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40 Unique Places to Stash Firearms

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Today’s article comes to you from the ITS Forums via Doc of RSKTKR Consulting. We thought this was such a great topic that we wanted to throw it up as a main article.

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.

Hiding Places

  1. Empty cereal box in pantry, back when I lived in the ‘hood’. Was hoping thieves wouldn’t be hungry! Kaboom cereal in Kill Bill
  2. 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.
  3. Behind a decorative blanket hung like a cheap tapestry
  4. Non-locking hideaway picture frame.
  5. False bottom in bedside drawer.
  6. Fake electrical outlets.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. At my desk is a scanner. It has no guts. Lift up the top, and remove handgun.
  10. 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.
  11. On the road, usually hide them in with my dirty underwear…… Go ahead, grab yourself a big handful of that!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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…
  15. In the closet, on a CHEAP plastic hanger (easily broken), (through the trigger guard, no round in chamber), covered with a button up shirt.
  16. Under the towels in the master bath.
  17. I met a woman today who’s designing a holster for a derringer that will go between her uh………….mammary glands……
  18. In an inside jacket pocket on a jacket on a hook in the closet.
  19. Under the skirt of a spare toilet paper girl in master bath where no guests go.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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…
  25. 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.
  26. Old shoebox under the bed at night. Gun safe when I leave the house during the daytime.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Ever thought of using an electrical box? I keep a spare set of keys in a dummy electrical disconnect box outside my house.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. I keep a 1911 in an old boot that is with a bunch of other shoes on the floor of my closet.
  37. I collect beer steins, and have a Davis 22mag derringer in my favorite one.
  38. In a special place buried outside, just in case I come back to the house unarmed and have to defend it.
  39. When we had tiling installed, I specifically created a false tile. Get on the floor? Sure, can you turn around for a second?
  40. Pull the carpet back, grab a hammer & chisel and get to work!

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  • David

    In response to number 17: British Princess Diana’s female bodyguards had a specially made holster pocket in the cleavage of their ball gowns and party frocks

  • wmcamp0

    I keep one in the back of my silverware drawer in the kitchen, and a small derringer in an otterbox in my toilet tank.

  • Jim

    I bought a Jeep Cherokee at am Auto Salvage Auction last year, the airbag had been deployed, so when we fixed the truck, I just ordered an airbag cover, I keep a Keltec velcro’d inside…

    • josh

      …so if you get into a crash..instead of an airbag inflating that might save your life, a pistol is going to pop out of your steering wheel. genius. give this man a round of applause.

    • fred

      Actually if he got into a crash, nothing would happen. There’s not some big spring behind the airbag that makes it ka-boing out. While getting rid of the airbag might not be the smartest call ever, he’s not going to end up with a gun to the face.

    • A single barrel shot gun can be stashed inside of a cardboard box marked “spares”, and the box can then be stored in an empty compartment of a VAX 11/750 mainframe computer, or so I’ve been told.

  • GGR

    Love the list. Lots of great ideas. On #33 be cautious as a smart criminal might try to disconnect your power before breaking into the home. I like the idea though, so you might switch it out for a bird house instead. Recommend that you use a waterproof map bag. You can add rice to absorb any moisture. That’s my #41.

    Here is my #42 – I have a “Cups ‘N Cargo Stroller Organizer” that attaches to the stroller’s handle bars. It has a small zippered pouch where I can carry a holstered ccw for when I walk at the park with my 9 month old. I wouldn’t recommend this for older kids but it keeps it close, safe and handy for evening strolls.

  • fastmover

    i keep stash mine; IWB at about 3 O’clock 🙂

  • jon

    some kitchen type bins have a plastic inner container (in which you would put your liner) that sits inside the outer metal or plastic shell, that you can remove for cleaning. in some versions this reveals a space under the plastic inner that could be used to stash stuff (being gunless, I would be stashing valuables) it would be worth taping the items down, so that if the bin is knocked it doesn’t rattle. the one we have at home would probably be able to fit a duty sized auto.

  • Jasper Pettit

    I have a secret drawer on the back of a nightstand that my father made. It’s big enough to fit any reasonably sized handgun.

    • VoxMarksTheSpot

      I love this idea. Antique furniture often has some kind of secret stash place… some only big enough for important papers, others with room for a pistol or what not (see http://br.st/eSh for several examples). In particular, writing desks sometimes have elaborate hiding places. There’s an article showing how to find these secret drawers at http://br.st/eSj, or use your Google-fu.

      Nowadays, there are still a few people familiar with woodworking who would build something like this for you.

  • Joseph L

    On the futon in front, the one I sleep on, I have a body-pillow, a sheet and a blanket for padding. The sheet is just a little bigger than the futon, so it has some slack in the back. There I keep my AR-15 and a magazine, completely hidden from view. And since I’m the only one that ever sits back in the middle of the couch, it’s only been found once, by my brother who was probably tearing up my stuff anyway.

    And the futon don’t open up, there’s a lot of stuff behind it to keep it from doing that.

  • tj allen

    in an old vhs disney tape. 25 caliber backup. just enough room for the pistol, and extra mag, and a small led light. used a little bit of cotton padding and some electrical tape. keeps it from coming apart and from rattling around. set it on top of the old tv or inside the entertainment center. keep it handy, keep it unseen, and keep it in plain sight.

    • Lefty 2 Guns

      Disney Tapes and loaded hand guns just doesnt seem right…….. I can see how the size would work.

  • Alex

    I have a non-corrosive fixed blade knife on some 550 cord in the shower. When I trained at a professional school the team room bathroom has a holster screwed to the wall for you to place your piece just above the TP while you are man-birthing.

    • John Galt

      Same, I have a shit knife I picked up just dedicated to sitting in the shower. People find it weird so I have it mounted in its nylon sheath to a metal rack in the shower with neodymium magnets where its hard to notice, all it does is sit there. I recommend oiling the knife occasionally. There is no such thing as a non-corrosive (metal) knife.

    • JoeG

      BROTHERS! I have a Cold Steel Delta Dart sitting on the top rail of my glass shower door. When I am not in the shower I fold a towel over the top of it, so not even my housekeeper knows it’s there.

      My wife constantly gives me grief for it.

      I also keep a .22 derringer in the toilet portion of the bathroom in a hollowed out book.

  • mattp28

    … Shotgun on bicycle hooks above my bedroom door.

    … Pistol on a rubber coated Monkey Hook above my closet door. Those hooks are great for hanging all sorts of goodies.

    … Revolver velcroed to the cabinet door in my bathroom.

    …. Glued some old DVD cases together and cut them to store a Glock 19 behind them. You can’t even tell which ones they are when they’re on the rack.

  • Reddog245

    We have matching nightstands, traditional colonial style with 2 drawers on the front. The trim on the front of mine, farthest from the door, is attached to a thin drawer. I keep some fake stuff in the regular drawers, like a wallet with expired cards and a realistic BB gun in a real holster, as decoy material.

  • Chris Jane

    I guess I have to buy a lot more firearms so I can get in on the action…

  • Justin M

    I like Fastmover’s comment.

    I stash mine IWB @ about 5 o’clock.

    when I’m sleeping I stash mine under my pillow

    When I cant take it with me, I keep it in a lock box in a dress drawer

  • Trevor Hammett

    Does anyone have any suggestions for those of us with small children who like to get into things?

    • Bill

      Take them shooting. When the boom happens, tell them that until they can responsibly handle that, they can’t even look at it. Worked when dad did it to me.

    • Kéwee

      Seriously, are you asking for where you should stash your weapon(s) away from childrens?

      They should be in a locker with their respective munitions you dumbass.

