Properly Preparing Your Guns For Storage
The main reason to store your guns in a safe is to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. Those hands are either people who break into your place or people who lack the proper knowledge and expertise, such as kids. When guns are stored, they tend to corrode and sustain damage. A good safe will prevent moisture and gases from damaging your guns. What follows are some steps that will help you to keep them both protected and in good working condition.
Clean Your Guns
Before storing them, clean the guns thoroughly with a good gun cleaning kit. Clean them both inside and out. Make sure they are dry when you store them because many things on guns attract moisture. Clean the bore as well. Create a thin coat on each metallic surface by lubricating those surfaces. Put wax on the wood stocks as well. Wax the stocks inside and out. This will help to ensure that the wood won’t crack or swell.
Get Rid Of Fingerprints
That may sound a bit underhanded at first, but salt from hands that fingerprints leave can cause rust. Remove fingerprints by using a proper solvent or a silicon cloth.
Avoid Overcrowding The Guns
If you overcrowd your guns, you might ding them inadvertently. Place them properly to avoid damaging them unexpectedly.
Keep The Safe From Getting Too Humid
The humidity inside a gun safe should be no higher than 50 percent. It must be continually 50 percent or lower. Use a dehumidifier that has a hygrometer. If you live in a humid climate, you should keep checking your guns to ensure they are not “sweating”.
Bolt The Safe
If the safe is bolted to the ground, a thief can’t tip it over or steal it outright. Make sure that the floor can handle the weight, though. If you are unsure about the weight bearing loads of your floors, check with a contractor to get it done right.
Follow All Safety Rules
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has ten rules for safe gun handling. Follow these rules closely. Here they are:
- Make sure that the muzzle points in a direction that is safe.
- Unload the guns when you aren’t using them.
- Don’t assume your gun is automatically safe.
- Know your target and what is behind it.
- Use the proper ammunition.
- Be careful when your gun doesn’t fire.
- Always use protection for your eyes and ears.
- Before you shoot, make sure that the barrel has no obstructions in it.
- Service your guns regularly. Don’t modify them yourself.
- Learn the mechanics of your gun before using it.
Make Copies Of The Combination
Keep several copies of the combination for your safe stored in various places.
Keep an updated inventory of the guns you have. Include the ammunition. List the serial numbers.
Don’t Store Your Guns In Gun Cases
Don’t store guns in a case that isn’t breathable such as a waterproof case. Store your guns in a safe where air circulates.
Following these steps will help ensure that your guns are properly stored and safe.