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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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Those are some really clever ways to store your guns, with a bit of creativity I'm sure we can find even more ways to keep your guns hidden and if a burglar breaks into our home, we can "welcome" them as they deserve! :-)
All of this advice is great and all, but the best post here that I found is Fotoguy's. People, thieves already know about most if not all this stuff. Furthermore, they are reading this blog, too, I'm sure.
Had my house broken into a couple of times. Once by some teenagers, they took beer and all our addressed Christmas cards we were going to mail, they thought there might be money in them. Made a little mess of the kitchen and left. Took the police 1 days to figure out who it was, Real rocket scientists those kids.
Petty criminals steal prescriptions stereos and laptops and cameras, things in plain sight they can fence quickly. These guys are usually drug addicts and junkies and too stupid to look for the really valuable stuff that might be hidden.
The real B&E guys, that broke into my house the second time, they don't rob you. They attack your house. They want everything cash, drugs, firearms, coin collections, jewelry any item they can fence quickly for money. Once inside they disconnect your wi-fi or get into the basement and throw the master breaker switch to off. Now there is no electricity and no cameras to record them. They close your laptop, it has a camera too. Then they start an extremely fast systematic and through ransacking of your house. These guys are pros, they do this for a living it's their job, and they very are good at it.
They start in the bedrooms They go through every bedroom , strip the beds, flip the mattresses and box springs pull every draw out of every bureau turn it over to see if there is any money taped on the bottom of the draws paw through all the contents take anything of value. If they see ammo they know there is a gun somewhere in the house and they are hoping they come across it if not the fully recognize you may have it on your person so they probably won't spend a lot extra time looking for it. But these guys are so good and fast and so very, very through they will find almost anything you have "put in a safe place" They throw all the clothes on the floor pull everything off every shelf. They know what items of clothing have pockets, like a sport coat or suit jacket these they rifle or just lift to see if it feels like there is anything of significant weight in it, like if you hid your pistol there............it's now gone. They almost pay little or no attention to a jewelry box, they know anyone with a brain only puts cuff links and rhinestones in jewelry boxes, that is all you put in yours right?.
The bathrooms are next. The lid on the toilet is removed and checked for things taped to the backside of it or items hung inside.
The towels and medicine cabinet are all emptied and picked over quickly. Yes the dirty laundry hamper is dumped and so are the trash barrels. Some people hide things on the bottom of the trash barrels. They know this they know places you haven't dreamed of hiding things. They look in the washer and dryer. And yes they know about those hinged electrical, face plate boxes that some people put jewelry or the key to their lock box in, .time permitting they will find those too. In every room they remove every picture and mirror and look for a wall safe or money taped to the backside of a picture. They also pull every book out of every bookcase and they find the hidden guns and jewelry in those. Desks are over turned after all the drawers are dumped on the floor. If they do find a wall safe they will try the handle once, it is positively unbelievable how many people leave a safe unlocked either intentionally, too much trouble to remember the combination, or they just forget to lock it. If the safe looks expensive you probably have expensive items in it. They are like the Terminator, “they’ll be back”.
They go in the kitchen and dump every drawer on the floor. Empty the refridge, remove the kick plates from stoves and dishwashers and look underneath. They empty every kitchen cabinet they throw all plates dishes cups saucers on the floor. They are looking for jewelry, cash and firearms and this is the fastest method. Televisions and stereos are too big they want small specific items. They dump the flour, sugar, Bisquick mix on the floor because people put money and jewelry in those too.
In the living they throw every book on the floor and thing that night contain an item of value is either smashed or dumped so they see any valuable contents. They dump everything out on the floor they just don't care. They just want items of value and this the quickest way to get want. They proceed through every room of your house in 20 to 30 minutes or less they have just discovered every hiding place most people usually use to hide a ring, a gun or a some money. They usually turn over every piece of furniture too and look for duck tape over a slit in the bottom. They just found your other gun.
I can keep going but by now you should have figured out there is almost no place that you can hide something from these guys. Hidden compartments in basements and attics will sometimes work but if you're going to that much trouble just rent a safety deposit box. If you must keep valuable items in the house buy an expensive alarm system. Have anything of value appraised, record serial numbers, take pictures of it and call your insurance company and get riders for on everything of value in the house because your insurance generally only covers you for a fraction of the cost to replace expensive items. Just ask your agent how much you could claim $5000.00 worth of missing jewelry if your house burned down. Trust me, he won’t have good news for you, and it won’t be $5000.00 unless you had it appraised and a rider put on your jewelry.
Those of you using magnets, I purchased some magnets and had built a box to insert into my wall with a picture on hinges and everything. My plan was to open the picture, pull the gun from the magnets without snagging it on pegs or hooks. Then a good friend advised me that he had kept a gun hidden on magnets and they ended up ruining his barrel after storing his gun long term. I decided not to use this method and now have come great magnets that are currently not being used. Just something to consider, I would hate for anyones guns to be affected.
