject. Generally speaking it seems to be a good idea to keep your bedside gun in a quick access safe. It makes you think about opening it up which tends to shake the cobwebs out.

    I know what you mean though. Several times I'm half awake and although my eyes are open, the dream still bleeds over into consciousness.
     
  3. RKBABob

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    For G-d's sake! Don't leave a revolver on the nightstand if you frequently dream about going to the range!

    I don't trust myself with a firearm so close by/readily accesible when I'm asleep. I've frequently dreamed that I got up and turned off the alarm... only to wake up 30 minutes later to discover that it wasn't a dream. Needless to say, I do not keep a gun next to that clock.
     
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    Good thing you didn't say the G word there. It could possibly offend someone!

    As for the original post.
    I sleep walk occaisonally. I still keep guns out and ammo readily availible. The safety on my sks is on, and as is the one on the mosin (Which is a tough safety). Plus when you sleep walk your eyes are squinting only to be able to see general objects, and not to perfrom precision tasks such as loading a rifle. I haven't had any problems.
     
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    If it's bedside it's in a holster - which means I have a couple more seconds to wake up before my finger is on the trigger.
     
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    I'm too light a sleeper to worry about it.
     
  7. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Korbin, I think it might be best for you to not keep a loaded gun within easy reach. You may wish to consider one of those quick access safes as mentioned before, but I'd think you might want to locate it away from the bed as well. Too much at risk if you've had episodes like that.

    Or, you know, he could be Jewish or one of the other faiths that refrains from writing the word casually.
     
  8. Colin Doyle

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    According to Dr. Drew Pinsky, "Anything you can do awake, you can do when you're asleep." :eek:
     
  9. Tokugawa

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    My sister in law blew the side of her face off with a shotgun. Sleepwalking.
     
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    Honestly, if someone suffers from sleepwalking or awakens slowly, then they should have some type of quick access safe or some other safety precaution to prevent a tragedy. Fortunately, I do not suffer from any of these conditions.


    Timthinker
     
  11. greenflash107

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    I dont sleepwalk, thank the good Lord, but if i did, I dont think I would keep a pistol or rifle by the bed. I would hate to shoot a family member by mistake. I would put it in some kind of safe and spend a little more on beefing up my home alarm system. That may give you a little more time to snap out of any dream you may be having.
     
  12. RKBABob

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    Being curious, I just asked my wife if I've been moving around, or talking in my sleep. She says I actually kicked my legs as if I was running from something a few nights ago. She also says I recently kept her up all night by having a long conversation with someone in my sleep. :scrutiny:

    If I can kick my legs when I'm dreaming of running... or talk when I'm dreaming of talking... I definately do not want a firearm within reach of my bed, in case I dream of shooting!
     
  13. esmith

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    You can't go downstairs when sleepwalking. You will fall.
     
  14. Korbin

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    Yeah. I figured I should keep it locked up. I just wanted to make sure it was a legitimate concern. Thanks for the responses.

    Sorry to hear about your sister in law, Tokugawa!
     
  15. Caimlas

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    Nope, once I'm in bed, I'm there until I awake - and getting me out even then is damn difficult! Now, sleep talking, on the other hand, that's a problem! I've held entire conversations with my wife (and previously, with girlfriends) which have ended up with some very sour treatment from them the following day! :p

    Partially because of that, my heavy sleeping, and the occasional night terror, I can understand why someone in my situation might be hesitant about it. The way I work: if I'm alert enough to stand up and take the pistol out of the dresser in a stressful situation, I'm more than likely more alert than I normally am after two or three cups of coffee. Again, I can certainly see how someone else might not feel comfortable with that, but everyone should be aware of their own abilities and limitations.

    Sorry to continue the tangent, but this kinda irks me. When people hyphenate God in that fashion, it's almost like they're saying the word God itself is offensive, moreso than if they were simply to say "god damn it" or whatever. Kinda irksome, because it's additionally insulting to anyone who finds such phrases offensive. "You can't handle this so I'm partially self-censoring myself".
     
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    Are you human or canine? :D
     
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    If you are this bad when you are asleep, you probably need to be heavily medicated. Since medication of that nature will probably include things like hallucinations as side effects, you should not be operating a gun in that condition. Put the gun on your girlfriend's side of the bed. Tell her to shoot whatever badguy comes through the door.

    If you can't tell who's coming at you... sleep with a nightlite on...
     
  18. B yond

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    I smell troll. :uhoh:
     
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    Why?
     
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    One Word....

    DOG!

    I am a light sleeper and as such, not much startles me. But I know that if my German Shepard is wakes me up that something is probably not right. If something wakes me up but he is calm, I can assume all is well. Not much getts by him. I have an alarm and a GSD, and it is only the wife and me, therefore, it is pretty safe to assume that if something wakes me and the alarm is not ringing, the dog is not barking, and the wife is in bed, then all is well, it is probably the wind, and I should get back to sleep.
     
  22. B yond

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    Just caught a whiff, I could be wrong, no offense intended either way.
     
  23. Regolith

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    I don't sleep walk. I've been told I occasionally talk in my sleep, though.
     
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    Members of some faiths abbreviate or use hyphens when spelling (as Jorg pointed out) out of reverenece or respect for the deity. For example, I have a few Jewish friends who do not spell the word out for this reason.
     
  25. .cheese.

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    as has been pointed out, some people (myself included) do not write out the full word. We do not fully type the word because it has been taught to us to be disrespectful to G-d. Kippahs are worn by Jews for a similar reason.

    When I was in temple school, it was hammered into us along with everything else.

    As for sleepwalking - if you sleepwalk, find out why. Do you take sleeping medication? If it can be stopped, do that. If not, you'll want to put some obstacle in place such as a quick-access safe to help prevent an accident.
     
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