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shnorse 08-14-2008 01:04 AM

hanging a gun on the wall
how do you hang guns on walls...

i am looking into keeping my shotgun in my room for home defense... it doesn't do much good locked downstairs in the safe...

We have a 4 year old in the house, so i don't want him to touch it.. i was thinking of putting it in my closet... it would have to be vertical as the closet is small, what can i make to hold it? I figure i can lock the closet when the kid is here ( my nephew ), that, or i can put it some place high in my room horizontally.. over my bed would be good until he gets taller...

the shotgun is cheap, so easily replacable... not worried about security on a 50 dollar gun...

pictures and how-to's would be great.

thanks, erick

genie 08-14-2008 01:27 AM

You don't think a 4 year-old, especially a boy, can get to a shotgun hung on the wall??

When I was 4, I figure I would have gotten it down, off the CEILING!

I realize these comments are not helping any. So, IMO, if the shotgun is loaded, and a boy is present, anything can happen. If the boy is only present occasionally, make the gun unusable or hidden with no chance of discovery, only when you expect him to be present.

Righteous 08-14-2008 01:32 AM

I got several old guns on the wall for displays above doorways, nothing more then a big nail for the barrel and one thru the trigger guard behind the trigger, mine are unloaded tho

dragunovsks 08-14-2008 02:11 AM

I have my pump shotgun hanging on the back of the door to my gun/computer room. It is hung from a plastic hook that hangs on the top on the door panel. My wife and I don't kids yet so I leave a few shells in the mag tube, just in case of emergencies. I also have a wooden gun rack that is screwed to one wall that holds three more of my guns, it's high enough that the guns are out of reach of a child but well within reach for an adult.

robocop10mm 08-14-2008 12:36 PM

With my kids, education was the key. I was fortunate to live in the country and have a range on the property. I got them their own set of hearing protectors when they were about 2 years old. No one was allowed to use their head sets w/out their permission (give them some pride of ownership). I took them out and let them watch when I shot. Gave them the opportunity to shoot when ever they wanted to (they rarely wanted to). I let them "pull" the string on the skeet thrower and watch the competition between me and my best friend (daddy never missed, Uncle Joe can't shoot). If they wanted to shoot, I would drop what I was doing and take them out shooting. The mystery of the "forbidden gun" was taken away. It was old hat to them. They would not touch a gun w/o me being there, ever. They knew all they had to do was ask and I would make time for them.

I let them participate in the reloading of ammo. Pushing the powder drop on the Dillon while sitting in my lap. Watching while I cast bullets. Learning to wash hands thoroughly after handling anything that could be contaminated with lead.

I remember the story of a local Officer whose wife would not let him shoot with the kids. The duty gun had to be hidden out of sight. Their 16 year old son found his .357 revolver in the top of the closet. Accidentally shot him self. Not suicide, non contact wound, muzzle about 18" away when gun fired. I firmly blame the wife for this tragedy. Kids (even teenagers) will seek out that which is "forbidden" be it the gun in the closet, the car keys on the dresser or the liquor in the cabinet (now a days the porn on the internet).

coxhw 08-14-2008 04:24 PM

Well put robocop. My kids were taught the same way except that we didn't have a back yard shooting range. I made sure they had the place and time for shooting. The only other thing that I could tell shnorse is that with the laws the way they are now I would lock the gun while the kid is in the house.

1hole 08-14-2008 07:24 PM

A cousin once had the same problem. He solved it neatly with common plastic coated screw hooks from Lowe's and a length of bungee cord to secure the old shotgun vertical, muzzle down, on the inside of a bedroom closet door.

He started with three heavy duty lag-screw type screw hooks, about 5/16" as I recall, and about the same size bungee cord, maybe 18" of it.

He marked where he wanted the muzzle to be, as high as he could get it while leaving maybe 3" of butt stock clearance below the top of the door. He straighted out one hook to make it into an "L"and screwed it in place to secure the muzzle. Then he marked two upper points, one on each side of the pistol grip, and screwed the hooks there, points facing away. He then made a loop of the bungee, installed the gun and secured it snuggly around the grip with a couple or three of turns of the elastic cord.

The location of the upper hooks prevented the gun from being loosened by pushing it up, the cord prevented it from being pulled straight out without unwrapping it first. That was too hard and the bungee too high for a small kid to accomplish.

It wasn't hard for him or his wife to remove, quickly, but impossible for the little kids to do so!

shnorse 08-14-2008 08:13 PM

I figured i would leave it unloaded, and put the trigger lock on when he is here...

i have drilled into his head that he is not to touch the gun without me there, but kids will be kids, and all it takes is a few secconds of curiosity to = disaster.

I like the simplicity of the nails.. i will probably either wrap them in electric tape or something to protect the gun...

is it best to keep it muzzle up or muzzle down?

pioneer461 08-19-2008 10:41 PM


Originally Posted by shnorse (Post 36036)
"...the shotgun is cheap, so easily replacable... not worried about security on a 50 dollar gun... "

Hanging an unsecured firearm on the wall is irresponsible. Any curious 4 year old should have no trouble getting his or her hands on it.

Please consider the damage that your $50.00 shotgun could do in the hands of a career criminal. Theft of firearms isn't just about you losing your gun.

Check out the following web pages for a locking gun rack for your home.


$11.33. Not as good, but will keep a 4 year old out. 06420 VERTICAL LOCKING GUN RACK

There's probably more. Google it.

G21.45 08-19-2008 11:32 PM

Bad idea! And, then, there's always the problem of coming home to face your own gun! :eek:

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