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I see a little paranoia permeating this thread. OK, alot in some posts -- it is very interesting.
 

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I got a 590A1 propped against the nightstand, G19 on the nightstand, how much more can you be prepared??? Only thing I'm missing is an AR. If that can't cause a "stop" within 50 yards(a house), I'm WAY out gunned.

I'm more for tactics. If all I have is a G19, you better believe I'm a "stopper" with it when using it for CC, HD, or just plain ole' fun.
 

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Which do think is better to have next to you at night for home protection. A low capacity .45 auto (Springfield XDS 5+1) or a high capacity .9mm (Taurus 24/7 Pro 17+1)? Your thoughts are appreciated.
The one you are more practiced with the one that when you close you're eyes you know right where all the controls are at the one that feels like a part of you're body when you pick it up.
 

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I would use the 9mm, more rounds. I usually leave my AR at arms reach loaded 30rnds of 52gr HP & 1911 w/8+1 200gr JHP Hornady for HD
 

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12" barreled AR with eotech, surefire G2X Tactical, and three 30-round p-mags and a Glock 22 with a Streamlight TLR-1 (300 lumen model), Trijicon night sights, and three spare mags is my personal bedside arsenal but that's because I'm comfortable with that setup and I carry them everyday (except the 22 since we recently transitioned to the 17 at work). One big factor in my choices is that my wife is also comfortable with these. I asked her if she wanted a 9-mil but she'd rather have the full-size .40...I couldn't have been more proud. :D
 

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My personal choice is a Sig P239 with night sights. It sits right next to my high output tactical flashlight. I chose the Sig because I can shoot it very accurately. I chose night sights and the tactical flashlight because if I have to use it, it will probably be dark. Whether it be shooting a silhouette with night sights, or shooting at a blinded target basking in the flow of 200 lumens, the Sig will get the job done.
 

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Try this approach. Downstairs I have a 92.3 lb Doberman pinsher named Sollie. If anyone walks in my yard or close to my home he wakes me up. I grad my shotgun or my 9mm...maybe both. My point is a dog who barks is the best first line of defense.
 

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The gun I prefer at night

I have a special holster that mounts to the headboard right behind my pillow. I put my 1911 Colt Defender or my Springfield Ultra Compact there when I hit the sack. I practice with both guns at the range every week and keep all my shots pretty well centered on the target. I know it will be a whole different story in a real live situation than a stationary target but those two pistol's are the ones I shoot the best. I like the night sights on the Springfield but also feel pretty confident I'll do just as good point shooting the Colt Defender. I have been confronted by three to four punks twice in my lifetime which resulted in having to pull my gun on them so at least I know somewhat how I'll react in a similar situation. The time I served in the military have helped me to develop that.
 

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Try this approach. Downstairs I have a 92.3 lb Doberman pinsher named Sollie. If anyone walks in my yard or close to my home he wakes me up. I grad my shotgun or my 9mm...maybe both. My point is a dog who barks is the best first line of defense.
any dog, if they bark at something out of the ordinary is a good first line of defence. even a small yappy dog is good! with the amount of dogs i have around and in the house, there is no way anyone can get near our house without us knowing it!
 

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My personal choice is a Sig P239 with night sights. It sits right next to my high output tactical flashlight. I chose the Sig because I can shoot it very accurately. I chose night sights and the tactical flashlight because if I have to use it, it will probably be dark. Whether it be shooting a silhouette with night sights, or shooting at a blinded target basking in the flow of 200 lumens, the Sig will get the job done.
I also keep a suppressed MAC 10 45 close at hand and a suppressed S&W M&P 45.My SERBU also has a tac rail with a Streamlight TLR-2
I have an industrial strength alarm system that has redundant systems and security cameras(continuous recording in real time) inside and outside (infra red cameras)with a split screen monitor on 24/7
If anyone breeched my home anywhere, I would have plenty of time to react( Sheriff shows up about 2 minutes after my alarm is tripped and monitored by a central monitoring station 24/7
My 2 dogs are a big help too as far as early warning.
( I am a Class III dealer and own several class III items personally through my NFA Trust)
 

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I had a 17 round SR9C in my nightstand. Then I bought my 8 round 1911, and that took its place.

I remember Rob Leatham saying one time, "I want either the biggest bullet I can shoot, or I want a lot of bullets I can shoot."

