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A couple months ago I woke at about two in the morning to the sound of my sliding glass door in my bedroom slamming around. I look up to see a person standing at the door, so I reach over and open my night stand, grab my G22, slap a clip in and was starting to draw up on whoever it is when I hear my wife say "Matt, It's me!!! I just got too cold so I was closing the door!!" I almost passed out. I had to get up and pace around the living room for about 20 minutes to calm down. I don't think I could live with myself if I would have shot.
So from now on I keep my SureFire right by my Glock. Does anyone else keep a light with or on your HD guns? It's not worth not knowing who you're shooting at.
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That very scenario was mentioned a few times when I took my CCP class a while back. The instructor was pointing out 2 aspects of home protection: one being put the pistol 3 steps from the bed in order to give yourself some time to clear the deep sleep cobwebs out of the ole' attic and think straight. The other was to have a SEPARATE light (not attached to the pistol) so that you can illuminate the source of suspicious noises without the threat of accidentally discharging your gun at something or someone that would otherwise not be deemed to be a threat or a target.
He also read a few press releases from here & there describing several instances of mistakes made by people with a pistol sitting on the night stand. One lady was admitted to the hospital after she awoke in the middle of the night having an asthma attack...she grabbed for her ihaler and in her semi sleep accidentially grabbed her .25 auto and proceeded to shoot the side of her jaw out. Another story was about a man admitted to the ER with 2 wounds from 1 trigger pull. He "heard something" in his bedroom, grabbed his .38 and shot at it. His injuries consisted of a thru-and-thru wound to his penis and an imbedded bullet in his thigh...all because his cat woke him up just enough for him to see something crawl across the foor of his bed (he was either having a great dream or was definitely not a candidate for "enhancement" medicine).
So, you are absolutely correct in having a light adjacent to your pistol but not attached.
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That would scare the witts outta anyone
I am curious to know what people do with lights when they have an HD shotgun.
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I keep a mag light right next to my .40 Two reasons for this. I like to see what I am shooting at as mentioned above, but also if we get a bad storm and the power goes out, I at least know where my flashlight is.
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I have an M6 surefire on my G35, my Gf has an M6 on her S&W M&P 40, just for the night reason. It is also easier to smack the coon and yotes in the yard. If we had an intruder I hope the laser flashlight combo will add a scare factor to the poor guy who trys to break in.
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I keep my G2 with the 120 lumen bulb right next to my Ruger for the reasons mentioned. I can't count how many times I have grabbed it when the power goes out. The only close call kind of like this I have had was when my wife was coming back from the bathroom she tried moving the bed while I was sleeping on it. I sat right up, grabbed her shrit with my left hand and almost hit her with my right. Looking back all I did was react when I grabbed her. The only reason I didn't hit her is because I woke up enough to gain some awareness. My Ruger and light are in my dresser which is about three steps away. I realized after that happened if it is any closer I might do something I would regret for a very long time.
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I have a Glock22 with the Glock Xenon light attached to the weaver rail. Very bright.....so I will always know what I am shooting at....I also have a Crimson Trace laser sight to make sure I don't miss.
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