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Where have you stashed a handgun in your home or car that you feel is an especially clever stashing place?
Here is a list from a very popular internet thread where all these ideas are collecting.
- Empty cereal box in pantry, back when I lived in the ‘hood’. Was hoping thieves wouldn’t be hungry! Kaboom cereal in Kill Bill
- Hanging upside down from a hook under the bathroom cabinet, just above the door. Inside a closet (not a walk-in) up over the door. Most closets are “shallow” and while a Burglar might go thru your clothes and items on shelving, he probably won’t look straight-up over his head.
- Behind a decorative blanket hung like a cheap tapestry
- Non-locking hideaway picture frame.
- False bottom in bedside drawer.
- Fake electrical outlets.
- Some folks split the upholstery seam on the rear of the passenger’s seat toward the driver–insert a small holster and appropriate handgun, sew Velcro on the seams to reseal.
- Along with my storm door, my main entry door is steel with only a small window at the top. I have a nylon holster with my Colt Detective Special velcroed to the inside of the door, just above the doorknob, canted toward me about 45 degrees, when I open it. I can open the door to someone, & they never know my hand is just inches from a weapon. Should I invite them in, I simply close the storm door and leave the main door open, which puts the gun back against a wall and is never seen by a guest.
- At my desk is a scanner. It has no guts. Lift up the top, and remove handgun.
- A good method in general when you’re away from your home is to take whatever you want to hide, stash it in a garbage bag, and put it amongst dirty clothes. NO ONE looks through dirty clothes…unless they’re a perv…then they’re not usually looking to rob you in that case.
- On the road, usually hide them in with my dirty underwear…… Go ahead, grab yourself a big handful of that!
- One day when I was replacing the sagging cloth under the couch (you know, the flimsy cloth that covers the couch’s framework?), and realized it would be a great hiding spot. I was surprised by how much room there is under there. I got the dremel and hack saw out and after a little work; I made a horizontal system of hooks with belt fasteners (actually milsurp canvas belts) that can hold four rifles lengthwise. I also made a small wooden cubby-hole and screwed it to the framework near the arm rest. That’s where my barbeque revolvers go. Now it’s not a practical place to store your “go-to” weapons, but it is very discreet place to store your valuable rifles. I attached Velcro along the cloth and underside of the couch so all you have to do is flip the couch back, undo the Velcro and you have full access to your hidden rifles. It’s funny to have guests sitting on your couch, clueless to the fact that they’ve got four rifles and two S&W’s 9″ from their butts.
- The Sportsman guide has a wall clock that opens up to store a med. to small handgun in. Runs about $55 after shipping. And the clock works!
- Back when I lived in Chicago I used to keep a fairly short, folding-stock 12ga situated diagonally in a clean extra-extra large pizza box lodged between my trashcan and my kitchen cabinets. It looked like it was just trash waiting for trash-day…
- In the closet, on a CHEAP plastic hanger (easily broken), (through the trigger guard, no round in chamber), covered with a button up shirt.
- Under the towels in the master bath.
- I met a woman today who’s designing a holster for a derringer that will go between her uh………….mammary glands……
- In an inside jacket pocket on a jacket on a hook in the closet.
- Under the skirt of a spare toilet paper girl in master bath where no guests go.
- My brother in law hid his revolver in the brown paper grocery bags that he had folded next to his refrigerator — you know how they get stuck in that space between the cabinet and fridge. He put it in a bag and folded it up.
- Between the window curtains and the wall above the windows. Can’t be seen from the outside and if your curtains are heavy, can’t be seen from the inside. Yet the gun can remain on a hook just waiting to be used.
- I used to have a 12 gauge in a soft gun case hanging from a hook, centered on the back of my bedroom door. I would then throw/tuck/hang a flannel robe over it. I kept the door open, so no one ever noticed the added “heft” of the door.
- Inside a trophy. If you lift up the brass plate it’s hollow inside. If it’s big enough, anyway. This one was one of my parent’s bowling trophies.
- I used to keep an old Colt Police Positive in a Ziploc bag under some frozen veggies in my freezer. Can still shoot thru the bag…if ya need to…
- I bought a good-sized pistol safe (a foot square, or a little bigger) that uses a credit card swipe to open electronically. I use an outdated credit card for it. I have the card hidden nearby, in a place that I don’t think anyone could accidentally find. Yet, it’s so close, that I’m positive that I can grab the card and swipe it faster than I could punch in a combo, even on a finger touch safe. It was less than $100 as well. You could carry a backup identical card in your wallet. Fingerprint ones now too.
