In the middle of the night my wife was up with our first child when she walked up to a window in the nursery and looked at the reflection in the glass. It took her a second to realize that it was not a reflection but somebody standing just inches away on the outside of the house. Ever the cool one, she backed away, got behind a wall and called out to me. I was up in an instant and the vital seconds passed as I got a flashlight then found, unlocked and loaded a weapon and was out the door, but he got away—leaving behind a knife and burglary tools. I long wondered if I could have prevented subsequent break-ins in my neighborhood if I had been quicker to stop that person.
After that I knew I needed to have better and quicker access to my home defense weapons, meanwhile keeping them safely stored. I got my first gun safe—a multi-gun Cannon vault that enabled me to store all my firearms in one spot and that gave me positive security, convenient storage with complete safety for everybody in the house. However, it was in the den away from the bedroom, so depending on what happened I could easily have been walking into trouble trying to get to my firearms.
Now there are several different options that can allow a homeowner to have quick access to a light and pistol in a much smaller safe but with complete security that will defeat unauthorized use or theft when you are away.