So flip a coin.
 

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I had a 17 round SR9C in my nightstand. Then I bought my 8 round 1911, and that took its place.

I remember Rob Leatham saying one time, "I want either the biggest bullet I can shoot, or I want a lot of bullets I can shoot."

So flip a coin.
Me too..Hence the Mac 10 with a 50 rd mag
 

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Night Stand Gun = a home defense gun kept at the ready in the night stand. Since I've yet to see a shotgun small enough to fit in a night stand, I'll assume we're talking about the best handgun for the night stand.

Our criteria:

  • An intuitive platform that functions just fine without the benefit of being primed with a cup of java first
  • A stable platform with major caliber ammunition
  • Equipped with a laser and/or light

My choice is a Sig P226 Elite Stainless
  • SCT magazine full of 40 S&W 165gr Ranger-T
  • Hogue rugger finger groove grips to maximize my grip
  • Strobe/lazer combo
  • TruGlo TFO Tritium/Fiber Optic combo sights
  • Sig Custom Shop Action work with smooth 7.6#/3.6# DA/SA trigger with a short trigger so the wife can handle it easily.

It's reliable, big & heavy to absorb recoil in case my grip isn't ideal while I'm fumbling in the dark, points naturally, and doesn't require any more thought to make work in the middle of the night than a revolver. Speaking of which . . .

My wife's choice is an S&W 686 2.5"
  • 6 rounds of 158 gr 357 Magnum Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel
  • S&W Performance Center Action Work (8.2# DA trigger pull)
  • CrimsonTrace Laser

BTW, there's a Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge on my side and a Mossberg 510 20-gauge on her side. And 3 dogs. :D
 

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The best firearm for the night stand, bed side, closet, whatever.... Is the one you have! The one you are completely proficient with and know inside-out. It's the one you practice with at least once a week (dry-fire drill), meticulously maintained, kept safely stored when not only accessible by you. Easily reached and GTG in the dark. Anything else is a prescription for disaster. I keep a Glock 19, 10rnds (CA), Glaser Safety. However, a close friend, who has been an LEO for over 30 years, keeps advising a pistol grip Mossberg 500, loaded with any standard bird-shot. Devastating @ close range & won't hit your next door neighbor.
 

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tupelo_marine said:
12" barreled AR with eotech, surefire G2X Tactical, and three 30-round p-mags and a Glock 22 with a Streamlight TLR-1 (300 lumen model), Trijicon night sights, and three spare mags is my personal bedside arsenal but that's because I'm comfortable with that setup and I carry them everyday (except the 22 since we recently transitioned to the 17 at work). One big factor in my choices is that my wife is also comfortable with these. I asked her if she wanted a 9-mil but she'd rather have the full-size .40...I couldn't have been more proud. :D
LOL.... If only I could convince my wife my arsenal is for OUR protection & no other reason....... I'm always asked every night "Why is it necessary to get those out of the safe every single night"
 

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Just a nightstand is a bad Idea - - - Look at the Indianapolis news from last week. A couple in their 60s that have no children around had a 40 cal on their nightstand when a niece and her children came for a visit - - - the 3 year old boy wandered away and found the pistol and shot himself in the stomach - - - he is still in Riley Hospital for kids.

My nightstand has a Winchester "no look" safe ( easy to open in the dark after practice ) and while a thief could steal the entire nightstand that is not what that safe is for.

In the dark hit the combination and it opens and a light comes on inside for 3 seconds.

Inside a model 66-1 with a 2 1/2 “ barrel and good flashlights.

I have grandchildren in the house all the time and it is my responsibility to keep them safe from all threats and that includes me if I was stupid enough to leave a firearm where anyone unauthorized could gain access.
 

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Both. Anything you can reach in time of crises is the perfect weapon. I have a 38 hanging on th left bedpost, a 380 on the right night stand, a shot gun in the corner (within reach) and a 9 on the bookcase on the way out of the room. Cant ever be to careful.
 

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I never leave mine unattended. They come out at bed time & return to the locked safe in the morning. I've taught my kids about gun safety, & repeatedly explained to the the dangers of guns in the wrong hands. I honestly think I've over dine it because my youngest son won't even touch an unloaded gun with me standing right there.
 
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