      Letting firearms “in the wild” where children might lurk is a receipe for disaster.

    • Genconex

      Teach them about weapons at a young age by taking them shooting with you. Takes a lot of curiosity out of it. I grew up knowing where weapons were in the house. I just played with my BB gun and left the revolver next to my parents bed alone (age 5) until I turned 12 and was given a shotty.

    • Topher

      Really. Ask your grandparents or your great grandparents how they got breakfast ready as a kid. Most of them at five years old were out shooting rabbits by them selves and bringing them home for mommy to cook. Teaching a kid to shoot and letting them do it frequently is the perfect antithetic to the “forbidden fruit” syndrome. Now remember, don’t do drugs, cause the ones coming out of the pharmacy’s kill more than street drugs. But don’t believe me… look it up.

    • The best thing you can do is make your master bedroom into a safe room. All you need is a good lockset for a outside door and install it on your bedroom door. If you need even more safety, remove your door and replace it with a thick solid wood or steel door. Now you can keep firearms and things of value locked up and out of the hands of your children.

  • Dayne

    Dude….how many guns does this guy have?

  • phil

    inside my closet it may look like a wall although its only 1/4 inch plywood and has a carbon steel rod behind it on a hinge that locks into a slot and a from the front you place a magnet which is sewn into an old leather satchel and is powerful enough to slide the bar out of the lock and behind the wall is a 8×8 room lined with sheet rock and fire retardant insulation and 6 inch i beam frame where my collection is kept so even if the entire house burns down the room should stand…i hope so anyways

  • Lewis

    inside an old computer that the screws are off of in my bedroom, also a .357 in the back of an old tube tv.
    In a cut out inside of a large book next to my bed. (If you religious I suggest you get a bible I know it might make you feel bad for cutting into a bible but it would work)

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  • Rachel

    I keep my 3 Ladysmiths in a hollowed out windowsill in the bathroom, master bedroom, and garage, in case I come home to intruders. The panel slides off after undoing a simple latch, and the one in the bathroom is cleaned twice as much as the others due to the humidity.

  • god you lot a freaks,so paranoid.

    • Ryan

      I was thinking the same thing.. sounds like a lot of time is spent living in fear instead of just living

    • Tango7

      There’s a difference between paranoia and preparedness. The last time I had to present a firearm in a hurry in our old house, we had just come back from an errand, my daughter (then 3 months old) was still in her car seat in the living room asleep… my primary handgun was upstairs (on the other side of the door that was being opened) and the rest were in the safe behind me, with not enough time to open the combination lock.

      I used a pistol I had stashed admidst some books and was able to circle around through the kitchen and get between the would-be thief and my daughter. Luckily he saw my .380 and decided to change careers from burglar to track star.

      Did (or do) I run around with loaded firearms (longarms, since that’s what you bring when you’re _expecting_ a fight) constantly scanning for the impending enemy attack 24/7? No. But having the means to defend myself and my family during the minutes* it will take from the first 9-1-1 call is important to my wife and I.

      If it’s all just a paranoid delusion to you guys then live the way you want to live – it’s the whole “freedom” thing.

      But as long as we’re not posing a direct and active threat to people who are not in the process of doing harm to us or our families? Don’t lecture or judge us, please.

      * – yes, I said “minutes”. Even if a policeman in on the corner of your block, unless he hears a commotion and acts independently, he relies on radio traffic from his dispatcher, who relies on the information obtained form your 9-1-1 call.
      It typically takes two to three minutes to get the information and relay it to the officer, who then has to travel to the scene.
      How long does the average violent encounter last according to FBI statistics? Look it up and get back to me.
      I think my information should be pretty accurate – I’ve been responding to 9-1-1 calls for over 21 years now.

    • Unevenload

      It is all fun and games… till the zombies come knocking

    • Ted N(not the Nuge)

      Damned zombies.

    • Sarge

      At least WE have the right to keep and bear arms! Right, MATE?

    • Drew


      I thought it was keep and arm bears!

      Darn dyslexia. Now what do I do with these armed carnivores? 😉

  • Jordan

    When we decided to remodel our living room, we planned to put two large bookcases into the walls. We cut the holes and built the cases separately so they would slide out if needed. When we cut the first hole, we found that the size of the room behind the was was big enough to do something with, so we dubbed it our “Armory.” Its bigger than any closet we have in the house, and is hidden behind a bookcase that sits about a foot deep. Its perfect! Only a few friends know about it, and after they found out they were stunned at what we had done.

  • Krista

    I keep a handgun inside a decorative pillow on my couch. I don’t know how many robbers take time to feel through your couch-pillows.

  • irish legend

    whoever wrote this list has no sense of reality. Probably some hick or redneck in the states whos fat. Why do you need to write 40 different places to hide a gun? Seriously get a life mate or buy a holster for a gun instead of ripping your sofa to pieces with a hack saw. Ha ha, come on, wake up and smell the sillyness. Peace.

    • Ted N(not the Nuge)

      Throw down those stereotypes, whoo! That’s going to show everybody you’re a winner!

    • edub

      Your ignorance astounds me…

    • Anon

      Well… statistically, he’s got a point.

    • No Name

      statistically, the Irish and the Brits are pretty fat as well these days. It’s like three bald men arguing over a comb.

  • Joel

    A lot of removable counters (typically bathroom counters) have a small space where you could fit a sizable handgun or two between the cupboard and the counter top. You can either pull it up and add hinges or some come built that way. I’ve also seen many an old dresser with hidden drawers.
    check ur village yard sales!!

  • theultimate747

    Many computers have empty expansion bays for CD-ROMs and what not. They are usually only covered by a plastic plate. Some have hot swap bays where the drive can be pulled out from the front of the computer, a simple sliding drawer could be made to accommodate the available bay(s) and depending on the amount of bays you could fit a variety of handguns or blades.

  • MadGeniusDamian

    I would rather just have completely invisible breakaway panels in my walls with loaded and read y to shoot guns waiting behind. No one will expect you to punch through a wall and then shoot them

    • IWOLF

      I’m sorry I seriously just mentally pictured that and laughed really hard. punch,pull,shoot. Epic

    • BRE3D

      hahahaha IWOLF i laughed as soon as i read that as well. then i read your post and laughed twice as hard

  • Buck Hempel

    This site sells a great poduct:

    They are folded jeans on a heavy duty metal hanger that has a swen-in gun storage pocket. Easy to use as to keep a back-up house gun.

    • This is a great product. It is simple and easy to use. Keeps my weapon easy to reach, yet hidden away from kids and others who have no right to touch it!

  • sempai’s pleasurous nutrients

    My dad gave me a turn table for christmas. it was in a leather lined case with lid and handle for easy travel. He knew I already had a record player, so he removed the top of the unit and removed all the internal components. Then you could lower the top of the unit and it would look like a functioning turn table.
    Inside of this case I placed a .357 magnum revolver and some extra rounds. I can leave it out and people will maybe play move the needle around or press the buttons, and it feels and looks real. But in a hurry I can pull that top off and be ready to go.

  • buddy

    got a ruger 9 millimeter flashlight and an extra mag, cocked locked and ready to rock. stuffed it all in a plastic bag sealed it with 100 mph tape and crammed it into the dirt in a flower pot on the porch

  • Kéwee

    Am I the only one who see a big security concern with the fact of stashing weapons?

    It’s no more “practical” as locking a weapon in a safe for a majority of scenarios and leaving a weapon unattended almost ready to fire (if not) is asking for troubles.

    C’mon, keep your weapons in a safe spot (e.g a locker, safe or on yourself), not in some hocus pocus places.

