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    So how and where do ya store your primary home defense weapon?

    Myself:

    Out of the case, wrapped in a cotton gun cloth in the nightstand drawer.(Yep, we'll probably get shot with our own in that drawer).
    3-4 round in the mag non chambered. I like to have every waeapon in my home under that same exact loaded status so I can move quick without having to guess. Each weapon is stored the same way.

    Cased and snapped handguns are stored but ready to go if need be.

    You?

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    ...oh and no safety of course....hell with that. Too much nonsense when woken out of a dead sleep. Rack the slide and I'm game ready....
    The less thought involved the better odds I have of being in the right spot to greet my uninvited visitor with open arms.

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    With the exception of the one on rotation for SD/HD/CCW they are all unloaded and locked in the safe. The SD/HD/CCW is in the nightstand loaded and chambered (17+1) with spare mags next to it. No sock or other encumberance to fiddle with if it needs to be employed. SiG DA/SA and no external safety to fiddle with either. Grab and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Growler67 View Post
    With the exception of the one on rotation for SD/HD/CCW they are all unloaded and locked in the safe. The SD/HD/CCW is in the nightstand loaded and chambered (17+1) with spare mags next to it. No sock or other encumberance to fiddle with if it needs to be employed. SiG DA/SA and no external safety to fiddle with either. Grab and go.

    17+1. Good plan and I respect that. But doesn't that pinch your clip sitting there for a loooong time? I'll load my mag to full capacity if it doesn't wear on the spring and jam absolutely.
    I keep it light 4 now but I'm wide open to what you guys do. If I cannot drop my target in 4 shots then they really have some motivation and movement..and I'm up against a serious shooter.

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    Baby Eagle is in the nightstand, loaded with 13 shots, decocker off, just rack the slide and its ready for whatever.

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    XD 40 night stand, locked, cocked and ready to rock.

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    P99 in blackhawk serpa holster in the desk drawer next to my bed. 14+1 ready to go.

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    Holy Moley...most of you guys are chambered locked an loaded. I may have to rethink my plan.
    Let me present this to you. The simple sound of the slide racking might send your intruder out the door without inciden perhaps?
    Well thinking throught it...that fugger is in my house and I'm killin him. I regress..slightly.

    A chambered round safety off in the house is some serious business if my basic judgement is correct. ANYBODY can mistakingly disturb that firearm and met their maker accidentally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears View Post
    Holy Moley...most of you guys are chambered locked an loaded. I may have to rethink my plan.
    Let me present this to you. The simple sound of the slide racking might send your intruder out the door without inciden perhaps?
    This has been discussed multiple times here, and there are varying opinions. Me? What if the intruder is already in your room when you wake up?

    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears View Post
    ANYBODY can mistakingly disturb that firearm and met their maker accidentally.
    Not anybody in my place.

    For me? Stoeger Cougar in the nightstand 15+1 loaded, safety off. This is the firearm that my girlfriend is most comfortable with and she is home most of the night by herself.

    All of my firearms are always loaded, except for the Mark II 22.

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    Nightstand gun at the moment is my G19. 15+1 ready to go in a seconds notice. Two full spare mags of JHP's ready and waiting. Also, my 2 carry guns that get rotated are loaded and ready. I will usually have one with me, the other will be in the nightstand with the Glock. The Mossy 500 mariner is also loaded up with a sidesaddle that has 5 extra 00 buck.....everything is loaded for bear!!! Or one hell of an indian attack!!! I will hold them off while the women circle the wagons, and unhitch the oxen!! LOL

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    This has been discussed multiple times here, and there are varying opinions. Me? What if the intruder is already in your room when you wake up?

    Beef, I think you're a dead or incapacitated guy in that scenario.... honestly. 2 seconds to rack the slide aint gonna make a difference.

    Far as the locked an cocked, how bout a cleaning lady, a visitor's child, a girlfriend shuffling through some drawers to take a peek?
    Hell I'm sorry but you guys are walking out with the pilot light lit at a very slow burn from your house. My respectfull opinion but wtf do I know.

    I've also seen sleep walkers do some very unprdictable things with closets an drawers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears View Post
    Beef, I think you're a dead or incapacitated guy in that scenario.... honestly. 2 seconds to rack the slide aint gonna make a difference.
    If you want to be the one to test that theory, then go for it!

    Also, I can open my drawer and grab my gun with one hand, leaving another free if needed. Have you practiced chambering a round with one hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears
    Far as the locked an cocked, how bout a cleaning lady,
    No cleaning lady here.

    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears
    a visitor's child,
    If we have company, I'm armed and our bedroom is locked.

