At-Home Gun Maintenance and Storage Tips

At-Home Gun Maintenance and Storage Tips

Storing your guns is serious business. Trust us, we know!

If you are storing firearms in your home, there are a lot of important things that you need to think about. Not just basic gun safety, but also things like maintaining an optimal environment for your guns. There may be a variety of security concerns, like the fact that having a large concentration of potentially valuable firearms in your home could make it a target of theft. And then, of course, there is the worry that some of the smaller members of your family might get curious and try to get access to your firearm collection.

Here are some steps that you can take to mitigate any dangers and ensure that your guns will be safely and securely stored in your home:

Teach Your Children About Guns

One of the major reasons why children are injured with firearms in the home is because they are naturally curious. A gun is simply an interesting thing to be looked at and explored. They often have no understanding of the danger until it is too late.

This is why it’s important to teach your children about guns and why they should never, ever touch them. Ideally, your guns should be safely locked away, far from their reach. But even if this is the case, you need to teach them not to snoop around for keys or the combination to your safe. It’s also important to emphasize that, if they ever see a gun, even if they think it might be a toy gun, they need to tell an adult immediately. A little bit of knowledge could prevent a common tragedy often repeated in the news.

Prepare Your Guns for Storage

Speaking of those horror stories on the news, family members or children being shot with guns in the home is often the result of improper storage. Guns should never be stored loaded, whether it be in the house or anywhere else. Your ammo should be stored separately from your firearms, although it can share the same container, like a gun safe for example.

Whether you have non-restricted or restricted firearms, it’s important that you attach a locking device to them to prevent them from being fired. For a rifle, this could be a cable lock, while for handguns, it could be a trigger lock.

Firearms should never be stored immediately after their use. Before putting them in a secure location, they need to be cleaned correctly to ensure proper operation in the future and maintain their current condition.

Invest in a Gun Safe

Although this can be quite expensive, it can also be worth it for the variety of features built into them.

Gun safes are a bit different from regular home safes. For one thing, they tend to have a very high fireproof rating. In the event of a fire in your home, this could save your guns, as well as prevent ammunition from exploding, potentially making the fire worse.

They are also harder to get into than regular safes, and are often bigger and heavier as well. This makes them extremely inconvenient targets for theft as they are difficult to break into and difficult to move.

The problem with gun safes is the cost. There are a lot of cheap safes out there that claim to be for gun storage, but lack the features that you need. Before purchase, confirm that the safe has everything you are looking for. Another problem might be that buying a large enough safe to store all of your guns can get very expensive. However, if you are storing your collection at home, it could be well worth the cost.

Humidity is the Enemy!

Dampness, mold, mildew, and other symptoms of high humidity can take a huge toll on the condition of your firearms. Maintaining a constant, optimal level of humidity is very important, though this can be one of the trickier parts of storing firearms at home. Investing in a gun safe humidifier can further increase the cost of the safe, but could also protect your guns from rust and dampness.

Or Option B: Store your Firearms with GTA Guns

There are a lot of steps required to safely store your firearms at home. Maintaining a constant level of humidity, for example, can be a huge pain. Unless you invest in an expensive gun safe, security is always going to be a problem.

But those problems are completely solved when you store your guns with GTA Guns. In our safe storage facility, your guns will be stored at the optimal level of humidity. Our secure facility is constantly monitored, so security is never a problem. Best of all, our entire facility is insured, meaning that if anything was to happen, your firearm collection would be fully covered without you having to do a thing. Your gun(s) are easily accessible; simply call to set an appointment to pick it up or drop it off at your convenience. It can be available to you whenever you need for the shooting range, hunting, or guns sports. 

We are here to solve all of your gun issues. If you’d like to learn more about GTA Guns Auctions, or any of our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.