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  • Gecko .45

    None of these hiding places are sufficiently tactical. But then, I would expect that from a bunch of amateurs. Real operators know that breakdown cases with a full complement of tactical weaponry is the best solution, since they can be deployed at a moment’s notice, and they can never be stolen. I keep my best firearms close at hand, in a quick open tactical briefcase (RoadPro SPC-941G) , including my Hi Point 9mm carbine, my Special Weapons SW-5, and backup Jennings .22lr. With this combination, I am always able to project the right amount of force, no matter what the circumstance.

    • Ok James Bond…

    • Ted N(not the Nuge)

      Gecko .45!!! We thought you were dead!!!

    • Gecko .45

      True operators know when to lower their profiles, I don’t usually post using my true identity. However, I thought this tactical discussion was important enough to impart practice tips to those of you who have not been trained in the black arts of ninjitsu, and to underline the basis of my advice, I included my real name. Of course, I’m relying on you to keep this discussion among us professionals, and not to let the word get out. There is a certain street gang in my tactical operations area that would love to use these comments to track me down.

      By the way, I would also ask that we not discuss the Stinger missile deployment. That episode is classified by my employer as most secret, and a number of legal actions are still pending.

    • Dude, I had to scour the web to get the backstory on you. Now I know you’re the real deal mall security agent! I feel safer already 🙂

    • sixgun_symphony

      Long time, no see.

      It’s good to see the Mall Ninja again.

    • Bat Chain Puller


    • Ryan

      A real operator won’t have a hi-point 9mm carbine…just sayin’

  • Drew

    Some good ideas, some not so good. Do I need to point out that many of these are not child safe? And stashing unsecured weapons outside in an urban area is highly negligent.

    Thieves will steal DVDs, turntables and computers. They will also pull out drawers looking for hidden items. If you hide your handgun like that, you may come home to find it gone. And your gun now may be used to commit a crime which can be traced back to you.

    Re hooks – I prefer the powerful magnets that you can use to secure a gun out of sight. Hanging a gun on a hook by the trigger guard is an accident waiting to happen.

    Nice to see Gecko .45 here. Deployed any Stinger’s at the mall lately? 🙂

  • Geodkyt

    They also make a frame that will hold a 36″ carbine or shotgun. Like the clock stash.

    It’s designed to frame three 8.5×11″ sheets of paper — like drawings your kid made.

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  • Kyle

    I have to buy a lot more guns, I guess.

  • Pvt. Dylan Chester

    I have a large fishtank in my home with cabinets in the stand. I bought cheap velcro and attached it to a holster for a 1911 and then the top surface of the cabinet (directly beneath the tank.) The pistol is quick and easy to get to but impossible to see if you dont know its there.

  • Bret

    I just leave a broken 20 gauge in the entrance room where any asshole can grab it. The one guy that broke in just grabbed it and stopped looking, and when he tried to shoot me, I hit him with a brick in a sock.

  • Josh

    I keep a .38 special in an old printer on my desk. Under my desk in my computer tower I mounted a holster and in it is a 9mm

  • D

    Where do you , live ? Baghdad or Kabul

  • Lyne

    I would like to point out a lil interesting fact to the airbag story… The NICB® estimates 50,000 air bags valued at about $50 million are stolen each year. http://www.statefarm.com/about/media/backgrounder/theft.asp

    Maybe some of the posters are actually driving around without an airbag and not knowing it.

  • Tango7

    Good tips for basic stashing. I made a modification to #1 and constructed a holder from wood scraps and a piece of 3/8″ plywood cut to fit the I.D. of a box that holds my Chief’s Airweight and a speedloader… that way it’s always in the same position.

    Another tip – for #6 if you want to provide even more camouflage you can run a length of 14awg extension cord from a working outlet to the dummy. This allows you to have a (small) functional lamp or night light plugged into the receptacle.

    Now the caveats – #1 it requires more work (fishing through studs).
    #2 – you don’t want to plug anything like a vacuum cleaner into this outlet, or leave it when you sell the house, as it’s a pretty blatant violation of the Electrical Code.
    #3 – make sure the back of the (now functional) outlet is well insulated.

    GGR makes a good point – for keys, an exterior (weatherproof) outlet box with a dummy GFCI receptacle would be perfect.

  • You may want to consider on number 10 that burglars commonly dump trash bags or use pillow cases for a bag to stow the stolen items.

  • AJ

    I don’t suppose there are too many anti-gun activists on this site but it is statistically proven that communities in which homeowners have weapons have significantly lower crime rates. Also most armed offenses are committed with unregistered weapons. The few exceptions are the men that come home early from work… I know I’m preaching to the choir but a little reaffirmation every once and a while never hurt.

  • Huitzilopotchli

    Fun ideas of where to hide stuff but my self/family defense consists of a pistol at my hip. Never hard to find, easily accessible, ready to use. I never worry about the ones not on my hip since they are in a floor bolted gun safe and the kids know how to use them and what they can do.

  • This company offers a great solution. Check them out at http://www.plainsights.com
    Also great to hide other stuff in like money, hard drive back up and usb drives, and keys.

  • Sarge: ‘At least WE have the right to keep and bear arms!’

    Yeah, ‘cos that’s a philosophy that’s working out well for you, isn’t it?
    To add a token British contribution, can any of you begin to see why most Brits just laugh at Americans? I mean, seriously. It’s delusional and paranoid. You have guns because you’re worried about intruders/whatever who might be armed? With what? The guns they bought or stole *only because* gun ownership is possible. Sure, we get shit over here sometimes, but it’s so isolated that people just get the fuck on with their day, and do more important things with their lives than wank over Rambo. Get some sense, all of you, and chill the fuck out.

    • Dink

      maybe you Brits don’t understand, but over here in the Americas we have larger predatory animals than foxes. Some of them like to hang bumble into our yards when we’re home or our camp sites when were out enjoying nature…. Try to fight off a gator, bear, or cougar with a stick or a knife and you’ll know why us Americans like our guns.

    • Jonny

      in the 1900s there were almost no british firearms laws and the crime rate was so low that the cops would often walk around armed with as little as a nightstick now with strick weapons laws and a higher crime rate some officers of the law in your country deem it necessary to carry sub machine guns

    • Alan

      You’re just jealous because Americans with their guns whooped on some British ass back in the day. Brits don’t like to use guns because throughout history they have proven that they can’t use them for shit.

    • mr. parker

      As a British subject, I wouldn’t expect you to understand how American citizens feel about individual freedoms.
      When I read articles about English laws regarding knives, hate speech, etc., I thank God I was born in the USA.
      By the way, are you still allowed to possess knives with a sharp point?

    • sixgun_symphony

      Typical Euro-Weenie

      It’s going to be Eurabia in a few decades. Europe is weak, thus being colonized by much of the Islamic world.

      Thank God America still has some of the old Frontier Spirit alive. We value independance, self-reliance, and strength. It’s how we won the western frontier, it’s how we will keep it too.

      The world is for the strong. Europeans are a dying race because they have become overly civilized, effeminate, and weak.

  • Joseph

    I taped one of my Kel-Tec .380 behind my headboard of our king sized bed. I can reach behind and grab it while sitting up in bed. I also have another one behind the face board underneath the inside of the kitchen cabinet under the kitchen sink. I drilled and installed a 1/4″ dowel rod about 3″ long that I put through the trigger guard. I just stand in front of the sink, open the cabinet reach up on the inside and slide the gun out.

  • Joseph

    My father keeps his little .25 cal in an empty box of frozen spinach. Everyone knows thieves don’t eat their veggies 🙂

  • Jake

    I have duffel bag with a pocket the has a leather inner bind that i had a holster with a button clasp placed in. But underneath the holster there is a locked spring mount. When the bag is dropped nothing happens unless you undo the clasp. Then when the bag hits the floor my pistol is shot straight up in to my hand.

