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Displaying handguns in the home?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Saakee, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Saakee

    Saakee Well-Known Member

    All right, so when Longarms are displayed they're sometimes hung on hooks or racks or deer heads or in glass fronted gun cabinets but how does one display a handgun aside from in a shadow box or those magwell stands? I don't have a display worthy sidearm but it's been on my mind for the past few weeks.
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Well you could Google "handgun display cabinets" to get some ideas as to how it can be done, including some companies that make brackets and holders if you didn't want to go the cabinet route.

    Personally I'm not into openly displaying firearms in my home, but I could see having something like a small display cabinet in a private area, like a den or an office, of the house.
  3. HDCamel

    HDCamel Well-Known Member

    While my Dan Wesson is out of action (looking for a new cylinder-stop spring) it's hanging on my bedroom wall.
  4. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    My FIL uses small, stubby wood pegs. One under the barrel, and one in the trigger guard, behind the trigger. Hardly noticeable, and looks good.
  5. kayakersteve

    kayakersteve Well-Known Member

    Try ridgebackracks.com. Can display and be secure as well. I have for my long guns, but also make for handguns
  6. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

  7. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Walls are for oil paintings while gun safes are for guns.
  8. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    If you're going to display handguns (or any guns, for that matter) in the home, you need to have really good perimeter security, and really good screening of who comes in. Short of turning your home into a fortress, keep the guns out of sight. Sorry, but I'm paranoid about this. The only guns on open view in my house are two original flintlocks (and not particularly valuable ones at that).
  9. KC&97TA

    KC&97TA Well-Known Member

  10. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I had to give up one level of a book case but sure do like the results.

    I walk the whole rack to the safe when we're away.

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  11. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Your home is not the Smithsonian; keep the guns out of sight! That does not mean at least one cannot be very handy, just that guns be out of view of the casual visitor.

    There have been several cases in which a meter reader, telephone repairman, or plumber saw a gun in a home and panicked. At best the police come and harass the home owner; at worst, an anti-gun mayor like Bloomberg orders the SWAT team to riddle the house with bullets and kill everyone inside, just for the fun of it.

    Keep the guns out of sight.

  12. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    I'd be MUCH more worried about it being stolen. So long as you are not a restricted person, nor displaying a gun that is patently illegal there is no grounds for the police to come harass you. My guess is in most locals the police have much better things to do than to check up on a report of a, most likely, legally owned gun that was simply sitting in a display case in someones home. Typically, cops investigate reports of crime, not legal activity. They may come out for something that is ambiguous. If they knock on the door you can simply ask them to leave without so much as opening the door. They would be so far from probable cause, seeing as guns are legal to own and have in one's home, it is hard to over state it.

    Police: Knock, knock

    Home Owner: *through closed door* Who is it?

    Police: It's the police, may we have a word with you?

    HO: Do you have a warrant?

    Police: No, you are not in trouble or anything; we just want to talk to you for a minute

    HO: Am I free to leave?

    Police: Yes, but we just need to speak to you? i[Note if the say no they have seized you in violation of the 4th amendment.

    HO: No thank you. Please leave. Good day.

    I can deal with such "harassment." Much beyond that becomes a 4th amendment violation that be be dealt with more aggressively through proper legal channels by the home owner.

    Citation? Result of this panic?
  13. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Firstly, nobody should be able to peek into a window or door of your home and see anything. Secondly, it's your house, display your guns if you want to. I'm sorry but I have to disagree with the Chicken Littles and safety police, as usual. A firearm is not unlike any other object. Display it if you like, it's your business. My house was broken into 18 months ago and everything that would fit through the busted window was carried away but it was a new house and I had yet to move my guns into it. However, I refuse to give in to this level of paranoia.

    Been wanting to do a Civil War/Old West shadow box that will hang in my office.
  14. sean326

    sean326 Well-Known Member

    If I attached the pic correctly this is a phelps 45-70 revolver in my study.
    The display box I found online. It had to be tweaked a little, it wasn't designed
    For that size gun. The rounds in front of it are a 45-70 and a 44mag.

    Sorry it got turned sideways.

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  15. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    I remember being in a house where several black powder revolvers were on display. One was just on a stand in a glass curio cabinet alongside other non-gun knick knacks. Not a bad effect.

    The other two were more conspicuous - out on coffee tables or something, and I didn't like that as much. They were all repro guns that hadn't been fired much, if any, so they were all pretty clean.
  16. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    Actually it is in several respects. It is a lot like my power tools. They have a lot of utility and there is nothing inherently bad about them. However, the can cause harm in the wrong hands and are an item thieves seems to be attracted to. I don't like people seeing exactly where they are kept. I don't want kids getting a hold of them.

    So, your guns weren't stolen but for the fact you hadn't moved them in yet but you think folks that are worried their guns could be stolen are paranoid. Break ins sadly are not that uncommon. I had a break in, my guns were in a safe and as such I still have them all. If they weren't in the safe they would have certainly gone the way of my snowboard and TV, which I never saw again.

    The fact is many folks have a valuable enough gun collection that not getting a safe is just folly. Having a gun safe saved me many times its value. And that is to say nothing of sentimental value of a number of those guns.

    Being worried their could be a break in and taking measures against it is pretty far from paranoia. Statistically it is much more likely than say being a victim of a crime where you could use your gun for self defense, but how many of us carry. I guess you believe that is senseless paranoia as well.

    It may not apply to all of use, but in a number of states have child access prevention laws that may need to be accounted for.
  17. swathdiver

    swathdiver Well-Known Member

    The black powder community has display stands made for revolvers. You can get them from cabelas, midwayusa, possibleshop, jedediah-starr, etc.
  18. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Altering your life for fear of something statistically insignificant is what I have a problem with. And yes, I have $50,000 invested in my collection but I'll be damned if I'm going to let the criminal element dictate how I live my life. Yes, a safe is a good idea but do you put every single thing you own in a safe? No. Do you put your kitchen knives in a safe? No. Like I said, it is your own business. If you want to display your guns, do it. Any adult who is not a half wit knows the risks involved if there is a break-in. You run the risk of dying every time you get up in the morning and drive to work but you still go, correct?

    Not everybody has kids running around to be concerned with. Some folks just can't see past their own noses.
  19. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I aint skeered!

    As a matter of fact - it most certainly is. My very own tiny little museum with items which might otherwise be hidden away and not enjoyed as they are now.

    Aye gawd! It just occurred to me looking at the photos that I even have ammo displayed with some of the firearms. Not to worry Y'all. Zero and I mean Zeeero kids' access to my blasters.

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  20. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    You've got some good books too! ;)

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