The days of burying your guns are over my friends, hiding your firearms off-site is useless if there is an emergency and downgrades the quality of your gun. In this day and age, there are ways to store your guns that keep you and your family safe while maintaining the integrity of your firearms. When it comes to proper storage, the most important things is preparation and where you store it. There are three main reasons proper, long-term gun storage is important.
- Protecting family, keeping guns stored securely so children cannot access them.
- Protecting guns, keeping them top working order.
- Keeping them secure from thieves, but available, in case of emergency.
Pretreat your Firearms
- Break down your gun, as much as you can.
- Keep your firearm decocked. This relieves tension on the springs and other parts of the gun.
- Remove all fingerprints from the gun. No, this not some super secret squirrel stuff. The residue left behind from the oils on your hands and fingers can affect the gun’s finish over time.
- Clean your gun completely. Copper, lead and plastic will all attract moisture, so cleaning your gun with an ammonia-free cleaner will help keep it dry.
- Thoroughly clean the bore of your gun and then apply a very thin layer of lubrication. Also, apply a thin layer to other exposed metal on the gun. This creates a thin coating that protects and seals the surface while in storage.
- Treat wood stocks with wax to prevent any swelling or cracking from occurring. Don’t forget to wax the inside of the stock!
**Continue to check your stored firearms periodically, especially if living in a humid climate. Be sure to re-oil when necessary.
Pretreat your Storage Area
The first thing you need to do is ensure you have a safe and reliable storage area. A Gun Vault is a great storage option that will protect and secure your firearms. Here are storage tips to avoid and actions to take.
- Gun Safe – This is the most secure option for storing your guns while keeping them readily accessible. Protected interior keeps your firearm from rust, dirt, and moisture if stored properly. Safe can be opened by key, code, or fingerprints.
- Use a Silicon-Treated Gun Sock – The silicon protects your firearm from rust and moisture getting in while the thick fabric protects against any scratches and dirt.
- Gun storage bags protect your gun from rust, dust and corrosion for years.
- Use desiccant or a dehumidifier inside of the gun storage location to prevent moisture from rusting and cracking your guns.
- Store your long guns, barrel down, so no oil can seep into the stock or other parts of the gun.
- Sheepskin-lined cases attract moisture which can cause the rusting process to begin within 24 hours. Not only does moisture create rust, but with too much exposure, it can cause your stock to crack.
- the firearm’s original box or any cardboard box can become very weak over time and alert anyone and everyone of what is being stored. Similar to the sheep-skin, these also attract moisture and threaten the longevity and quality of your firearm.