    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears
    a girlfriend shuffling through some drawers to take a peek?
    LOL

    First of all, my girlfriend has more respect for me than that. Second, she's the reason it's the Cougar in the drawer. She's put more than 2000 rounds through that gun, and she's trained with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears
    Hell I'm sorry but you guys are walking out with the pilot light lit at a very slow burn from your house. My respectfull opinion but wtf do I know.
    You know what you know. To each his own, as always.

    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears
    I've also seen sleep walkers do some very unprdictable things with closets an drawers.
    So have I. I studied psychology in college. We're not sleepwalkers....


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    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears View Post
    Beef, I think you're a dead or incapacitated guy in that scenario.... honestly. 2 seconds to rack the slide aint gonna make a difference.
    If it takes you two seconds to rack the slide, you may wanna just throw it at them at that point.

    Far as the locked an cocked, how bout a cleaning lady, a visitor's child, a girlfriend shuffling through some drawers to take a peek?
    You said in an earlier post that you keep all your guns loaded and in their boxes... how about getting a gun safe so that the cleaning lady, a visitor's child, or your girlfriend CAN'T find them? How is a gun on a night stand different than all your guns with 3-4 rounds in them in their boxes?

    Hell I'm sorry but you guys are walking out with the pilot light lit at a very slow burn from your house. My respectfull opinion but wtf do I know.
    Control your weapon, at all times. If I'm not home, the gun isn't unattended. It's either on me or in the safe. Please don't tell me that you are one of those guys that "hides" his guns all over his house so he can get to one wherever he is in the house. Now THAT's a pilot light!

    I've also seen sleep walkers do some very unprdictable things with closets an drawers.
    If you are a sleep walker, you have to know your limitations. That may involve not having a gun at the ready. It's about personal responsibility.

    Personally, I have a 1911, cocked and locked, ready to roll. In 10 years of marriage, neither my wife or I have ever sleepwalked over to the nightstand and shot the neighbors closet or drawers.

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    Daytime: Gun on me.
    Night time with kids in bed and me in bum-around clothes: Gun within reach.
    Night time asleep: Number keypad lock box (two kids, no leaving the gun in a drawer or on the night stand for me).

    SD guns are always loaded. One in the pipe and full mag. As said earlier, this has been discussed many, many times and it's way too late for me to get into it again.

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    Todd's a mod for a reason....older and wiser.
    I'm not addressing all of the multiple quote responses because they're ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears View Post
    Todd's a mod for a reason....older and wiser.
    I'm not addressing all of the multiple quote responses because they're ridiculous.
    Please explain how they are ridiculous. I was simply replying to YOUR QUESTIONS.

    The last I checked, you are the new gun owner here. Almost exactly a month ago, you stated you didn't understand grains, calibers, etc. So, you are clearly here looking for information, which includes asking questions. How does answering your questions make my response ridiculous?

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    It's a DAO .45 ACP. It's always fully loaded, with one in the chamber. (No, that doesn't do any harm to the magazine.)
    If I'm awake, it's in my pocket. Always.
    At night, it's on the nightstand, right by the bed. (No kids live here any more.)
    One extra revolver out, in its plastic case and not in open sight, so my wife can dry-fire whenever she wants to.
    One 12ga pump shotgun in the bedroom closet, fully loaded but with an empty chamber. (Can't be racked to load unless you know the trick.)
    All other pistols in a safe. All rifles in a separate, larger safe.
    Our cleaning lady is a shooter, and gun-safe. So's her husband and her helper.
    Most of our friends are at least gun-tolerant, and all of them are old enough to be gun-safe.
    What? Me worry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringingears View Post
    Todd's a mod for a reason....older and wiser.
    I'm not addressing all of the multiple quote responses because they're ridiculous.
    This old and wise mod has some advice. When people take the time to respond to your posts, don't call them ridiculous. Do it enough times and you will probably find yourself not having any responses to critique.

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    For the house gun its a Ruger P944 in a night stand, loaded and ready to go. The wife is most comfortable with this weapon. My 9c is always close by my side.

    We have no children so keeping a gun in a quickly accessible place is not a danger. Can't afford a cleaning lady and when visitors are concerned the house gun is safe in a locked bedroom. The rest are in a safe at all times.

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    Out of the house - Glock 19 fully loaded, round chambered and on my person.
    In the house and awake - Glock 19 fully loaded, round chambered and within reach.
    In the house and sleeping - Glock 19 fully loaded, round chambered and on my nightstand, just a bit closer to me than the 12 ga on the other side of the nightstand.

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