Hidden Gun Storage (or other items)


May 8, 2004, 02:48 AM
Someone recently posted this link to a Coke Machine Gun locker project. Coke Machine Gun Locker (http://www.gunsnet.net/forums/showthread.php?threadid=174612&perpage=30&pagenumber=1)

I've seen the vending machine locker idea before and I still like it. I first saw it in this PDF file HERE (http://dftc.us/docs/disguised_weapons.pdf) It is a PDF titled. The Updated Book of Concealed or Unusual Weapons.

I also once saw a picture of a gun locker that a guy had built into his wall. Very well hidden.

Does anyone have other pictures of crafty hiding places like these? Original ideas on where to hide stuff.

Here's a coffee table that stores long guns

Here's a book shelf with hidden storage

You can conceal entire rooms as well.


Bring on the ideas!!

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May 8, 2004, 07:24 AM

Where did you find the photos? That one with the spinning bookcase looks like it would be ideal for hiding my under the stairs safe.....

May 8, 2004, 10:46 AM
all their stuff is custom made so its probably not very affordable but its worth it if you can afford it or if it gives you ideas on something you can do yourself.


May 8, 2004, 11:42 AM
Cedar chests are the right size for most long-guns. I have a gun locker that looks like a cedar chest, got it at a Kmart that was closing a few years ago. It only holds like 6 long-guns, but I've only got two and a spare shotgun barrel right now :banghead:

May 8, 2004, 11:59 AM
I have heard of a guy that built his own shack (comercial carpenter speak for any residential dwelling). He framed his hall closet extra deep and made an "insert closet" that would slide in and out. It was fastened in the hole by some kind of pins through the jam.

Andrew Rothman
May 8, 2004, 12:39 PM
I would caution anyone contemplating such designs that clever hiding places should only be the first line of defense. You still need good, solid locks to secure your items.

Don't depend on nobody knowing, figuring out, or hearing about your "secret" hiding place.

Anyone with a brain can figure out that your coffee table seems awfully heavy, and has an unexplained boxed-in area. Same goes for shallow shelves in deep bookcases.

May 8, 2004, 01:21 PM

May 8, 2004, 01:21 PM
"Don't depend on nobody knowing, figuring out, or hearing about your "secret" hiding place."

Absolutely. Professional burglars are *very* good at finding "hidden" things. What do you think those guys talk about during their state-sponsored vacations?


May 8, 2004, 01:22 PM
And on that note...

The biggest, heaviest lock only slows determined theives.

May 8, 2004, 01:35 PM
The biggest, heaviest lock only slows determined theives.

I think that not much will stop a real-deal professional. However, most robberies and home invaders are low-life drug addicts in a hurry. The biggest threat most gun owners face is a smash and grab, where they break down a door or window when you're not home, and don't want to spend more than a few minutes in the house.

May 8, 2004, 02:52 PM
I saw a fellow who gutted a good sized CB. He hinged the face plate and padded the interior. He mounted it complete with mich and cord. He kept his pistol in it while driving and pullde the whole unit out when not in use. He does have a ccw. I'd not be interested in it, but it was interesting.

May 8, 2004, 04:25 PM
i have this in the corner of my room. only now it has a short barrel, so it looks even more like a golf club.



at first, i was only going to use it for transportation, but it has also been a good way to conceal it in my room.i'm considering getting a large golf bag and putting both my shotgun and ar15 in it along with a few real golf club to blend eveything in.

May 8, 2004, 04:57 PM
I would caution anyone contemplating such designs that clever hiding places should only be the first line of defense. You still need good, solid locks to secure your items.

Guess I should have made it clear that this would be used to cover up my skinny little safe that will eventually be bolted to the floor under the stairs.

It can only help.....I mean the safe won't be LESS secure because of being hidden;)

May 8, 2004, 08:11 PM






Highland Ranger
May 8, 2004, 09:04 PM
Two words: metal detector

May 8, 2004, 10:57 PM
Two words: metal detector

Again, assuming a determined burglar with time to burn. I guess if you live miles from anyone and are out of town for a few day, then no gun storage is secure. But for the average smash and grab, as long as they aren't under your pillow you are probably good to go with some type of concealed storage.

Travis McGee
May 9, 2004, 12:45 AM
The main problem with these ingenious gun hiding projects is resisting the urge to show them off to your best buddies.

"Three people can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."


May 9, 2004, 01:05 AM
"I would caution anyone contemplating such designs that clever hiding places should only be the first line of defense. You still need good, solid locks to secure your items."

This is the reason I have a adult male Bengal tiger in the hidden room along with the guns.

