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Old 02-09-2014, 02:42 AM   #11
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Oh, right, I didn't notice you're from Texas. I was just using Cali as an example. Ummm, isn't it illegal NOT to have a loaded firearm in Texas?
ummmm......then i am only half way illegal then!
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It most certainly should be a law.

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Think of your objective for storage.
Is it to keep them safe from theft?
Is it to keep them from children/guests?
Is it to protect them from damage?

Any storage is usually better than none.
Getting better storage than your last method of storage is better.

Temperature Change and Humidity is your enemy.
Large weasels can be dangerous.

I have used cases for extended temporary storage. Clean 'em, Lube and Protect them (CLP?), keep them in a stable environment. (Closet, etc)
As Axxe says, they don't make good long term storage as far as the gun sees it. A locked case when kids are around is great storage.

My first storage was a plywood box (locker) I made. It's primary purpose was to ensure that my new step-children were separated from them until we had some education and respect of firearms. It worked well for it's intended purpose. I did not use the box as primary theft protection.

A good safe can be purchased for the price of a quality firearm.
Mine is securely bolted into concrete. I just bought a heater strip for it. My guns are happier now, I am happier now. My wife, grown children are happier now.
We have 9 grandchildren that visit regularly. I am teaching them to shoot, but we all rest better knowing the guns are happy.

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Do safes come with dehumidifiers built in?

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I roll with one in the safe plus all my ammo! One in the car and one in my nightstand! My thinking is! The safe will be the "no brainer target for most thieves, and trust me they will get into if determined!! My guns are all holstered in said locations! You keep a gun lubricated and whipped down periodically rust is not a concern! People are going to hate on my thinking! But no rust to date and and no theft!! Knock on wood! Regardless, I suggest you don't keep all your eggs in one basket! A gun safe is a huge "red flag" that screams guns!! Just saying!!


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Of course 1 of the three stays on me, most all my waking hours!!


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Do safes come with dehumidifiers built in?
Typically no, but you may be able to find a few high end models that do. I bought a small dehumidifier that you plug in for 12 hours every other month (depending on air quality where you are) to dry it out, then unplug it and back in the safe. Think I paid $20 or so for it on Amazon and it seems to work as intended.
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I bought a small dehumidifier that you plug in for 12 hours every other month (depending on air quality where you are) to dry it out
So can it be too dry in the safe?
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Some people up here buy a safe in order to keep their guns safe from police who may one day enter their home (or garage) for some reason. I don't think you have that concern in Texas?

Guns come out of both hard and soft gun cases right away when they come into the house. It's better to store them in the air than in a case.

My safe has an mild electric heater rod thing made for safes and that drives out moisture.

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So can it be too dry in the safe?
Rubber can dry out. I have ruined shoes by leaving them in a clothes closet.
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