1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Long term storage of firearms for deployment (1 year)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ClosetCaseNerd, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. I made a thread about this at another board and was recommended this:

    Brownells rust inhibitor and storage bags

    Is there better chemical alternatives? I was planning on coating the firearms in Eezox as well as using the rust vapor inhibitors. Unfortunately I don't have any close friends that are "gun guys" that I trust to clean my firearms during deployment, so the guns will be untouched for a year at least. I don't own a gun safe, only a "cabinet" if you will.

    So, what are the best products for my task? I'm all ears!
  2. tank mechanic

    tank mechanic Well-Known Member

    I just throroughly cleaned mine and lubed them up with an aerosol lube. Perfectly fine after a year and I will do the same when I leave again next month.

    I wouldn't bother going out and buy anything fancy. I just used what I had on hand and it worked fine.
  3. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Well-Known Member

    When I was at Ft. Leonard Wood for 21 weeks, I just stored my guns in their original foam padded cases. I just cleaned them all real well, and oiled them with Remoil, inside and out. When I got back I just cleaned and reoiled them again. No rust, no corrosion.
  4. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    i have deployed twice and i did the same thing both times, went through them put heavy coats of militec on the inside and wiped them down on the outside with g96, keeps em protected and they smell great when you get back and take em out the first time. i leave mine in there cases or after market cases that i have aquired over time.

    btw welcome to thr brother.great to see more military types here.
  5. MisterPX

    MisterPX Well-Known Member

    When I dep'd, I gave tehm to freinds to take care of. SInce you don't have that option, my plan B was to heavily coat with CLP.
  6. Richbaker

    Richbaker Well-Known Member

    DON'T store them in foam...it can retain moisture and cause rust!
  7. The-Fly

    The-Fly Well-Known Member

  8. jamesb

    jamesb Well-Known Member

    I deployed for 15 months. Before I left I cleaned my guns and gave them a heavier than normal coating of hoppe's lubricating oil. No rust when I got home.
  9. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    My brother, for several years, layered his on platforms in a wooden footlocker. NO chemicals, etc. They were fine after his 3 years away from home.
  10. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    "i have deployed twice and i did the same thing both times, went through them put heavy coats of militec on the inside...."

    i have been gone from the US as long as two years at a stretch. i lube my guns inside and outside with Militec and do not worry about them. Militec is really good stuff.
  11. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    I have a number of guns. I will not mention the number.

    I try to clean and oil them at least once a year, more often if I actually get top shoot them.

    I have not had any rust or other issues just using normal light oil.

    You might want to get some gun socks. They are a fabric sack treated with some kind of silicone or something. They seem to work pretty nice.
  12. halvey

    halvey Well-Known Member

    I hear that Renissance Gun Wax is the deal. I've never tried it, but I do have a small can of it. All the double gun guys use it, and you know, those guys don't shoot all those guns all the time :). So if they put it on $10,000 guns, I'd trust it.
  13. cslinger

    cslinger Well-Known Member

    As long as they are stored in a climate controlled place such as a house or what not I cannot imagine you haveing any problems with simply cleaning, giving a liberal coat of your oil of choice and locking them up. I have firearms that I haven't handled in a year or so that show no issues what so ever.

    Do not store in foam anything, as the other poster said this can retain moisture and cause rust.

  14. GunTech

    GunTech Well-Known Member

    If you know someone with a seal-a-meal, just light lube and vacuum seal. You can also buy silica gel packs, or fill with dry nitrogen.
  15. eflatminor

    eflatminor Well-Known Member

    Lots of options

    The easiest, and I think the best method is to clean the weapons as you normally would and then leave a coating of oil in the barrel. I just picked up several rifles that were in storage for over 15 years. I just cleaned out the oil of the barrel and everything was good to go.
  16. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

    Over the past 30 years i've stored guns away and sometimes didn't check them out for several years.I just cleaned and put a lite coating of oil in the barrel and used a Silicone cloth on the exposed parts,--no problems.
    And thanks to those of you who have deployed for us,God bless you.
  17. fixyurgun

    fixyurgun Well-Known Member

    I just inspected a browning citori o/u that was stored 3 years ago. It was coated with RIG inside & out (not on the wood) and sealed in the bronwnells bag. Gun looks just like it did when we put it up.A year will be a cinch. jim
  18. CletusFudd

    CletusFudd Well-Known Member

    I bought some corrosionx and it works great. I live in Colorado now so rust isn't near the problem it was in Tennessee. I went down to the tractor store and bought some spray on the John Deere uses when they ship tractors overseas. I can't remember the name of it but the firearms I have stored haven't rusted in eight years.
  19. Josh Aston

    Josh Aston Well-Known Member

    I just left mine in my safe which was being stored in a heated storage unit. No problems when I got back.
  20. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    One year isn't really that long.

    It will depend more on whether you live in a high-humidity environment or near the ocean. If you will be leaving firearms in a wet environment, then more care should be given such as rust inhibitors or dessicants, but if you don't then standard treatment with conventional protectants (NOT lubricant) such as RIG should be fine.

Share This Page