- Old shoebox under the bed at night. Gun safe when I leave the house during the daytime.
- I did this at home and it works great! A typical nightstand or dresser has room between the drawers and the outer paneling. This opening is the thickness of the frame of the cabinet. I removed the bottom drawer, drilled a hole in front of the rear frame and inserted a wooden peg so that the gun is along the side of the cabinet. The peg is on an angle so that when the barrel is fully seated it creates a slight interference with the bottom of the opening. I have a Ruger SP101 .357 that fits perfectly onto the peg and is held tightly. The drawer can be pulled out and dumped, the whole nightstand could be dumped forward and the gun stays tightly in place. I know it is there and because I shoot it almost every weekend and can grab it without looking, however a bad guy would have to get down on all fours and shine a flashlight into the open to see it.
- How about behind a vent or cold air return? Before I got a safe, I would put a cased pistol in the vent work. I placed it out of sight, so if they pulled off the vent cover, they couldn’t see it. The cold air return was next to the bed, so it was easy to get to in the night.
- Dancers carry dance bags for shoes. One side pocket is exclusively reserved for a loaded Glock 29 in 10mm that is put inside a Fobus belt holster. This obviates any danger of putting a finger inside the trigger guard while withdrawing the handgun.
- I use a small CD wallet to keep my trusty little Kel-Tec 380 and a reload in. Makes for a handy place to slip the pistol and holster into when I have to take it out of my pocket for a little while or while I’m driving…stick it right between the seat and console so it’s more accessible than being in my pocket.
- I bought a/c grills at my old house and made boxes 4″ deep to fit in the stud walls, and placed them up towards the ceiling line like the old wall registers. That way they were high enough the boys couldn’t reach them but low enough my wife could. The grill stayed on with a rubber band. Was there 11 years and no one ever knew.
- Ever thought of using an electrical box? I keep a spare set of keys in a dummy electrical disconnect box outside my house.
- A/C vents/ducts/intakes. Usually A/C vents are mounted high and require a stool or ladder to get access. Unscrew panel, tuck in gun, replace panel.
- While most of my firearms are in my safe, I have the usual few scattered out and hidden in strategic locations similar to those already mentioned. To add confusion to the would be thief, I give him what he wants, upfront. To “express myself” I have several desirable nonfunctioning/unloaded firearms in plain sight as an art form. Upon arriving home, it’s easy to see if any of these are moved or missing, which would indicate that someone unwelcome has entered my home. If any of my “indicator guns” where disturbed/missing upon my arrival, I’d back out and call the Sheriff.
- Another one that I have seen but not used is a hollowed out water heater complete with pipes that disappear into the wall. The door is hidden on the back side.
- I keep a 1911 in an old boot that is with a bunch of other shoes on the floor of my closet.
- I collect beer steins, and have a Davis 22mag derringer in my favorite one.
- In a special place buried outside, just in case I come back to the house unarmed and have to defend it.
- When we had tiling installed, I specifically created a false tile. Get on the floor? Sure, can you turn around for a second?
- Pull the carpet back, grab a hammer & chisel and get to work!
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Keep one strapped to your side and on the night stand as you sleep...no need to hide one for immediate use. Store all the others in a safe except for those that you will need in an SHTF situation then bury them away from you house in a place only you know after treating them properly and sealing them from moisture.
I keep an old .38 S&W Snub in my kitchen cabinet behind the plates. It can't be seen because they are stacked 12 high and 5 plates can be removed before the top of the gun is revieled They are the cheap plastic ones so I don't think a criminal is going to take the time and effort to steal a bunch of bulky plates the might fetch him 2 or 3 dollars.
In the joist spaces under the stair landing. My stairs turned 90 degrees at the landing, with two steps to the floor. The bottom stair was a rounded skirt kick board. Pry the tread up, pry the skirt off or cut the nails. Now you have 2-3 joist spaces. Put spring hooks on skirt and eye screws on joist to hold skirt in place. Mount two pieces of flat metal along back edge of tread to hook under upper kick board. On bottom of tread mount two cabinet catches, either magnet, or better roller catches. I stored rifles in hard sided rifle cases in those spaces. The other joist spaces on the top level of the landing were accessible from a closet behind wainscoating.
