How do you store your handguns?


Hoplites1234

New member
Just curious as to how you guys/gals store your handguns. I currently store them in the cases that came with them when I bought them. One dealer told me to store them in an old sock. Any suggestions and the logic behind it? Of course, they are all in a safe and there is not much humidity in my area.
 

doublenutz

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Actually, I was just about to purchase a new "fireproof" safe this week. A friend on mine convinced me that in addition to firearms and munitions the need for a fireproof safe is invaluable. His house burned down while on vacation with family. Only weeks before he had placed photos and list of all things of value in his home into his newly purchased "fireproof" safe.

While his losses were being tallied by the insurance company as :mad:minimum value, he was able to produce the documentation that he had placed in his safe weeks earlier and recovered the majority of his losses:D.
 

DrDavidM

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Most of mine are in the box they came in on a self in a bedroom. Not the best way to store them but we have no kids yet (and noone is ever here that is not firearm proficent). I do of course have one or two by the bed. We are planing on adding on to the house one day, then I am going to get a safe.
 

rabywk

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They are in the safe when not in use. The one that I carry (when I can, I am just a victim in Illinois) is in the nightstand when not in use.
 

lukem

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Staff member
The ones I am not carrying are in my gun closet in their holster. My daughter, mom, and sister were coming to visit me so I put a lock on a closet door and converted it into my gun closet. It's not as good as a fireproof safe and won't stop a bugler but should at least stop curious hands when they are in the house.
 

Ektarr

Dedicated Infidel
I grew up on a farm where all the guns were always loaded and ready, all the time. Funny how we somehow never killed one another. I always felt that was an acceptable policy, and I adopt it still. Kids are grown now, but they always knew that there were guns in the house, that they were loaded, and that they weren't toys. They were trained as soon as, and for as long as, they expressed an interest. Never a problem.

Currently, guns are loaded, ready and accessible at a moment's notice. The ones that are 'stored' are not that far away, either.
 

Red Hat

New member
I keep all but my carry and well placed home defense weapons in three large and one small gun safe. I ran out of room a while back and I'm in the market for another large safe.:)
 

Ziggy

New member
Storage

Home defense/carry guns are readily at hand, our practice .22's in a well concealed lockbox.
 

murph50

New member
Some are in safes,others are stashed in drawers,shotty by my bed,one in my pocket and 1 in a holster for when I leave the house.
 

1911 Bubba

New member
Careful of the cases!!!

I've seen alot of guns ruined by storing them in cases with foam in the lining. Most foam rubber or foam lined material is processed with steam to form the little bubbles that make the foam material. As it ages the bubbles will break open and moisture contacts the gun. If the gun stays in the foam a while, it will rust. I've seen guys open there cases to an orange gun.:eek:
Wipe them down and store them openly in your safe. If you have to store it in a foam case (hard or soft case) check it regularly. I even take an old bedsheet, rip it into squares big enough to wrap over the gun, and spray it with a little Rust Prevent, Sheath (now called "Barricade") or Break-Free, I then put the wrapped gun into the case. I say when using a case, get cloth or sheepskin (fuzzy) lining.:cool:
 
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DrLewall

Charter Member
I am kinda with ISHI on this one..I once posted a picture of all my weapons in a certian way in a certain place on a forum once and after abt one minute of feeling uncomfortable, I deleted the post...I will say that when not on me, they are not in a holster.
 
I store mine on open racks in a gun cabinet. Everything I've been told says not to store them in the original boxes (something about the foam collecting moisture). I also keep mini dehumidifiers in each cabinet. I've been doing this for a long time and have not had any problems with rust.
 

HK4U

New member
Gun storage

I grew up on a farm where all the guns were always loaded and ready, all the time. Funny how we somehow never killed one another. I always felt that was an acceptable policy, and I adopt it still. Kids are grown now, but they always knew that there were guns in the house, that they were loaded, and that they weren't toys. They were trained as soon as, and for as long as, they expressed an interest. Never a problem.

Currently, guns are loaded, ready and accessible at a moment's notice. The ones that are 'stored' are not that far away, either.


I pretty much feel as you do. My everday carry guns and several others are in various places where I can lay my hands on them quickly. The rest are in a gun safe.
 

mot mayhem

New member
The place I store mine in is loaded w/ a BUTT-LOAD of those silicone packets. Everythime I run across one, I pocket it and throw them in w/ my cameras, guns, or whatever else. Knock on wood, no problem yet.
 
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