Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by gila_dog1, Jun 19, 2022.
I have a under bed safe with a electric lock that pops open a spring loaded door to access my 870 and an AR pistol. It is a Hornady branded safe from Midway USA.
When I was a young man, my gunbelt hung on the bedpost with a loaded .357mag Blackhawk in the holster. Those were the days!
Hopefully you enjoy the insights here.
How was your "drunk again" cousin able to silently access the house?
Ensuring carefully locked doors and windows is the intuitive first step.
Did this experience change any behaviors, strategies, or tactics?
I know in my family we (were) and are now never unannounced.
Decades ago I would call from a payphone (if returning late) with my anticipated arrival time.
Upon arrival it would be keys in the door, all interior lights switched on, and "Hi, I am home!"
I don't keep a gun in my bedroom. I have 3 large dogs in the house and 3 donkeys outside, would be really tough to sneak up on me at home so I keep my carry gun in the bathroom and a shotgun in the spare closet. Would take me about 3-5 seconds to get to either and I think that is enough time to get my wits about me.
I have easy access to my firearms but other than the usual "nightstand" gun, I'm reluctant to disclose where in a public forum.
From experience, I know how hard it is to identify a person walking up to my side of the bed in the middle of the night.
A dog is man's best friend in this situation. Oh, and a locked front door that's alarmed. And a motion sensor that turns hall lights on. I have a speaker that chimes quite loudly enough to wake us both up if any outside door or window is opened, although the dogs would be barking vociferously as soon as someone approaches an ingress point if it's after we're in bed.
Thanks for the welcome @Blue Jays.
You need to come up with another plan that will give you more time than, “poor guy, never had a chance.”
Then why go to all the trouble to respond?
I don't remember if I knocked my gun off the nightstand reaching for my phone or picked my gun up and tried to talk to it.
Either way, when I go to bed at night my gun is on top of my safe in a holster. I have to get all the way out of bed and take a step to get to it. By that time I'm awake enough to know what I'm doing.
Mine is a carbine somewhat out of sight in the closet also but locked, nearby is a spare mobile on a charger (by law, all mobiles must work with 911, service plan or not), spare glasses, light, couple spare mags, baton, and a plate carrier (which has some other stuff on it).
Anyone who says I need quicker access: see most responses above. If someone is already in my bedroom meaning me harm, many things have already gone wrong. I have never panicked and assaulted (with cause or, I find later... not) someone next to my bed, because it's a child, the dog, the wife, etc. Doors should be locked, several other gates to get to us (child safety gates, but they are loud and will slow someone down) plus alarm-pets, etc. I'll have time before someone is even on the floor where I sleep.
Oh, and ambient lighting. I never got why everyone makes their house so dark at night. Even if you want to sleep in the total dark, have halls, bathrooms, etc with nightlights or dimmers. Can see where you are going (for night bathroom breaks, for evacuation in emergencies etc), can see threats without flashlight, and might even make it un-obvious from outside you are all asleep.
If you don't have sufficient physical security, worry there could be bad guys right outside the bedroom window or it's an apartment and you can see the door from your bed or something: work on perimeter security to slow people down and increase awareness much more than being able to go to gun faster. Better locks, lights, vision barriers, gates and cages, pets or alarms, etc.
To remind folks not to tell bad people things that they shouldn't know... .
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