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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 06-16-2012 08:09 PM 1267 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2012 08:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gun cabinets security firearms

I have moved this from the Projects forum at the suggestion of woodrookieII. I have seen a number of outstanding cabinets design for firearm storage but wood just isn’t strong enough or secure enough. I just don’t want anyone to go through what I experienced- the loss of twelve guns in March, 1970. Three were my grandfather’s and were irreplaceable. The others belonged to my father and I. Two of those were new and never fired! As a hunter education instructor, I emphasize this to all my classes. This is part of the student manual for the class. A heavy locker or safe is the only way to secure firearms.
Count up what your guns are worth and check with your insurance agent how much you would get for them. First, you would have to verify that you had the guns. Take pictures and let your agent keep them in your file. We had to sue the insurance company to get the claim which wouldn’t come close to replacing the guns we lost. My grandfather’s were no longer in production so the problem would be finding guns like them.

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 07:12 PM

Besides losing your guns, you also have to deal with knowing they are in the hands of a thief, and who knows if they will be used in a crime in the future.
Part of owning firearms is being responsible for them. If you can afford guns, you can afford a gun safe.

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 07:09 AM

Good post. It’s one of those things that seems like common sense, but wood just isn’t the right material if you need to lock something up securely. Spend the money on a big, thick metal gun safe. It’s also not a bad idea to keep your ammo in a separate safe.

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 02:39 PM

Bringing this to the top. I was sent a PM by a forum member to keep my opinions to myself. First, I have mentioned that I am a Hunter Education Instructor- my bywords for the class are Safety and Responsibility. I am not expressing an opinion on firearm storage. If one were to read my first post, I speak from personal experience. To the sender of the PM, I held a FFL for several years as a gunsmith.

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 04:19 PM

Good point – it is a simple fact: The more secure the storage, the less the chance of loss.

I suppose one could make a display cabinet secure… Maybe 4 inch thick wood and bullet proof glass?

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 05:18 PM

Wood wouldn’t (no pun intended) stop a determined thief. My idea is to keep them invisible- out of sight, out of mind. I feel our guns were stolen because the word got out and was heard by the wrong people. Sort of like the saying during WWII- Loose lips sink ships.

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 07:30 PM

I once designed a base cabinet drawer for long guns. Did have a lock, but was rather obscure in its location.
Just a thought.


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#7 posted 06-16-2014 11:03 PM

Well if you wife is like mine, buy 2 safes while you are at it! Use to have a pretty gun cabinet that advertise to some kids that broke into my house, come and get me. They cleaned my cabinet out. Them I purchased a nice big gun safe, to put all the new rifles my insurance company bought me, but my wife likes to keep all her stuff in there and I hardly have room for the guns! But the man is absolutely correct, a safe is the safest and best way to protect your guns and maybe protect some little kids that may be visiting.

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 11:38 PM

Years ago a friend has a big steel gun safe that he asked me to help disguise because his wife didn’t like the way it looked in their den… We enclosed the outside of it in oak to match furniture the he and his wife had collected over the years. It looked like a big piece of furniture from the outside with a TV on top… When he opened the two oak doors you would then see the black painted gun safe.

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