How To Properly Store Guns

Home & Garden Blog

Proper gun storage is extremely important because not only can improper storage cause damage to your firearms themselves, it can increase the risk of accidents. Thankfully, properly storing guns is a fairly straightforward process if you know what you're doing.


The first thing that you should do when preparing your guns for storage is to unload them. This is for safety: while you should always treat a gun like it's loaded, you should also unload them to prevent any accidental discharges.

You should also disassemble and clean your gun by hand before putting it into storage, following the owner's manual.


When selecting a case for your firearm, you should choose a case that does not have foam or padding, but instead a hard, water-resistant interior. Cases with soft interiors can hold onto water, which can in turn cause damage to your guns themselves, which can be expensive to repair.


Before placing your firearms in a storage facility, you should ensure that they are unable to be fired. You can do this in a number of ways, depending on your firearm. The most common way is to remove the firing pin, which will prevent any ammunition within your gun from being shot. You can also install trigger locks, which prevent the trigger from being pulled, or a lock that prevents rounds from being loaded into the firearm.

If you are considering storing your firearms at home, you should look for a gun safe or a gun rack that can be locked with a key or combination, and then secured either to the floor or wall to prevent the safe itself from being removed in the event of a robbery. Additionally, some gun safes are fire resistant and offer climate control to ensure that your firearms remain in the best possible condition.

Choosing Facilities

When looking for a self-storage facility, like Empire Self Storage, to store your guns in, you should look for two things. Firstly, and most importantly, you should look for specific facilities that accept firearms and have the proper safes and equipment to keep them both safe and in good condition. You should check with local shooting organizations or firearm associations to see if they have any recommendations. Secondly, you should also ensure that the storage facility that you choose is equipped for climate control and can limit the amount of humidity that your guns are exposed to so that you can ensure that your firearms will not become damaged while in storage.


28 November 2016