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Holstered For Nightstand Duty?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by BamaAL24, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. BamaAL24


    Dec 26, 2011
    Does any one holster their nightstand gun? I have always taken mine from my IWB holster to an Uncle Mikes softie holster to set it on the nightstand.

    I thought about it tonight and can't really find a justification for it. Just a habit I've developed.

    Anybody do something similar? Why or why not?

    Also: hope this is the right place for this discussion. Please let me know if it's not.

    Edit: first response brought up a good little ones around or prying hands to worry about from a safety standpoint.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  2. Wrench78


    Feb 27, 2012
    Bellevue, NE
    I have little ones around, so mine is in a safe next to by bed. But its loaded and ready when pulled out. If I didn't have kids around, I probably would so something like that.

  3. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
  4. Sheepdog Scout

    Sheepdog Scout Behind you!

    Jan 23, 2010
    Who knows?
    Mine goes into a drawer besides my bed. The carry gun is my nightstand gun. So I let it breath in the drawer.
  5. At home, I keep the gun in my IWB holster right by my bed. It is nowhere near where my wife might trip over it, but I also want to be able to grab for it with the trigger covered.

    A small safe would be fine too if there were kids around. I understand the small safes sometimes do not open easily.

    When I travel and stay in a hotel, I keep the gun unhostered and right by the bed. It may not be the best, but I would really hate to forget the gun in the hotel when I leave. I know it is unlikely, but I have some practices to avoid forgetting things.
  6. PaleRider505


    Mar 3, 2012
    I keep mine holstered just because I have a fear of accidently pulling the trigger if I have to reach for it if awakened.
  7. DaneA


    Mar 7, 2011
    Mine is in C3 on a shelf in my headboard. No real reason it isn't in a holster other than I just started putting it there one night.
  8. canav844


    Oct 7, 2010
    With one in the Chamber I keep it holstered unless there is a compelling reason for it to leave. No kids, so at night I leave the pants next to the bed, with the gun spare mags, and flashlight all ready to go where I would normally have them where I've taught my brain to look for them. Something goes wrong in the middle of the night, I pop up out of bed pull the pants up and I'm ready to go with 2 guns, one spare mag a weapon light on the fullsize gun a separate tac light to search with and utilize with the BUG if so needed. The AR is accessible, and stored condition 3 with dust cover closed, inspected once a week and shot then cleaned at least once per month.

    If I had kids around then a bedside safe would be an absolute must, when family with kids visit I bust out the travel pelican case and have a key lock on it.
  9. I've got a GunVault MicroVault on my nightstand that holds my G23, 2 mags and a flashlight. I've got 3 kids 6 and under so things have to be kept safe and secured.

  10. EAJuggalo


    Jan 17, 2005
    Eagan, MN
    I keep two handguns holstered in the nightstand drawer, my G21SF and a Taurus 650 snubbie revolver. Those are also my carry guns, when I decide which I'm carrying that day I take that one, already in it's holster and put it on the belt. End of the day I take the holster off and put it back in the drawer. When traveling I usually only take one gun and there are a number of factors that play into the decision of which one. If it's the Glock it spends it's nights in a Secure-it portable lockbox without the holster, the revolver goes in holster and all.
  11. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
  12. Clay1


    Dec 7, 2004
    Nicely done, congrats for solid technique while maintaining your family's safety.

    For those who think that keeping a gun holstered because you are afraid that you might press the trigger - I'm not buying in on that one. One: pick the gun up with your finger straight and indexed along the frame.

    Have you seen other people pull a gun out of a holster that is sitting on the table and not attached to a belt often? Many people pull the gun out with their strong hand and sweep or muzzle their week hand which is holding the holster. If they don't learn proper indexing technique of the shooting finger you can pull out of your tabled holster and shoot yourself in your week hand and have what I like to refer to as "a bad day".

    I have to say this so that the above statement isn't easily confused. I'm not talking about carrying your gun concealed around town, there you need a holster that covers the trigger, but to sit it on a table or in a drawer, no - proper trigger finger position takes care of that.

    One more thing about putting a gun in a drawer. I would want it so that it is in the same position everytime no matter if I open or close the door abruptly. I do really like the bed holster by Crossbreed but that isn't a holster that is sitting in a drawer or on a table top. The holster is in a fixed position and you can draw from it safely under stress.

    Back to how this post opened. If you have children in the house, or visitors with children or you have grand children who come over - get one of those quick access safes and you don't have to put the gun in a holster while in that either.

  13. jwhite75

    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

    Jan 6, 2009
    Dub V
    I dont have kids in the house so my 23 with X200 mounted and a handheld light lay unholstered on the nightstand
  14. FAS1


    Dec 4, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    I have the best of both worlds, holstered and secured. A heavy duty, mechanical push button operated quick acccess handgun safe that utilizes a built in holster to cover the trigger and it also uses a gas spring to present it to you in the exact same place and orientation every time. :wow:

    So, yes I guess mine's holstered.

    [ame=""]FAS1 SAFE - YouTube[/ame]
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  15. I leave my primary carry inside the crossbreed supertuck and set it on my nightstand next to my bed with 1 spare magazine.

    Under my bed is an Romanian WASR-10.

    Next to my pillow on the nightstand is a gunvault quick access safe with the key inside it (in case the batteries die) with two more pistols and 5 spare loaded magazines 1/2 with FMJ 1/2 with HP for the AK.

    Also keep 2x 33rnd magazines loaded with 124 +P Gold Dot for my 19
  16. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    My primary HD pistol is always in a holster, next to a double magazine carrier with two loaded mags. The reason it resides in the holster is mainly because I also use it for carry.

    There are other guns around the house that can be gotten to quickly, but only one other is in a holster. That's mostly so I can thread it on my belt in just a few seconds and carry that if needed.
  17. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I've heard pros say that they don't even keep their nighttime weapon anyplace accessible from the bed... they have to get up and go to it (in the same room of course). This prevents them from grabbing it while half asleep.

    Sound advice but of course it would be recommended to have some sort of early warning system (dogs and/or an alarm system). I mean let's face it, if you need the gun while you're still in bed, it's probably too late anyway.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  18. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Yes, always in a holster with one in the pipe.
  19. jbailey8


    Dec 16, 2007
    Roanoke, VA
    Clay1, that sounded a little judgmental. I can understand being worried about grabbing a gun in the dark and accidentally fingering the trigger. Even if I keep my index finger extended, whats to say I won't accidentally grab too far up on the grip and hit the trigger with my middle finger? That said I keep my carry/nightstand gun in the holster and in a bedside safe. My BUG is in the safe unholstered. Everything else is safely stored in the closet.
  20. Darkangel1846


    Jul 19, 2004
    I don't keep it in a holster, but on a no slip rubber pad.