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Shotgun "placement" in the bedroom

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Cool Impala Glocker, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Cool Impala Glocker

    Cool Impala Glocker NRA Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    KC Missouri area
    Hi there!! I have a Remington 870 short barrel (18.5) loaded with Winchester PDX1 rifled slug among with federal 00 buckshot. I am truly at a "loss" of where I should place my shotgun in my bedroom?

    My bedroom is your standard 15x20 bedroom. King sized bec backs the outside wall, with 2 nightstands flanking each side. Wife on the left and me on the right. On the right wall, there's a window which is like 2 or so feet away from the bed. On the left side, pretty much 3 or so feet away from the bed to the wall, which in turn leads to the master bath. My tv is mounted on my tall chest of drawers about 4 feet away from the foot of the bed.

    Now...where do I place my shotgun? I thought about putting it in the corner between my nightstand and the window wall. Then I thought about under the bed, but my smallish dog likes to go under and play. Hmm....idea's?? Suggestions??

    Any other parts of the house is protected by my Glock 27 which I ccw.
  2. jbh2000


    May 18, 2010
    Kids? Occasional small houseguests? If not, I'd keep it within arm's reach when I went to bed and on a top shelf in the closet when I did have small ones around. Kids would change the whole picture.

  3. Cool Impala Glocker

    Cool Impala Glocker NRA Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    KC Missouri area

    I forgot that!! Much apologies...Houseguests is very seldom because we only live in a 2 bedroom house and the 2nd bedroom is an office. kids for us unfortunately. The only guest we ever get is our folks and a very select few because we "live too far away" which is another story for another day. Usually its just me, the wife and our 2 dogs for a pretty long stretch of a time.
  4. roar

    roar .38 Special

    May 31, 2006
    good question. I have been thinking the same thing now that I got my 870 back up and running.
  5. Glockin21


    Feb 12, 2011
    Above the headboard.Thats where i kept my Mossberg 590 many nights.
  6. Free Radical

    Free Radical Miembro Antiguo CLM

    Sep 11, 2005
    Four Corners
    May I suggest this. Install a couple of bicycle hooks over the door on the inside of your bedroom closet. Your shot gun will rest there out of sight, and out of reach of little ones.

  7. thats a good idea. i ended up putting mine in a gun cabinet in the closet. locked up while im away and easy access when im home.
  8. G23c


    Jan 23, 2009
    houston, texas
    give it a drawer.
  9. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
  10. WhiskeyUnicorn

    WhiskeyUnicorn Mall Ninja Extraordinaire

    Nov 13, 2010
    Savannah, GA
    I've one watching guard at the side of my bed with 5 shells in a speed feeder belt holster sitting on the night stand. I don't like it loaded as there are people that come over a lot and like rifle through my things
  11. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    This is a good idea .I personally keep it leaning on the wall right next to me within reach.I have no kids and kids rarely come over if they do I lock my room up.
  12. tx787


    Feb 11, 2010
    nobody does under the bed anymore?
  13. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
    I have a long canvas pouch, secured with Velcro strips along the top, with a tail stapled to a large particle board that fits between the mattress and box spring. It's very fast and accessible, but hidden from eyes that shouldn't see.

  14. Cesiumsponge

    Cesiumsponge ACLDN member

    Feb 15, 2011
    I've tried three locations and find them similar in concealment and ease of access. I've had pegs screwed into studs in the wall behind the headboard (I have a low headboard) and the shotgun rested on those pegs so it was recessed a few inches below the headboard and out of sight. I've had it resting vertically behind a tapestry that hangs over the bed (there is a 2-3" gap behind the tapestry) and that keeps it hidden. I've also had it in the gap between the mattress and headboard (about 4-6" of space) and that remains hidden when the bed is made and pillows are where they belong. All three have me within arm's reach of the shotgun when I'm in bed without needing to take my eyes off the door.

    Under the bed seems too awkward for me. It requires me rolling halfway over, bending down, and fetching it. I find it quicker to grab the night stand handgun but it probably depends on what the situation is. If it's to investigate a bump in the night, you have the luxury of time to fetch the shotgun anywhere in the bedroom. If someone has already made their way inside your home and they're now trying your bedroom door which finally woke you up, your time luxury just went out the door. If you're barricading during an active burglary, your description makes it seem like you carry when about in the home so you'll already have a sidearm with you when you enter the bedroom to barricade. Considering you have dogs, you'll probably get some early warning if things seem fishy if you're inside the bedroom.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011
  15. james plant

    james plant

    Dec 28, 2004
  16. Denied

    Denied NRA Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    Keep mine in the clothes closet about three steps away from bed, this give me time to wake up before I grab the 870, it hangs from a short strap on the front sling swivel so the muzzle is almost against the ceiling while the but is 3 feet or so off the floor. Put a lock on the closet if I don't want visitors to have access also my flashlight is in the same place where I can grab both at the same time.
  17. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    My 870 is under the bed in a V-Line quick access box: It fits perfectly with a side saddle & Surefire Forend.

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    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011
  18. Bullman

    Bullman Deranged Deputy

    Oct 11, 2003
    SW Virginia
    I have been giving this some though right here. Keeps it secure when you aren't around, unlock it at night before you go to bed. I also have heard some folks suggest a hook right above it if you have it on an exposed wall instead of a closet, and then hang your bath robe on it.
  19. Robalero

    Robalero Texican

    Mar 18, 2003
    South Texas
    This is the set up I have, works really well, easily accesible, out of site, and good to go! Be careful if you have little ones.
  20. tnstaafl


    Jun 12, 2007
    No kids and only adult visitors. I have a platform bed on a bedframe (no box spring), so there's a decent amount of space under the bed. What I did was use some zip-ties to attach a piece of 5" diameter PVC pipe to the underside of the bed frame. The PVC runs parallel to the headboard, about 2 feet down from the headboard and about 1 foot in from the outside edge of the bed. The shotgun - Mossberg Maverick 88 with a pistol grip - slides easily into and out of the PVC, and the pistol grip is within easy reach if I need to roll out of bed to check on a sound in the night. Sometimes at night, I slide the gun out a bit so the pistol grip is just under the edge of the bed - so I don't have to reach far under the bed to get to it.

    Unless you're bending over looking under the bed, the gun and its "holster" can't be seen.