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Old 05-13-2013, 18:42   #1
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Your bedside Glock...Loaded or unloaded ??

I'm pretty sure I will get some grief for this but I keep my 21SF in a small safe next to my bed with the magazines loaded but not in the gun. I've always felt most comfortable and safest doing it this way. Thank God nothing has happened to me or my family for me to test the time it takes to load the pistol and be totally prepared for a confrontation. Just curious, what is the set-up for your bedside gun ?? I've heard some people sleep with a loaded gun underneath their pillow...yikes !!
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Old 05-13-2013, 18:46   #2
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G30SF with a TLR-1S attached loaded with one in the pipe and a spare magazine. All in a bedside biometric pistol safe. I believe each person should do what makes them most comfortable.
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Old 05-13-2013, 18:51   #3
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On occasions when I keep a pistol handy at night, it has a magazine in the well, hammer down on an empty chamber. I keep it within arm's reach, maybe in a drawer as I have no safe.

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Old 05-13-2013, 19:35   #4
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On occasions when I keep a pistol handy at night, it has a magazine in the well, hammer down on an empty chamber. I keep it within arm's reach, maybe in a drawer as I have no safe.

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Old 05-13-2013, 18:54   #5
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I sleep with my G22 Gen 4 in my hand, one in the pipe, under the pillow. Nightmares get interesting!

No, I actually keep it on the night stand, mag in, empty pipe, spare mag next to it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 18:07   #6
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I sleep with my G22 Gen 4 in my hand, one in the pipe, under the pillow. Nightmares get interesting!

No, I actually keep it on the night stand, mag in, empty pipe, spare mag next to it.

my setup exactly
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:53   #7
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I sleep with my G22 Gen 4 in my hand, one in the pipe, under the pillow. Nightmares get interesting!

No, I actually keep it on the night stand, mag in, empty pipe, spare mag next to it.
I keep my Sig loaded within reach.
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:39   #8
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I sleep with my G22 Gen 4 in my hand, one in the pipe, under the pillow. Nightmares get interesting!

No, I actually keep it on the night stand, mag in, empty pipe, spare mag next to it.
Strange,I do the same EXACT thing.Could we be related??Only thing different is my G22 is a 2nd Generation.Looking forward to a 10 millimeter or perhaps a more compact Glock 23 for CC.
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Old 05-13-2013, 18:55   #9
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On occasions when I keep a pistol handy at night, it has a magazine in the well, hammer down on an empty chamber. I keep it within arm's reach, maybe in a drawer as I have no safe.

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This ^^ and a spare mag next to it since my bedside is a 1911.


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Old 05-13-2013, 18:57   #10
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I have my Gen 3 G22 loaded with a round in the chamber next to the bed with a small flashlight next to that and another fully loaded mag. I also live alone so that might not work for everybody but my thinking is that if something does happen i can get to my weapon quickly and its good to go, no second guessing if its loaded or not because its always loaded.
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Old 11-25-2013, 17:32   #11
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I keep my G21 gen4 right next to me..........mag inserted, empty chamber.....
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Try loading a pistol in the middle of the night after being awaken out of a sound sleep with the fear and adrenaline pumping. Might as well be a monkey trying to "have coitus" with a football. The pistol will be useless.
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Old 07-19-2013, 17:50   #13
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Try loading a pistol in the middle of the night after being awaken out of a sound sleep with the fear and adrenaline pumping. Might as well be a monkey trying to "have coitus" with a football. The pistol will be useless.
Try opening a safe under the same conditions.
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Old 07-19-2013, 17:52   #14
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Try loading a pistol in the middle of the night after being awaken out of a sound sleep with the fear and adrenaline pumping. Might as well be a monkey trying to "have coitus" with a football. The pistol will be useless.
My opinion:

If you aren't mentally sound enough to rack the slide, you aren't mentally sound enough to be handling a loaded firearm anyway.
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Old 11-25-2013, 18:59   #15
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Try loading a pistol in the middle of the night after being awaken out of a sound sleep with the fear and adrenaline pumping. Might as well be a monkey trying to "have coitus" with a football. The pistol will be useless.
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Old 04-01-2014, 18:39   #16
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Try loading a pistol in the middle of the night after being awaken out of a sound sleep with the fear and adrenaline pumping. Might as well be a monkey trying to "have coitus" with a football. The pistol will be useless.
Excellent answer and to the point.

