The weapons he uses for self-defense are not something that hangs on his wall like trophies or leaves in the house as if they were normal objects. If you have a family and do not live alone, you definitely know how dangerous it is to leave a gun unattended at home. There were many cases in the media of children playing with loaded weapons and only some of them ended well.
When you have a gun in the house, you should make sure to find it right where you left it and nobody else can find it by mistake. This is the reason why making a concealed weapons storage place is an incredible idea. None of the members of your family (those who do not have to know) can tell where your gun is hidden and thus avoid problems.
If you work your creativity a bit, you can make the perfect place to hide your weapon and no one can tell what it is about. In this way, in case there is an attack and the perpetrators manage to enter their house, they will have the possibility of removing the weapon from where it is hidden without raising suspicions.
Traditionally, people put their weapons in a safe, because they consider it safer in this way. Even so, you should consider that if you keep your weapon away, it loses its purpose. Until you get to the safe and unlock it, a lot of bad things can happen. In addition, thieves focus on identifying the location of the safe in your home and will make you open it while you are under your careful supervision, which makes the weapon void.
As we want you to be safe and able to protect your family and friends, we will discuss some ideas and projects that will help you keep your weapons discreet. You can go in two ways when you try to keep your weapons away from prying eyes:
- DIY projects: here you will need a bit of maintenance staff skills like using a hammer and a saw to create the basic structures. Still, all projects are creative, fun to do and will definitely help you develop new skills;
- Ready-made products that you can buy in a tactical store or online.
Making your own storage place for concealed weapons
Next, we will discuss some of the most popular ideas among gun owners, but you should not stop here. You can be creative and invent some of your own hiding places. Just remember what a wise man once said: the best hiding place is in sight!
Places to hide the weapon when you live alone.
When you live alone, you do not have the problem of children playing and finding your weapon. You just have to be creative enough to find a place where no thief thinks there is a hidden weapon.
Here are some hidden places that the “bad guys” use:
- In the pantry, in a box of cereals, usually the thieves do not look for cereals, they want money and jewels. However, the problem is how are you going to enter the pantry to get the gun, when the attackers are already threatening you;
- Behind fake electrical outlets, this is a smart place to hide a weapon. Usually, when thieves want to intimidate you, they make you lie on the floor, near the wall. If you are lucky enough to be near the wall where your weapon is, you will not even realize when you pointed the gun at them;
- Inside the front door (if the door is thick enough), this way, when you open it, your hand is only a few inches from your weapon and the person in front of the door has no idea. If those in front of your door look suspicious or try to attack you, you can protect yourself simply by reaching for the weapon;
- You can hang a small weapon upside down on the furniture in your bathroom. No thief would think to look there and you could convince them to let him go to the bathroom. Speaking of the bathroom, you can put a gun under the towels;
- You can choose to sleep with your gun going under the pillow (we’ve all seen the movies) or under your bed; this is the closest you can keep your weapons in case of an attack;
As you can see, when you live alone, almost every corner can be used as a hiding place. Just make sure you remember where you put it so as not to trip over it by mistake.
Places to hide your weapons when you have children.
Well, now is the time to be creative! When there are children around there is no way you can keep your firearm under the bed or stacked under the towels in the bathroom.
You need a smart hiding place that can hide weapons perfectly and still be easily accessible when you need them.
Gun cabinet hidden in the wall.
Find a place on one of the walls of your house where you can place a full-length mirror. Well, this is our example, you can use whatever else you like (for example, a large painting). These elements (the mirror or the painting) are used to hide the fact that behind it there is a hidden closet. If you are careful with the work or if you hire a professional, nobody in the house can say it.
Finding the place may be the hardest part because it must look natural. You should also make sure you do not have pipes or cables behind the cabinet. You would not want to break something while you try to hide your weapons.
After finding the perfect place and having all the necessary tools, start by making a hole in the wall. It must be smaller than the object you are using to cover everything (in our case, the mirror). This object will really be on the door of your cabinet, so if the hole is bigger, anyone will know that something is happening. Cut the hole, but be sure to leave the insulation alone, you do not need this cabinet to be extremely deep, 5 inches should be enough.
Now you have a big hole in the wall, so it’s time to build something to fill that hole. Take the tape measure and measure the length and width of the hole. After getting the exact measurements, start building a box that fits exactly in the hole. You will need to build the frame of the box and install a back side. For the back you can use plastic, plywood or panels. This box is going to be the inside of your weapons cabinet, so after it’s all over, slide it into the hole and screw it into place. You can add hooks inside the cabinet to hang your weapons and secure them in place.
The next logical step is to install the door. This is a large piece of wood in which the mirror (or paint) is installed on one side and the cabinet hinges on the other side. Mount it on the frame of the box inside and make sure nothing looks out of place. The door must be in perfect harmony with the mirror, and you can even decorate it to look like a frame.
The last step is to install a blockade. You can go with a traditional lock with a key or you can install a lock activated by keyboard that can hide in another part of the house (following the same process).