  • Craig

    Keep my trusty Makarov in the cats litter box (I don’t own a cat), add a little water to make some clumps, no body is looking in there.

  • Chris

    If i tell ya where I stash my stuff then it defeats the purpose of TACTICAL ADVANTAGE

  • Rob

    Americans are a nation of warmongers eternally at war with each other too

    • Ned

      Yet the world calls on us to save them?

    • Medius

      There is no option to like, so I’m manually liking your
      comment, Ned. Well put.

    • Eric

      America doesn’t pick fights. We end them. What country are you from Rob?

    • bwidj

      Rob is probably from western countries just like most of the site visitors here Eric. But ending a fight makes America a participant of war.

    • freeport56

      Where Rob is from, his freedom is due to the Wars the US fought and won! Europe, China, and Asia owe us everything! After all Americans are Exceptional!

    • Stephen

      I kinda have a feeling freeport56 is taking the mickey.

    • bwidj

      I am perplexed with the ideas. Do zombies care where you hide your guns? they just come after your brains.

  • Tim

    I appreciate the ideas, the tactical advantage that is expressed. I think the point is that there are many places to conceal a weapon without compromising accessibility. I personally keep my M4 right next to my bed. When I’m at work, it stands against the wall, just behind my chair. I have my 30rd mag ready to go, in a handy clip that holds the mag right next to the mag well, and keeps dust from entering the mag well at the same time. I also carry my M4 with me when I go to eat, as well as shopping. Pretty much the only time I don’t have it right by my side, is at the gym, and shower.

    Did I mention that I’m stationed in Iraq?… oh yeah, forgot.

    I’ll use some of those ideas, for sure. I love number fourteen. My favorite!

    • LOL! Thanks for the comment Tim 🙂


      Very funny.

      God bless you and all the servicemen and women protecting us here at home. I have a brother-in-law there on his fourth tour and we worry about him. We lost the son of a close friend there two years ago. The mission goes on.

    • james Tuttle

      Tim, I thank you for your service. Too old to get into it anymore so I depend on you younger warriors to handle things…both abroad and domestically.

  • Jon

    #41 my dad has a little Iver Johnson .22 pistol, he made a cardboard template he traced around the gun, took a fairly thick book, and slowly but surely cut out the middle of the pages with an exacto knife and the template, and there you go! no thief will steal books, and its as easy as grabbin it, opening it up and there it is

    • Floyd in GA

      A book can be placed ANYWHERE in the house…even on the end table next to you as you watch TV! (-;
      AND…it can even be used as a CONCEALED CARRY! Walking down the street with a book in your hand is not at all conspicuous.. particularly on a college campus!
      There should even be room for an extra magazine. Be sure to glue the pages around the cavity, so it is easy to open, without pages flapping around, and easy to get the pistol out.

    • JMD

      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.

  • sixgun_symphony

    Build a shelf inside a wall between studs and then cover it wth 1/4″ drywall. Make sure that the 1/4″ drywall is flush with the standard 1/2″drywall on the rest of the wall.

    A homeowner will know the location of the gun inside the wall. One just has to punch through the 1/4″ drywall material to get it.

    • robert herbert

      had a friend whose dad was a retired dope cop who had this next his lazyboy, dinner table chair and toilet. he used paper, not sheet rock.

    • stewho

      yeah butcher paper patched over the hole with joint compound and painted to match is way better than drywall.

    • Floyd in GA

      You can also do this with a picture frame and a cheap ‘print’ picture! Fix the frame over the hole/shelf so that it does not move. When needed, punch thru the picture!
      CHEAP, QUICK and easy to ‘repair’ afterwards! $5 – $10 at Wal~Mart for a new print!

  • Rastous

    That works great also to hid bundles of money. (In the wall.)

  • mike

    I live in a relatively quiet neighborhood so no need to “hide” a gun. But for home protection there is nothing more effective than my trusty Remington 870 pump with the shorter slug barrel loaded with steel bird shot. Leans up against the wall next to my bed behind my night stand with a piece of paper towel stuffed in the barrel to keep it clean. The steel bird shot is small enough and light enough to be pretty harmless after passing through 2 sheets of drywall but will get the message across with a direct hit.

    • Bird shot is a terrible choice for defense. It will *not* stop a determined attacker.

      Load that 870 with buckshot or slugs, or get a semi-automatic rifle and frangible rounds.

    • Ken

      Actually, shotgun aside, birdshot IS a good close quarter choice when concerned with over penetration.

      The caveat, of course, is an attacker that is not a simple burglar. Rack-ready with the first round or two of birdshot and then backed with slugs or #00 for drugged-out or motivated attackers is the way I’d go if using a shot gun.

      BTW, I’m a cop and folks expect to see firearms all over the place. They’re put out of reach when the grands come over, though.

    • just charlie

      Got into a discussion over home dense with a gunsmith. His take was #9 birdshot with your aim shifted to the upper torso. Object was to have the pattern bleedover to the face, not to kill, but to blind after which you can do whatever needs to be done. Whatever part that misses will be stopped by drywall. And while the perp is rolling around unable to see, he would be at your mercy although I personally would not try to get close enough to render aid but you would have time to retrieve a higher caliber that would be handy if needed and you would have the comfort zone of being able to take the time for precise shot placement.

  • Dave DeNitro

    Why not hollow out some section of a wall on ground level, stash your gun insinde and place the bottomlath ba/money/diamonds back in place…
    But keeping an illegal handgun at home is not so clever i think, so use a 4 pound axe.

    • Devildog

      Illegal gun? Don’t tell me you live in the People’s Republic of IL, Dave?

  • c mchugh

    I like to keep a glock 9mm in the fridge, everyone needs a frige gun!!

    look in the fridge, bagels &guns!!!

    • Austin Kopp

      or in the can of coffee grinds… guns and coffee!

    • Floyd in GA

      I would only do this with an EMPTY coffee can!
      I would NOT want coffee grounds to be inside my pistol when I chamber a round and pull the trigger!
      If you wrap it with Saran wrap or a ‘baggie’ it will take extra seconds to ‘clear it’ for use…

    • This is my favorite location yet. Just don’t spill the OJ on it, that could take a while to clean.

    • JMD

      Great idea.

      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?

  • Drummer

    Buy a model airplane and cut the shrink-wrap at the seams. Take out all the plane parts and replace it with some foam insert cut to fit your favorite pistol and spare mag. If you do it carefully you can melt the shrink-wrap back around the box enough to stay in place. I mean who’s gonna think about your unbuilt model airplanes?

  • K. C. Demirci

    You know those remote holders that hang from the handle of
    a seat? How about that? If you live alone, of course…

  • I hide my .45 cal in a hollowed out book. It really does a great job of hiding and no one suspects a thing.

    • My wife found some great “decorating” books that are actually boxes, but look like books upon casual glance. They have classic titles on them like “Moby Dick”. We have these laying around as decorations and these would make great hiding places. Also, it looks natural to have them on book shelves up high (out of reach of children) but still easy to access. Just put cut out foam in them to hold everything.

    • Floyd in GA

      Build a box you can sit on a bookshelf, with a front door that swings sideways or is hinged from the top. Then get enough books, that will easily ‘blend’ with other books on the shelf, to “cover” the front ‘door’ of the box! {Cut the book away about an inch or so from the binder, and glue/fasten these ‘books’ to the door!} If you set the door to swing open sideways, let the first or second book from the opening end stick out far enough past the books next to it so that it can be used as a “handle/knob” to open the door. If door swings up, place the ‘handle’ near the center of the door…
      Set the box slightly above eye level, so that you see only the book backs, and not the shortened pages. That also keeps it away from small children.