I don't hide shit. If you come to my house un invited you will face a very unimpressed 100lb
German Shepard. I will then have all the warning and time to be fully armed and ready. Listen to the dog he is giving you the best advice....leave
I use the new quick grip holsters, have them all around the house, love them thangs! Aint nothing faster than them when ya need quick access to your gun
i usually have a number of "indicators" set in plain sight. in addition, i have used most of these, and other, ideas for hiding firearms. some are completely non-working. some are working, but completely unloaded. others are unloaded with ammo in another, nearby hiding area. i have one that is always loaded, and ready to fire. my trusty beretta 92fs. bought it the day i turned 21, and its been my main sidearm ever since. i either hide it in a certain area near my bed, and within reach (i can grab it in 1.23 seconds, ive timed it. less than 5 if i'm asleep). if i'm out and about, it stays on my person at all times. if i have to go into a building that doesn't allow guns, then i have a hidden holster for it under my driver seat. and only 3 people know where ALL my guns are, and the condition of them all. those 3 are myself, my fiance, and my best friend. anyone else that come in, and finds one is playing russian roulette. (don't worry, they are all out of reach, or otherwise inaccessible by my daughter. i take safety VERY seriously)
Harbor Freight --- 12 inch long bar magnet for a few dollars--screwed under the End Table next to my Lazy Boy recliner--holds my S&W 9MM sideways just fine---can be reached from a sitting or reclined position with no problem--MUCH cheaper that buying those "gun magnets" advertised in the gum magazines !!
I use #2 Judiciously. I have both a Beretta 952 Brigadier and a Yugo M59/66 (Loaded with JSP) hanging above my sliding closet doors.
One thing I haven't seen considered; If you're going to hide multiple weapons in your house, you need to plan for their retrieval and safekeeping in the event of your death. A spouse or trusted friend needs to know that guns are hidden. A list of locations kept in a safe with access by that trusted someone could prevent a tragedy years after you're gone.
While ding some sheetrock patch at the house I nailed a 2x4 (horizontally) between the studs, placed a revolver on it and finished patching and painting. It was right at shoulder height and in a central location. Need a gun? Punch through the sheet rock,
Between the box springs and mattress there lies a 2X10 with bicycle hooks screwed into the side. On these hooks lie my 12 gauge. Covers hide it from site. Easy to grab in the night if need be.
Basically none of these places are safe anymore. Burglars now know to look there. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why they opened my scanner and printer paper tray. Now I know.
Mounted a blackhawk serpa with quick disconnect on the back of my headboard. Makes it easy to reach over the headboard and grab if I need it in a hurry.
I lived in a house that got raided in Laurel Maryland back in the 80's. Your hiding spots are OK for a Burglar, But Cops are better than you give them credit for. And they even tossed the couch and would have found anything in it. .. Just a FYI.. And I'm sure the "Hired Goons" have gotten better since then..
There are places you can hide them. Unfortunately most have been thought of.
Thinking of a spot for robberies is much easier than spots to hide from confiscation. If the Police come, they better be buried in the yard, or built into the wall.. And if the Dry wall looks suspiciously they will tear it down.. These are people who are very well trained to do their job.. Walls are not easy access for defense, //but if it is an older piece. I would say hide it or lose it. Gun grabbers are coming..
@Notthead46 Cops use metal detectors now, wall hiding in sheetrock don't work.
another idea is to just store them in the walls, if you live in a mobile home they are panels bolted to the wall sometimes, its mostly in the bathroom so you're gonna have problems with moisture but if you do it in your bedroom and cover it up with your bet it would work great, maybe even come up with a way to remove the panel quicker
Hey anybody who knows, I have a magnetic knife rack/tool rack holding my pistol grip 12 Ga. cleanly out of the way in my headboard.
Is that magnet a bad idea on the shot gun
@SLC Blaze as long as it isn't an extremely strong magnet it shouldn't cause any problems
I keep a USP in the side of my bed. Sits perfectly in the space between the mattress and the wooden bed frame. The sheets naturally hang over it when the bed is made and it's on the far side from the door.
