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    The proverbial nightstand

    Well, I'm sure most of you keep a gun loaded nearby when you sleep, in the event you need to defend your home. My question is, where do you keep it exactly? I would keep mine in the safe, it being the safest place for it to be. However lets face it, when I wake up for anything, I'm pretty groggy, I don't think that I could work the tumbler, esp in the dark. For now my "nightstand gun" actually sits on top of my, well, nightstand along with my surefire and an extra magazine. Now I have a newborn in the house and there aren't any children/irresponsible adults that come over to my house so this works for now, but as my son gets older I need to find a new way to keep it close, safe from inquisitive hands and instantly ready as well. What are your thoughts?

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    I won’t post the exact location of my night protection but it is in a safe which remains unlocked when I’m home. Easy access to me or my wife and easily closed when I leave.

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    I keep a .357 in a location that someone would have to wake me to get to. Yet it is easily accessible to me. In the morning I place it in the safe and get one of my CCW's out. I don't have kids. Maybe you should consider a biometric mini-vault near your bed. Since you have a small child it should be an easy sell to the wife.

    Just for the record I'm all for safe weapon storage. However I'm against legislative mandates for safe storage.

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    Under a normally unused pillow on my bed. If someone gets into my home without me knowing (unlikely) they won't be able to walk up to my nightstand and drill me in the brain pan with my own pistol.
    I live alone so I have a few firearms around the house ready to go, but, rule #1 in self defense is make sure you don't leave anything out that an attacker can use against you (mainly firearm).
    With family present I second the minivault idea. Plus if someone gets the drop on you they won't have your pistol in their hand.
    Never underestimate the human bodies ability to get into an extremely deep sleep.

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    Check this one out. No tumblers. The page is from Midway. http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...722&t=11082005

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    I am with Mr.Jimmy as I keep one under a unused pillow and the wife has one in a night stand drawer left open. She's a very light sleeper plus when have a man eating Minature Daschund with one blue eye for night vision. I feel safe.

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    I don't have one but think some of the wall mounted boxes that look like artsy items should work well with real small kiddo's. You could mount it 6' or so from the floor.

    As the child grows train him well regarding firearms as he/she will inevitably learn where the key or code is hidden.


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    I took a 3 1/2" x 12" peice of clear plastic. Heated it at about 4" down and bent it at a 45 degree angle. I cut out a peice leather in the shape I wanted and formed it accordingly. Then I drilled a few holes in the plastic and used some rivets to make a dandy little holster. I then put some skid free tape on the part that goes between the mattress and box spring. Slide it in and wa'la! I made this almost 20 yrs. ago and it still works great.
    The 'under the pillow' thing scares me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    I don't have one but think some of the wall mounted boxes that look like artsy items should work well with real small kiddo's. You could mount it 6' or so from the floor.

    As the child grows train him well regarding firearms as he/she will inevitably learn where the key or code is hidden.

    I saw one in either Cheaper than dirt or Sportsman's guide that was a wall clock that held a pistol behind the face which just dropped down for access to it. Maybe I'll cut an old book to fit the .380 in it.

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    On the nightstand, in a GunVault, which is cabled to the bedframe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunerd View Post
    I took a 3 1/2" x 12" peice of clear plastic. Heated it at about 4" down and bent it at a 45 degree angle. I cut out a peice leather in the shape I wanted and formed it accordingly. Then I drilled a few holes in the plastic and used some rivets to make a dandy little holster. I then put some skid free tape on the part that goes between the mattress and box spring. Slide it in and wa'la! I made this almost 20 yrs. ago and it still works great.
    The 'under the pillow' thing scares me.
    Jeepers....It's not hard to do. It works! Not complicated, It's there when you need it, just roll over. Cover it with the 'fitted' sheet. (thats what my wife called it)

    No numbers to punch,aint gonna fall off the night stand or get wet from yer glass of water and ya aint gonna blow yer head off. try it!

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