As a recent Pew poll reveals, most people own their guns primarily for personal protection. The problem is, no matter how “operator” you are, very few of us carry when we sleep (go figure). You want to be ready, of course, in case you hear the proverbial bump in the middle of the night. But that raises the question as to where your gun will slumber when you do.

Lots of gun owners, having done their duty to perpetuate the species, have procreated. Some of us have smaller versions of adult humans roaming freely in our homes. Creatures around whom we’re not comfortable leaving a firearm un-attended, even on the nightstand next to the bed.

A friend has invented a prototype device that we hope to be able to show you in the near future, something that may be a good option for this dilemma. In the mean time your choices are pretty much limited to items like a small safe in a drawer, contraptions that attach to your nightstand, something secure and lockable in a nearby closet, or…what? Where do you keep your bump-in-the-night gun?

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104 Responses to CapArms Question of the Day: Where’s Your Gun at Night?

    • No offense, but your comment makes you sound like a paranoid person. One that thinks they’re always being followed by unknown people in black Fords. There’s no point in even replying to this question then. I guess you want to sound all mysterious and ex-special forces that’s hiding from ISIS.

        • guess i am “they” since i drive a black suburban………btw at night it’s close…..

      • But what if you are actually being followed by black fords? Damn, I’ve never thought about that. I see them behind me on the freeway and have never thought about it…

        • I saw one of them in a black Ford Expedition the other day. The driver was tatted up and had a rosary hanging from the mirror, but he couldn’t fool me. I fooled him, though.

      • Why is it that people say “No offense, but?” If you think it’s going to be offensive, either don’t say it, or say it and own it.

        And you have no sense of humor.

    • some people never learn. i understand you taught YOUR kids safety, but what about his/her friends? exactly.

      • I understand kids getting into mischief and everything. But assuming one only has the gun on the nightstand after they have gone to bed, what kind of creepy-ass kid is sneaking into their friend’s parents’ bedroom at night when they’re asleep?

      • It is unbelievably pretentious to put “exactly” like that at the end of your comment. It sounds just as immature ads that stupid “mic drop” that reveals a lack of interest in listening to any well reasoned arguments against your point (which I agree with, by the way)

        • The one I hate at the end of a comment is:
          YMMV
          To me, that says “you can disagree with the stupid thing I just said but you can’t say I said something stupid because I already said your mileage may vary.”

    • I’m picturing a six inch tall, adult male running around and taking the cap off your toothpaste, etc…at night.

      Yes I know what you meant.

    • More this. My tiny human was just taught as I was. Don’t touch unless I say so. No big deal it being there, not made a big deal, just growing up as it being a normality.

    • That’s the optimal place, IMO, especially if it’s kept unavailable during waking hours, if you have kids. I keep mine cocked and ready to fire with just a pull of the trigger, at all times on my nightstand. I also keep my AR loaded with a 40 round clip of anti-personnel rounds and ready to fire, just a few steps from my bed.

      I’ve been taught by an ex-LEO that a gun kept unloaded, or loaded, but not in a fire-ready condition, it’s not optimal for your first line, go to gun. It could be the difference between a successful outcome on your part and one going very badly.

  1. Wouldn’t you like to know. 8>) In a Simplex lock box mounted to my nightstand. Too many years in MA has left me slightly uncomfortable leaving a pistol in or on my nightstand. My offspring are grown now and no wee ones visit.

    Although when I travel and stay in a motel, it does end up in the drawer.

  2. Ride on the nightstand next to my bed on my side. With an extra magazine and to Streamlight ledc for flashlights 1100 lumens. And a tlr-1s on my pistol Glock 19. And in the corner an AR-15. My wife asked me do you think you have enough Firepower in here? And I said I hope I do but I don’t really know because if I could tell when and how many home Invaders would be coming tearing down my door I would just have the police waiting here when they showed up LOL. Have to put them away in the safe and strap on my 380 when her mother comes over she’s severely liberal to the point of nauseation period LOL but you can’t choose your family sometimes you know so they tell me LOL.

  3. In a safe, mag out, in a closet near the bed. California legal, dontcha know.

    Once I’m standing in front of the safe, it takes me 11 sec. to be ready to fire, in the dark. Also, there’s a flashlight on the night stand, and a laser on the under rail.