Hide guns in the wall: When you are doing some drywall work, cut out a section large enough to grab a gun through in a place where no one is going to lean (ie: below the switchplate next to an entry door), place a revolver or small gun on a nail hook within reach, then glue the old drywall to some patch tape, mud it to the wall, and texture & paint to match. To retrieve the gun, just punch through the patch.
@cathos I have done this and it works very well. Do not forget to put a cotton ball in the end of the barrel to keep dust and crap out of the bore. It really gets dusty in between walls. Don't pack the cotton just a bit in the end to keep out dirt.
Along the lines of the hollowed out book idea, hollow out several dvd cases with the labels still on, glue them together, should be able to fit a mid sized auto or revolver. A holster glued to the bottom of the toilet tank lid. A holster strapped to the back of the bottom of a sink. A holster zip tied to the springs on the bottom of the seat of a car. Flour or sugar canister on the kitchen counter, in a ziplock, with said flour or sugar on top should be good for a compact. Under false floor boards under a large piece of furniture. A pile of large pvc drain pipe in basement or garage, with a marine shotgun in a tube deep in one of the pipes at the bottom. A false hard water treatment system, pipes disappearing into the walls, the tops all screw off to change the filtration media, hide whatever you wamt in there, some may even be large enough for an ar 15. Inside any number of non functioning, gutted appliances, space heaters, etc. Under insulation in your attic. My house has in wall, shallow cabinets in the bathroom. False bottoms would make hiding anything a snap. A piece of soffitt on a low hanging eave that is easily removable, in a holster, in a ziplock bag. In a large pan in a kitchen cabinet, with a couple slightly smaller pans stacked side it. Not all of these are good, or viable with children on the house, but most will work.
I love to read and have always liked the idea of hollow books as hiding places for all sorts of items. Hollow book hideaways are a fun project, low cost and as long as you choose books similar to books you actually read they wont stand out on the shelf, or piled on the floor. Only you know which one is the right one.
@Skillshot War & Peace is about the right size :)
All these different hiding places. I carry in plain sight. A CZ-82, well holstered, out in the open for all the Honest World to see. I do not have to worry if I have a weapon, or where it is.
1. In my pond filter, It's so funny that my friends cleans it every week and never knew about it!
2. In my chicken coop, in the feeder. If a robber comes into the coop while i'm in there, you better watch out!
41. If you happen to have a metal desk or drawer, etc. I sealed a few magnets with wiring heat shrink wrap, then attach my Glock to the magnet and stick the magnet right under my desk under my mouse pad. You can attach a gun this way to any steel surface. If you want to use a magnet to attach a gun to a non-metal surface, use electrical tape instead of heat shrink wrap, and wrap the magnets to a paint stirring stick, then leave enough room on either side of the wood from the stick so you can attach the stick with screws or velcro.
I use a strong magnet that is attached to the underside of my office desk to hold my XD-40M in place. It is turned so that I have a perfect grip without having to look as I reach under the desk top.
In the corner behind the desk is an AK-47 with a old sock over the muzzle. I keep another AK_47 M70 ABUF in the gunroom closet, just inside and to the left of the door, hidden from view, but easy and quick to reach.
In my SUV I have a nylon pommel/saddle bag. The center hole fits over the floor gear shift in the center and two bags, one on each side hangs down. Each of the bags has a velcro flap cover. The right bag contains my XD-40SC in a fobus holster and an extra mag. The left bag under my right calf when seat behind the wheel, has a mag pouch with 6 extra full mags.
I have the hideaway clock from Sportsman's Guide, in my master BR and it holds my Glock 23.
A Mossberg 500 sits behind the master bathroom door, which is open most of the time, hiding the shotgun.
I have a remote caddy that is a sort of smaller saddle bag that drapes over my recliner arm rest. In the deep pocket, I have my Ruger SP-101 in .357 Mag, nestled inside a folded copy of Guns & Ammo.
At the back door, (most commonly used entrance), I have a Kel-Tec P-11 in a folded wash cloth just inside the cabinet over the washer. This cabinet is shoulder high on the left side of the entrance door.
Last but not least, my EDC is the Kel-Tec P3AT which rides in my right front pocket, in a soft Elite Survival Systems holster. Just enough to keep the trigger covered, with a rubbery outside that grips the inside of my pocket and keeps the holster still and upright during a draw or normal movement.
