Well, I have to say I'm rethinking what pistol to keep by my bedside. I've used a compact 9mm semi auto with a stout double action trigger pull handy at night. However I think my old Haskell .45 may be replacing it. I spent quite a bit of time at the range yesterday shootin' all my pistols including the 9mm semi, a Taurus TCP 380, Smith and Wesson K frame revolver, and the Haskell. All of the guns functioned well, but I shot far better with the Haskell than with the others. The slide is easier for me to rack, it is reliable, and the longer site radius makes me a better shot. Finally the .45 is a big hunk of lead going downrange. I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize this. I just got used to what I've been doing and really hadn't considered the .45 for HD until now.