  • Jason

    You sir, have a shitload of guns

    • Lloyd Dietzman

      I see absolutely nothing with this..

  • Sam the musician

    I keep a few cased pistols in the bottom of my upright piano and my boxed rifles on top of the kitchen cabinets (hidden by the egg crate used to shade the recessed lights)

    As for protection… My smith and wesson 45 hangs from hooks above the top drawer of my dresser (there’s quite a gap between top of drawer and top of dresser) and a colt 45 A-1 hangs in the clock work of my grand father clock in the living room. Both are so easy to get to.

  • Sandwalk3r

    The area under my sink was a prime location for me whenever I left my apartment for any lengthy period of time. It was a corner sink/cabinet, so two side panels were perfect places to lean a pair of carbines completely out of sight, and my Sig 229 fit perfectly in a box of trash bags underneath the rest of the bags. That was underneath other random “under the sink” cleaning supplies, etc. You couldn’t open that cabinet door and see anything without sticking your head in with a light and taking a look around.

    1911 went with me on the road! The only good place to hide a 1911 and 16 extra friends is on your person!

  • Now I know more places to look in the crooks houses… Thanks.

    Seriously, with small kids in my home I had to go away from the gun in the side table on the inside of the drawer. I know they don’t know its there but have you seen what kids can get into. Their safety is more important than the gun there.
    I really like the hole in the wall idea but my carpenter skills are lacking.

    I really like to hear where people are carrying their concealed weapons. I have an H&K USP 9mm that I carry on and off duty. Also have a .SW 38 revolver that I carry once in a while but can’t find a paddle, belt, hidden holster I like. Sure I should lose the love handles but until then, any ideas?

    • Concealed

      Check out http://www.crossbreedholsters.com My wife and I both carry concealed and this is where we got our holsters from. Inside the waistband holsters. Wife carries a Kel-Tec 380 and I carry my Ruger 45. My Ruger is a full size and with the holster, it fits comfortably whereever I put it, middle of my back, on my side, up front…. fits great and is also adjustable with the angles. undo the hooks, adjust and your good to go.

  • tanksdad2

    tennis raquet bags work great to carry and deploy a short m4 carbine. I hide a little 380 ruger lcr in a fake plant basket beside back door on self. love the couch idea from the movie the book of eli

  • cavereric

    I would like to point out 3 places not to hide something. In the fridge and in the pantry or liquor cabinet. These are the 3 places that a teenager will get to if they get in your house.

    • Stephen

      God, that’s such an important point. I can’t thumbs up this comment enough.

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  • helix

    Not sure why nobody else seems to do this. i hide a pistol on my right side under my waste band of my pants and belt. It works great.

  • gabrial

    i left a local fast food resturaunt with one of their plastic serving trays by mistake. oops. cut the edge on one side legnth wise and screwed it undernieth an end table in the living room. reach under grab pistol. had another in the bedroom. have actually had folks try to find a weapon and never saw it. get a brown tray.

  • Matt

    my grandfather recently picked up a few fake books at a gun show for him, myself, my dad, and my cousin to stash a handgun in they’re made of wood and look completely real but are empty. they have them here for fairly reasonable prices if anyone is interested. http://www.nextag.com/book-safe/compare-html

  • Jeremie
    • Very cool idea!

    • jimbo

      I’m gonna use that!!

  • 6060

    Knew someone who would tie rifles to paracord and hang them inside interior walls parallel with the studs, which he could access from the the top in his attic. I imagine the same function could be made possible from the bottom under your house in a crawlspace, in which case you’d need a hole to gain access to the hollow space in your wall.

    • jimbo

      seems far fetched. In modern homes interior walls have a double 2×4 plate at top of wall which would be a major hassle to get through.

  • Chuck Roast

    My brother was killed recently and my sister-in-law asked me to hold his weapons until my nephew is old enough to take ownership. I have a drop ceiling in the basement. So I removed some tiles, screwed a 1X2 to the joist and slipped the rifles up in the ceiling. Replaced the tiles and you will never know. I keep all of my items under my bathroom sink in old shoe boxes so I can locate what I want quickly. I removed them and lifted the floor of the cabinet and have plenty of room to hold the 12 pistols, ammo, holsters and my three pistols.

    • charcats7

      personally I don’t like the idea of all my eggs in one basket so to speak- I prefer to have several locations so that depending where I am or what I am doing, I can get my hands on a weapon- being a woman & sometimes on my own- even tho I have dogs- I think about self defense. Everything in one spot is not a smart thing. Safe rooms seem to be the best thing to set up. And I like what another poster put- they never look UP. Good point.

  • Grimm

    My parents home, being an old place with many expansions, was always useful in having areas to stash valuables. The hardest to find would be where we kept a little S&W 22 revolver. The bottom of this shelf that was inset into the plaster walls could slide out, though it didn’t appear able to since it was painted the same color as the walls. With books stacked densely into the shelf as well, I really doubted anyone would have dug that one up unless they owned the house and was doing some serious digging.

  • Marauder

    Some burglars use metal detectors, so even as clever as the hiding places inside couches and walls may be, those guys will find them. Me, I have a safe in a walk-in closet that’s bolted to the wall studs behind it from the inside. The bad guys will know the guns are in there, but there’s nothing they can do about it. My main worry, however, is not burglars but Eric Holder and the UN.

    • Yes, they are the real gun theives. Only 4 % of US gun owners are NRA members (100 million gun owners and only 4 mill NRA members) Readers, lets see if we can get those membership #s up this year 🙂

    • Josh

      I am one of those 96 million gun owners who is not a member of the NRA. I used to be but I got sick of their compromises. If the 2nd amendment is a a God given, constitutionally protected right that shall not be infringed why are they compromising. The reason is they are no friend to gun owners, they want to see the police armed and trained like the military and the civilian population limited to hunting and self defense guns. I disagree the civilian population should be armed and trained like the military and the police should be downsized dramatically both in terms of tactic and equpment but also personnel and budget. In my opinion the NRA is nothing more than traitors to the constitutional principles they say they serve an an enemy to gun owners. I was a life member of the NRA until I got sick of their constant fear mongering to extort more money and their willing compromise after they get your money. I told them that they can shove my membership up their ass. I am now a member of GOA (no its not just a city in India, its Gun Owners of America.) Here is their website: http://gunowners.org/ If you are going to join an organization, join one worthy of support. Ditch the NRA join GOA.

    • Dan

      NRA keeps sending me emails saying the 2nd Amendment gives me the right to bear arms. I keep telling them my Creator gives me the right, NOT the 2nd Amendment.

    • To the people giving Josh a thumbs down, read the news: The National Rifle Association today said it is “prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.” So they’re planning to sell us out. Go join “Gun Owners of America” and stop giving the NRA your money. Go on to their website and watch the GOA president giving that stupid British news anchor the third degree. No compromising on our rights from the GOA.


  • i hide my Paltik .38 snubnose inside an old cellphone boxes a nokia 8210 box.

  • Chris

    Behind the refrigerator. Put the fridge on sliders so that it is easy to pull out. If you want real secure behind the fridge cut out the Sheetrock between the studs make a hidden door or for more storage make shelves between the studs where you cut the sheet rock out.

    For carry . In one section of your day planner, cut out a hole in the pages of a day planner the size of your gun. Glue the pages together. The plastic divider pages will act as a cover should you need to open your planner up in public and keep the gun hidden.

    • Susan

      The fridge and kitchen area is the first place someone will search for hidden goods. I really would not use that area if you do not want the goods to be found.

