Wall Gun Safe

Been out of contact for a bit but I wanted to briefly discuss the topic of a wall gun safe. As I’ve mentioned before, while I started this website discussing holsters, it soon became obvious there were many more associated topics others were interested in learning about.

The reason we must discuss the topic of gun storage is because most people who own guns usually have more than one. There was a time in my life when I only owned one gun and wouldn’t even have thought of the need for more than one. Almost like the guy who has his first tool kit…he’s got a screwdriver, really, how many screwdrivers does a guy need? Well if you encounter one screw every six months, the one screwdriver will probably do; but if you intend to really get involved in the process of fixing, repairing, building, etc….it doesn’t take long before you realize there are hundreds of screws and using the wrong screwdriver may well destroy the head of the screw, turning a simple job into a nightmare.

Now I know the analogy is a little limp but it still does apply. When my one gun was used for defense of the home…the one would do; however, when it became a carry weapon for self-defense the number of factors in the equation multiplied…clothing, access, caliber, etc, etc. On top of that is the propensity for one to begin to “like guns”…if you have the bug you understand. The old saying then applies “two is one and one is none”.

Nevertheless, the process of storing one’s guns eventually becomes multi-faceted, like the screwdriver issue. Off the top of my head I can think of numerous different methods I use to store my weapons. I have a combination safe, mounted holsters, decorative boxes, picture frames, chairs, bathrobes, a wall safe, even boots that all have been used to store or conceal a weapon. Now I am not saying I have a weapon in each of these locations all the time…what do you think I am nuts?!

Anyway, I like to “hide” or store my weapons in ways that make them easily accessible and hidden in plain site. We know the robbers are going to go for the combination safe because it’s very presence screams “valuables”. So let them spend precious minutes working on it, while the guns are sitting only a few feet away.

A wall safe is a horse of a different color. It has concealability as part of it’s very character…hidden behind a picture frame, a mirror, a door; heck, the possibilities as numerous as the variety of screws.

My own wall safe I constructed myself. When I decided to figure out a way to store my guns out of sight yet not in a large steel safe, I went to YouTube and did a search on “hidden storage spaces”. Now I have to warn you, don’t do this search when you are pressed for time because this is one search that is going to open up a world to you you might not have even imagined.

Oh yeah! there is also a wall gun safe that can be purchased and either installed by professionals or do it yourself. Either way, there’s a lot of unused space between those walls. Stay safe!

PapaDave

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4 thoughts on “Wall Gun Safe

  1. Hello Dave. Interesting topic. I have never kept my firearms in a safe. For me, the sock drawer is a good place. I think that wall safes are great for gun collectors. However, in an emergency, it may cost extra seconds to access your weapon. If I ever start a gun collection as a hobby, I will definitely consider getting a safe.

    1. Peter, long time no hear from! I hope you and your family are doing well! I suspect you are back in school by now? I see you are up into the wee hours of the morning spending time on internet stuff.
      As I mentioned in my blog, at the beginning the thought of a safe never occurred to me. But then I moved into a new home and before I could get my lock box bolted to the floor, we were robbed. It was our thought, believing as we did that we lived in a good neighborhood, that it was ok to leave the back door open for the kids to get in after school because their schedules and our overlapped by about an hour. Well, that ended up not working. TIP: if there are no signs of forced entry, your insurance company will not cover your lock box contents and your wife’s twenty thousand dollars of her mother’s hand-me-down jewelry. Of course, my lock box was carried off with a weapon in it. That was in the days when I was not committed and the weapon today would be considered a “saturday night special”, which basically means it was a small caliber and cheap…really doesn’t have any meaning except to the anti-gunners. A gun is a gun, if it goes bang when you pull the trigger, who cares if it is cheap or not. Actually, if you have a bullet hole in you, you really don’t care if the weapon used cost $75 or $5000. Nevertheless, they got it. The detective who took the report couldn’t believe we had left the door open..lesson learned. Another tip: I’ve learned that if you leave the door open and someone walks in and attacks you, there will be a question as to whether or not they were invited…no forced entry…the principle applies, keep all doors locked at all times. I once saw a sign at a gun show for sale that read: “My door is locked for your protection, not mine!”
      Anyway, I digress. When burglars arrive all drawers are pulled out and dumped on the floor, they listen for the thumps of heavy items (guns). Afterall, the process takes just a few minutes to be in and out. Personally, I wouldn’t keep anything of value in my drawers…they really are the first target, as is under the mattress.
      Thanks for writing. I’ll be checking out your insights soon. Keep safe and get some sleep! PapaDave

      1. Dave, you make an excellent point about never keeping valuables in drawers or under mattresses. They’re obvious places for burglars to search. I’ll need to find a new hiding place. One of these days, when I get around to it, I will get a floor mounted safe. Take care.

        1. Hey Peter! As I’ve said before, I carry everywhere…if I can’t carry, I don’t go there because I’m just paranoid enough to not trust my safety on others who are not as committed to my life as I am; nevertheless, while I have a few weapons, I have one that I carry and have with me 95% of the time…it’s either on me or stuffed next to me in my recliner or in a holster attached to my mattress; hence, I don’t store it…it’s WITH me. I purchased a cheap used safe which I bolted to a file cabinet, tucked it deep in my clothes closet with bunches of stuff all around it. I have often thought how funny it would be to see someone trying to carry down the street a two-drawer file cabinet with the drawers sliding in and out with a safe the size of another drawer sitting atop. It might be worth the loss just to witness the craziness of it all. There are lots of interesting ways to thwart the average burglar. Keep safe! PapaDave

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