Disclaimer: My wife and I live alone now, but any of these firearms that would be reached by a child are moved and secured out of reach during visits.
Place in an old smashed glass computer monitor sitting in the garage on the floor. Inside a vacuum bag in an old broken vacuum, the uglier the better. Store in a tall oatmeal cardboard container wrapped in plastic. Under the seat of your exercise bike, see there there is a use for that exercise bike! Under your lawn mower in the garage. Inside a detergent box in the laundry room wrapped in plastic. Some teddy bears have recorders inside the back with a zipper, remove works and display it on a rocking chair, the older the better. It will look like a childhood keepsake. Under your dog's food dish.
Lengths of rebar or steel pipe buried in the ground (or hidden in walls) should leave a metal detector signature similar to a gun barrel.
I wouldn't expect too many thieves to go around hunting for guns with a metal detector. Most are desperate and want to be in and out in a few minutes. They don't have the money to get a metal detector - that's why their stealing stuff in the first place. For those that are more determined and methodical, we can only hope to delay and frustrate them long enough that they decide to go elsewhere.
If you want it concealed, you can place it in an opaque tupperware container. For even better concealment, place the gun in a small tupperware container and place that inside a larger container and cover it completely with the unappetizing leftovers of your choice. Who's gonna root through old casserole for a gun?
I haven't tried this (yet), but it occurs to me that a small notebook or journal with a closure device (like a Moleskine notebook) would be even better than a regular hollowed out book. The closure prevents the book from accidentally opening, you could carry it anywhere without arousing suspicion, and if anyone asked to see it, you wouldn't be out of place explaining that the contents are personal and you'd rather not share.
Since my kids went on vacation at foster care I sold their toys and started stashing some of my loaded guns in their toy boxes that Legos and dolls came in, I keep these sitting on the floor int he front room. If I need them to take on the man, they'll never see this coming.
When I would leave on Vacations in the "Gun Rack" days before a safe I would put my 4 rifles into a stow away sofa bed. Open the bed, place the rifles on the matress then close the bed! Rifles stayed perfectly hidden and in their "Padded Hiding Place". I also had a false toe kick under a cabinet I made to hide the handguns that was held on with magnetic cabinet door latches.
I went to Hobby Lobby and found a fake book titled LIVE. My .45 and an extra mag fit perfectly. Sits right on my table next to my bed. Or anywhere else in the house.
I keep my XDm .40 in a Gunvault mounted to the back of my very large nightstand. It's mounted vertically, flush with the top, but I have one of those valet/organizer things that has the cell phone charger built into it right in front. So you can't see the gunvault unless you lean over the nightstand and look down. I really don't care if anyone sees it, because it only has a gun in it at night when I'm sleeping. Otherwise, I'm carrying it. If I'm flying for work or whatever, the pistol goes in the BIG safe, which is in a hidden room in the basement. Remember, merely being out of sight is the best security. A gun in a place nobody would ever look is far safer than in a big safe everyone can see. So I combined both. :)
Heaven forbid some of your homes should catch on fire! I wouldn't want to be a firefighter within 1/2 mile of some of those stashes.
I keep a Beretta 9mm behind my headboard of my bed (in a small cradle), at a place that I can easily grab it while in bed. Every morning it goes into a quick-safe strapped to my bed frame. Eventually, I will lift up some carpet and put the safe under some floor boards just under my bed so that no one could easily detect the opening in the carpet. Or maybe put a bed-side throw rug over it.
PS- I love the MV500 GunVault Microvault Portable Pistol Safe. It has thousands of possible combinations based on four finger touch buttons. Not just one button at a time, so it is almost impossible to crack the combination. I use it daily so that the combination in embedded in my brain and I can open it very quickly.
I keep a Beretta 9mm behind my headboard of my bed (in a small cradle), at a place that I can easily grab it while in bed. Every morning it goes into a quick-safe strapped to my bed frame. Eventually, I will lift up some carpet and put the safe under some floor boards just under my bed so that no one could easily detect the opening in the carpet. Or maybe put a bed-side throw rug over it. PS- I love the MV500 GunVault Microvault Portable Pistol Safe. It has thousands of possible combinations based on four finger touch buttons. Not just one button at a time, so it is almost impossible to crack the combination. I use it daily so that the combination in embedded in my brain and I can open it very quickly.