How (and Where) to Hide Your Guns (Shhh!)

Periodically, gun laws are reviewed and there are threats that certain guns, or sometimes all guns, can no longer be owned by the citizens of the country!

This is often a result of pressure from anti-gun groups or a reaction to an increase in gun violence. However, the reality is that those guns are generally black market and will continue to be in existence.

The guns you have at home are usually your defense against a home invasion. They can also be a valuable addition to your disaster survival plans.

The target of these bans is often rifles and semi-automatic weapons because these are seen as the most deadly. A semi-automatic weapon can injure or kill many people in virtually no time. But, a good rife with the right scope can kill many without the shooter being seen. You can find out more about the best scope for your needs by visiting

The solution is to stash your weapons. The safest way to do this is generally through burying them, but there are dozens of other ways to do it. Some of the reasons you may want to hide a gun include:

  • 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 finding things they aren’t supposed to

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.

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Disclaimer: we do NOT advocate hiding 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?

54 Clever Places to Hide Your Guns

  1. in a (fingerprint) safe on your nightstand or in some other place
  2. inside the hollow place of a trophy
  3. inside a fake air vent (preferably as far above the ground as possible)
  4. in a shoe box
  5. inside a hollowed out or fake book
  6. at your bug-out location (of course)
  7. you can bury them underground (place them in PVC pipes first)
  8. inside sofas and couches (by flipping over the material and them putting it back together with Velcro)
  9. inside fake pipes
  10. under the floor
  11. inside fake electrical switches
  12. inside a breaker box
  13. inside your nightstand
  14. behind window curtains
  15. in empty boxes and cans (cereals, paint cans, coffee can, etc.)
  16. inside thick picture frames
  17. under stairways
  18. inside a sub-woofer speaker
  19. inside a bathroom cabinet (very useful particularly if your bathroom is also your safe room)
  20. 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)
  21. in your attic
  22. inside a pond filter
  23. inside the feeder of your chicken coop
  24. under a table (secured with duct tape)
  25. inside a computer monitor with a smashed glass
  26. inside an old T.V. (one that’s deep enough to hold your firearm)
  27. false drawer bottom
  28. the wall clock from The Sportsman guide (it opens up to reveal storage space)
  29. between the box springs of your bed and your bed’s mattress
  30. inside your printer’s paper tray
  31. on the back of your headboard (secure with duct tape)
  32. under the treadmill
  33. under the seat of your stationary bike
  34. inside an opaque Tupperware container
  35. inside an old toy box
  36. inside a CD wallet
  37. inside a false toe kick
  38. inside a gun vault mounted behind your nightstand
  39. inside an old boot
  40. inside a hassock
  41. in one of the pockets of your old coat
  42. inside a box that’s also keeping Christmas decorations
  43. inside the passenger seat of a vehicle
  44. inside a paint can
  45. in a Ziploc bag placed inside the freezer
  46. in a pick-up truck bed in the back
  47. in place of the passenger airbag
  48. inside a large vase
  49. inside the toilet’s water tank (place in waterproof container)
  50. inside a fake CD case safe
  51. inside a planter that’s also a gun safe
  52. inside a BedBunker
  53. inside a bowling ball bag
  54. inside a stuffed animal

How to Bury a Gun

Unfortunately, moisture and guns do not generally get on well together; this is why it is important to prepare your guns properly before you store them.

This applies regardless of where you intend to store your weapons:

Take It Apart

You need to protect every part of your gun so it is advisable to take them apart. This will ensure every piece is properly treated and stored.

It should go without saying that all ammo is to be removed from the chamber.

Rust Prevention

You will need to coat every part of your gun with rust preventative oil. Be generous with your application as you want it to preserve your weapon.

The oil should dry to form a waxy coating; you will need to make sure each of the pieces is completely covered.

Once you have coated the piece it is important to handle it as little as possible.

Bag It

The piece should be placed into a sealable plastic bag. A vacuum bag would be excellent to keep all air out.

Before sealing each bag you should place a bag of silica gel inside, this will help to remove any moisture.

An alternative is to push all the air out physically and then seal the bag with an iron; the heat will melt the edges together.

Every piece should be placed into its own bag; if one piece goes rusty it does not mean that the gun is useless.

Place all the individual bags into one big bag and heat seal this, after adding silica gel.


As well as all the pieces of your gun you should bag up as many spare bullets as you have and include a degreaser. This will help you to remove the rust preventative oil from the weapon.

It is also a good idea to include a cleaning rod, patches, gun oil and even the owner’s manual; this will make sure you have everything you need to get your gun working again.

Pipe Work

When burying it is advisable to place the large bag of pieces inside a piece of pipe; gutter size should do.

Once the pieces are all in the pipe you can seal one end and pack the pipe to protect the weapon inside. You can then seal the other end and even use a PVC solvent to make sure moisture cannot get in.

Burying It

You need to have a hole approximately 6 foot deep; this will prevent someone from finding it accidentally or a bad storm exposing your weapon.

The real issue with burying is how to mark the spot. You can’t share the location with anyone so you will need to know how to relocate it yourself. This might seem easy when you walk into the forest and see a clearing or fallen tree. But, the landscape will change over the years.

The best approach is to bury it at the base or under a specific tree and then mark it discreetly. You’ll need to return regularly to ensure that you can easily relocate the tree. If you don’t then you might never find your gun again even if you preserved it perfectly.

You might find it a good idea to run a metal detector across the area and see whether it picks your gun up or not.

Tip: 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.

Hiding Your Gun Off Site

If you have a separate property or a lodge you frequent regularly it is possible to hide your gun in it without needing to bury it. However, if you feel comfortable doing this it is important to remove a key piece, such as the firing pin and hide it elsewhere. This will stop anyone else from using it.

It will still need to be put into wax paper or a purpose designed storage bag to prevent it corroding.

You should also remember that these weapons cannot be uncovered and fired. They must be reassembled and properly cleaned. The very oil that protects them from rusting can also cause a misfire if you don’t clean them off first.

It is important to be aware of this before you intend to use the gun as it will take some time to clean and put back together.

Treating it properly before storing is the key to keeping your gun safe and in full working order; do not skimp on this stage!

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.

Hiding Them from Firearm-Sniffing Dogs

Of course, I am not advocating hiding any gun from authorities, but when SHTF, lots of things could happen that would force you to want to hide your gun from a firearm-sniffing dog.

The simple solution is to sprinkle alum or black pepper around the area where your gun is. You can also use ammonia mixed with water or 15% vinegar mixed with water.

You should probably only do this when you’re actually forced to, you don’t want that smell around the house every day.

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.

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updated 07/15/2019

About Dan F. Sullivan

My dad was military. My grandfather was a cop. They served their country well. But I don't like taking orders. I'm taking matters into my own hands so I'm not just preparing, I'm going to a friggin' war to provide you the best of the best survival and preparedness content out there.

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    how would i go about hiding food and water from k-9’s,should i hide it off grid. or not worry about k-9’s

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