Wow, this may be the longest thread ever.
My two cents. I am very lucky to live alone. No kids, no wife to worry about "my deal" in a single story house.
1. My Lab mix sleeps by the left side of my bed. She is well-proven as my "number one protection".
2. My S&W 642 Centennilal snubby with CR laser grips is on top of my night table. I know "the drill".
I can put that laser on the top, bottom, or middle of the three left or right door hinges. Or, anything else "there".
3. My Mosseberg 500 "black" eight shot 12 gauge with 00 buck is vertically stashed by my bed. "Number two protectioon".
It has a little bit of "cardboard cover" so none of my girfriends freak out. But, it is easlily accessed.
4. My Beretta 92 is in its drawer with night sights. 14 rounds of "Golder Saber". Plus another 14 rnd mag.
If the Beretta is needed, I'm afraid I have a bit of a problem.
My dog and I am in a real world of hurt .Must be a big time war !