Secure Home Gun Storage: The Prepper’s Essentials

by Tom G

Having a good collection of guns at home is one of the very best ways of making sure that you are ready to face whatever comes your way in the future. You can feel safe and well protected if you know that you can deal with anyone or anything that threatens your family.

However, if you currently store them under your bed or in a cupboard then it is time to get a good, secure safe. There are a few reasons why this is such a good idea.

Have All Your Firearms Ready to Use

There isn’t much point in having some powerful firearms in the house or garage if it takes you a while to get them out. Lifting floorboards, crawling under beds, and hunting in cupboards can take up valuable seconds or minutes that you might not have when you are under pressure.

On the other hand, a quality gun safe will give you instant access. Whether it is with a key, a digital keypad, or biometric access, you can very quickly get in and get hold of your firearms without any fuss or delay.

Handgun safes will often be spring-loaded, meaning that you can arm yourself and your family in a matter of seconds. A good safe should also give you space to keep your ammo in there too.

A well laid out gun safe will also let you organize your guns in the best possible way. You can hang them, put them on shelves, or otherwise have them ready to grab and use in just one movement.

If you have a number of firearms to store then you will want to read some gun safe reviews to see which one is going to fit them all in easily. Don’t forget that it is often easy to customize your safe to give you the exact space that you need, together with a motion activated light and anything else that you need.

Keep Your Guns Well Hidden… If You Want to

Not everyone has the same idea about whether or not to hide their guns out of sight. If you want to do this then a gun safe can give you a clever way of doing so.

Some can be bolted to the wall behind furniture or in a nightstand, while others could go under the bed but still be easy to access. There are even specialist safe firms that make models built into beds, sofas, and other types of furniture.

If you want to hide your safe then you might also want one that gives you silent access to your guns. If the idea is to scare people off then one with a loud beeping one might be more appropriate.

Maybe you also want to scare off intruders by having a big, powerful looking safe that gives off an imposing look. In this case, you might want one of the high quality retro style gun safes that look impossible for someone else to open.

The best first step to take it so measure the place where you want to put the safe. You can then set about finding out which model will fit both in terms of style and size.

Be Ready for Any Sort of Emergency

Finally, for most of us a gun safe is something that could save our lives in any sort of emergency. There is simply no way of knowing when we will need to open this safe and fight off some sort of threat.

Therefore, it is important to bear in mind the kind of threats and emergencies that we want to be ready for. We certainly don’t want a safe that anyone can just crack open or pick the lock on in a matter of seconds.

Protecting your guns from fire damage is another important point. You will find that the lowest priced, budget safes don’t offer this type of valuable protection, though.

If you choose a big, well protected safe then you can use this for storing more than just your guns and ammo in. You could also put in here important documents, money, and anything else you want to keep safe for an emergency.

In this way, you will be completely ready to handle any emergency that comes you way in the future. Having a gun safe that you can depend upon will let you feel better prepared, which will


  1. It’s also important to not ” put all your guns in one basket” i.e. Have several secure storage areas in your home and vehicles so you’re never to far from protection.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Its a good article – I agree with Bill regarding eggs and basket-

      However, I would also say, if you need a safe…do it for the right reasons. (Have shown dozens of people how easy it actually is to take from a safe) live gray man and avoid even the notion that you need one…

    • Thank you for what you said Bill, about not putting all your guns in one basket. I am the same way. I try to explain to my husband and son that you need other areas in the house for your guns and not have them all in one place (gun cabinet, closet, etc…). What if you are in the front of your house and someone breaks in and all your weapons are in a back bedroom? Or if your asleep and your weapons are locked away in the gun cabinet in the den? I prefer having weapons hid here and there, just in case. Not being paranoid, just being safe.

  2. Surviving in Ky says:

    Just some info on storing ammo with your guns. I have a friend who left his guns loaded while stored in his safe. His house caught fire and though the fire didn’t make it inside the safe initially. The ammo cooked off inside the guns and blew the guns apart and caught the inside of the safe on fire enough to severely damage them. I have since stopped storing loaded guns or ammo in my safe for this reason. I’ve not sure anyone else has experienced this. Just thought I would share with everyone.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Surviving in Ky

      Two thoughts –

      First my safes are all 2 hr fireproof min rated/ and in addition to ammunition (no guns usually in them) I have thin walled water jugs sitting over my sealed ammo boxes/ inside safe 🙂

      Second, if I could go so far as to say…large stashes of ammo should always be stored away from home with spare non used guns/ sub-basement/secured un-attached garage non- descript pckgng or in a safe room in a garage not attached to the house – or buried with proper care taken 🙂 (eg., storm cellar etc., )

      • This You Tube SAMMI clip may take you out of the panic mode about storing ammo in a structure that catches fire. Apparently it isn’t worth getting wrapped around the axle about:

    • Freeheel says:

      Ammo stores in a safe is. It only not dangerous it is not likely to cause damage to any firearms. Love the story but it doesn’t follow science. Any search of the internet reveals it to be relatively harmless. Try searching SAAMI ammo burns for the real intel. Next redneck myth.