      Also paintings and other area’s on your wall, including your bedroom, lavatory and ceilings are the second worst place to hide things.

      it’s (cop) search area 101 imho.

    • Joshua

      While I agree with your assessment of the quality of those hiding places, the average burglar spends far less time looking than a cop and the assumption can be made that their search is somewhat less thorough.

    • Kellie

      My home was broken into once years ago and apparently my visitors were hungry. They got into our fridge and ate our food so they would have possibly found a handgun. They also knocked all the pictures off our walls, took my husband’s favorite ball cap and the rifle his grandfather had given him that was “hidden” in the closet. No place is sacred in a home invasion but anything that is popular hiding places like freezers, behind pictures, inside books and now soda cans seems to me to be a bit more vulnerable. I love the dirty laundry idea but have kids so can’t do that. My S&W 38 special is inside a wadded up towel on top of a wardrobe behind some books with other messy stuff, pretty easy to see and not “concealed” at all but hiding in plain site sometimes works better, I think. My kids all know gun safety (and my son shoots better than I do!) but still don’t want to do the dirty laundry trick. Too easy for them to grab accidentally.

  • Susan

    I learned another trick from a deer hunter and good friend who passed away some years ago.

    He hid a gun in his backyard. Now if someone is clever they will use metaldetectors to search the garden if they are after your gear. To thwart metal detectors he buried a rifle in the ground beneath the tile/stone floor. Under the tiles he scattered rusty nails in a random pattern. If someone will use a metal detector he will stumble upon the rusty nails and most likely will abandon the search area, leaving your rifle safe. Remember to dig a large hole deep enough so that the detector signature becomes as big as the nails on the earth level, otherwise they still might dig further. Also, remember to scatter rusty nails all over your garden so that the search area becomes even larger.

    Hope it helps someone.

    • james Tuttle

      The nails in the garden also help make a better garden. Plants like iron.

    • JMD

      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.

  • Jordan K

    1. I place my Mk23 .45 ACP with 2 mags in a ziplock bag in my toilet tank in case if im dropping a deuce and someone wants to rob me. NO ONE would ever look inside there for a gun.
    2. I keep a M9 placed inside of my Grainger Books (its a 4200 page product catalog) I keep it above me on the shelve where I sleep.
    3. I keep a .357 Desert Eagle hidden behind my computer monitor inside a tool box
    4. My AR-15 Is keep also in my bathroom duct taped under the sink with a 30 round mag in the medicine cabinet
    5. I place my AR Mags all over. Incase of a heavy gun fight I have 10 30 round mags
    2. in the bedroom
    2 in the kitchen
    2 in a hollow wood post on the stairs
    2 behind a fire extinguisher another
    2 100 round drums in the closets inside my camelpak

  • Oh, in the toilet tank, nobody will EVER look there.

    Wrong. Hiding drugs in the toilet tank is very old school. Anybody doing a search will likely check there.

    One that hasn’t been mentioned for backup storage is IN the bed. Most box spring units are hollow.

    • jdogtotherescue

      ive been wanting to make a replacement box spring for this purpose. it would be the same in form as a regular box spring but would be a locker for shotguns and rifles. when you throw the skirt down over it you wouldnt know it was there. maybe throw a few locks on it for when you are out of town or something. also i think that a big book cut out for my glock 17 and an extra mag would be way cool. i made my wife a big book case so it would be perfect in there.

    • John Coulter

      Box spring’s are a usual check spot for professional thieves and suits.

  • Jarrod

    My favourite – a large vase full of peacock feathers as a wall feature. With a good number of feathers sitting in there you easily hide a shotgun and a katana and no one notices! Everyone who comes into the house looks at and admires the feathers, twelve years later no one has yet spotted the elephant in the room. I love that anyone who visits looks right at my favourite invisible weapons. Needed once in a home invasion, pulled the katana out like a magic trick and the invader turned tail and ran like a jack rabbit.

  • Zach

    My Grandad was a carpentor and he made me a table long enough to fit my rifles in. He just attached the table top to a inconspicuous box via hing and walla hidden safe. You could also drill holes in the top securing the top with screws then cover the holes with a table cloth or a map covered by a sheet of glass.

  • TripWire

    ‘Got an older Remington 870 in a cutout I made in the paneling in my basement behind a chair and a S&W .38 detective special on top of my dishwasher. All I have to do is pull it out from under the cabinet and its right there. I took an old holster and velcroed it so it wouldn’t move. You could mount a holster on the back of it but you would have to pull it all the way out to access it. Finally, I’ve got a franken AR built out of spare parts buried in the back yard in a tube I bought from Cheaper Than Dirt with 4 30rd mags. I hope the day never comes, but ya never know these days.

  • BHB

    I made a gun safe from a non-functioning upright freezer. Freezers/refrigerators are insulated, so may protect from fire for 1/2 hour so longer too, but just guessing on this. Beats spending $1200+ on a gun safe. Always carry adequate insurance too; still cheaper than a gun safe.

  • Gregg E.

    I’m not an NRA member and won’t join it. Why? Because they helped write Washington D.C.’s gun control laws. They used to have an article crowing about it on the NRA website.

    I sent an email to then-president Wayne La Pierre asking why the NRA would ever conspire with the gun banners in any way. The NRA’s response? Removing the incriminating article from the website.

    Also, never forget their compromise on our rights with Bill Clinton’s gun ban laws.

    If I was going to join such an organization, it would be the JPFO, Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership. (You don’t have to be Jewish to join.) The JPFO is for no compromise on our rights. All gun laws have to be eliminated.

    Another reason not to join such an organization. I don’t care how good their security is, there’s always the chance a government gone bad could get their hands on the member list.

    • Topher

      Gun Owners of America is another good organization. Also with the large number of LE and Military readers I would also suggest Oath Keepers.

  • geekyguy

    #42 for the tech savy, take an old CTR television or computer monitor and remove all the guts. Then put a newer flat screen inside of it. Some creativity will be required on the fitting. All of the space behind the screen can now be used to hide basically anything. File the fastening screws on the case down to smooth sided pins and you have quick access to the storage area.

  • grind3r

    I’ve got my Kahr P380 on my leg holster whole the time. It’s there when I’m sleeping, jogging… All the time. My house is pretty small and that kind of gun can hurt in close distances. 7 .380 bullets AT LEAST can stun someone till I get to one my 9mm or .45s ( together I have 6 of them around my house… Yeah, I’m single xD). When I’m out I always carry other gun in combination with this little friend of mine 🙂

  • Jingoistic Moron

    Wow. This has to be about the most idiotic nut-job article I’ve seen in a while. Combine it with the jingoistic moronic ‘thoughts’ of most of the posters and you have a reason to believe in American decline. Maybe all you gun nuts will solve the problem through natural selection, e.g. “I stashed my favorite good-ol-boy gun in my couch and forgot about it until I sat down heavily and blew my ass off”

    • Kyeh Khatah

      There’s something all you “hipsters” need to realize: If, in a worst-case, SHTF scenario, you expect those of us here to fight for you and risk death, we will extract a terrible price from you if we live. Food in your pantry? Ours; we’ll give a little of it back to you. Medical supplies? I’m the one with the knife wound, not you. Hand it over. Bodies of our enemies that need to be disposed of? Here’s a shovel, get to work. You say you won’t? One way or another, a body’s going in that hole.

      To those people new to the realities in America today, who are searching for information and affirmation of what you are thinking and feeling, welcome aboard. Remember – we prepare to fight because we love what’s behind us, not because we hate what’s in front of us. To those who are looking down their noses at us, while you sip your chai-tea soy lattes, I say this:

      You had best unf-ck yourself right quick if you want MY help.

