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The "Perfect" Nightstand Handgun?

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Old September 6th, 2013, 06:02 AM   #1
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The "Perfect" Nightstand Handgun?

Please keep the rifle vs shotgun vs pistol argument elsewhere.

I swapped out one of my Taylor Freelance magazine extensions from my competition gun for a new Taran Tactical Extension, so I had a 100% reliable extension laying around... I snapped it on one of my standard 15-round 40 mags, stuffed in an extra 4 rounds of Gold-Dots, and popped it in my nightstand M&P 40FS.

Now I have a 20-round 40FS, with TruGlo TFOs, and an Apex DCAEK trigger bed-side.

I guess an arguement could be made for 23+1 in 9mm, with the new 9mm ammo... but 20 rounds of 180 Gr 40 is pretty damned good. I may, down the road add a light, but since I know the inside of my home perfectly in the dark, and I have no kids who might be up getting a drink at 2am... I'm not sure I have a huge advantage with the light.

What's YOUR optimal night-stand set-up?

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Old September 6th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #2
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Very similar, it is...

M&P 40 FS with night sights and my last box of Black Talons, (you know, the ones that apperntly kill people too dead). I don't have a light on that pistol, but I have my Pentagon light always there for support hand activation. The night stand back up is on the wife's side, her S&W .38 airweight.

Also, are you saying the Taylor Freelance is the 100% reliable one, and its now on your HD gun? How do you like the Taran?
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Our nightstand pistols are a matched pair of full size M&P40s with TFO's, Crimson Trace Lasergrips & Lighguards, and each with an APEX FFS trigger in either 4.5 or 5 lbs. We've got 4 mags loaded with 165 gr. Federal HST, with one in the chamber. There's also a mismatched pair of 5 and 6 D cell Maglites, which can be used as a less than lethal alternative (well... in my wife's hands anyway).

Right next our the nightstands are a couple tactical Mossies, but we're not talking about those in this thread.

Edit: Added the Maglites.

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Very similar, it is...

M&P 40 FS with night sights and my last box of Black Talons, (you know, the ones that apperntly kill people too dead). I don't have a light on that pistol, but I have my Pentagon light always there for support hand activation. The night stand back up is on the wife's side, her S&W .38 airweight.

Also, are you saying the Taylor Freelance is the 100% reliable one, and its now on your HD gun? How do you like the Taran?
I've put a few THOUSAND rounds through my TF-Extended Magazines in USPSA matches to the point where I fully trust them with my SHTF pistol.

The ONLY issues come if you get one full of dirt, and don't clean it, and the follower grabs the edge of the extension/mag-body junction. At home, on my night-stand, I may get a little dust and a few Husky hairs, but I doubt that will clog them up!

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Old September 6th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #5
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My nightstand gun is an M&P .45 with extended magazine.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 04:12 PM   #6
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Is that You??? Flex Those Chicken Wings.....(J/K) I Keep my FS .40 W/3 15 rd Mags in my nightstand (it's there right now) it has NEVER had a Malfunction of any kind. I trust it 100%...Then there's guns by the front door, Rear door, Kitchen, Living room, pretty much everywhere
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Old September 6th, 2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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I like to keep the mechanical side simple with a hammerless revolver and Crimson Laser contained within the nightstand reading material; no worries of inadvertently depressing the magazine catch as well as reducing the probability of having to manage slide / magazine / feeding malfunctions particularly for my better-half whom does not want to manage those issues in the middle of the night. I consider the night light the most important asset. I can't cite a single example where a competent handgun wielding home owner required more than 5 shots to neutralize any invading threat(s).


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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #8
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until I get my M&P 45 FS or VTAC 40, my 40FS with TLR-1S is the primary home gun and I have my CMMG M4LE ready to go right next to me as well. My FS 9 with walmart grade light and 1911 are in my safe and my 887 is in the room next to me.

the 40 and 45 and 12ga have PDX1 the 9 has Winchester white box JHP. The AR has a mix of JHP's from Hornday, and LC tracers all them also have a mag of Zombie Max ready to go...JIC
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I hope you don't mind being deaf after firing 5 rounds of .357 w/o hearing protection in an enclosed space. I'll agree that deaf is better than dead.

For me, my ideal gun is a full size firearm in 9mm with night sights, a suppressor, and a weapon mounted light. Light activated by a momentary pressure switch on the grip.

Even if we were bringing shotgun/rifle into the equation my choice is still a full size handgun for a bed side middle of the night gun over those.

See below for a less than 5 min description of why I choose the handgun.

Chris Costa Interview: Shotgun or Handgun for Home Defense - YouTube
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My nightstand gun is also my every-day carry, car gun, and IDPA handgun, lol. 4" M&P 45 with an Apex DCAEK. I usually have a spare 10 round magazine and a nice flashlight handy. It's nothing super high-tech or cutting edge, but it should get the job done just the same.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #11
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40FS w/ TLR-4, Trijicon sights. 2nd loaded spare mag. Backup in case I had to take the 40FS out of service for some reason would be a 686+ loaded w/ 38+P's and Speedloader ready to go. Unfortunately my 40c is no longer in the rotation after sending it back to S&W for repair. I'll have to run a few hundred rounds before depending on it again.
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Currently a 5" 9mm Pro with TLR.

Is it unreasonable to press this weapon into service as both nightstand and potential competition gun (IDPA). I hope to try my hand at competing this fall.

What mods, if any, would lend themselves to both applications.

Sorry if to far off topic.
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Nice set up - for me a surefire x300 with a DG switch is a absolute must have. Big house and garden, dog, daughter and not good when woken in the middle of the night!!!
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I hope you don't mind being deaf after firing 5 rounds of .357 w/o hearing protection in an enclosed space. I'll agree that deaf is better than dead.

For me, my ideal gun is a full size firearm in 9mm with night sights, a suppressor, and a weapon mounted light. Light activated by a momentary pressure switch on the grip
These may be the most ignorant comments posted to this forum in a long time ! Really, hearing protection concerns ? I guess that's why law enforcement and the military, as a matter of agency policy, always take the extra few seconds to screw on their suppressors or reach into their front pockets for their soft ear plugs before engaging the bad guys in a closed space.

I have plenty of quiet solutions to your manner of thinking.....still a dumb idea to employ them...here's a partial list of choices about the house...quiet please, don't tell anyone. On second thought, maybe I will just stab the bad guy(s) with the bayonet and not wake anyone in the house.




Here's my quiet solution that I may loan out for the Glocker's that demand hearing protection in the middle of the night.

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These may be the most ignorant comments posted to this forum in a long time ! Really, hearing protection concerns ?
When you post your crappy little images and amateurish, pseudo-scientific explanations, we're all courteous enough to let it slide. Seems like you could return the favor to some our newer members.
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