  3. JP in MT says:

    Safes have more uses than just guns. I keep important documents, cash, PM’s, electronics, and optics in mine. It also helps keep important stuff in one place in-case-of an emergency evac.

  4. I’m a firm believer in having your firearms properly secured. As a grandfather, I hate the idea of having a firearm unsecured with inquisitive little ones running around. Therefore, I keep a pistol out for everyday carry & a shotgun within reach at night. Also, I had a friend years ago that was a collector & kept everything locked up. Bad guys came in one night, secured him & his wife & forced the combination to his safe out of him. They left with his whole collection and he and his wife were left tied to chairs for several hours. None of the weapons were ever recovered. There are more and more kick-ins all the time. JUST SAYIN’

  5. I keep loaded handguns on every floor of my house, for home defense, placed where they can be accessed almost immediately. Because I also have grandchildren who live with me, each gun is stored in a biometric access handgun safe. I realize I could eliminate the need for all of my safes if I just in-home carried; which I prefer not to do. I do of course always CC when out of my home.

  6. Funny how views on this have changed over the years. Well, no, it is not funny at all. Looking back when I was a kid (a little kid) there were things that were littleray off limits, no matter what. One was staying out of my parents bedroom. Period. Another was rumaging through closets and drawers that held things that did not belong to me or were of my concern. Above all we were not allowed to touch things such as nicknacks etc. Were there guns in the house? Yes. Did we even think of messing with them ? NO. Today it really pisses me off the way parents let their kids do whatever they want and think it is cute. The way I see it this thing about being your kid’s best friend…..Sheesh!!!! You are the kids parent not their best buddy!!! Act like it!!! Do I use a gun safe. No. I live alone, but even when I was younger and had kids around I kept my guns in a gun cabinet where they could be displayed. Still do. Re storage of ammo; I don’t like the idea of having guns in one place and ammo in another. The time may well come where I may need both in a hurry and I sure don’t want to have to run back and forth for them.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Curt the more you tell somebody NO, the more they want it.

      Back in my (and yours also) childhood we were told to not do something and we still did it. It has always been and always be this way.

      I kept all my guns out of reach and in a safe so my Son could not get them.

      But I also allowed controlled access to them when he asked about them.

      When he asked to see them I got them out of the safe, showed him they were empty and how to check to see if they were empty. He knew he could see them, touch them, work the action any time he wanted to by just asking to.

      He had no desire to sneak around to look at them.

      I also took him shooting at least once a month so he got to actually shoot. We started out with air rifles in the back yard and moved to 22’s and then larger calibers. His friends were talking about shooting guns in video games (he did and still does that) and he would talk about taking the 357 Mag rifle and handgun shooting. All his friends were envious of him going shooting.

  7. Phil Elliott says:

    I call B. S. On blowing guns apart in a fire how are they going to do that? They are designed to fire ammo!

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      It could happen if the rounds cooked-off when in the magazine or in a revolver went off out of position of the barrel.

      Guns were made to only fire the round that has the bullet pointing out the barrel. If the other rounds go off (the ones not pointing down the barrel) the energy of that explosion has to go someplace and that could easily damage a gun.

      Guns (be it a revolver or semi-auto rifle or pistol) hold bullets in small confined spaces (revolver chambers and or magazines) and when modern smokeless powder burns in a confined space it builds up pressure to the point it pushes itself out. The metal of a gun is no match for this energy release when it happens in the wrong way. Guns blow up when this happens. Add several of these explosions happening all at once like would happen in a fire and your gun suddenly comes apart and all the kings horses and all the kings men can’t put it together again.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Packed with firearms inside an enclosed non lined hotbox ammunition becomes shrapnel/etc ,

  8. No children in our home thank heavens but we have a safe big and small. I keep my everyday weapon on me except at bedtime. And in a holster attached to box springs at night.

  9. Chuck Findlay says:

    I have 3 safes, only 2 of them are fire rated. The third one is an inexpensive Homak of the late 1980’s era.

    I would like to get a larger gun safe that is fire rated, but they are expensive.

    But then I’m writing this from a motel room because we just had a house fire and it’s giving me more thoughts on buying a used fire rated gun safe.

