About 1.4 million firearms were stolen during household burglaries and other property crimes over the six-year period from 2005 through 2010, according to a report released today by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). This number represents an estimated average of 232,400 firearms stolen each year— about 172,000 stolen during burglaries and 60,300 stolen during other property crimes.
Guns… lots of reasons to hide them, lots of reasons to keep them concealed:
- to keep them away from potential looters and attackers
- to hide your guns from people impersonating law enforcement police (who will use the opportunity toget them in case of martial law)
- and, of course, to make sure they aren’t found by young children who have a natural inclination for trouble
Disclaimer: we do NOT advocate hiding your guns from authorities.
Speaking of which, if you have kids, you have to think carefully about the likelihood of them getting to your firearms before employing any of the tips that are about to follow.
So without further ado, let’s see where and how to hide your guns, shall we?
Where to Hide Your Guns
- in a fingerprint safe on your nightstand
- inside the hollow place of a trophy
- inside a fake air vent (preferably as far above the ground as possible)
- in a shoe box
- inside a hollowed out or fake book
- at your bug-out location (of course)
- you can bury them underground (place them in PVC pipes first)
- inside sofas and couches (by flipping over the material and them putting it back together with Velcro)
- inside fake pipes
- under the floor
- inside fake electrical switches
- inside a breaker box
- inside your nightstand
- behind window curtains
- in empty boxes and cans (cereals, paint cans, coffee can, etc.)
- inside thick picture frames
- under stairways
- inside a sub-woofer speaker
- inside a bathroom cabinet (very useful particularly if your bathroom is also your safe room)
- inside the wall (just carve a small space somewhere where it’s not easy to notice and place a small gun on a nail hook. Put some cotton over the barrel to prevent dust from settling into the gun)
- in your attic
- inside a pond filter
- inside the feeder of your chicken coop
- under a table (secured with duct tape)
- inside a computer monitor with a smashed glass
- inside an old T.V. (one that’s deep enough to hold your firearm)
- false drawer bottom
- the wall clock from The Sportsman guide (it opens up to reveal storage space)
- between the box springs of your bed and your bed’s mattress
- inside your printer’s paper tray
- on the back of your headboard (secure with duct tape)
- under the treadmill
- under the seat of your stationary bike
- inside an opaque Tupperware container
- inside an old toy box
- inside a CD wallet
- inside a false toe kick
- inside a gun vault mounted behind your nightstand
- inside an old boot
- inside a hassock
- in one of the pockets of your old coat
- inside a box that’s also keeping Christmas decorations
- inside the passenger seat of a vehicle
- inside a paint can
- in a Ziploc bag placed inside the freezer
- in a pick-up truck bed in the back
- in place of the passenger airbag
- inside a large vase
- inside the toilet’s water tank (place in waterproof container)
- inside a fake CD case safe
- inside a planter that’s also a gun safe
- inside a BedBunker
- inside a bowling ball bag
- inside a stuffed animal
Ok, now that’s what I call a list! Now, let me ask you a question:
If you’re going to disassemble the gun before hiding it (I’m talking about your secondary weapons, not the one you have by your nightstand, ready to fire), do you know how to properly do this?
The first thing you must always do is grease every part before storing it away. Next, you should consider the location. For example, if you’re going to store the part or the weapon inside the toilet tank, you should put it in a sealed plastic bag first. Extract the oxygen if you can.
Another example: if you’re going to store it in a wall, put a cotton ball inside the barrel to prevent dust and debris from settling in.
What Else Should You Hide
Hiding your gun is not enough. In an S.H.T.F. situation, you’re going to need more than just your guns, particularly if things are not going to go back to normal anytime soon.
Consider stockpiling lots of ammo, mag carriers, and cleaning tools. Who knows which ones of these are going to be hard to find afterwards, right?
Guns and House Fires
One of the main concerns gun owners have when concealing their firearms is that, in the event of a fire, those firearms can turn into automatic lethal weapons.
If the gun is not loaded or is disassembled, there’s obviously no problem. However, if the gun IS loaded, whether it’s hidden in a safe or even inside a wall, it’s probably going to fire by itself because of the extreme heat generated by the flames.
This is not only dangerous for you but also for the fire marshals. Some of them might even refuse to help you put out the fire for fear of being shot. It’s really up to you how much thought you want to put into this but I suggest you get a fireproof safe if you’re worried at all.
Have a Gun To Spare…
It’s always good to have plans B and C to everything. If, for example, during Martial Law, you’re raided by the police who demand you turn over all your guns, it’s probably best to have a gun to spare that is well concealed.
How to Hide Your Guns from Firearm-Sniffing Dogs
As long as we’re doing this, we may as well do it right, right? 🙂
The fact of the matter is, no matter how you hide your guns, the police have trained dogs that will find them. Now, I’m not saying you should hide your guns from the police now, but you may have to in a post-SHTF scenario. There will be multiple authorities fighting over who has control, just take a look at what’s happening in Ukraine right now.
Keeping this in mind, the solution is to sprinkle alum or black pepper around where your gun is. You can also use ammonia mixed with water or 15% vinegar mixed with water.
(Of course, you should probably only do this when you’re actually forced to, you don’t want that smell around the house every day.)
Also keep in mind that this will not permanently disable the dogs’ sniffing abilities. It’s only temporary and the effects only last for a few seconds, maybe a minute. That may or may not be enough when the time comes but it’s a good trick to know.