May 9, 2004, 01:50 AM
Some of us are getting way off topic. I'd appreciate not hijacking.

The purpose is not to discuss the merits of disguise but to get some good ideas.

May 9, 2004, 02:58 PM
One of my favorite hiding places is the oven in the kitchen !

Seeing that the little lady doesn't ever use it ! ;) We eat out alot ! No pun intended ! :D

But of course make sure you never preheat your oven ! :uhoh:

That would make your Glock look real nice !!!! :evil:

May 9, 2004, 11:01 PM
Store your gun in the oven? (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?threadid=73849)

May 9, 2004, 11:25 PM
Here's one I thought of a while back but haven't had the time or the inclination to actually design and build. Gut out a sofa bed and build the safe inside that. Use the existing part under the cusions so that removing them won't blow your cover. One could build a fairly large locker that wouldn't be such an eyesore as a vending machine. The sofa bed is good because they're already designed to have a large empty space inside. This would also foil the smart guy with the metal detector as there will already be metal components. Not to mention you can also sit on it. Sorry for the long post.

May 9, 2004, 11:42 PM
I can tell you a gun storage idea that's nearly free, and has been proven to work through two home burglaries.....

Christmas Tree Box.

I had my long guns in soft cases (15 of them), stuck inside a cardboard christmas tree box under my steps, with other boxes (with Christmas ornaments) on top of them. Super easy to get to, completely secure. Who the hell would want a fake-christmas tree, or suspect that's where the guns are?

I was broken into and robbed twice when I had my apartment, and lost my night-stand gun and other household items, but no one ever even got near the hidden guns.

(Hopes no burglars frequent THR!)

May 10, 2004, 01:13 PM
I do like that coffee table design, throw a few books and such on it, keep a shotgun and pistol in there and you dont have to run for the bedroom if someone breaks in while you're watching American Shooter on Saturday mornings. Now that I think about it, I do need a coffee table for my apartment and Dad just finished his latest cabinetry project. :D


May 10, 2004, 01:16 PM
I was saddened to see that the furniture from the innofab.com website were listed as discontinued....that little nightstand was a pretty good idea.

May 10, 2004, 01:45 PM
Hey Mr Dove, thanks for starting this thread. I worry about my babies when I'm gone. I've spent some time thinking about this very thing, and couldn't come up with a really good idea, but I saw what I want to do in this thread. I've made some of my furniture, so a little modification will be easy. Thanks!

May 11, 2004, 02:41 AM
This is an idea that I was considering even before seeing this product.


May 11, 2004, 02:46 AM
Something that I've considered but have not experimented with yet:

There is a child safety latch available at many stores with that kind of stuff that is magnetic. It is designed to lock drawers and cabinets and keep kids out. It requires a magnet to disengage the lock.

An invisible latch like this might be well placed on a hidden drawer or other hidden hiding place. If someone does go pulling on your hidden drawer or hidden door, it won't open without the magnet.

The unit is cheap and plastic, so it won't keep out someone who knows your secret but it might help deter someone who is just a little suspicious.

There are more advanced units available but they get much more expensive. There are big magnetic door locks that hold thousands of pounds but they are not cheap.

May 11, 2004, 03:13 AM
This thread is interesting... I've been thinking about the same thing. The one thing about starting a thread like this is if the wrong kind of person stumbles across it your really helping them out. After thinking about it a while, I decided that if I had a really good idea and was using it, I sure wouldn't put it out on a public forum like this. I think the whole key is to not keep all your eggs( guns:D ) in one place and be creative about camouflaging your hiding places. Travis hit the nail on the head, loose lips, sink ships:mad:

May 11, 2004, 04:52 PM
I can see this thread helping burglars in general because it might give them more ideas where to look for hidden guns, but I highly doubt you have to worry about a burglar showing up at your adress. People that worry about that really shouldn't be so paranoid.

Shanghai McCoy
May 11, 2004, 05:07 PM
As my esteemed colleague S O LABAN puts it ,loose lip DO sink ships.But I doubt if the smash and grab types are perusing The High Road looking for info.They get PLENTY of "education" in jail.Now,if the muggers started "shopping" by reading the anti gun letters to the editor in the Kansas City Red Star,well......:rolleyes:

R.H. Lee
May 11, 2004, 05:15 PM
I have hidden handguns under dirty laundry, under the bottom shelf of a bookcase or chest of drawers, and in the freezer under some tv dinners, but that's as creative as I get. I have yet to cut out the middle of a book for a pistol, that might work.

I like the golf bag for long guns, though.

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