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Why a handgun when settled in for the night?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by malleable, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. malleable


    Dec 29, 2009
    I've read posts about perceived home invasions during the night and being comfortable with XX caliber handgun, as this would be sufficient to get them to there shotgun/rifle. Isn't this reverse logic? Why transition from something inferior to the better fight stopper? I personally am of the sit in a corner quietly and let them come to me camp.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  2. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Not sure I understand the question. Are you asking why not just have a 12 gauge beside the bed?

  3. Coug


    Feb 9, 2000
    Western WA, USA
    My kids would love my 870 to play with in the middle of the night. Until it made the loud noise...

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  4. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    I keep handgun out because I do not want to have to open the gun room and safe every morning. Thats is an extra 3 locks multi times a day. Instead my carry gun for the day , my BUG and the better halfs guns stay with us at night.
  5. malleable


    Dec 29, 2009
    Yes, thank you that would have been clearer on my part. I completely understand the child safety factor but when someone implies they can fight there way with a handgun to a long gun i assume the long gun is unsecured? So, why start with the inferior weapon?

    FEDLEO Spread Out!

    Aug 13, 2006
    State of disbelief
    My off duty weapon just gets a flashlight put on it and goes to bed on the night stand beside the bed. I really don't think too many are going to want to go too many rounds with the ole 45. I could be wrong but I doubt it.

    Would a shotgun be better? Probably for a lot of people. But looking at my house and the way it is set up (narrow doors) I will take the 45 due to maneuverability in here.

    I don't tell people what they would be better off with ie shotgun pistol or rifle. I also don't get into caliber wars. I think they are mute points at best and just down right silly internet commando crap. Take what will work best for you with your surroundings, find a caliber your comfy with get some practice and hopefully some training and use it to the best of your ability should the need arise.

    If you do those things plus knowing the layout of your home you will have the upper hand on John Q. Scumbag.
  7. diamondd2


    Apr 23, 2010
    I never understood this either. Shotgun/rifle seems much more logical to me. I have a dozen handguns but do not keep any loaded around the house. I keep the Remington 870 loaded but not chambered mounted on the wall in the bedroom high enough for me or my wife to reach but not the children to reach. I figure by the time they are able to reach the thing they will know how to use it.
  8. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    A rifle or shotgun is a better fight stopper, everyone knows that. A pistol is simply easier to secure and keep handy than a long gun. My grab and go gun in the middle of the night is a G19 with 17 round mag and a Streamlight 2 light/laser. If I know I am going to be in a gun fight I'll hopefully have time to open the safe and get one of my ARs out.
  9. powder86

    powder86 SHOOT SAFE!

    i have my shotgun, m4, and g30 next to my bed. the scenario plays out with me using my g30 to get to my daughter. the free hand allows me to pick her up, use a light switch, turn a door knob etc... once i have my daughter, it's back to my room, where we entrench. me with the shotgun aimed at the door. my wife with the m4 as back up while she's on the phone dialing 911.
    i start with the handgun, as it allows me a free hand to get to my daughter.
  10. owl6roll


    Sep 9, 2004
    IF, I saw and had time to react, I'd go with my rifle, but for something going down and God willing, the first thing I will get my hand(s) on, would be a pistol.
  11. It's really good to have a plan. I know where my wife's going to be and she knows where I'm going to be if something goes bump in the night.
  12. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    It's kind of hard to stick a shotgun under your pillow,LOL.
    Besides, I've only got my 642 so it's my "go to" because I have no other choice right now.
  13. malleable


    Dec 29, 2009
    This was so obvious that I didn't see it. I was looking thru the eyes of a single man!
  14. themighty9mm


    Sep 19, 2008
    For the exact same reason people want the smallest guns for carry. They are by no means superior to a full sized. However much more convenient. Mush easier to set a pistol in the night stand than go to a locked safe. Also for checking out the late night bumps more convenient to grab something one handed (handgun) than grab something that to properly use needs 2 hands. Just simply convenience for the most part.
  15. JackMac


    Mar 13, 2011
    laser sight, works best at night. Real quick sight acquisition. I prefer Glock 19 with crimson trace, but whatever you shoot comfortably and accurately should be what you use as it will be a high stress circumstance. Plan, plan and plan some more, then practice the senarios with a unloaded hand gun. Practice makes perfect. Train and then train somemore. There are lots of good DVDs on the subject. Be prepared then hope and pray you never have to shoot someone.
  16. Teecher45


    Jan 29, 2010
    The exact and only reason I have a G21 with a TLR 1. I have 3 boys and one is an infant. The extra hand could be needed. The Colt 6920 has a red dot and a white light on it but is very hard to manuver through the house, it is mainly for outside, we live on a farm. Once the boys, wife, and I are together in our bedroom and 911 has been called we will hunker-down between the bed and the outside wall with the 6920 and 870. Once my family is with me anyone else in the house is welcome to anything else in the house.
  17. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

    Oct 30, 2006
    Crappleton, Wisconsin
    .357 in my underwear drawer. If 12 rounds of that doesn't stop them, I'm ****ed anyway.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  18. Remington 870 Youth 3" 20 gauge with 21" barrel for home defense. Before you laugh at me, go handle one and then shoot one. They are easy to handle. I found out about them when teaching my kids how to shoot a shotgun. Can't beat them. A handgun safely secured in various locations works nicely but my purpose for a handgun is to empower me to get to my long gun. A 20 gauge at close ranges is safe as far as over penetration but deadly.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  19. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    I keep a usp 45 in the bed side table. I hope I can fight my way to the gun safe in the garage and get into my cannon safe in time to fight the rest of the battle with my 870.

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010