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Camouflage a safe in plain sight?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ddc, Jan 11, 2003.

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  1. ddc

    ddc Member

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    Hello!

    This is my first post on THR; I was an occasional poster (very occasional, mostly lurking) at TFL.

    I've got a gun safe sized about 60"x30"x24". Although it is bolted to the concrete slab in an alcove in the basement, it is out in plain sight for anyone that enters the alcove or even just walks by it.

    I'd like to hear what ideas you all might have as far as camouflaging it given that "out of sight is out of mind".

    I've considered walling off that portion of the alcove along with some sort of hidden door but I thought I'd see if someone had a clever, simpler solution.

    Thanks,
    Don.
     
  2. Betty

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    Well, I cover mine with the original cardboard box it came in - I cut out the back of the box, flipped it inside out so it didn't have the safe label on it, and took a black magic marker and wrote, "XMAS TREE" on it. Cardboard slips off like a sleeve. And then I pile storage junk on top, including old smelly sneakers, etc.
     
  3. Greg L

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    You could get an old refrigerator door and build a frame to mount it on to make it look like an old fridge. Runt's idea sounds easier though. :D

    Greg
     
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    That's pretty brilliant.
     
  5. sm

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    Grinning

    runt...I'll be, didn't know anyone else had done that;)

    buddy of mine took the table tennis table no longer in use, and broken, the way its suspended its looks like the typical packrat he is, his wife added the busted Chinese folding screen for her small safe...watch your step...;)
     
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    Run: just love the part about the old dirty sneakers....I do similar and pile dirty laundry on a horizontal safe with other crax on top as well.
    Its in the back of my closet and is a hands and knees affair to get to. Nevertheless...
     
  7. Gewehr98

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    Camouflage in plain view...

    If I hang clothes on the hanger rack in front of the contents inside:

    [​IMG]

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    But the padlock I normally put on the hasp would probably be a dead give-away. :(
     
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    Now, if you're really creative and have some time... :p

    If your safe is stored in a closet or or other convenient "storage type" area, you can cut up lots of smaller boxes instead of one big one like I did - and tape/tack your "faux stack of boxes" together so you can easily slip off your "sleeve". I figure lots of smaller boxes will look less noticeable than one gigantic one.

    Out the corners, tops, etc. of these "stacked boxes" you can have little bits of tinsel, a smelly old sock, and other nonvaluable items you'd normally keep in storage. Label the boxes "old clothes", "Xmas decor", etc. What burglar would go through all that garbage?
     
  9. ddc

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    runt,
    I kinda liked your first suggestion but this one is even better....
    Not bad, not bad at all.....
     
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    Well I think this thread also gives us a reason NOT to throw out old dirty sneakers, socks, boxes and whatnots?

    Q: I thought you were going to clean up and oranize this...this mess?

    A: This isn't clutter-it's camouflage. I mean would YOU dig through this junk to find something valuable? :D

    See, rationalization and procrastionation has a useful purpose.
     
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    Hey Gewehr98,

    What kind of stock is that on your Yugo?

    Warmest Regards
     
  12. Gewehr98

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    Oops, my stock is showing!

    :D

    It's a fiberglass www.nouglyguns.com SKS stock, that I fitted to the Yugo action. The pattern is East German Rain. I was too cheap to buy a Yugo SKS in the mint, unfired condition. The wood on the gun had seen better days, unfortunately.

    Here's a better look:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the look see,

    I thought it might be a nouglyguns stock, I was checking them out for my Yugo, just plain tan for mine being a desert dweller. Mine was/is in unissued perfect condition, and I don't want to thrash the wood ya know.

    Do they offer a new gas tube cover as part of the stock? I don't want to alter the original.

    Sorry for taking this off topic.

    Warmest regards,
     
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    BrokenPaw posted his real cool solution over on TFL a while back.

    a quick search turned up this thread: http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=129592&highlight=hidden+gun+safe

    Not sure the link to the video still works though.
     
  15. Gewehr98

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    Gas tube cover included.

    Easy to change out, much like an AK in that respect.;)
     
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    Before I bought steel ones, I had a couple of old uprite frezers in the garage..lockable...no guts, just guns. Three sets of fangs slept with em.
    Dan
     
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    Don't need to. I have a German Sheperd who thinks she's a wolf.
     
  18. shu

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    half high wall built into end of closet, covers safe.
    lacks being painted.
     

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    A friend of mine replaced his metal bed frame with a nice looking wooden "safe" that the mattresses fit on. He's a cabinet builder so it looks very nice.

    He has to take the mattresses off to get to into it from the top, but he keeps his "excess" guns in there that may only come out once a year or less.

    I'd seen the bed on several ocassions and never suspected what it held until I help him move a few years ago.
     
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    Someone else on another thread said to install it in an old shower stall and keep the curtain closed.:D
     
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    Get Some Plastic and Fashion it to look like a Refrigerator. Give the Plastic Covering "Doors" that your can open up and get access to your Door of your Gun Safe.

    Hmmmm...now why in the hell didn't I think of that!.

    Thanks for the Question..combined with a little Wine, it allowed me to have a creative thought.
     
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    Fridge box over safe. Cut corner down and just remove weight "junk" from top to open cardboard and then unlock safe. I bet over 100 people have walked right by my safe and never gave it a second look. :)
    BTW I took out floor support to see what else I need to move safe up on main level/bedroom. :)
     
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