The place of library storage.
People have used booksellers to hide secrets for centuries! Although it is a hidden door, a trap for another world or simply a place to store your weapon, the bookstore is still the best. This is a really fun DIY project that will not take more than an afternoon. Also, you will not have to cut walls or doors for this.
You will need the following items:
- A wooden box
- Old books or spines of decorative books.
We think you have the main idea, but to get better information about it, read the document process. The wooden box must be carefully chosen or constructed. Here are the features you need to have:
- It has to be as tall as the thorns book or smaller. In no case can the box be higher than the thorns of the book!
- Make sure your gun or guns fit easily into the wooden box. If people can see something that sticks out of it, they will lose the element of surprise.
- Make sure that the box fits perfectly on the shelf and that nothing looks weird.
- If you decide to use old books instead of decorative spines, you should make sure to use books of equal length. Also, when you remove the thorns, make sure they have the same width.
The manufacturing process is simple. Simply take the box and decide on which side the thorns should go. First make sure it fits perfectly on the shelf of your library (the one above) and that you can camouflage it with other books.
Glue the spines on one side of the box, making sure they look as natural as possible, and let it dry. When finished, place the weapons in the box and place the box on the shelf. No one will know that their bookseller hides more than knowledge.
Inside the sofa
I told you that you need to be creative, right? How do you feel about actually sitting on your guns? All you need to do is flip the sofa and remove the fabric covering the frame. You will find that you have a lot of space underneath. Well, this is true for the older armchairs, I’m not sure it still works for the moderns, but it does not hurt to look.
You can use a system of hooks and belt locks to keep the weapons in place and when everything is fixed, you must cover the entire system with the fabrics of the sofa again. This is not a good system for your access weapons, since it will be difficult to get them in case of theft, but you can use it to hide any rifle you have in the house. The place is safe and difficult to detect.
False bottom drawer
It seems a complicated job but with a little patience and skills you can do it. Of course, you can always do it for a professional, but where’s the fun in that?
To make a hidden compartment on your bedside table, you will need the following items:
- Saw for cutting wooden planks;
- Wood planks (plywood or panels can be used)
- A pen
- a tape measure
The process is as follows: first, take the drawer out of its place and measure it. Then measure your weapon and make sure it fits. It also measures your height to know how big your compartment should be. Just make sure that after installing the fake background there is still a place in the drawer so it does not look weird.
Now that all the measurements have been made, cut 4 small pieces of wood and make sure your height is a little bigger than your gun. They will be placed in each corner of your drawer and will admit the false bottom. After this, cut out the false bottom of a wooden plank. Make sure it is thick enough to support anything you put on it. Also, make sure it fits naturally in your drawer.
Once you measure and cut everything, you can begin to install your hidden compartment. First, glue the pieces you made to support them on each corner and wait for them to dry. When finished, drill a small hole in the actual bottom of your drawer. This is going to be your opening system. You can place an ink cartridge from a ballpoint pen or a thin metal rod and push the fake bottom to open it.
The next step is to place the gun in the drawer and install the false bottom on the top. After this, try the opening system and, if all is well, place the drawer on your bedside table. You may want to put something in the drawer, otherwise, it will look weird. Who has an empty drawer on his bedside table?
You may better understand the creation process from a video tutorial, so you can see here how to make a false bottom drawer.
Storage of hidden weapons that you can buy
As I said before, if you’re not the kind of maintenance staff person, you can simply buy these spaces in tactical stores or online. Next, we will briefly analyze some of the options you have in the market.
The shelf on the wall
It is a very simple shelf (as you can see in the following link) with a great secret hidden below. You can choose the color and wood that is made to fit the rest of the furniture.
This type of concealed gun cabinet is capable of storing up to two pistols and you can customize the rest of the foam to fit anything else (a scope or a knife, for example). The locking system is magnetic and can use a safety lock or a lock with a magnetic key. The hinges are controlled by a cushion gas spring, which means that your weapons will not fall to the floor once the cabinet is opened.
If you like this product, you can find it and buy it on Amazon.
High concealment clock
It is a wonderful piece of furniture that will definitely decorate your house and a hidden cabinet for weapons. It is the perfect place to hide your weapon to your children and still have a quick access in case of an attack. It is locked with a magnet and can not be opened unless it knows which side to press.
The fact that you can place it on a shelf anywhere in the house makes it a better place to hide a weapon than the safe. The safe must be opened and, in case of an attack, every second is extremely valuable.
If you like this product you can find and check its price here.
False book insurance set
We go back to the bookstore but this time with something that looks like a book. It’s like you’re in one of the James Bond movies, with a gun hidden in a book. These books look genuine, but in reality they are secret compartments where you can store valuable papers, money and small arms. Just put it on the shelf, among all the other books and nobody will know.
If you like this product, you can find it and buy it on Amazon.
As you can see, there are many ways to keep your weapons safe and away from prying eyes and children. You just have to put your imagination to work and make sure you have access to the hidden compartment at any time you want.
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