My Home Defense Nightstand

My Home Defense Nightstand
My Home Defense Nightstand
My Home Defense Nightstand
My Home Defense Nightstand

I’ve trained a lot of people who come to me after they’ve experienced a home invasion. One such fellow is a billionaire from Texas who got in a shootout in his home with the intruder, and another is a woman from Virginia who was raped twice before she realized she ought to have a gun for home defense.

And, just this weekend, I was teaching my Spy course in Las Vegas when one of the women who attended mentioned she had survived a home invasion.

Obviously, there are few things worse than being violated in your own home, which is why I want to share with you the items and tools I currently have on my nightstand to help me stop a home invasion should some criminal try and break into my home.

1. First, the nightstand itself. I have the nightstand right next to my bed. The size of the top of the nightstand is about 24 inches by 18 inches. I believe I got this nightstand from a thrift store awhile back so there’s nothing fancy about it.

2. I have a humidifier on the nightstand. The only reason I tell you this is because I’ve been sick lately and in bed a lot, as I am right now. I am literally typing this from my bed and looking at my nightstand and I plan to share everything that is on it.

3. There is a Gunvault gun safe. The exact model I have is the Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault.

4. Inside the gun safe is a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. Attached to this gun is a Viridian laser/light combination, model C5L. Also in the safe is a spare magazine. (The two guns I use most often are the Smith & Wesson mentioned above and also a Glock 19. Both of these rotate in and out of the safe.)

5. Also on the nightstand is a dedicated cell phone. It’s a pre-paid phone I picked up from Walmart. That phone is always there so I at least have one cell phone for an emergency call and if I add my regular cell phone to the top of the nightstand then I have a backup.

6. At this moment on my nightstand there are three flashlights. You should obviously have one light available at all times, but I like flashlights and they tend to congregate on top of my nightstand. The three flashlights I have on the stand are a Surefire 6PX Pro, a NexTorch TA1, and an Olight T10. All three of these flashlights have worked well for me and I don’t have any complaints about any of them.

7. I have a set of scriptures on my nightstand for religious reading before I go to bed each night.

As you can see, there’s not a lot of clutter and nothing fancy. It’s a simple set up that gives me what I need in case my home alarm goes off in the middle of the night and I have to quickly access my gun to protect my family.

If you’re not fully prepared to defend your family from a home invasion make sure and work on your own “nightstand setup” this week.

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Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience, which allows you to take your concealed carry training without leaving home. For full details about this training, please visit Concealed Carry Academy. You can also follow him on Google+ and Twitter.
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My XDM 45 doesn’t need a safe. No kids.

Sir TuberKopf

Many thieves know most second floor windows are rarely connected to an alarm, as well most motion detectors are on the first floor. If the thief can get to a second floor window and you are home, he just beat you to your primary defense weapon.

Had the firearm been secured, or well hidden, you could still come out on top.

My kids are all grown, but there is always the distant relative occasionally popping in with their troubled or small children (and the older troubled ones are the real problem in my book).


Thank you. Not applicable to me however.

Michael Wittke

As x-military, I feel compelled to point out one item that
to me at least seems missing. I too have items on my nightstand of which I will
not go into detail. In addition to the items, I also “drill” for the worst. One
can arm themselves with an RPG if they so choose however, if one is not
proficient with it coming out of a dead sleep, one might as well try spitting to
thwart off a would be attacker.


All this is OK. Add to that high quality hearing protection for you (I use custom molded ear plugs) and an old 35mm film canister filled with cheap foam ear plugs for the rest of the family, to be used as time and opportunity allows. I also have a can of Fox Labs spray, but I do not want to use that indoors … nasty stuff.

Sir TuberKopf

Check out amplified electronic ear protection, that will let you listen for the bad guys but still protect your ears if you need to fire. Very handy at the range, let you listen to the range master, but block out dangerous loud noise. Even the cheapo one from Harbor Freight isn’t half bad.


Stock Photo? That 1911 sure isn’t a M&P 9mm

Larry Davis

Looks like former CIA and former military think alike in some ways. I too have a proclivity for flashlights, and I have Jason beat there – no less than five (5) within arms reach of my bed, two of which could double as clubs if needed. Guess it comes from too many night operations over my 28 years in the Infantry; just like the comfort of having LIGHT! I also favor both weapons cited by Jason. I would prefer a .45, but age and injuries have made using my favorite big bore uncomfortable. Unlike Jason, I have no nightstand; however, necessary items still are handy but kept out of sight. I also employ two “early warning systems” – my two dogs. Don’t know how useful they’d be if called upon against a home invasion, as their barks are far worse than their bites, but they definitely alert me anytime someone approaches the house.

Sir TuberKopf

You can get lower velocity .45 ammo, 800 FPS or even 700 FPS which has little more kick than a 9 mm. I just picked up some 700 FPS .45 ammo from MiMC for range practice and it’s real easy on the hands especially fired from a full size .45. (You may find your accuracy improves as well with lower velocity ammo).

A 1050 FPS .45 has twice the energy over a 700 FPS round in 230 grain. It’s a huge difference, but a .45 with the energy of a 9mm will still be far more devastating than the 9 mm.

Just food for thought!


No kids (all grown up) so my weapon sits on the nitestand. I, too, have two “early warning” dogs that will not fight, but know how to alert the “alpha dog” with the weapon. I will not be a victim.

Wyoh Knott

Is the gun vault attached to the nightstand somehow?


My gun vault is bolted to the nightstand, but I realize that a determined thief could get inside it in a minute or two. The gun vault is to stop the curious, but honest person from messing with my firearms.

Budakon Bubbah Lewinski

The viridian light? What, pray tell, is that?


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EDC firearm (whichever I was carrying that day), small gun safe (uses fingerprint access, but kept open unless a weapon must be stored for safety reasons; back-up pistol is always in the safe), SureFire Backup, Taser C2, EDC folder (Emerson) and tablet computer with all of my self-defense e-books.


Only two things that I would add. One is a backup knife. The other is my car keys with the keyfob attached. I can press the emergency alarm button quickly and hopefully the car alarm will cause the intruder to flee without a confrontation.

Sir TuberKopf

Bingo we have a winner. The key fob for most cars has that panic button, and bad guys do hate noise. The car in the garage or outside in the lot with the horn blazing will make them not want to hang around and rape or rob anyone. Great for people that don’t have an alarm system. Ladies keep the spare key set on your nightstand.

If we hear a noise in the night here’s the plan: The wife will be under cover in the tub with her backup weapon. The twelve gauge with #2 buck will be pointed at the locked door. A very bright flashlight on a stand will be pointed at the door. (Bad guys tend to focus and shoot at flashlights, I’d rather not be holding it, but I have one attached to each of my primary defense weapons that can be turned on when needed.)


How about the remote fob for the alarm system? In my nightstand, is a high-power LED flashlight, electronic earmuffs, and a small OC spray canister. The handgun lockbox is under the bed, cable locked to to the bedframe.


I would add a holster on a good belt nearby (not on the nightstand, but where you can quickly pick it up before leaving the bedroom). If you need to put down the gun to use both hands for something, then the holster is essential.


I keep the car keys there also, to sound the panic alarm,,may make the intruder run, and also a can of wasp spray, if he’s In the house, it shoots 20 feet and will give me more time to aim.

Hans J Wiegert

I have a gun safe like this, but only use it to lock my “Judge” up when the grand-kids are visiting. Getting the button sequence to open it right with the adrenaline rush during an emergency is too risky for me. So, I put it in a drawer of my night stand instead.