Safe vs Locker vs Case

Discussion in 'Gun Safes' started by Vallejo, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Vallejo

    Vallejo New Member

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    I'm new to firearms and I was just wondering if it was okay if I could store a gun in a carrying case designed specifically for firearms or should I just go ahead and get a locker or go all out and invest in a safe now. I do plan to buy more guns and gun accessories, many more. It's not much so people don't steal it but that it is kept safe and won't get damaged and I definitely don't want to rust up due to the climate.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    do not store a firearm in a case. the interior can attract moisture that can cause the firearm to rust. the only ones i can think of that are the exception to this are those treated with silicone to resist them from rusting. the locker or safe will have to be determined by your own personal needs for securing them and what risk there is to them. a locker will keep out the casual person from getting access to them if locked, but by no means will it keep a thief out. a safe is the best choice and the best chance to keep them secured and at least will slow down a thief. may not stop him, but it will take him longer to break into it than a locker.
     

  3. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Soooo much info you need here. All I can say is, if you can afford it, cut to the chase, and buy the best and biggest, highest quality safe you can. Also note that if a safe says "can hold 10 guns" it can really hold 5 guns easily, conveniently, and safely. (If you care about them, anyway.) Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but your state/locality may have laws regarding how you store them, (California).

    One thing I'd like to get eventually is a Pelican case big enough to hold a bunch of guns. I'd use it to transport to the range. Those things are sturdy, rustproof, waterproof, and lockable. The big ones have wheels. Not cheap, though.
     
  4. clr8ter

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    Just to note; I stored my 77/22 for YEARS in a soft case, no desiccant, no issues. Recently, I put it in a metal cabinet, WITH desiccant, and it had rust on the barrel where it rested in a month. You have to be careful no matter where it is.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have seen to many guns over the years that were stored in soft cases that ended up with rust on them.
     
  6. Vallejo

    Vallejo New Member

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    "While storing a loaded firearm, it must be in a place which cannot be accessed by a child under the age of 17, or secured with a trigger lock if there is reason to know that a child under 17 may gain access to the firearm."

    This is it that I know of. I live in Texas not California so it it's not that strict. (unless you're using California just as an example then nevermind)
     
  7. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I don't doubt that. But just so he's aware, it can go the opposite way, too.
     
  8. Vallejo

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    So I definitely don't want to store it in a case. Good to know.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    he probably didn't know what state you are in. some states have strict laws regarding keeping them secure and California is one of them.
     
  10. clr8ter

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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?:D
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    ummmm......then i am only half way illegal then!:p
     
  12. Vallejo

    Vallejo New Member

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    It most certainly should be a law.
     
  13. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  14. Vallejo

    Vallejo New Member

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    Do safes come with dehumidifiers built in?
     
  15. mahall

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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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  16. mahall

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


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  17. otisthecat

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    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.
     
  18. Vallejo

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    So can it be too dry in the safe?
     
  19. Rocky7

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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.
     
  20. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Rubber can dry out. I have ruined shoes by leaving them in a clothes closet.