    • In all seriousness, when can you have your guns out of a safe in the state of California? If you remove your gun from a safe at night, and have to use it, are you breaking some sort of law? I get that if a gun is out of the safe and some sort of accident or crime is committed with the gun a charge may be pending. But, why wouldn’t you remove the gun from the safe at night and return it to the safe, if necessary, the next morning? Are you allowed to clean them? I’d keep some cleaning supplies near and indicate you were cleaning your weapon, if you ever had to explain its presence outside of a safe?

      • Yeah, I don’t know. I’m in Cali and mine sits on the night stand in a holster ready to go. Chances are the way I sleep it’s gonna be my old lady doing the shooting anyhow. She will wake me up when it’s all over.

      • Yes, we can leave a gun out of the safe in CA. If a minor gets it and shoots someone with it we are in trouble. If you don’t have kids in your house make your own choice.

        My grandkids have lived with us, they’re moving out now, and I just kept my j frame in my pocket so they couldn’t get to it without overpowering me first.

        • I find that the little ones have stamina on their side. Knowing a full frontal assault doesn’t use well given their size and strength limitations, the little ones just wear you down until overpowering you is merely a matter of picking your pockets while you’re too tired to resist…im fairly sure that’s how they get my cell phone.

  4. When wee ones were around, on the floor beside my bed. Now, with no wee ones, edc stays holstered on my belt, loaded and locked naked 1911 waiting on the mantle. Wee ones, BTW, should be attended at all times until able to be trusted to behave. Lots of things, from balconies to dishwashing detergent balls, to rat poison can kill them quickly even if there are no guns within miles. Using them to argue against firearm possession is a bogus trick foisted on us by antis.

    • Have you never heard of natural selection? The “wee ones” who are stupid enough to drink drain-o and play with matches and guns don’t deserve the privilage to grow up to be “big ones”.
      If you treat children like they are idiots, they will most likely become idiots.

      • As George Carlin put it: “Passive Eugenics”

        Let the dumb ones kill themselves by misadventure before they have a chance to breed and let natural selection do it’s magic.

      • I don’t know what kind of genius you were when you were a toddler but I sure as shit didn’t know the difference between antifreeze and Kool-Aid when I was three or four years old, and thanks to my parents being good parents I didn’t have to learn the difference the hard way.

        I don’t think natural selection should come into play until around the preteen years. If they haven’t got shit figured out by then they never will.

        • I grew up with my parents owning their own dry cleaning and photo developing business, many many dangerous chemicals, and our residence was in the same building. My parents didn’t lock anything up, there was a multitude of ways for us to harm ourselves and the worst I ever did was eat a bottle of (non-iron) chewable vitamins.

          My parents just taught us from birth to not fuck with shit that wasn’t ours and whatever they did to ensure compliance worked. And yes, I actually did know what the pictograms for poisonous, corrosive, flammable, etc were by the time I was 5.

        • My parents were attentive enough to keep me out of household poisons, imagine that? Plus, I remember when other (dumber) kids had Mr. Yuck stickers on all the non-drinking chemicals. It’s really not that hard. There were ALWAYS loaded unlocked firearms in my house too, yet somehow I never shot myself or any of my friends. Amazing.

        • My comment: “Thanks to my parents being good parents…”

          Snatchum’s reply: “My parents just taught us from birth not to fuck with shit…”

          Ed’s reply: “My parents were attentive…”

          I’m noticing a trend of good parenting here. I was simply pointing out that with good parenting there should be no problems with guns or, in this particular context, chemicals in the home. Snatchum’s suggestion to “let the dumb ones kill themselves” is (assuming he wasn’t joking, hard to tell in text sometimes) asinine because without good parenting all children are pretty stupid. Thank God there are still parents out there who are responsible and attentive enough to teach their children not to screw around with dangerous shit.

  5. Top drawer of my dresser, near my side of the bed. High enough that my youngsters would need something to climb on to get into, however, I have started educating them already even at 4 rs old to know what a firearm is and isn’t and not to touch one if they should find one. Hopefully the combination of repetitive education and my location choice are enough. So far so good.

  6. I’ll confess, I have slept with my gun before. (No, not like that, you pervert! It was strictly platonic.)

    Not on purpose, actually — I was dead tired and slept the night through with my clothes on and ye olde pistole safely ensconced in its IWB holster. Not the most comfy sleeping arrangement ever, but it definitely is an option.

