Gun storage

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by ghrit, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I've no memory of seeing this question addressed on the forum, so --

    My long arms are stored in a steel cabinet in an environment that ranges from 55 in the winter to (maybe) 80 in the summer. The climate here is fairly dry most of the year. What would you guys use to ensure the cabinet doesn't allow or limits the effects of humidity? If the world were perfect, I'd get a goldenrod heater, but the foam lining in the cabinets makes me think that isn't the best idea, and space on the bottom is limited with the gun butts all over the place.

    So I'm thinking desiccant, with some sort of attachment to the ceiling of the cabinet. Thoughts and ideas, please.
  2. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    The first thing I would do is give all the metal parts a coat of
    Breakfree CLP. That will go a long way towards preventing rust.
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Does your cabinet have the lacing (like boots...[dunno] I can't think of what else to call it) on the door? If so; you can tuck desiccant bags from top to bottom along the door.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    No, but I'll bet I can do something like that with glued on hooks.
  5. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Calcium chloride is a great dessicant...
    You can buy the stuff relatively cheap, or so I have been told.
    Once every 3-4 months take the canister out, put it in the oven for an hour or two @200-225 degrees...
    It's all back to like new again.
    Keeps the moisture at bay.
    Here in Arizona, if you don't have A/C you use "swamp coolers", and they rust everything, no wonder my cats are orange!
  6. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Ditto on the CLP!!!

    Speaking of gun storage, has anybody bought one if the contractor's boxes for extra storage? They don't have the appearance of a gun safe which automatically screams to a burgular "I'm in here steal me" but is more of a hidden in plain sight security storage. The space for the lock is recessed so it would be harder to cut the lock off. Just wondering.
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Thought about a JoBox several times. The downside is leaning into it and sorting thru the stuff that will inevitably get thrown in and interfere with access to "the gun" you want out. Of course, a couple racks built into it would be more than a bit useful. (All that ignores the stuff that would be piled on top by whoever is cohabitating with you, forgetting yourself.) Secondly, those boxes very often contain relatively high value tools, thus are a target in and of themselves. At least that is the reasoning behind the StackOn I have.

    CLP is on my list of stuff to try. Thus far, I've found a wipedown with 3in1 does the trick for short term protection, and none of my bores have suffered greatly from a liberal dosing of Hoppe's. It means you have to fondle the girls now and then, but how is that a bad thing? (I also use Tetra stuff for this and that lubrication, especially AR bolts and 1911 rails. Works well.)
  8. CraftyMofo

    CraftyMofo Monkey+++

    I've had a goldenrod in my safe for a few years, and I can't complain. It sits on the floor of the carpeted safe on small legs...I don't think you'd have to worry about it.

    On the other hand, you could do both (rod and dissicant), seems like the monkey thing to do!
  9. Sherman

    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    silicon socks might be an option

    I have a jobox and it is pretty secure, mine has wheels and I chain it on the job. I use grade 70 logging chain.
    Your limited to #3 or so masterlocks, can't be reached to cut but these are pickable. You guys can pick locks right? survival skill #47
    As mentioned above jobox's get jacked all the time around here. Its better than the cabinet they sell at walmart.
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