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Forum topic by KenBry posted 03-14-2012 09:30 PM 10858 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2012 09:30 PM

I have always slept with a gun near me. Now the wife wants me to build new dresser night stands. I thought this would be a good chance to build one with hidden storage/easy access for my gun. Just wondering if anyone has ever done something like this. Any ideas would be great.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 09:57 PM

Top drawer of a nightstand?

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 10:18 PM

Something you might thing about. WASP Spray. It will shoot about 20’ and if you can hit the face they will have to go to the hospital to get it removed. Lot easier than trying to get the drawer open and then point and shoot. Plus they might not think you are going to harm them.

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 10:58 PM

Plus… lawsuits are harder to win if you win something that might be commonly around your house (like wasp spray) instead of a gun. Personally, I choose gun… lol.

I am pretty sure I have seen a couple around the site with hidden compartments

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 11:51 PM

I have mine at my bedside on TOP of the night stand. No drawers to open. I have no kids in the house and no grands to worry about. I have a sign at the front and back doors that reads…”we do not call 911” I also have wasp spray near the front door and in the door pocket in my truck. What am I afraid of ? ...............Nothing.

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 12:03 AM

I keep mine in a box made for that purpose on my nightstand shelf.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#6 posted 03-15-2012 12:37 AM

I have a sweet holster that is attached to an L shaped bracket that fits between my mattress and boxspring. If I ever need it, it’s right at the side of the bed. Much quieter than opening drawers, etc. I believe it’s called a “bed holster” and can be seen here.
I recommend it over a drawer or other compartment.
If you have children, you will need to find a way to keep them safe, like locking the bedroom or some other idea. I don’t know, I don’t have kids.

There are other options like this under desk holster that could be used as well, and easily be fit into a night stand.

As for wasp spray, if it’s all you have, go for it. Me, I like 10 rounds of .45acp. It’s a LOT harder to shake off! And it has also been proven time and again that corpses don’t sue near as often as injured folks do.
But, it may be best if we leave that discussion for another time, this is about woodworking, not self defense.

-- Kenny

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#7 posted 03-15-2012 12:39 AM

My buddy built a bed a few years back with a rifle rack of sorts installed for a school project. Never saw photos, but I know he got a good grade

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 01:22 AM

A good way to go is to make a drawer w/ false back.

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 01:35 AM

Hidden drawer or drawer with a false back or bottom are good ideas. Maybe a semi-hidden drawer that pulls out bedside instead of the front. What would be really cool is a false side that tilts out with a pocket for the pistol.

But, it may be best if we leave that discussion for another time

I love it when people spout their opinion then suggest no one else should.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 01:36 AM

I don’t have a nightstand anymore, but my last one had a wooden holster, specifically made for my pistol, on the backside of the nightstand. That put it holstered about six inches from my head the way I laid in bed. I had it angled so it came out of the holster, swing forty five degree left, and I would be aiming straight towards the doorway. I didn’t want an instruder making it any further than that.


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#11 posted 03-15-2012 01:51 AM

I put mine on the night stand at night, and lock it up during the day in the safe. best of both worlds. I would love to have a night stand that had an easy reach or deploy-able method to get it quickly. Only had to grab it twice in the last 7 years, both times no discharge, except in the burglars shorts (of his own accord).

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#12 posted 03-15-2012 02:04 AM

I like Williams idea. Right where you need it, but out of sight. My “Baby Eagle” .45 sleeps on the bottom shelf of my night stand, but I think I’ll hang a .44 on the back for the stubborn ones. I’m almost as good left handed anyway, and I can throw him one after, in case he forgot his. Not that it really matters in Texas, anyway. I don’t even have to drag him inside the house. I agree with Kenny. Corpses don’t sue.

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#13 posted 03-15-2012 02:11 AM

Randy, you’d like the routine I have for my nine shot revolver I keep hidden at the shop.
The first three shells starting under the hammer are rat shot. The next three are target loads. The last three are hollow points.
I think you already get the idea behind my madness.


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#14 posted 03-15-2012 02:26 AM

I did teach my both of my girls, at a young age, how not to shoot someone on accident, they can do it just fine on purpose. I leave a couple of small ones (.357’s) laying around if they need them. I grew up with guns all over the house, too. I didn’t try to child-proof the house, I just house-broke my kids. My dogs usually keep the unfriendlies away. Especially when I’m not home. They’d better, as much Dog Chow as I buy.

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#15 posted 03-15-2012 02:30 AM

That’s good Randy. If we teach kids to respect firearms and use them safely, they will never “accidentally” hurt anyone and they will know the ramifications of the use of a firearm towards anything.
Just teach them all to keep their finger off the trigger untill they are ready to kill.


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