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

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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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

  1. in a fingerprint safe on your nightstand
  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

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.

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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