Long term storage

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by M14sRock, May 8, 2011.

  1. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I used to vacuum seal the guns that I was not using. Even after many years, they come out of the plastic in perfect shape. So tonight I decided to vacuum seal my Browning High Power, a Galco Yaqui slide holster, 8 13rd mags, one 20 rd mag, a spare set of Navidrex Micarta stocks, and 250rds of 124gr+P Gold Dots.

    Pistol, holster and stocks.

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    Pistol with fitted bag.

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    First seal complete.

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    Two mags, coated with Fluid Film getting ready to be wrapped.

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  2. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    That would be one hell of a sales pitch for the vacuum sealer industry.
     

  3. Gordo323

    Gordo323 New Member

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    You could have just sent it to me!
    I would have held it ,and cleaned and oiled it every night, much better long term storage in my opinion! :D
     
  4. M14sRock

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    I wiped down the pistol with Fluid film inside, then sealed it up. Then I stuck it in the holster, dropped it into an old gun sock (for padding) and sealed it in another bag. A label was added and it got sealed inside a third bag, for redundancy.

    Here are the mags getting prepped. I wrapped the 13 rd mags two at a time, and the old FN 20rd all by itself.

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    Here are the finished mags, and the pistol.

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    The ammo was sealed 50rds to a bag. Then those were doubled up and sealed again into 100rd packs. One bag of 50 was left alone.

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    At the very least this stash will fare well in the event we have another FTF boating trip. But it will also be suitable for long term storage, protected from water, dirt, etc.

    I may seal up some more goodies and stow it all inside some 6" ABS pipe. A 2 foot long section of ABS can hold a decent amount of gear.
     
  5. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Foodsaver used to always have a big booth set up at SHOT. They know how useful their product is, especially for more than just game meat prep.:D
     
  6. canebrake

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    Can you provide some info/photos of the vacuum seal unit?

    Tell us your opinion/review on it and anything you would look for when shopping for a unit.
     
  7. M14sRock

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    I have a Foodsaver Vac 1050 that I picked up at Costco at least 10 years ago. I use it all the time. Burned out one of them after about 2 years, and Costco exchanged it with no questions asked.

    My Aunt has a Foodsaver that is at least 25 years old. She uses it every night and it lives on the kitchen counter. It has been essentially bullet proof.

    The bags come on a roll, so you cut them to the length needed. 8" and 12" widths fit just about anything.

    I have long guns that have remained sealed since I got the Foodsaver.

    When sealing objects with sharp edges (sights, etc) I always pad the edges with several layers of paper towel or old rags before sealing. And for good measure, double bag and double seal.

    If I was buying another Foodsaver, they have a couple of heavy duty models. I'd get one of those. They can handle jobs faster. The one I use says it needs to cool down a few minutes between uses, and it does. When I rush it, the unit will over suck, and then it needs to cool down.

    We did a 8 day backpacking trip in the Sierras a few years ago, and the Mountain House food took up too much pack space. So I broke it all down and vacuum sealed it. It was about 1/4 the size after vacuuming, and 8 days of food fit inside my Bear Can.

    It works great for extra clothes and such, too.

    Not sure what they currently cost, but $169 is the amount that sticks in my head as the orig cost. Maybe we could get Foodsaver to be an FTF Vendor?

    EDIT - I just checked the Foodsaver website and they have some units that are under $100. For that price every FTFer should have one.
     
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  8. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    When I got out of the service I used to sell these at COSTCO. Wish I'd known this 10 years ago.
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    The Costco website has the model that Foodsaver sells for $159. Costco gets $129 for it, online.
     
  10. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    I'm just glad I dont have to do that anymore. That was a time in life I consider my own personal hell. No more service and no good jobs.
     
  11. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    I have the same model you do and have packed some of my gear too.
     
  12. TrapperJohn

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    OP,

    That is awsome. Do you think that would hold up to in a bathroom that is being used? I am looking to store some rifles in the bathroom for emergancy.
     
  13. M14sRock

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    TrapperJohn, as long as the integrity of the bag is not compromised, they would hold up on the bottom of a lake.

    Double, or triple bagged, with padding in between will keep them fresh. I have some rifles sealed (several years) with those fleece silicone impregnated gun socks around them, and they look like they were just sealed.
     
  14. canebrake

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    TJ, anticipate trouble in the loo?

    Lavatory emergencies, in my mind, conjure up additional tissue and in extreme situations, a bidet follow-up.

    Rifles, not so much.

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  15. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Thanks Rock.
     

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  16. lonyaeger

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    Yes, I'm thinking that the lube would have to be removed before use. Might be time-consuming if you're predisposed on your morning deuce.
     
  17. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    That quote + your username = absolute magic.
     
  18. TrapperJohn

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    I read many years ago that a bathroom is the perfect room to turn into a safe room. It is small so you spend a fortune to reinforce it. They are usually are close to sleeping areas and you are the most vulnerable in a bathroom/bedroom. I don't want to be taking a shower/dump have someone break into my house and not be prepared and if I am going to get into a gunfight I want some firepower.

    But all jokes aside if you have a family like me you need to put them somewhere safe until the threat is neutralized or the police arrive(This might take a while). If you have an intruder break in and you are gone your family members need someplace safe to run to even if it's temporary and having a firearm in that room is a must. You can also use this room as a distraction. While the intruder is banging on the door you can escape out a window while being armed. Right now I live in the city but we also live in the country very far from help. If things go down hill there you are responsible for yourself.

    The places most of my family lives a criminal can kill you, cook and eat you, drink a beer and be long gone before any law enforcement arrives.
     
  19. TrapperJohn

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    An AR covered in grease might not function correctly but a pump shotgun will. The other firearm I am considering for such a room is a bolt action
    30-06.

    The 30-06 will shoot through 40 inches of oak. So if your walls/door are reinforced you can still shoot through them with ease.
     
  20. TrapperJohn

    TrapperJohn New Member

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    That is really funny. Oh well at least I brought a smile to your face.
     
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