Long Term Gun Storage.. Hit Hard Times

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Evergreen, Jul 19, 2019.

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  1. Evergreen

    Evergreen Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Fort Mill, SC
    I was wondering if anyone can give me suggestions of the best and safest places to store your firearms for a year or two. Sadly, I have become disabled from my many years of working in a small software business that required me to do 70-80 hour work weeks. I can no longer work long hours standing or sitting and I am going to be trying to launch my own software business from home. I recently built a lay-down computer workstation that allows me to work very long hours again. Sadly, due to company culture requirements and such, very few companies would allow a disabled guy like me to work laying down and I would be forced in the typical crowded desk environments or to use a standing-desk (even worse than sitting) and just wouldn't be able to cut it in the corporate environment. I also have little desire to work for big company and many times they force you to sign NDAs that make any entrepreneurial aspirations impossible. So, I am confident with enough time I will be able to get back on my feet and either find online software job or launch a software business , do freelancing or consulting.

    The sad part is I will be hurting financially while I try to get myself back on my feet. I am going to be probably relocating to Charlotte, NC area since they have a more affordable cost of living (but still not cheap) and the gun laws in North Carolina are decent enough. Unfortunately, Charlotte is a rather anti-gun city and I will be forced to have a roommate for a year or two so I can survive without being stuck living in some of the more ghetto neighborhoods of the city. Every roommate ad I responded to the people said they would not allow anyone with firearms to live in the house. It appears the discrimination against gun owners is worse than any other form and I guess unlike being a certain religion, etc your rights to own a gun are not so protected.

    I am pretty sure it will be impossible to find gun friendly roommates in the Charlotte area, so I will be probably forced to store my gun collection, which also includes ammo and other stuff. I'm wondering if anyone can give me suggestions of the best way I can store my firearms? I probably would want to access them for when I go shooting on the occasion, but probably would be mostly doing pistol shooting and my pistols would always stay with me, regardless of what the a-hole roommates demand. I have to protect myself and sorry others cannot respect that right. My main concerns are theft, rust and of course finding a facility that allows firearms and ammo to be stored. I'm not sure how I would go about that. I would assume, for example, many military people who go overseas and don't have family/friends to store them would also face this situation. SO, hopefully, there are others here who have been stuck in a similar situation with having to store their collection.

    I have no close friends/ family in my life anymore who can help me with this, so I am kind of on my own.

    I appreciate people's suggestions and help.
  2. hps1

    hps1 Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    I would think that a good place to start would be at one of the indoor shooting ranges in Charlotte??

    I suspect they rent/sell firearms and have secure storage in house. They might be willing to accomodate you or have some suggestions. At very least you would be in contact with other shooters/gun owners.

    Good luck.

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    NIGHTLORD40K Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    Nostramo (in absentia), Segmentum Ultima
    Approximately how many are we talking about and what mix of short/long guns?

    I would probably need a semi-trailer myself.......:D
  4. MistWolf

    MistWolf Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    I think you need to find a better class of potential room-mates. In any case, you need a good gun safe, if you don't already have one.
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  5. PWC

    PWC Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Central AZ
    I assume they are on safes. Try small indoor climate controlled storage facility. Cover with harbor freight moving pads.....don't ask, don't tell.
  6. BSA1

    BSA1 member

    Apr 20, 2011
    West of the Big Muddy, East of the Rockies and Nor
    Pawn Shop.

    Make minimum monthly payments and guns are kept stored in a secure, climate controlled building.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
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  7. Bfh_auto

    Bfh_auto Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    All my seldom fired guns get multiple coats of Johnson's paste wax inside and out.
    There are actual firearm waxes, but this works for me.
    I would look for a climate controlled storage that is only accessable through man doors. Put a good insurance policy on them just in case.
  8. luzyfuerza

    luzyfuerza Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    RKBA-Friendly Utah
    Terrible to hear about how work has affected you physically. Hopefully, your time away from the desk will allow you to recover, at least in part.

    Insurance coverage for the entire collection is a must. Protect the physical guns from water, humidity, and rust, but protect your investment through insurance. Most renters policies have very inexpensive riders that cover your guns against theft pretty much no matter where you have them stored. If your collection is small, then the cost of coverage may be included in the standard amount included in the basic policy.
  9. Ohen Cepel
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    Ohen Cepel Contributing Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Where they tell me to go
    I would post an ad for a firearm friendly roommate, has to be some out there. That would solve the issue in a better way and you get to keep your property.
  10. MihiT

    MihiT Member

    Mar 12, 2019
    Best wishes on your business endeavor, from what you've said, you sound like the kind of guy who can do well for himself. Just don't work yourself to an early grave.

    As to the guns, it's an entirely different world you live in compared to here, but I agree with finding a place that you can have them with you. If your roomies are that anti-gun then you're probably not going to get on well with them anyway.
    (Perhaps it's also an opportunity to rationalise the collection/hoard? and raise some cash?)
  11. rbernie
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    rbernie Contributing Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    I have had some guns in storage for close to two (2) decades now in VCI bags. I recently had cause to inspect some of them, and found them to be in exactly the same condition as I left them. VCI bags work.

    If you can find someplace with adequate fire/theft prevention, then bagging them up is my recommendation.
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  12. hdbiker

    hdbiker Member

    Jun 1, 2011
    Good luck with your issue !!!, I once had to store my collection in a rental storage shed for about a year. I cleaned and lubed every thing, coated with a light coat of gun oil, put in cases and they stored just fine . hdbiker
  13. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Hawkeye East
    Take them to a gunsmith. With turn around time they’ll be finished in a few years ;-). Honestly, I agree on finding a roommate who shares your feelings on the matter.

    Just last week I moved a friend who refused to discuss such matters and his firearms were carried into the house wrapped in bedding. With no way to lock them up I fear at some point a confrontation will ensue in place of the conversation that should have taken place.

    For those short periods when I could not keep mine with me they made a trip to my parents’ house, safes and all.
  14. RedlegRick

    RedlegRick Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    Make sure they have insurance and try to buy some for them yourself. Had a friend from school do that when he shipped out overseas.

    Place got hit one night and their insurance company flaked out on them. The guy ended up losing two rifles, a shotgun and two pistols. Ended up taking til the start of his second tour (Navy) before he saw a dime from it and never got it all back.
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