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My new ammo storage solution

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by sleepyone, May 3, 2012.

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  1. sleepyone

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    My wife and I are going through the licensing process to foster to adopt, and one of the requirements is to have my ammo stored and locked in a separate location. They won't even let me lock my ammo separately in the same closet as my gun safe. I have always used ammo cans to store ammo and have accumulated many of them, which was going to make locking each one a hassle, and I would have to move them to a different closet anyway. My solution was to buy a locking truck box from Tractor Supply and only keep two ammo boxes for transporting. The box is all steel with three locking points and a waterproof seal. It was only $219. I actually like this solution better because I can do inventory at a glance and access all my ammo at once. And as you can see, I did not give up any "floor" storage space since it opens from the front instead of the top. The dimensions are 48"x18"x18"

    Hopefully, this helps others in a similar situation. BTW, I am selling my ammo cans under the Accessories thread.
     

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    Indicating the geographic location/legislative regime you are complying with would help the other members in a different situation to better grasp the nature of the legal compliance problem you are solving.
     
  3. crracer_712

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    Looks good. How did they react initially when they found out you had guns?
     
  4. loneviking

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    That's a good solution I hadn't thought of. I don't remember ever seeing a truck box that opens from the front here where I live. Gonna have to hunt one up....thanks!
     
  5. roadchoad

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    Not to knock your choice, it looks very sturdy, but wouldn't an $89 stack-on 8-gun turned on it's side do the same thing?
     
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    I use old gym lockers I bought for 10 bucks a piece.........
     
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    Are you saying that you can't even keep a loaded gun around? All the ammo and all the guns have to be locked up separately? How long must you comply with this rule?
     
  8. THowie

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    Excellent storage unit. Curious to know what it was designed to house...
     
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    I didn't think you could even have firearms in the house if you were planning to adopt. Do they inspect all of your firearms and ammo?
     
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    I'm also curious about the terms of the ammo/guns in the house....if you don't mind spilling those beans

    Great idea though if it works for you. Good luck on the adpotion.

    And nice boots ;)
     
  11. sleepyone

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    To answer several questions:
    I am in Texas. We are going through a private Christian-based agency that contracts with Texas CPS to place children in homes for fostering and adoption.

    In the old days, you could not own a single gun or round of ammo if you wanted to go through the state. Now, you just have to keep them locked up separately at all times. That is going to be a little hard for us since we both carry. I'm working through that one right now.

    I only have to comply until an adoption is finalized. That will take awhile though because we have to foster for at least six months before we can begin the adoption process. That is to make sure the kids like us and we like the kids!

    The box is really designed for the bed of a truck like a flush-mounted tool box. I guess I could have used an $89 gun safe on its side, but the shelves would not work, the front door would be much heavier and is designed to be opened vertically whereas this truck box had everything I wanted and nothing I didn't. I will get my money back on the sale of my extra ammo cans then it will have cost about $100.

    I also wanted something that looked nice since it is in my, and my wife's, closet and could be used for something else later on.

    I have to provide make, model, serial numbers for every gun. The only way to avoid that is to keep your guns outside your home in a shop or detached garage. We have a detached garage and several outbuildings, but I don't want to keep my guns in a building away from my home in a non-climate controlled environment.

    Finally, thanks for the boot compliment. Gotta wear boots if you want to live like a true Texan.

    Thanks for all your input!
     
  12. Mike Sr.

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    I love it, could even put another on top....great thinking outta the box solution..
     
  13. Owen Sparks

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    So how do you plan to protect the children in case of a home invasion if you can't lay hands on a loaded gun in a hurry?
     
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    In Florida, it is illegal for an adoption agency to even ask about firearms/ammunition, let alone required any conditions related to them.
     
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    Cool idea. Good luck with the adoption. Thanks for helping a kid out................ You wouldn't happen to work for tractor supply would you? hehe
     
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    That would work perfectly for what I need. Do you know how much weight it can handle? If I could mount it to a wall it would be the perfectt fit for my gunroom in process.
     
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    "You wouldn't happen to work for tractor supply would you? hehe"

    Nope, but I should have some of their stock!

    "So how do you plan to protect the children in case of a home invasion if you can't lay hands on a loaded gun in a hurry?"

    Well..... sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission, so I don't think I'm going to put myself or my family in that situation. I have to balance my desire to practice my 2A rights with my and my wife's desire to adopt a couple of boys. Life it not always as cut and dried as we would like it. This intrusion is only for a short time in the grand scheme of things.
     
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    Lot of charm in an over-engineered solution than one which folds from the load. Design margins are a good thing :) Seems like a good solution to the problem constraints presented.
     
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    Great idea and good luck with the adoption.

    Sorry to get off topic, but nice boots. The only thing I like better than Tony Lama is Sturm Ruger
     
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    I use that exact same size box! The only difference is mine was mounted under my semi trailer for about a year so it isn't as purdy.....but it serve the same purpose!
     
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    Make sure your box has some venting in it so in a fire the pressure is not allowed to build up until it becomes a bomb. Your fire dept. will thank you.
     
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    You didn't happen to get those online did you? I can't find any locally and the only ones I could find online were way more than $10.
     
  23. Jaxondog

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    I like it and think I may do the same thing. Thank's for sharing.
     
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    Never thought if that, it looks good for sure plus is easily stackable if you find the need to get another one. And nothin a table cloth wouldn't cover and make look like a bench to sit on and change the shoes too..
     
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    I like it.
     
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