    • Yeah it’s not your kids you have to worry about as long as you practice gun safety and education like I was taught from the age of five on. The problem is when you have young girls in their teens and they have friends over or young boys for that matter and they have friends over you have to make sure that you let them know that you have firearms they’re not to be touched or you won’t be welcome here anymore. I have a safe and I always lock of everything except for what I’m caring or I’ve got on the nightstand and in the corner but I just don’t like to leave them out because even with an alarm system I like to make them have to struggle to get those guns and by then the police will be here hopefully.

  7. A Judge revolver on my nightstand. In a holster with reloads on the outside.
    If I was still a California resident, I guess I’d be in jail because having a 410 caliber firearm is illegal or another gun would be locked up because the government told me to. But I would have my and my wife’s favorite sexs out. Because they encourage people to do that in California.

    “Cocks not Glocks”

  8. Speed Vault attached to nightstand with Veridian green laser and light on the gun and two extra mags in the drawer.
    I’ve watched videos and personally witnessed too many occasions of kids doing things their parents assured you their kids knew better than to do. When asked why they did it the kid’s usual response was a shrug and funny look.

  9. ONE WORD PEOPLE:

    Shoulder holster.

    I kid you negative. You can sleep VERY comfortably in it (you won’t even know it’s there most of the time). The bed supports the weight of the weapon, and the spare mags.

    If the misses gets ‘frisky’ you are a lucky man, you don’t even have to take it off.

    If bad guys get stupid, you can roll out of bed at a dead run (both hands free if necessary) and yell (over your shoulder to your wife you just satisfied) “WOOOOHOOOO, I GOT SOME” (just kidding) you can yell “WOOOOOHOOO, I GOT THIS ! ! !” Waste the perp, jump in the pool, towel off, dry your piece, and your weapon, and go back to bed to wait 20 min. for the cops and coroner to come too.

    Shoulder holster people. Don’t make me type it again.

    • I edited my comment to say that “The bed supports the weight of the weapon and extra-mag”, but the edit (showed up but didn’t stick). I suspect foul play from all of the Kydex advertisers. Just sayin.

      The shoulder harness is very light, usually has a slight ‘set’ to it and is not in contact with your body, lying down, very much either.

      • Ok, the edit just re-appeared.

        I blame the future shoulder holster advertisers.

        You don’t have to thank me.

      • Your story was good, you could’ve enhanced by throwing in a comment about negative “printing” (or the impression the holster left in-you).

        I think IWB is just a way of pinning your weapon out of reach when you sit down. Most OFWG’s can’t get to their wallet at the drive thru window, much less get to their weapon with their weak-side hand, or strong-side hand for that matter.

        Shoulder holsters will make you allergic to Kydex.

        • Agreed Joe: Miami Classic. Makes a G19 and 2 spare 15s feel like it’s not there, and yes, it’s comfortable enough that napping in it is not uncommon.
          Now, I’ve never actually work it to bed…on purpose…to sleep…

  10. Kids are like animals unpredictable. If you have tea cup humans some sort of a locking device is warranted.

  11. well I also invented a great system for this that sent alerts to your phone and everything but as rich guys will own everything the guy I was working with was also working with liberty safe who beat me to market once he told them everything then sold his company to them….mind you it is a watered down version of my safe system. I laughed to see it fail miserably. Built many prototypes to sit on my nightstand connected to the internet just waiting for my finger to pass by the sensor. In it is a colt lawmam 357 loaded with hydroshocks…

  12. depends on which one, and what room, in my room there are at least 3 within arms reach, usually in a dresser ect.

  13. No miniature mes running around my house, so on my nightstand, with the spare mag. A flashlight in the drawer below.

  14. In a top dresser drawer. Anyone tall enouh to reach it is old enough to know better than to touch it.

  15. I keep a flashlight on my nightstands and my carry gun in a small safe in my dresser along with the keys to my gun safe located in the next room, which houses substantially more firepower.

    I have two little chlidren.

  16. * * * Super Easy Solution Alert * * *

    Install a small shelf on your wall as close to the ceiling as possible and still within reach standing up. Place your preferred home-defense firearm on the that shelf.