  • smalley

    My display’s are sitting at a 90% angle. I have a 45 on its sights behind the one closest to the wall (unseen) or on the little pull out drawer under the comp desk. I like the keyboard on top of the desk so this works so well. The AR is hung from a peg on the coat rack in the hall with a windbreaker over it, unless the grands are in , then its all in the safe.

  • AOM

    Or just house carry.

  • Osmium

    Place the gun and magazines in a waterproof case. Immerse the waterproof case in any water storage medium that is easily reached (even the one behind the toilet seat will do).

  • Jim Bob

    I wouldn’t give too much information on her about the unique places that you hide your guns. If and when the government gun grabbers come, they will know just where to look. Perhaps you should hide a stash in a place that you haven’t mentioned online just to be safe. Perhaps a place a little harder to reach, yet not impossible to pry, dig, or blast up should you eventually need a gun!

  • For those of you that haven’t seen it…check out the Ready Gun Box. I put the website in above but it’s http://www.readygunbox.com
    I got one of these and installed it easily. VERY GOOD FOR QUICK ACCESS and HOME DEFENSE.
    I highly recommend and these guys will build you whatever you want. I just got one of their double pistol boxes to start but I’m getting a custom rifle box next! This has to be the best use of the otherwise wasted space between my wall studs and my guns are concealed perfectly. Even if you get right up on it you can’t tell that the picture frame slides and has my guns behind it. very cool stuff!

  • Sgt. Smith

    I kept a Kel-tec p3at .380 in my breaker box at my apartment. It was right next to the front ddor and using a command strip brand adhesive hook I didn’t have to do any mods. Door closed perfectly. Now I have my keltec with me most everywhere and Levis built a great holster in the coin pocket. I play with my dog all the time, go hiking and biking and have never had it fall out. I also keep an mp5 in a false floor of my dogs kennel, a smaller .22 version of an mp-5 (I’m partial to the platform lol) behind the facing of my bathtub, and a shorty shotgun with a retractable stock inside the fire door of my garage. I just rebuilt an old fire rated steel door and it sits inside of a sprayed foam insulation form and the faceplate of the door is held on by strong magnets. The door is held together mostly by the deadbolt and handle for most applications and its held strong for several months now. I’d like to point out, without meaning to give offense to anyone. Thieves look up. It’s an old trick to duct tape your extra money inside the closet above the door. And a book that looks out of place (Hmmm, you have all of F.Paul Wilsons Repairman Jack series -thats a plug, go read those books they are awesome- in paperback, and one hardcover Moby Dick? Hidey hole!) Also avoid your fridge, your pantry, your bed or box spring, or shoe box or under bed storage because those are very common places that everyone thinks are original. Chances are- If you thought of it, so did 2 or 3 people on your block too. They just wont tell you because they thought they were original. Just like you. I had a friend that was a reformed burglar, and after we came to the understanding that I knew places that the animals would eat him before anyone reported him missing, he went through my house with me and found Every. Single. Stash…. in less than five minutes. Wall safes aren’t very great against good prybars either unless you reinforce your mounting points. Add a couple of extra 2×4’s before you put them in there. Just be creative, and then read through forums and things to see if other people have come up with something similar.

  • Tony

    There r some great ideas here, but I think that since the Sandy Hook shooting in CT, and subsequent talk of gun confiscation across the entire country there will have to be some very creative ideas out there just in case the LEOs r reading this article and using it as a “how to search manual” going forward.

    Hopefully it NEVER comes to confiscation, but fear leads to irrational decisions and ideas.

    • Keep Honkin I’m Reloading

      If it comes to actual confiscation, you had better be prepared to actually fight.

      They might kick in the first few doors..but once word gets around, it will be on like donkey kong. Remember, those doing the confiscating have family in or near your community, and they know WE know it.

      I have no intention of standing by while my neighbors and fellow Americans are treated like or worse than a common criminal , I certainly would hope they are ready to join in.

      Saw a quote the other day, “I am willing to die protecting my 2nd Amendment right; are you willing to die trying to take it from me?”

    • Keep Honkin I’m Reloading

      Otherwise: I would refer you to Kyeh Khatah’s post above.

  • RLVAlleman

    I would NEVER mention the best hiding places in any post but I will tell you that the best latching mechanisms are steel pin latches operated by magnets, these can be incorporated in thousands of existing locations.

  • Greg

    Fine ideas for gun owners who would like to hide their weapons from newspaper outings, government jack boots coming for them, or burglary.

    But now that you have exposed all the hiding places listed here, I could not imagine using any sigal one of them, but… they help a person think a bit.

    Best defense is to reinforce home, windows, doors. Alarms, lights, loudspeakers.

    I like large cans of BEAR SPRAY for non lethal uses and for those afraid of guns.

    If it takes you more than a few seconds to get your gun, and you are not a practiced shooter, then you may well find yourself in trouble in the dead of night or perhaps high noon when least expected….

    Final thoughts, those that would take your guns will also order those with guns to come get your guns. The question is, will they? Some LEO conversations around the water fountain say they would have no choice, since they would lose their job if they opposed.

    I wonder.

  • Joe

    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.

  • ImmediateRealityCheck

    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.

  • me

    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. 🙂

  • Keith

    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.

  • Doy C. Sneckenberger

    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.

  • Jimmy Glomar

    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.

  • Jim Milson

    Number 34 is an idiot

    ~a COP

  • Mick

    One man’s paranoia is another’s preparedness. I find useful places for old speaker magnets. Plural.

  • V E B

    How about “in a safe” or “on you”.

  • 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.

  • badman400

    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.

  • Calondis

    Like it, shared it! Good stuff!!

  • Mike Ortiz

    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.

  • Nazter

    @Kyeh Khatah  Very, very much on point.

  • gardenmaster

    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!


  • 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.

    • RiellyOHanlon

      msglaigaie My wife has asked me not to carry when we are having conjugal relations and I usually respect that request. I’ve also found it difficult to carry IWB in my pajamas or to carry at all while taking a shower. The point being, since it is pretty much impossible to carry full time, it is well to have places nearby where you can place a firearm (while playing with grandkids, for instance) so that they are available, but not a hindrance to going about daily life.

      When I out mowing my lawn, I usually open carry. I want people to know that they have to take the old man half-way up the hill seriously. When I am out and about, I usually carry concealed (got the license from a box of off-brand cereal). 

      But that’s another discussion. I can’t see concealing a LOT of firearms around the house, but setting one or two where they are readily available – but not readily noticeable – makes sense to me and that is the path I have followed.

      The newest sport in my section of the world is home invasions. I have done what I can to make them unsuccessful at my address.

  • Skillshot

    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.

    • Ten Eight

      Skillshot War & Peace is about the right size 🙂

  • KentPhillips

    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.

  • Lol y u mad bro

    @Jingoistic Moron those who are prepared are never worried, therefore quite the contrary to popular belief that those with guns are “paranoid”. I bet you trust your government……

  • cathos

    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.

  • dranderson007

    If you throw ammunition into a fire it will burn yes. But the ordinance will not explode with enough force to penetrate. Its not like a military ammo dump. Its a box of 45 or 9mm. The gasoline and propane in most homes is much more dangerous

    • StupidAndCrazyIsNotAPlan

      dranderson007 And if the ammo is loaded in a gun — as presumably it is in these paranoid “I’ll punch through the dry-wall to grab my Tapco’d SKS to fight the NWO” fantasies, that cartridge will fire just like the trigger had been pulled.  Down the barrel, at lethal velocity.

