green furry guns


May 14, 2003, 09:21 PM
Ever seen green furry guns? Dad has.

"Did Phil (my brother) tell you about the green furry guns?" he asked.

I looked over my glasses and cocked an eyebrow.

"Well, you know it's been raining really hard this past week?"


"And how humid that room (where the gun safe is) gets when its warm and rains?"



"Well, I went to go check up on the guns. You know how bad I am about that. Anyhow, I open the door and from the bottom to about a foot up, all the guns were coated in green furry mildew - it looked just like a.... carpet. The dessicant bags were sopping wet."

How he managed to say all that in his typical nonchalant manner I'll never know! My face contorted and I was screeching, "Eew! Eew! Eeeeeew!" like a horde of giant hissing cockroches was marching up my leg.

I pictured 40 cramped rifles, pistols, and Civil War cavalry sabers screaming for dear life in the pitch black tomb. "Please, please let us out!" A 1911 here, a Krag there, an '03 Springfield trying to trample over a Garand, all beating on the safe door, trying in vain to call for help, their tiny little voices muffled in the padded Safe of Death! Leather slings turning green and sticky! Brass coated with icky green goo! Green fur over each and every historic buttstock!

And the rust... I didn't bother to ask if there was rust. I clenched my teeth and tried to make the horrible screams in the tomb go away.

"Phil's probably not going to keep some of his guns in my safe anymore."

Dad, I am so ashamed of you!

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May 14, 2003, 09:24 PM


Thanks, runt_... now I'm gonna have nightmares! :uhoh:

El Tejon
May 14, 2003, 09:45 PM
If it doesn't stop raining up here, I'm building an arc and a floating waterproof gunsafe. Maybe I can get those ducks living in my backyard to help.:confused:

May 14, 2003, 09:53 PM
Right now, I'm in Jackson TN, and not only is it wet, it's destroyed in some parts. A tornado hit here and people w/o safes, lost historic firearms according to the locals here. OUCH>

El Tejon
May 14, 2003, 09:55 PM
Matt, how is the Land of Mullets? Can I send you barber scissors and some razor blades?:D

May 14, 2003, 10:06 PM

I'm super paranoid about moisture in my safes and go over-kill with the dessicant.

Hey here's a question; my wife and I bought a new house about four years ago and it came with a gas stove. I've not had to recharge my dessicant yet, but did it before in my old houses electric stove. I know that gas stoves produce alot of moisture as the gas burns- so can I recharge my dessicant in a gas stove?

May 14, 2003, 10:21 PM
thats the nastiest thing ive heard in a while. oh lord makes me think also of where i keep my guns. hmmm.....

OK this is a genral advisory....everyone, go check your safes and guns NOW!!!!1 we dont need any moldy guns around at THR

May 14, 2003, 10:32 PM
El Tejon- I saw NOT ONE BUT TWO people at the bank with mullets and "Iron Maiden" tattooed on their right arm. They weren't even the same person because one of the guys had a classy morning star tattooed above the Iron Maiden.

May 14, 2003, 10:39 PM
yeah. Its unfortunate that fellow metalheads feel the necessity of mullets. I'm going to an Iron Maiden concert in a month or so and if I see someone with in the mosh pit, they're goin down!

May 14, 2003, 11:05 PM
That's bad mojo....
baaaaad mojo!

May 14, 2003, 11:46 PM
quote:"Ever seen green furry guns?"


In Sept. of '78 -16 of us apt. dwellers were flooded. It happened suddenly, one min. I was knee deep in water, by the time I could grab stuff to go, put things up was chest high ( I'm 6').

Lucky for me I did have most guns up high, the nylon 66's were not. My neighbor was even less fortunate than I.

Hoppe's no 9 wafted for a long time, He had to replace some stocks.

I had two vehicles at the time...#2 well lets just say the guns faired better than the car.


May 14, 2003, 11:51 PM
oh dear.. I hope they all make it through okay...

(and on that happy note, I'm gonna go check on my .30-30 out in the truck..... :uhoh: )


May 15, 2003, 02:27 AM

If your family was asian, the first question would be,

"Is the green stuff edible??" :D

Tactical camo coloring for free...

May 15, 2003, 05:36 AM
All y'all with the excess moisture, feel free to toss it our way. The weatherman says we need it. (Nevermind the fact that the nooze is now stating that the very rain that will save us from the drought might cause floods. :rolleyes: )

Sleeping Dog
May 15, 2003, 08:04 AM
Green furry guns?

You keep them in the refrigerator, next to the green furry pizza and green furry milk?



May 15, 2003, 10:40 AM
That is just WRONG!

Okay. Go buy the guy a nice drill. Run a cord from the nearest outlet through the side/back of the safe. Inside, hook up a conventional filament light bulb. This will keep the air warm and circulating. DO NOT lock yourself in the safe to see if it stays on. It will. Use an "extended life" bulb to avoid burnout.


May 15, 2003, 10:57 AM
Where's the pictures?

May 15, 2003, 11:05 AM
No pics - the guns were cleaned up before I got there. Besides, you think I wanted to take a peek in there? :what:

May 15, 2003, 12:07 PM
hmmmmm.....I might be willing to sacrifice a gun or two to the green fuzzy gun god if it would just rain here.......

May 15, 2003, 01:15 PM
Bogie, yes that works if the inside of the safe is warmer than the room. But in the deep south room temperature is open for debate. My solution is a room dehumidifier. Instead of emptying the bucket out you can run a hose from it to the outside. Running it about 1/4 of the time will make a big difference. In some areas you can float your sailboat on the results.

May 15, 2003, 01:54 PM
When we moved into our house 2 1/2 years ago, my wife wanted me to put the gun safe in the basement.

I told her NO F'n way!!
We live in a 200 year-old New England house. Every Spring a nice river runs thru the basement.

May 15, 2003, 01:57 PM
My boss had lost his combination to one of his safes a long time ago. When he finally got it open, there was around $100K worth of stuff that had pitted and worse. I literally broke a tear when I saw the irreplacable antique firearms rotting away.

May 15, 2003, 02:02 PM
Didn't he notice the smell long before it got that out of control?:scrutiny:

May 15, 2003, 03:46 PM

4v50 Gary
May 15, 2003, 04:07 PM
That's why some folks shouldn't own guns. ;)

D.W. Drang
May 16, 2003, 01:12 AM
Look at it this way, Runt, your Father's Day Present decision making dilemma has been solved--Dad needs a goldenrod!

available at

One came with my Liberty gunsafe and it's great. One day we missed the cat and suddenly I thought "Hey, I was checking the guns a few hours ago..." and sure enough, she was curled up to the goldenrod purring at the warmth... :what:

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