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laktrash
February 6, 2010, 05:45 PM
What is the best method for storing hand guns in safe ? Should you store in open air, or gun rug, or orginal box ? Right now I'm doing a little bit of everything. But thought about buying some hard cases for some of the extras

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leadcounsel
February 6, 2010, 07:01 PM
I store them in open air, vertically, in the rubber coated steel dish drying racks you can buy at Walmart for $5 each. Each one stores 8 handguns. Cheap & easy and compact.

wrs840
February 6, 2010, 07:08 PM
I store mine in gun rugs or in holsters. The original boxes, (if I have them) are preserved separately in a big snap-lid plastic box on a high shelf in the garage, because they take up too much room in the safes.

I store them in open air, vertically, in the rubber coated steel dish drying racks you can buy at Walmart for $5 each. Each one stores 8 handguns. Cheap & easy and compact.

^^^
That is a great idea though. I like it! :)

Les

RoostRider
February 6, 2010, 07:14 PM
Open air here.... I never store a gun in a case as a moisture preventative issue.

If I had cases that resided just in the safe I'd feel OK about it, but if you take the case out shooting with the gun there is a very real chance that moisture may find its way in there and be trapped with your gun..... that's really bad even if only for a couple of days....

I store my cases separate from my guns, so that I'll have more room for guns in the safe!!! :)

The Bushmaster
February 7, 2010, 11:38 AM
I store my rifles uncased in the safe and in Doskosil gun cases when out of the safe. My handguns are stored in Doskosil cases in or out of the safe. I've been storing the hanguns in these cases for so long now that the foam is impregnated with gun oil and there is no rust problems. I've been told that if I store my handguns in these cases for an length of time that they will rust. I have a Colt SAA that I bought in 1966. It has been stored in one of these cases for years and has not had any rust problems at all. I take my handguns to the range and back to the safe in these cases with no problems. Even on rainy days. One must use common sense though and insure that they are dry when you use them for final storage.

You say you store your handguns in holsters? I guess as long as the holsters are NOT leather that would be O K too...

Rembrandt
February 7, 2010, 12:23 PM
I agree with Bushmaster, a little common sense and you shouldn't have any problems. Been storing mine in cases in the safe for over 20 years, also use them for transportation to-and-from the range.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Pistolcases1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/safe.jpg

gwnorth
February 7, 2010, 12:32 PM
I use bore store silicon impregnated gun socks or some Bob Allen Intercept pistol rugs (lined with Lucent Tech's Intercept anti corrosion lining).

laktrash
February 7, 2010, 04:13 PM
I can plainly see I need to work on my organization skills. 95%+ of mine are never fired. I like the rack idea and storing cases elsewhere to free up space.

rcmodel
February 7, 2010, 04:23 PM
Open air for me.

I have seen far more rusty guns come out of rugs, cases and factory boxes then open-air guns combined.

rc

Ala Dan
February 7, 2010, 05:02 PM
I store all of my blued and nickel handguns in the silicone impregnated gun
socks; then most are placed in the original factory box/case; before they
enter the RSC~! ;) :D

*Footnote- all of these weapons are lightly lubricated with Eezox or Break
Free CLP, before storage. :)

OcelotZ3
February 7, 2010, 07:37 PM
I'd need a large # of large safes to store them in cases or rugs.

Open-air only for me.

Zebraranger
February 7, 2010, 09:38 PM
Open air storage in the safe for me.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Manabout%20Racks/DSC06605.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Manabout%20Racks/DSC06764-2.jpg

RoostRider
February 7, 2010, 10:36 PM
Never thought I would say this but.... dude, nice rack

Zebraranger
February 11, 2010, 05:11 PM
Hmmm, that does sound just a little weird.

mgmorden
February 12, 2010, 12:15 PM
I try to use manufacture's cases if they're plastic with no foam. I never store them long term in anything foam, cloth, or leather.

What I have considered though is taking the padded cases and throwing down a layer of wax paper on each side before storing the gun. That should add a barrier to any moisture contacting the gun's surface. Haven't actually done this aside from thinking about it though.

mgmorden
February 12, 2010, 12:16 PM
Zebraranger - did you buy that or build it? Looks like a pretty nice setup :).

MIgunguy
February 12, 2010, 07:49 PM
Rembrandt... wow. Just wow. What's the white material (looks like regular styrofoam)? Did you cut those spaces in the foam(?) yourself? Impressive.

smoothdraw
February 12, 2010, 09:45 PM
i have 3 condition 1 ready 1911 in individual secured cases (gun-vault) located in diffrent parts of the house with same codes and only me and my wife knows it.

laktrash
February 13, 2010, 07:18 PM
leadcounsel what kind of racks are you talking about at walmart ?

GunsAreGood
February 26, 2010, 07:21 AM
Another open air here. I do store some of my old shotguns in no rust bags.

www.cheaperthandirt.com/BAG198-1.html

www.cheaperthandirt.com/BAG196-1.html

Rembrandt
February 26, 2010, 11:12 AM
....Rembrandt... wow. Just wow. What's the white material (looks like regular styrofoam)? Did you cut those spaces in the foam(?) yourself? Impressive.

Not Styrofoam but ethafoam.....same material used for archery targets. Does not absorb moisture, very tough material. Used a router bit and drill press to cut the reliefs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Pistolcases1.jpg

X-Rap
February 26, 2010, 12:10 PM
The dish rack thing is a good idea and works great, my WalMart doesn't have them anymore so I just pile the rest in loose.
Always buy bigger safes than you think you need.

jad0110
February 26, 2010, 04:54 PM
I use an expandable Rubbermaid rack in my safe, though it isn't the one pictured below as I've got it wedged pretty tight in there and I'm too lazy to remove it to photograph it.

Though I slightly prefer the Rubbermaid expandable rack with it's slightly wider spacing, the Wal-Mart brand Mainstays expandable rack pictured below works quite well also. Either costs less than $10. The only issue I had was that I needed to cut about 2 1/8" off the legs to provide adequate clearance height wise. And it may not work well with fat double stack autos, though it works great with my 4" S&W N Frame Model 28 (far left) and 5.5" Ruger Redhawk (not pictured).


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Misc/DSC07094.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Misc/DSC07093.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Misc/DSC07091.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Misc/DSC07089.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Misc/DSC07085.jpg

Zebraranger
February 27, 2010, 12:31 AM
Mgmorden thanks, Yes I build them. Check out my signature.

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