@Jedder77 From a physics/chemistry point of view, that's hard to understand unless we're talking about rusting from old soft iron magnets. Barrel distortion seems unlikely!
Modern neodymium ("super") magnets or vinyl-coated magnets should not be a problem; I use them for tools all the time.
Perhaps you could explain what problem arose.
How did a magnet ruin his barrel? I have several guns hanging from magnets, so would like to hear his story.
an improvement on #33:
cut the screws to 5mm, drill the screw holes in the frame for clearance, and glue the screw to the grille. Attach the whole assembly with neodymium magnets: it won't wiggle, but you can pull it straight out. If the frame is big enough, French Cleats could also work.
I would have to say the motion sensor 2000 lumen LED outdoor lights and my two dogs are my best weapon. They are Chihuahuas and very barky.
I just keep a 357 sig in my bedside stand, and a 12 gauge in the master bedroom closet....where I might hide out if broken into. And a 44 mag. carbine next to the recliner where I'm writing this...leaning up against and partly behind my wifes china cabinet...All weapons are chambered. I keep 00 buckshot in the remington shotgun. Best thing is to deter and not shoot. Shooting will bring you a whole bunch of trouble you don't want to have long after the shooting.
I've got a sectional sofa-couch thing (whatever they're actually called...). No one ever sits in all the way back, directly into the corner. You can pull the two back cushions apart just enough to fasten a magnet to the frame. So... now there's a Sig 226 in my couch... right there in the corner
I like French cleats to affix decorative wooden panels. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_cleat. Done correctly these cleats hold panels securely, the heavier the better, even cabinets. French cleats mounted in a 'V' shape secure panels against lateral movement.
Buy a clean and pristine paint can from any big box store. Ask the clerk at the store's paint desk to reprint a copy of the last paint label that their printer made. Peel the backing off and adhere that sticker to the top of your clean and never-used paint can. Take the labeled can back to your home and drop a pistol into it...
I keep my guns in a fire-rated gun safe. Big one in the bedroom and smaller ones with pistols, reloads throughout the house. At least one on each level and all bolted into structural framing.
Most of these suggestions are fine if all you are worried about is concealment. I'm more interested in protection and accessibility.
I don't own a gun, never had a need for one in all my 46 years. But I like some of these clever hiding places.
If you just want it hidden from thieves, look into "Self watering plant containers". You could easily turn any plant container into a false-bottom hide-away. Don't actually make a self-watering container, just use the same concept to make a hollow area underneath the soil. Maybe a large 3 or 4 quart tupperware buried beneath the soil. If you have several large plants in containers, who is going to start pulling out plants to look for a gun? (well, the cops will, but burglars won't.)
I'm sure you could make it so you can easily remove the plant and soil and replace it again. Or you can just rip the plant out when you need to get at it.
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 !!
@JD Are the "magnet bars" covered, or coated with anything to prevent scratching your guns?
I used a 24" magnet bar under my desk (works great) with the contact area covered with duct tape.
@eddd777 No, they aren't covered ... that's why Harbor Freight also sells duct tape and vinyl tool dip. ;-)
However, the ones I bought there barely hold my files vertically ... make sure that any you buy have sufficient hold for a firearm.
@RiellyOHanlon @eddd777 -- Generally speaking, magnets are often listed for sale with a strength rating in pounds. But that is for a vertical lift using the magnet. Divide by five for horizontal mounts. If you have a 3lb gun, and want to stick it to a wall with a magnet, you want at least 15lbs of grip.
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.
@coptician172 I'm also thinking that scattering so many firearms around the house is hardly a nice way to say "thank you" to the firefighters who might respond some night.
I think I might just have finally convinced myself to purchase a good gun safe because I can't think of a single one of our local firefighters I want to kill.
@RiellyOHanlon @coptician172 I work with the Fire department, and what in the world would a firefighter be looking for guns for? Guns do not kill, people kill. I don't know one firefighter who doesn't own guns and wouldn't know how to handle one if he came across one. I think you are just a little paranoid.
@HAM1 @RiellyOHanlon @coptician172 I think he is referring to a fire in the home with guns and ammo all over being the danger to the firemen. No one said firemen don't know how to handle finding a gun. Fire and excessive heat could cause the ammo to go off or explode, seriously injuring the responders.
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.
@RiellyOHanlon ...very old school!
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.
They also have infrared scanners (firemen use them to find people in buildings) and ground penetrating radar.
The ONLY 'safe" place is one that is not connected to you and thus isn't likely to be searched at all. I'd rather a stranger find it than someone whose intent is confiscation.
Note: during a confiscation raid, most of your firearms SHOULD be on site and available to confiscate. That makes your excuses for the missing arms much more palatable. "Parking lot sale" at a gun show is one plausible option as is having sold it to a former friend or to a senior citizen, now deceased. The obituaries are your friend. Memorize a couple names now to recite later. I DID sell a couple to a "senior citizen, now deceased" and his son refuses to sell them back to me or let me buy either of the firearms I made offers on while his Dad was still alive.
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.