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Old November 23, 2006, 10:43 PM   #1
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The best bedside gun

My personal opinion is a good old .357 Magnum revolver is the most ideal bedside weapon. The reasoning is simple. If you suddenly have to wake up from a deep sleep and are thrust into a situation, you may not be able to operate a semi-automatic. A nice heavy trigger pull is also preferable because your state of sleepiness might cause an accident with a very light one.

I also chose the .357 Magnum because its the ultimate fight stopper. Nevermind putting those .38s in there, go for the magnums. If an attacker in your household is only a matter of feet away, then you need to make the first shot count. It needs to stop.
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Old November 23, 2006, 11:17 PM   #2
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You're on the right track

The .357 Mag is a fine choice. I choose to keep a .38Spl +P as my bedside gun. To each his own, I suppose.

If I had the time and was awake enough, I'd rather get one of the longguns out of the safe, but I'm fairly confident even the .38 would give a BG a world of hurtin'.
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Old November 23, 2006, 11:20 PM   #3
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.38 +p has advantages as well

Less muzzle flash, and easier recoil come to mind. You do your part and a .38 will work just fine in most applications.
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Old November 23, 2006, 11:39 PM   #4
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Kind of like the .44 special dao Rossi 720 for that role, but I have no problem with an auto of suitable caliber for the job either.

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Old November 24, 2006, 12:24 AM   #5
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The best bedside gun

.45 acp for a pistol
12 gauge for a shoulder fired weapon
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Old November 24, 2006, 01:17 AM   #6
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+1 on a revolver for a bedside gun.

A wheelgun does not require you to remember to flip off the safety nor does it require the ability to resist the recoil of the gun in order to fire a 2nd shot.

As to caliber, most common is probably a .38 special followed by .357. While the .357 Magnum has a good reputation, the penetration through walls, including exterior walls, makes the Magnum less than ideal, IMHO. Loaded with a .38 +P may keep the rounds inside the house (depending on construction).

Somewhat better, I think, is a big fat slow bullet like the .45 ACP or .44 Special out of a short revolver. Sort of like one of my favorites below...

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Old November 24, 2006, 01:24 AM   #7
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I use my Glock 35 with a light/laser under it. With the Glock, there's no safeties to fumble with, and I think a blinding light and a red dot on the BG is a big intimidation factor.
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Old November 24, 2006, 02:07 AM   #8
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I have the same set up as glockopop only mine is the glock 34. I like the light/laser combo to help identify what ever it is that is going bump in the night.
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Old November 24, 2006, 03:33 AM   #9
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Old November 24, 2006, 04:33 AM   #10
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My good ol XD9 with 16 124gr+P Gold Dots with a light on it's rail. Also a 12 ga in the closet with 6 Remington Reduce Recoil 00 buck.
If I need more, hell I'll help him move my TV....
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Old November 24, 2006, 05:12 AM   #11
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I choose to keep a .38Spl +P as my bedside gun
Same here, that's been my choice for years.
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Old November 24, 2006, 08:25 AM   #12
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.38+P Gold Dots, CT grips.. And a P6 Surefire with the 120 lumen bulb!

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Old November 24, 2006, 08:47 AM   #13
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I like having the Harrington & Richardson 12ga. rifled barrel shotgun loaded with slugs under the bed. Just looking at the barrel makes it look sinister. If you have seen one, you`ll know what I mean.
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Old November 24, 2006, 08:51 AM   #14
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My Ruger P97 CCW goes everywhere with me, even to bed.
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Old November 24, 2006, 09:01 AM   #15
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Best bedside gun

The gun you can shoot quick and accurate with. For me its my XD45 with the light / laser on the rail.
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Old November 24, 2006, 09:22 AM   #16
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I'm with the majority here...

....wheelgun...more specifically....S&W Model 60 is my preferred bedside gun, as well as carry gun...inspite of the "firepower" offered by auto loaders, I feel as long as I don't live in Afghanistan or Iraq, my Model 60 with five 357 mag rounds is more than enough security...
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Old November 24, 2006, 09:28 AM   #17
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My wife has a Hi-Point 9mm carbine with a laser and an ATI stock on her side and I have a 12ga 870 with an 8 round capacity on my side set in condition 4, it is loaded with#1 buckshot. We keep a GP100 in the room also
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Old November 24, 2006, 11:50 AM   #18
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I have a Browning Hi-Power in my night stand and my wife has a S&W #36 in hers.
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Old November 24, 2006, 12:52 PM   #19
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What about a S&W 625 with moon clips as a revolver bedside gun?
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Old November 24, 2006, 02:04 PM   #20
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Yep, that's my favorite as well. I don't want to be fumbling with the Beretta semi-auto in the dark. Revolvers still have their place in the scheme of things.
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Old November 24, 2006, 02:16 PM   #21
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Taurus 605, loaded down with 125 grain .357 Magnum.

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Old November 24, 2006, 06:19 PM   #22
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>>If you suddenly have to wake up from a deep sleep and are thrust into a situation, you may not be able to operate a semi-automatic.<<

You can if it's a DAO model. I keep a S&W Sigma in the nightstand w/ 15 rounds in the mag.
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Old November 24, 2006, 06:41 PM   #23
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I like my Ruger KP89D on the old night stand. With the hammer decocked it's just one DA pull to SA.
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Old November 24, 2006, 09:55 PM   #24
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+1 on revolver bedside, and a thick sturdy .357 is a good choice.

But I would never put magnums in there.

-The report of a magnum is considerably louder than a .38. Yes, in the adrenaline-pumped moment, you probably will not notice report, but you will for years after when the .357 deafens you. That's not the caliber I want to fire inside my bedroom without ear protection.

-Muzzle flash may not seem like much (I rarely notice it when I range shoot)... but in a dark bedroom it very likely will be enough to blind you temporarily (think camera flash). Not what you want.

-I can personally group my follow-up shots much tighter with .38 than with full magnums when rapid-firing. The recoil from the magnum makes it harder to put the second/third shots right on target... and if you live in a neighborhood like mine where the houses are very close and only made of drywall and insulation, you do not want to miss and put rounds into the neighbor's bedroom.

-The name of the game in home defense shooting is PLACEMENT. Period. You want to have a good plan so that you are prepared to take a good shot and end the threat. If you can focus on shot placement in the heat of an incident and are willing to put in the range time to become a deadly shot at 7 yards, then you will do just fine with .38 (+P).
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Old November 24, 2006, 10:08 PM   #25
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SA Champ under the bed, so I don't wake up and some else is holding it. First one is ball to get going, then Hydrashocks. Mav 88 clamped above and inside the closet opening.
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