Storing my 1911 in a wood cigar box

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by ElvisIsDead, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. ElvisIsDead

    ElvisIsDead New Member

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    An old friend called today and we were talking about keeping guns around the house with all the kids, my son's not mine, running around. He said he keeps his Colt in a wood cigar box. I have several of them around the house but have never given it much thought. I haven't smoked cigars in years. Does anyone see any chance of damage from the wood? I believe the boxes are cedar but not 100% sure. They are nice boxes that contained charming cigars straight from Havana. Still has the Republic De Cuba Tax Stamp right next to the "Cohiba burned into the wood. I think it would be a neat way to store the gun and the kids know to stay out of the cigar box.
     
  2. 1911Jeeper

    1911Jeeper New Member

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    If you have kids in the house or kids as visitors to your home, you should have a lock box, trigger lock, quick access container, or similar to prevent unauthorized access to the firearms.

    Thoroughly dry wood should cause no harm to a modern firearm.
     

  3. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    ^^^^^Yes To That??^^^^^^
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    EASY GUYS

    Stand down a bit, the gentleman is merely asking a question.

    Now, hiding in plain sight is all fine and good Elvis, but you have to factor in access, which I know you have.

    NO GRANDPARENT hasn't thought about the Little Ones. ;)

    I am for the idea of hiding a weapon in plain sight.

    When I was in Daly City ( outside of San Fran ) in 2002, our contract included some work in "the ghetto" behind The Presidio and also in San Mateo and Oakland.

    Now, my guys who followed me from contract to contract were mostly, uh, "white" for lack of a better term. I don't know what the PC term is.... "cracker"? :confused:

    One guy, I'll call him Nick, was a former Army, uh, "shooter". He had a lot of tricks, gained by lots of time "outside the wire". He turned me onto 1911's and he showed me some stuff that NO ONE has volunteered here on this website. :rolleyes:

    In his toolbox was an inconspicious looking First Aid kit. Probably 9" by 6" and it was made of steel with a two hinge top. Just ziptied to his toolkit. It went everywhere he went to work. Just another piece of "kit".

    One day we were talking about safety, just he and I, and he said that he was not worried, he was 100% covered. I made the comment that "my over-watch was sometimes MILES away" - he just gave me a grin and flipped the two latches on his "First Aid" kit. Inside was nothing but foam, a 1911 5" Colt, loaded, and (3) additional mags.

    I would have NEVER guessed what he had in there if he didn't show me.

    JD
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Personally, the gun in my house is always in a locked, quick open Gun Vault. I have a granddaughter and I don't want any accidents. Kids can get into anything around the house out of curiosity. I would rather know my granddaughter will never have access to my gun than to wish, in hindsight, that I was more careful.
     
  6. Gloves

    Gloves New Member

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    Dillinger, I know that part of SF. and a first aid kit... that's genious.
     
  7. Ralphhster

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    Dillinger has a very very good point ! Exclusive of all else, criminals do LOVE for folks to keep their firearms locked up. When you need the gun most, you WILL need it fast. If you don't need it fast ---call 911 ---if you call 911 ,you really won't need to then dig for your gun ! Ever tried to get ahold of 911 --FAST ?
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    Cigar box sounds like an ingenious place for the home defender to be stored, ready for fast action !
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Almost like the "cut out" coffee table book at my house.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I don't see how storing a weapon in a cigar box would hurt anything. It would be like any other storage area, keep it cool and dry. If you really want protect it, line the inside with something and throw a reusable dry stick in there.
     
  10. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Doubt it would hurt a thing and it would be a nifty conversation piece. I have no kids at home so a few of mine are always laying around the house on tables or counters...
     
  11. DrumJunkie

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    The Cigar box wont hurt anything but it might be looked into. I seen a clock that sat on a mantle that you could pop open and put a weapon in. I think it was Midway that had it. Hiding in plain sight is great. But masking it a thing that only you understood might help with prying hands.:)
     
  12. Drriley

    Drriley New Member

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    I believe the solution to the kids/grandkids "problem" is education. forbidden fruit is the most tempting- let the kids handle the guns (unloaded of course), do the "eddie eagle"
    tell an adult if you find a gun routine, and get the kids to the range to see what a gun is really about.

    I (and now my kids and grandkids) grew up in a house with a loaded gun "available" with the strict understanding it was not to be touched without an adult. This worked because when the adult was asked, the gun was available and questions discussed so it was no big deal.
     
  13. ElvisIsDead

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    Thank you everyone for your input. I just don't know much about different wood. I assumed a box designed to store $1,000 worth of cigars wouldn't hold moisture but I wanted to be sure. As for the safety questions, safety should always be everyone's number one concern. My son and grand kids always were taught to respect and fear a gun. They all have shot them, all know how to shoot them and all know never to touch one without an adult there. In fact I was at Walmart with my oldest grandson when he was 9 years old looking at a .22 rifle. I asked the clerk if I could see it. He took the rifle out of the case and handed it to me. My grandson looked at him and said "Aren't you going to make sure it isn't loaded before you hand it to someone?".

    I will never chastise anyone for suggesting extra safety with guns and I appreciate your concern. The gun that will be kept in my cigar box is in my office at my house. The grand kids are not allowed in that room. Everyone needs at least one "Man Cave" in the house to call their own.
     
  14. Ralphhster

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    ."the only 911 call I need is chambering a round" - Mr. Muller, MO car dealer
    You silver tongue person you ! :)
     
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  15. thundrr1

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    When my grandchildren (one or all) are around my house my pistols are locked in a safe. All except the one on my hip. If the gun is on me, the children can't get a hold of it without my knowledge. And, yes, I sleep in my Lazy Boy with it on my hip when they have a sleep over.
     
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  16. Gloves

    Gloves New Member

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    thundrr1, ... wow.
    I have so many questions... not sure if i should ask any of them.
     
  17. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    As a reminder, newspaper does yellow with age due to acid used in the manufacture. Do not use to store or line the box where you store your 1911
     
  18. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Hmmm, it seems wise to carry a 1911 to a 911 call or 9/11!

    Thanks for the 'in plain sight' tips too...