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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by laktrash, Feb 6, 2010.

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  1. laktrash

    laktrash Member

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    What is the best method for storing hand guns in safe ? Should you store in open air, or gun rug, or orginal box ? Right now I'm doing a little bit of everything. But thought about buying some hard cases for some of the extras
     
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  2. leadcounsel

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    I store them in open air, vertically, in the rubber coated steel dish drying racks you can buy at Walmart for $5 each. Each one stores 8 handguns. Cheap & easy and compact.
     
  3. wrs840

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    I store mine in gun rugs or in holsters. The original boxes, (if I have them) are preserved separately in a big snap-lid plastic box on a high shelf in the garage, because they take up too much room in the safes.

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    That is a great idea though. I like it! :)

    Les
     
  4. RoostRider

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    Open air here.... I never store a gun in a case as a moisture preventative issue.

    If I had cases that resided just in the safe I'd feel OK about it, but if you take the case out shooting with the gun there is a very real chance that moisture may find its way in there and be trapped with your gun..... that's really bad even if only for a couple of days....

    I store my cases separate from my guns, so that I'll have more room for guns in the safe!!! :)
     
  5. The Bushmaster

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    I store my rifles uncased in the safe and in Doskosil gun cases when out of the safe. My handguns are stored in Doskosil cases in or out of the safe. I've been storing the hanguns in these cases for so long now that the foam is impregnated with gun oil and there is no rust problems. I've been told that if I store my handguns in these cases for an length of time that they will rust. I have a Colt SAA that I bought in 1966. It has been stored in one of these cases for years and has not had any rust problems at all. I take my handguns to the range and back to the safe in these cases with no problems. Even on rainy days. One must use common sense though and insure that they are dry when you use them for final storage.

    You say you store your handguns in holsters? I guess as long as the holsters are NOT leather that would be O K too...
     
  6. Rembrandt

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    I agree with Bushmaster, a little common sense and you shouldn't have any problems. Been storing mine in cases in the safe for over 20 years, also use them for transportation to-and-from the range.

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  7. gwnorth

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    I use bore store silicon impregnated gun socks or some Bob Allen Intercept pistol rugs (lined with Lucent Tech's Intercept anti corrosion lining).
     
  8. laktrash

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    I can plainly see I need to work on my organization skills. 95%+ of mine are never fired. I like the rack idea and storing cases elsewhere to free up space.
     
  9. rcmodel

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    Open air for me.

    I have seen far more rusty guns come out of rugs, cases and factory boxes then open-air guns combined.

    rc
     
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    I store all of my blued and nickel handguns in the silicone impregnated gun
    socks; then most are placed in the original factory box/case; before they
    enter the RSC~! ;) :D

    *Footnote- all of these weapons are lightly lubricated with Eezox or Break
    Free CLP, before storage. :)
     
  11. OcelotZ3

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    I'd need a large # of large safes to store them in cases or rugs.

    Open-air only for me.
     
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    Open air storage in the safe for me.
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  13. RoostRider

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    Never thought I would say this but.... dude, nice rack
     
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    Hmmm, that does sound just a little weird.
     
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    I try to use manufacture's cases if they're plastic with no foam. I never store them long term in anything foam, cloth, or leather.

    What I have considered though is taking the padded cases and throwing down a layer of wax paper on each side before storing the gun. That should add a barrier to any moisture contacting the gun's surface. Haven't actually done this aside from thinking about it though.
     
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    Zebraranger - did you buy that or build it? Looks like a pretty nice setup :).
     
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    Rembrandt... wow. Just wow. What's the white material (looks like regular styrofoam)? Did you cut those spaces in the foam(?) yourself? Impressive.
     
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    i have 3 condition 1 ready 1911 in individual secured cases (gun-vault) located in diffrent parts of the house with same codes and only me and my wife knows it.
     
  19. laktrash

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    leadcounsel what kind of racks are you talking about at walmart ?
     
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    Not Styrofoam but ethafoam.....same material used for archery targets. Does not absorb moisture, very tough material. Used a router bit and drill press to cut the reliefs.

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    The dish rack thing is a good idea and works great, my WalMart doesn't have them anymore so I just pile the rest in loose.
    Always buy bigger safes than you think you need.
     
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    I use an expandable Rubbermaid rack in my safe, though it isn't the one pictured below as I've got it wedged pretty tight in there and I'm too lazy to remove it to photograph it.

    Though I slightly prefer the Rubbermaid expandable rack with it's slightly wider spacing, the Wal-Mart brand Mainstays expandable rack pictured below works quite well also. Either costs less than $10. The only issue I had was that I needed to cut about 2 1/8" off the legs to provide adequate clearance height wise. And it may not work well with fat double stack autos, though it works great with my 4" S&W N Frame Model 28 (far left) and 5.5" Ruger Redhawk (not pictured).


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  24. Zebraranger

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    Mgmorden thanks, Yes I build them. Check out my signature.
     
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