      Placing neighbors and firefighters at extreme risk, and basically guaranteeing that (1) the fire department will back off and let your place burn down to the wheels, (2) the trailer park will kick you off your lot, keep your deposit and bill you for removal of the charred wreckage, and (3) the local cops will start crawling up your butt with a fine-toothed comb looking for an excuse to lock you up for dangerous lunacy.

  • k10guy

    @AOM I carry mine everywhere I go in the house w/extra mag in pocket.

  • AndrewMartinson

    @Jim Milson

  • AndrewMartinson

    @Jingoistic Moron .. congratulations.  You picked the absolute perfect moniker for yourself.  You are truly a jingoistic moron.   Nice job.

  • RoughneckNJ

    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.

  • SLC Blaze

    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

    • Hoiness

      SLC Blaze as long as it isn’t an extremely strong magnet it shouldn’t cause any problems

  • mosinmasterm44

    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

  • Rex356

    Rifles can hide under a treadmill while you’re on vacation.

  • Notthead46

    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..

    • LK Jons

      Notthead46 Cops use metal detectors now, wall hiding in sheetrock don’t work.

    • RiellyOHanlon

      LK Jons Notthead46

      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.

  • NTXfireman

    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.

  • MikeyFTL

    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

      @MikeyFTL Try a waterproof bag in the toilet tank. 😉

    • Parallax View

      RiellyOHanlon …very old school!

  • DMan

    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.

  • 1Ratsoup1

    While ding some sheetrock patch at the house I nailed a 2×4 (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,

  • coptician172

    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.

    • RiellyOHanlon

      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.

    • HAM1

      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.

    • MiaIsMia

      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.

  • StupidAndCrazyIsNotAPlan

    @Tony A thousand state and federal cops have been looking, for over a month, for one crazy guy who shot 2 cops in Pennsylvania.
    Where are they going to find enough cops to kick in 100,000,000 Americans’ doors?

  • Michelle T

    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.

  • JD

    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 !!

    • eddd777

      @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.

    • RiellyOHanlon

      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.

    • BergmanOswell

      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.

  • Noshves

    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)

    • mbgolfer05

      @Noshves I have a 92FS, and with a full mag can’t keep my pants up! How do you carry that?

  • Kenny

    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

  • DanaRussell

    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

  • Daverunsalot

    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.

  • Kreg

    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.

  • thainetusa

    Now I know where to look for… LOL…

  • JoeFreedom

    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.

  • pozzi76

    Have a toy puppy next to your chair,back cut open. Slide your hand in back,and Bang.

  • LK Jons

    Please come and see!

  • LK Jons

    Come in and see!

  • Anonafool

    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.

  • caj1980

    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.

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  • Phil

    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…

  • Panhandle Rancher

    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.

  • GabachoMike

    – Inside a gutted video cassette rewinder.  NO one bothers to check those.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Mick Good point. Speaker magnets are fairly strong. Thanks for the tip. I’m off to the gun store to buy a pistol to hide!

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @JMD And also frustrate confiscation. Good point. I toss my junk brass (I reload) where it will do ME the most good.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Jim Milson Dude … what is wrong with it? Most likely he is known in the neighborhood to own firearms … I know that I am because people can see me loading the van for a day at the range … so why not ‘carelessly’ leave a few nice-looking but terminally borked firearms out as “canaries in the coal mine”?

    I don’t see the problem.

    You say you are a cop. So give us the reason this is a bad idea. If it IS a bad idea, you should be able to say why.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @ImmediateRealityCheck Agreed. Too many firearms to retrieve them all in an emergency. Whatever happened to the idea of owning one or two guns and knowing how to use them well?

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Greg Some of the LEO conversations I’ve had indicate that they would consider such an order to be the signal to begin using their guns … upstream of the order. The cops in this town are fully aware that we know where their families live and have their heads on straight regarding that.

    I’d expect the response you mentioned might be frequently expressed in larger cities but only rarely in smaller ones.

    If the cops move their families out, that’s the signal. In any case, there will be nothing left for them to move back into.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Sgt. Smith And when you come up with a really great idea, shut up. 😉

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Jingoistic Moron Your pen name is well-chosen.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Gregg E. Your comment is spam. It simply bears no relationship at all to the article under discussion.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Kellie I’m a prepper. MOST of my containers have the labeled contents in them, some do not but appear to from a few feet. Not perfect, but not bad. Amidst the general clutter, they are hard to distinguish.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Phil Good job, guy! The NRA now says it has over 5 million members!

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Josh NAGR is another attack dog organization and the BFA and GRNC are also fairly activist. I pay dues several places.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @charcats7 They DO look up. Don’t fall for that line.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Floyd in GA If the baggie is loose enough, you don’t need to unwrap.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Rastous Send a couple of those bundles so I can test the theory out!

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Tim I’ve got the Nancy Pelosi special … a single shot bolt-action M3. Will those techniques work in small town America?

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Rob So it would be a good idea if you didn’t come here. Or, if you are already here, leave. I understand that Paris, France and Cologne, Germany have a lot of vacancies at the moment.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Craig Nobody owns a cat. At best, they condescend to eat your food and shit in the provided box IF you keep the shit scooped out regularly. There is no restriction on where they might throw up except that they NEVER throw up in the little box.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Token British Contribution So, what was your take on Paris in December or Cologne over New Years? They are just as unarmed as you, and you are just as vulnerable as they are.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @mr. parker Yes … but they aren’t allowed to use them. 

    Oh, I thought I read “sharp edges”. My bad. No, they aren’t allowed to have sharp points in the house if they are within 100 meters of the residence of anyone under the age of 57. Or over the age of 58. Or wearing pink.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Drew Keep warmed bears? Where did you read that?

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Kyle Set up a stand a couple hundred yards from the next “gun buy back” and offer $20 more than the cops.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Ryan That’s right … they come in .40 S&W now.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @edub I’m Irish. You’ll get used to it. His sort are why we ended up part of the UK.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Ryan After you’ve looked down a muzzle or two, this will all make perfect sense. 
    I’ve been the intended target more than 20 times … sometimes from point-blank range, most times from a longer distance. Pistols, small bore rifles, .50 cal machine guns (just north of Toledo, Oh!) After you’ve been unable to return fire a few times, you’ll begin to appreciate how desirable having a firearm convenient is.

    I should make mention that, except for the time I was shot at by a would-be sniper in a public park, every incident occurred while I was at work for the railroad and was, by work rules, forbidden to be armed.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @normal [email protected] Break into my home and I will demonstrate the difference between paranoid and prepared.

  • RiellyOHanlon

    @Dayne One more than he wrote about. 😉

  • Daniel Moran1

    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

  • Ready and waiting

    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 by my bed, 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 I’m writing this…eaning up against and partly behind my wifes china cabinet…All are chambered. I keep 00 buckshot in the remington 1187.

  • Parallax View

    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.

  • Jedder77

    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.

    • Parallax View

      Jedder77 From a physics/chemistry point of view, that’s hard to understand unless we’re talking about rusting from old soft iron magnets.
      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.

    • eddd777

      How did a magnet ruin his barrel? I have several guns hanging from magnets, so would like to hear his story.

  • Fotoguy333

    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
    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

    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.

  • Flying_D

    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.

  • 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! 🙂

  • Alicia

    Ever seen a purse with a hidden holster?  My Dad went to a gun show and came out with a plain-Jane light buckskin purse for me.  I thought “Whatever!” since it was not really my “bag” (pun intended.)  Then he showed me the Velcro closure on the bottom seem would open enough to hold a Colt.  Suddenly I like the purse! 🙂

  • Brandon

    ceiling plant

  • Tracy

    I hide my knife in the wire frame of my bed that holds the mattress in the bottom of it right next to my pillow so it is within an Arm’s Reach if I need it.

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