Hiding your guns in plain sight
Posted Feb 20th 2014 | By:
There are an estimated 300 million guns in the US and it's important for each of these to stay secure. Sure there are traditional gun safes, cabinets and racks, but many of these are obvious and easy to defeat by a skilled burglar. That's why you can add an extra layer of protection to your gun collection by hiding them-- often in plain sight.
We've all walked past those displays of refrigerator sized gun safes and marveled at the thickness of the walls, how heavy the doors are, and how many huge moving deadbolts the door secures with. The problem is, most of these safes are meant to protect the insides from fire and casual theft, not to stop an all-out assault on your firearm collection by someone who knows what they are doing.
In fact, most of your basic safes are so simple that a kid can pick them with household items in just a few minutes.
Kelly Alwood breaching a Sentry digital safe in less than a minute
Beautiful glass gun cabinets are even easier to penetrate as most use only a simple cam-lock to close the doors and, of course, have large panels of very breakable glass.
A possible solution.
One trick to get away from having your safe or gun cabinet be the subject of a direct attack within seconds of someone penetrating your home in a burglary is to salt your guns away where they are least expected.
This often involves carpentry skills which most of us can fake or borrow from friends, and those who can't can usually rent. Hidden gun vaults can be made inside false closets, under stair cases, inside other pieces of functional furniture, and in false floors.
(A mirror unlatches to reveal a vault built into the non load bearing wall)
(Using the void under staircases, which can be useful in split levels)
(functional compartments inside nightstands and coffee-tables)
(Hidden but still accessible if needed)
(A safe can be contained inside a false wall)
(Compartments under bookcases)
(And behind paintings and pictures, recessed into the wall and latched/locked securely closed)
The BedBunker Safe people make these and they are mighty proud of them, however if nothing else, they provide inspiration.
Such as something more like this, which can be accomplished by most with even rudimentary carpentry skills. Insert a small gunsafe in the slot for extra protection.
Of course, nothing is 100% and even if you have your vault concealed and then use a safe in that secret location, it can still be found eventually and defeated.
Still, you should make them work for it.
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