Silicone treated gun-socks long term storage


June 25, 2010, 05:09 AM
Hey guys just wanted some insight on silicone treated gun socks for long term storage. I've been looking at the silicone treated gun socks in the market and see a lot of different advertised brands out there. Not sure if there are any big differences, but what are some good reliable brands? Also many of these gun-socks state that they can be used for long term storage, any personal experience? What is life expectancy for these things? Does finish on the firearm matter, (ex. "blued" "stainless" "wood" "synthetic/rubber")?

Your advice is much appreciated!

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Ala Dan
June 25, 2010, 08:04 AM
I use Eezox on my weapons, before placing them in a "Sack Up" gun sock. I've
been using these on blued, nickel, and stainless weapons over the long haul;
without any problems. Periodically, ['bout every 3 months or so], I remove the
weapons and re-lube them; just for safetys sake. Thus far, I've had NO issues
with this procedure~! ;) :D

June 25, 2010, 08:07 AM
I have a cheap Winchester sock I got at Wallys for like $4. I keep my .22 in it in a closet by my front door in case I run into a coyote or other varmint while outside. This seems to be quicker for me than dealing with a long soft case that needs to be unzipped to get the rifle out.

I'm not using mine to be an 'uber-long term storage' method, but it certainly does it's job. For the price you can't go wrong IMO.

June 25, 2010, 08:56 AM
I have several handguns and rifles that I do not keep in my safe for various reasons. These firearms are wiped down with CLP and stored in silicone treated gun socks purchased from Brownell's. In the past five years I've been doing this, I haven't had a single problem, so I have to say it works for me.

Taurus 617 CCW
June 25, 2010, 09:53 AM
I have used gun socks in my safe for long term storage with much success. Living on the coast, I was concerned with rusting but when I pulled my brand new Savage Mark II bolt rifle from the gun sock after almost two years, it still looked like the day I bought it.

June 25, 2010, 09:56 AM
All my long guns in the RSC are in one - here in humid FL, I want all the protection I can get

texas bulldog
June 25, 2010, 10:09 AM
i have one gun that has been kept mostly in a silicone sock for two years now. or is it three? i have trouble keeping up these days.

anyway...i am sure to clean and relubricate it once in awhile, but i haven't had any issues or seen anything that gives me concerns about this method of long(ish) term storage.

good luck.

June 25, 2010, 10:18 AM
I keep my shotguns in the Silicone socks from Bass Pro Shops and they are doing great! Seems to work well on every finish, no damage that I can see.

As a Chemist I can tell you that Silicon is as harmless as Carbon (not residue, but the real chemical) to just about everything. It's extremely naturally stable.

June 25, 2010, 11:39 AM
I need to get some.

June 25, 2010, 11:39 AM
I use Cabelas socks. I also wipe the guns down w/a silicon cloth about once a month. I keep my safe in the house so it's temperature/moisture controlled.

As a Chemist I can tell you that Silicon

Lemme axe you a question. The 100% silicon spray you find in auto stores. Is that safe to use to rejuvinate silicon cloths? Is it the same stuff, no additives?

June 25, 2010, 12:46 PM
I bought a bulk pack from Cabela's; their brand, and they've been working as expected/advertised.

I just wish they made one to fit over the ARs.:o

June 25, 2010, 01:40 PM
I know silicone is VERY slippery. Any issues with dropping your gun with this stuff on it?

June 25, 2010, 01:45 PM
I bought a bunch of them from Midway's about three years ago and have been using them since. Bought in bulk, they were somewhat less than $4 each, IIRC. They seem to do a terrific job for long-term storage. Taking your firearms out from time to time to double-check them, and to wipe them down, is a good idea as well.

June 25, 2010, 02:21 PM
Any issues with dropping your gun with this stuff on it?

For me, not yet. But once my hands are coated with the stuff (from silicon rags), it's very hard to rack the slide on a couple of my semis. Especially my Glock with its already slick slide.

June 25, 2010, 02:27 PM
I use a bunch of the socks to protect from dings (too crowded in the safe) and rust prevention. I also wipe down the guns from time to time. I occaisionally turn the socks inside-out and re-treat with silicone spray. it takes about 2 minutes.

June 25, 2010, 02:37 PM
For long term storage, has anyone tried vacuum sealed bag? Works on food, why not firearms.

Tim the student
June 25, 2010, 02:58 PM
I just wish they made one to fit over the ARs.

This ( is supposed to. I actually just ordered one. I'll let you know if it fits over everything. At least one reviewer said it would fit over scopes.

June 25, 2010, 03:26 PM
Harmonic, you'd better read the label on the rag and spray you are using.

I have silicon socks for my feet that cannot be "recharged" by adding spray. I'm not sure that you'd need to "recharge" the gun cover for any reason.

None of mine are slick coming out of the gun socks, I'd compare the gun sock more to tarnish resistant cloth that you wrap your sterling silver in for storage.

June 25, 2010, 04:02 PM
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June 25, 2010, 04:04 PM
Will the socks from Midway or Bass Pro fit over scoped rifles?

June 26, 2010, 09:40 AM
BoreStores (at Midway among others) are treated with silicone and rust inhibitor, have a good velcro closure, and come in several different sizes. They're good for long term gun storage and for toting guns around in a range bag.

Tim the student
June 30, 2010, 10:37 PM
I got the AR gun sock from Midway. It does fit over everything (including a big ol scope) pretty easily.

July 1, 2010, 12:33 AM
I buy 'em in bulk, use 'em for all of my long guns. It gets pretty humid down here in South Texas (Hurricane Alex is going over as I type this and there's two feet of water in the front yard...), but, between a good de-humidifying A/C unit and the gun socks, I've had no corrosion problems. Helps to keep the dings down, too.

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