    Caveats:
    (1) Make sure the shelf is away from anything (such as a dresser) that children could climb upon to reach the shelf.
    (2) Make sure the shelf is ANCHORED into a wall stud with LARGE fasteners to ensure that children cannot easily knock the shelf down with a broom or similar long object.
    (3) Make sure there is some sort of lip around the shelf to ensure that your firearm cannot simply slide off the shelf.
    (4) Never, and I mean NEVER let your children see you put your firearm up there or take it down from there. If they don’t know it is up there, there are far less likely to try and determine what is up there.
    (5) By the time your children are old enough to drag various objects into the room and construct a man-made “mountain” to access your firearm, they are old enough to know to leave your firearm alone. And this should be a moot point anyway since you should only store your firearm up there when you are sleeping and the commotion to construct a man-made mountain should wake you before the child succeeds in accessing your firearm.

    • (6) To absolutely ensure that young children will not access your firearm on that shelf, ONLY STORE YOUR FIREARM ON THAT UNSECURED SHELF WHEN YOU ARE SLEEPING IN THAT ROOM!

  17. In the bedside table like every other right thinking person. If there really are folks here who sleep with a piece on their body in a holster or under their pillow…please get psychiatric help…soon!

    • Interesting fact: Some people don’t have bedside tables. Some people even have bedrooms small enough that there is not even room for a bedside table.

  18. CZ P07 with TLR-3 on the nightstand with a spare mag and the gun safe is in the bedroom closet if I need more firepower.

  19. Unstitched the flimsy bottom layer of the box spring, reattached with Velcro.

    G19 sits slide down on the bottom ledge of the box spring with a rare earth magnet holding the slide to the metal rail of the bed frame.

  20. Semiauto pistola(it’s Brazilian)next to bed on a stack of auction catalogs…chambered with safety “on”. Flashlight next to it. And 12gauge shotgun loaded with 5 minibuckshot and backed by 3slugs. Not chambered and safety on. NO little kids or critters around…

  21. Right next to me, like it is almost all the time…except when I’m in the bathroom. I don’t take it in there.

    • Hmm, MLee, I always feel more vulnerable showering or on the throne than with most other places and activities. Through the day once I’m showered and dressed my EDC foes everywhere, including the bathroom with me. For the mornings before I perform my ablutions and for showering, when its more difficult to go armed, I keep a gun in the bathroom. It’s the bathroom gun, chosen for this role.
      My choice, driven by considerations besides ultimate utility, is a SW mod 64. The revolver doesn’t mind being stored for extended periods w/maintenance, its all SS construction, with the aftermarket Hogue rubber monogrip make it nearly impervious to the effects of a high humidity environment, and stores with a speed loader, it provides a substantial defense on its own, or a good means of getting to more firepower, elsewhere in the house.

      There is also a truck gun, a kitchen gun, nightstand guns, barn gun, etc. I habitually carry 2 pistols, and my wife carries one, but rather than go all out to maintain a perpetually on body armed state in the place where we relax and sleep and dress and bathe and perform manual labor, I’ve seeded guns in strategic locations all over our place so that even nude and unawares we are unlikely to be caught out of reach of a firearm.

      We live here alone, two adults both with CCW permits, so there is little risk to having guns in odd places, and as for myself, I’ve always kept ‘extra’ guns loaded and placed strategically throughout my domicile and vehicle(s). Everything from high speed low drag ARs to fuddy single barrel break action shotguns, to what would otherwise be either sporting equipment or a range toy, such as a Ruger Vaquero in .45 Colt are all employed in this fashion, as pre-cached defensive weapons in the event of a violent emergency where one’s EDC is unavailable or has exhausted its ammunition supply.

      Perhaps I’m paranoid, or perhaps a long life spent with guns around and attached more often than not has simply swayed my thinking, or perhaps my preparations are a rational response to the realities of potential violence, but I just can’t imagine not having a gun in the bathroom.

      The irony is that the isolation and privacy of my home means that it’s in a very low crime area, however, it also means that I have no neighbors to hear or see anything that wouldnprompt them to summon police or come to our aid, even gunfire here, at any hour, isn’t sufficient to signal to anyone, and besides, a rapid police response to this address is in excess of 20 minutes, and at times no one would be able to reach us for nearly an hour, and that’s from the time they are summoned, obviously.

      Also, there is a pattern of these isolated homes being burglarized. Mostly during work hours on weekdays, but my wife and I dont have 9-5 schedules, and on occasion a burglary of an isolated home becomes a robbery when the residents are unexpectedly encountered.