    I also need to come up with a way to store gun powder and primers in the home and make them fire resistant. I had 90-pounds of gun powder and over 40,000 primers that were on the other side of the basement from the fire we had a few days ago.

    PS: Motel life sucks, we are going to be out of the home for 2-months as they empty the house and repair things and clean it all up. Going on 3-days and already restaurant food for every meal already sucks.

    I think I’m going to be doing some camping soon. I have a 32 foot trailer on a lot 20-miles away (use it as a get away place every Summer) and I’m also going to camp out in the back yard of the home just to get away from the motel some. I love camping so why not do it?

    • tommy2rs says:

      Build a box out of plywood. Size the box to the application. Apply a borax fire resisting solution to the box, inside and out. Cover the box in drywall on every side. Cut plywood to make another box around the drywall covered box. Treat all the plywood before assembly. Build a tight fitting lid to fit the dimensions of the completed box using the same method as above. This is what I store all my flammables in, butane canisters, propane canisters, powder, primers , etc.. Even have a big one for gas cans out in the pole barn. You do have to retreat the exterior on occasion, particularly if it gets wet. Remember this is only fire resistant.

      See either link for borax recipes and heed the cautions

  10. Hi Chuck,

    Well. what you say is true re telling a kid “no”. The difference in my case was You go against the “no” and you found out real quick you didn’t want to do that again. I believe every household has or should have rules. Discipline involves punishment. This thing that is so prevelent today about not spanking…..bunch of BS. If I did wrong and my dad was mad enough I got it. And it was not always on my behind. Know what? You learn dang quick no means no. Truth is, it made me a better person. Now I don’t believe in beating a kid but a swift swat upside the head works wonders. Don’t get me wrong, my folks were very loving but there were rules. Matter of fact my traing started when I was still a baby. I raised my kids the same way.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Yea I was on the receiving end of a few spankings.

      You are right about parents today not holding kids accountable.

      I too was fearful of what my Dad would do if we did something wrong.

      I also spanked my Son when needed. He’s now 27, married, never did drugs or alcohol and pretty much a good guy.

      If I could only get him to not wait 3-days to answer a text from me…

    • I believe in spanking a kid, not beating them of course, but a few swats on the butt, let’s them know that when you say no, you mean no. I agree about parents not spanking their kids is BS! I have seen more and more kids, and young adults become disrespectful, and get away with so much because they are not taught that there are consequences for their actions. I can understand some parents wanting to keep guns in a safe to make sure their kids can’t get ahold of them, but I am wary of safes because I want to be able to grab my gun quickly and with ease no matter what room I’m in.

  11. Richard Cummings says:

    Gun safes might make you feel good but are worthless when it comes to preventing theft, and even fireproof ones can still get hot enough inside to destroy documents and firearms. I buy safes at estate sales and auctions, nobody knows what is inside or what the combination is, I can open any of them in less than 20 minutes with a angle grinder and some cutoff wheels.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Richard while that is true it’s not generally an issue in a home invasion. Few crooks have an angle grinder on them. And a heavy safe is not going to be carted off. Even harder to do when lag bolted to the floor.

      So no they are not worthless if bolted down and the fire ratings on 2 of my safes is 2-hours.

      And having just had a house fire I can attest to my local fire department getting to the house in less then 10-min of being called. So the 2-hour rating is very realistic.

      Post-SHTF the fire department may not be there so fast or at all, but still I would rather have a fire rated safe then not have one.

      • Richard Cummings says:

        If I was the type of person that knew somebody had a safe and I wanted to open it, my small DeWalt angle grinder only weighs about 3 pounds and fits inside a small bag, doesn’t matter if bolted down, I can still open it in a few minutes, don’t need to cart it away. Grinder can also be used to open doors to buildings and destroy locks. All you have to do is search youtube and find kids using angle grinders to defeat bike locks that can’t be broken. Also search for opening safes, with practice only takes a few minutes. Might be fine for fires, my brother who is a fireman has seen many safes with destroyed documents in them from a minor fire.

        • 'bout2vomit says:

          LOL you’re funny……if that was the case I could wheel a cutting torch in a house and cut the door off in 3 minutes, or maybe I could bring in a helicopter and wrap a chain around the safe and fly it off, or maybe I could tunnel under the house and up into the safe from the bottom. The possibilities are endless, however the gist of this story is to have a secure place to lock up dangerous items. The average burglar has no tools, save a screwdriver, is in for a quick hit and is in and out in minutes with items that are probably laying around, i.e. computers, TV’s, jewelry and small items that can be carried off. My advice, protect your investments with a secure system of safes and alarms. Or Mr.Angle Grinder may pay you a visit.

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