OP, read this again and again.
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Old 04-01-2014, 20:53   #17
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Try loading a pistol in the middle of the night after being awaken out of a sound sleep with the fear and adrenaline pumping. Might as well be a monkey trying to "have coitus" with a football. The pistol will be useless.

I respectfully but strongly disagree. If anything, being required to do a tap & rack beforehand helps clear the cob-webs from my head. I understand that not everyone sleeps as lightly as I do, but on more than one occasion at night, I've had go to my gun, and it is surprisingly fast.


On one particular night, we had a loud crash in our house and I was absolutely certain that someone had kicked open the door and forced entry. I kept a Kimber TLE/RL II stainless 1911 with empty chamber, hammer at half cock, with a full magazine inserted under the edge of the bed out of sight. When I heard the crash, I immediately jumped out of bed at the same time that I grabbed the 1911 (I had the gun positioned so that my right hand would naturally go directly to the grip), racked the slide, swept the safety into the on position and covered the hallway. It was later determined that a China cabinet had collapsed and there was no intruder. My wife later commented that she never imagined I could move that fast and get my defensive handgun into action so quickly. I'm not at all bragging. I'm just saying that it can be done. Rehearse it and give it a try. You'll surprise yourself.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:20   #18
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You know, I don't know why but that was the ...

I really don't know why but that was one of the funniest things I read in a long time and completely agree...

I keep my Glock in a "GunVault" (manual combination pad) loaded and one in the tube. I also have the Glock Tec MIC holster on it. So I key the code, door slams open, grab the gun, and by then am fully awake but holding a safe gun due to the MIC holster covering and securing the entire trigger housing, if it is necessary to continue a quick yank on the MIC holster lanyard and am ready to go. A lot quicker than having to feel for a mag, grab a mag, slam the mag, rack the slide and present. (am also grabbing the Fenix PD35 with disruptive strobe.)

Gun under the pillow? Not such a good idea I think.

In home defense, your gun needs to be safe but it needs to be quick to bring to bear at the ready.


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Old 07-02-2014, 15:10   #19
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A lot quicker than having to feel for a mag, grab a mag, slam the mag, rack the slide and present...
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Having a loaded mag in the gun, but no round in the chamber is a lot different than fumbling with a magazine while in the dark. I think most who do not chamber are suggesting a quick rack of the slide to chamber a round (with the mag already in firearm, which is as fast or faster than some of the things you mention that you do).

Not saying one is right or wrong, just pointing out that "not in the chamber" doesn't mean the mags are out, locked in a different room, unloaded with loose ammo in the bottom of a drawer, etc.
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I did not say that I do all those steps, it was an example of what someone would have to do if the gun is not ready to fire and the mag is separate from the magwell. Even having to take the step of racking may be too late to defend. In such cases one needs to be ready especially if the attacker is within arms reach, to use your finger weapons, or teeth weapons to disable or kill your attacker. Self-defense implies immediate action and the fewer steps one is forced to take the better position he will be in. If a gun is in a GunVault with the four finger combo, IMHO it should be ready to fire the moment it is cleared from the Vault... OF COURSE one would need to fully identify their target and not fire until the target is fully identified. That is why I also have a Fenix PD35 at the ready as well.

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Having a loaded mag in the gun, but no round in the chamber is a lot different than fumbling with a magazine while in the dark. I think most who do not chamber are suggesting a quick rack of the slide to chamber a round (with the mag already in firearm, which is as fast or faster than some of the things you mention that you do).

Not saying one is right or wrong, just pointing out that "not in the chamber" doesn't mean the mags are out, locked in a different room, unloaded with loose ammo in the bottom of a drawer, etc.
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