      No one seems foolish enough to attempt these rural homes at night, since the gun ownership rate among the occupants of these very private homes is likely near 100%, but it hardly matters if it’s daylight or dark when you know that should something violent happen, short of LE arriving to lift a prolonged siege, you’re entirely on your own for the duration of hostilities.
      Here, circling the proverbial wagons and holding off an attack until the cavalry arrives isn’t so much a silly fantasy as the actual reality in the event you find your home targeted in one of these burglaries turned robbery. Sure, sure, the baddies are apt to flee when the shooting starts, but first you need to start shooting with something, and however it goes down, you’re almost certain to be entirely on your own until it’s resolved one way or another.

      So all of that to say this: A bathroom gun, not merely the sole province of paranoid gun nuts, but the last refuge within a man’s castle while seated upon his throne.

  22. So far as I know, there is no upper limit to just how much mischief / foolishness a child can get into, from an astonishingly early age. They must be protected from themselves until they reach such an age as to be able to function rationally and to think for themselves, or to age 18, whichever comes first. Ergo, when there are children in the house (I’m not blessed with any of my own, but do have nieces, friends w/ kids, etc) the piece gets locked up but good. Otherwise, it’s on the bedside shelf.

  23. No kids in the house so my 1911 rests in my night stand drawer next to a couple of spare magazines and a high intensity flash light. I’ve got an 870 loaded with buck and slugs in the closet a couple of steps away from the bed. Momma has a Charter Arms Pathfinder .22 mag in her night stand. The rest of the collection is locked up in my gun room but I can get to that pretty quickly if I need an AR or the Garand.

  24. on my nightstand in its retention holster. When I get up, it goes with me. My only child at home is five, knows not to touch a firearm without permission. When he and the other kids were younger, I had a small safe next to the bed, but not anymore.

  25. I’m fortunate to have raised all the kids and kicked their tiny asses out at 18, so my Shield and flashlight are in one of those pocket contraptions that slides in between the mattress and box spring. It stays there 24 hours unless I decide to take it to the range or clean it. Shotgun is in the closet on my wifes side of the bed. When grandkids visit the shotgun goes in the safe and the Shield goes to the top of the closet where the shotgun was.

  26. 5.11 Tactical hol ster shirt http://www.511tactical. com/holster-shirt.html

    Carry my 9″ 1911A1 and 2 magazines between the sheets with me. The scent of gun oil makes Heather – er, Mrs. Gwinnet, frisky.

  27. Daily carry LC9s Pro on the nightstand, loaded and holstered. Its holstered because no external safety and touchy trigger. In fact, its always holstered unless I am using it. Wife has her SR9c nearby also, same status.
    Plus extra mags for both and 2 tac lights. No kids here.

  28. I take the orange caps off my kids toy guns and put them on a few of mine. Throw them in their toy box since that’s where I’m running during a break in.

      • Ok, what’s your point? Not the same brand of safe. I don’t leave my children unsupervised to the point they would have that sort of time to get the safe open anyways. I would also argue that it is safer in my Gunvault than if it was left unsecured in the drawer or on the nightstand. Nothing is perfect in isolation. I have taught my kids what to do if the see a gun and I secure all of them appropriately.

        • Given the abysmal record of serious problems with the security of most of these types of tabletop pistol safes, I’d imagine his point is that it’s as likely your safe is providing a dangerously false sense of security vis-a-vis preventing children from accessing your firearm as it actually effectively preventing said access.

          It’s not about a specific safe type so much as it’s about there being so many designs on the market being so quickly and easily defeated by means so simple and obvious that small children are often able to access these in seconds. If your safe is better than the majority of those offered, excellent, but if you arent sure, and youre depending on the safe to prevent children gaining access to your gun, some research on the topic might be in order.

  29. On the nightstand by the bed. As soon as I’m up and out, it’s back on me. I don’t home carry if I’m just lounging around the house in my pajamas, but that’s because I spend 99% of my time at my home in my room, where the gun is within arm’s reach. If I’m heading upstairs to see who’s at the door, I take it with me.

  30. In the gunvault next to the bed. Husband has war nightmares and I don’t care to be shot. Plus, a moody teenager in the house. You can only trust them so far.

  31. My kids are grown and have kids of their own. When the grandkids come over pistols are placed in pistol safe. When it’s just my wife and I have a tactical holster strapped to corner of my bed. That’s were I keep mine at night

  32. I keep a “canned” M&P9 on the nightstand and a SAI M2 on the headboard (both loaded, only thing more dangerous than a firearm is an unloaded one) my kids know better.

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