An intruder is at your door

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I keep my guns near my bed table for such reasons. But never faced such situation. But always. I have two kids and my wife. This area is safer but I need to take care of my family also...
 
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You are in bed sleeping but awaken by the noise (or wife elbowing you). Goal is to secure residence. How fast are you getting to your firearm using lawful measures of security?

I am a newbie and curious of quick ways to get to my sidearm. Where is a good place to keep it? Under the bed?

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Here’s some voice of reason for you based on some of the other responses I’m seeing. Nobody likes to discuss this reality because all these freedom loving patriots on here think it sounds girly mannish but here it is.

In any self-defense scenario your three priorities are: Escape, Evade, Engage

Escape: if you are in your house and someone’s breaking in the front door get out the back door if you can. If you’re in the mall and you hear gunshots 100 yards in the other direction run away from it and get the hell out. This is the part none of the tough guys like but it is the reality. The whole point of self-defense is saving your life. Do you want to get into a gun fight if you could just escape?

Evade: if you can’t escape you find someplace to secure yourself or hide. The home defense plan should include a secure room where you can get a phone and a firearm. Once locked in there you’re calling 911 and keeping the line open so the operator can hear what’s going on. If the intruder breaks through your locked bedroom door and you have to shoot him you’re on pretty solid ground at that point. If you’re in the mall food court maybe you find a broom closet in the back of one of the restaurants and go in there. You don’t want to confront the attacker if you don’t have to. Ever.

Engage: This is the point where we’ve exhausted all other possibilities and now we have to use some kind of forced to defend ourselves. I prefer an escalation of force mindset. If you’re carrying a gun it’s a good idea to carry pepper spray. It’s a lot better to spray someone than shoot someone. That mall stabbing locally a while back would be a good example. There are millions of options for quick access safes nowadays. Keep your gun locked in one in that secure room.
 
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Escape: if you are in your house and someone’s breaking in the front door get out the back door if you can.
Not sure I agree with this part. Why would I want to leave a well-defended position where I have the advantage in favor of a wide-open and unpredictable environment?
 

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Why don’t you just wear it on your hip. Nothing closer than having it on your person. Get a safariland holster.

Problem solved ;)
 

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Here’s some voice of reason for you based on some of the other responses I’m seeing. Nobody likes to discuss this reality because all these freedom loving patriots on here think it sounds girly mannish but here it is.

In any self-defense scenario your three priorities are: Escape, Evade, Engage

Escape: if you are in your house and someone’s breaking in the front door get out the back door if you can. If you’re in the mall and you hear gunshots 100 yards in the other direction run away from it and get the hell out. This is the part none of the tough guys like but it is the reality. The whole point of self-defense is saving your life. Do you want to get into a gun fight if you could just escape?

Evade: if you can’t escape you find someplace to secure yourself or hide. The home defense plan should include a secure room where you can get a phone and a firearm. Once locked in there you’re calling 911 and keeping the line open so the operator can hear what’s going on. If the intruder breaks through your locked bedroom door and you have to shoot him you’re on pretty solid ground at that point. If you’re in the mall food court maybe you find a broom closet in the back of one of the restaurants and go in there. You don’t want to confront the attacker if you don’t have to. Ever.

Engage: This is the point where we’ve exhausted all other possibilities and now we have to use some kind of forced to defend ourselves. I prefer an escalation of force mindset. If you’re carrying a gun it’s a good idea to carry pepper spray. It’s a lot better to spray someone than shoot someone. That mall stabbing locally a while back would be a good example. There are millions of options for quick access safes nowadays. Keep your gun locked in one in that secure room.
Depending on the situation these may not even apply. And they are not even mutually exclusive. If I'm with family I may engage specifically to help them escape. Other factors come into play like the number of attackers or the relative physical ability (right now my leg is injured, escape and evade isn't even an option).

As for the OP, I live in NH, that's all you need to know.
 

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Depending on the situation these may not even apply. And they are not even mutually exclusive. If I'm with family I may engage specifically to help them escape. Other factors come into play like the number of attackers or the relative physical ability (right now my leg is injured, escape and evade isn't even an option).

As for the OP, I live in NH, that's all you need to know.
Notice I said these are priorities. I never said they are a concrete plan. Notice how I said get out IF you can. If you have family members present maybe you can't get out etc etc
 

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Not sure I agree with this part. Why would I want to leave a well-defended position where I have the advantage in favor of a wide-open and unpredictable environment?
This came from training I've taken. It's all case by case. The idea is to reduce the risks as much as possible by avoiding a fight if possible.
 
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