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Storing guns, ammo, mags, etc. in....attic?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Bushman, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Bushman

    Bushman Auburn, WA Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know if this is a bad idea? I prefer the idea of hidden storage over a safe. Safe's can be broken into given enough time, and from what I've read, some people have had theirs carried away (I know they should be bolted down but still).

    This brings me to the idea of storing stuff in the attic. Perhaps in PVC for guns, while ammo ang mags could be in a trunk locker from the store.

    Things I'm concerned about:

    -Guns rusting up there in the winter.
    -Heat degrading the polymer mags, frames, etc.
    -Unknowns, having never done this I am not sure what else might happen.
     
  2. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    There are two types of attics.

    1. Open to the outside air attic: Bad idea to store guns here, they will deteroriate over time.

    2. Closed to the outside air attic: Ok to store here as long as the temp and humidity are kept stable. Gun metal should be coated in a preservative that won't drip or run off. Cosmoline is one of the best. Rig is good...Don't store in thick cases, but breathable dust covers are ok. Inside plastic is ok if coated with protection and if a desicant is included in the package. Extreem temp swings will cause rusting so avoid.
     
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  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Fire travels UP.
     
  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Safe + insurance! Alarm system, surveillance system, Hound of the Baskerville's level dog, large Russian mail order bride!
     
  5. Bushman

    Bushman Auburn, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've considered a safe, but over the years I've seen A LOT of posts on gun boards where the gun safe was carried off or otherwise broken into even when bolted to the floor.

    The idea behind hidden storage is out of sight, out of mind. A safe attracts major attention that says, "Hey, I got important and expensive bubblegum in here!"

    Granted your average thief won't go there, but neither a pro nor a smash and grab thief is going to steal what they don't know is there.
     
  6. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Learn how to dry wall.
    Get my drift?
    ;)
     
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  7. Bushman

    Bushman Auburn, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I've thought about that option. My house is not really setup for it though. It'd be too obvious.
     
  8. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    let my wife live there for a week i guarantee you they wont be able to find anything nor will you.
     
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  9. Bushman

    Bushman Auburn, WA Well-Known Member

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    lol
     
  10. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Who needs all that crap if your gonna have a large Russian bride? :)
     
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    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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  12. LiaB

    LiaB Vancouver, WA Member

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    Hiding in plain sight: put it in dog food boxes in the pantry, or tampon boxes under the sink.
     
  13. Sirmohawk

    Sirmohawk Portland Active Member

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    :rofl1: That is awesome!
     
  14. Eldon

    Eldon Olympia,WA Member

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    I like the idea of "out of sight out of mind" I'm not a big fan of a safe in most situations(too much of a target) That said I wouldn't keep guns or ammo in my attic. Too much temp fluctuation and moisture for long term storage.
     
  15. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    heck if your going to bury and drywall and all that kind of stuff you might as well sell it and have the money for it. buried is no use to anyone. they win either way if you do that:thumbdown:
     
  16. Bushman

    Bushman Auburn, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm not trying to hide it from gov but from thieves. I know sometimes it's hard to distinguish the two lol.
     
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  17. mckenzb

    mckenzb Vancouver, WA Member

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    You've got to get creative! Get a big safe, and bolt it to the floor. If someone manages to get my safe out of my house, they deserve it. I built a closet around it, and the damn thing weighs 900 lbs dry and I've probably got another 1500 pounds inside the damn thing. On top of being bolted into my 2nd floor joists.
     
  18. MagDump

    MagDump Vancouver, Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Buy a good safe like Browning, Liberty or Fort Knox. Bolt to the floor and buy insurance. The safe will maintain its value and go up with time.
     
  19. Sirmohawk

    Sirmohawk Portland Active Member

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    I think you should consider a safe. Sure if you hide it in the attic or in some maxi box it most likely wont get found, but lets say some doper burglar does get his hands on and smokes someone. Then what will you say when asked, "well sir why was your firearm not secured or locked away?". I would rather have gear be a target or whatever in a safe and know that I am doing what I can to be responsible and keep my items secure to the best I can.
     
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  20. mckenzb

    mckenzb Vancouver, WA Member

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    This is the topic I think the media should be attacking instead of guns in general. I personally believe if you have guns, you are responsible for those guns! I'm about as right wing as someone gets, but I believe that if you have guns and don't protect those guns from (your kids, thiefs, etc...) your as guilty as the person who steals that gun or takes it and does something horrible with it.