Help me build an Arms Room

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    Help me build an Arms Room

    Hey Guys,

    I am building a garage on my property in a few months. I work from home, so I'm putting my home office in the garage as well. I thought I might add a arms room to the back of the office. Somewhere I could have some weapons openly displayed without fear of break-in. Maybe a work bench and a couch to chill out. Does anyone have anything like this? I'm looking for ideas on how to construct it, ways to display/arrange on the inside, and would appreciate any help.

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    Make it stout, if word gets out they will try to probe. Especially in a room that isn't typically occupied.
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    pour concrete walls on the back for it along with the foundation and put a huge steel door on it.
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    I'd make it a hidden room in the garage...not too hard to do...and a novelty at that.
    The door could be a book shelf or a tool wall. It's what I'd do.
    Talk about safety, if the dirtbags can't find it...they can't steal from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I'd make it a hidden room in the garage...not too hard to do...and a novelty at that.
    The door could be a book shelf or a tool wall. It's what I'd do.
    Talk about safety, if the dirtbags can't find it...they can't steal from it.
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    Great idea. I can't confirm or deny that I have some experience on that subject.
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    Instead of an arms room, I would build a panic room/man cave where you would have all your firearms, survival gear, emergency food and water, beer, couch, and television. Do all the walls and foundation of the room in concrete, install a heavy duty steel door, ventilation or a/c, a phone line that can't be cut or is separate from the house, and place external surveillance cameras. That would be dope!
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    in all honesty..openly displayed firearms is a bad idea...it only takes one thug to hear about it and they may try to get in. Instead build a spoecial room with secure walls, no windows, and good safe mounted to the floor with 3 ft lag bolts. If they can get that out of the ground they deserve to have your guns, and if you sleep through an air chisel, well...
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    Poured concrete with a steel vault door is about the best approach, but is does complicate the planning and drives up the cost. Steel studs (not the cheesy type used for drywall) with wire mesh covered with normal wall materials has fewer logistical complications, but is probably not much cheaper.
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    Another vote for a hidden, concrete-walled safe room, but also encased within what appears to be normal garage construction. You don't want it to look like Fort Knox.

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    I agree with the idea of keeping your guns hidden. Your possessions should stay in your possessions. Hidden safe room/display room that is a concrete structure in a corner of the garage with a well hidden and reinforced door gets my vote.
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    Anyone else think of the movie Panic Room?
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    I have pretty much the set up that you're describing in a small apartment in my barn. My wife and lived in this humble little place for 1 1/2 years while we built the house. As a man cave, reloading room, home office, etc it's fantastic. Sometimes I forget how good I've got it. The windows are small, by design, but they can be breached with some difficulty. The doors are hardened but they are just doors. I live way out in the sticks so getting to the barn before being detected would be a serious gamble for anybody. Nobody gets near the place without me. All that said, nothing but Marilyn Monroe posters are on display. The sight of a safe is a worry to me as it is. Sadly, I believe the days of a showcase are gone unless, as has been recommended, it's inside a vault room.

    We had a case just a few years ago of the safe being enough to bring in the miscreants. It was not far from here. An old timer didn't think it odd that some young girl took a liking to his company. She showed up one night with 3 gangster buddies and they left the old guy dead in front of an unopened safe. Well first, that was stupid on his part. Next, my wife would object to the arrangement I'm pretty sure. But a visual of the safe was all she needed to line up her crew and try. A visual of a small arsenal is trouble just waiting IMO.
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    I have a stupid question for everyone that thinks the guns should be hidden and not displayed:

    Do you hide all of your expensive electronics? Art? Expensive tools? What about that BMW or Mercedes? The Harley Davidsons?

    I collect arms and had a dedicated room for it in NH and now am constructing one in each of my homes in TX. What is the point of collecting something that is hidden away?

    Believe it or not burglars like to target other things besides guns. Some seem to treat guns as a special item whenin fact it is not. It is just another thing that will be stolen by someone that wants to steal something. I don't know many folks that lock up their jewlry when they leave their house.

    Take precautions and build a very stout room along the guidlines other folks have said. Make sure you have a good alarm system that notifies LE.
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    Not to be argumentative, but if the floors and walls are all reinforced concrete, of what material is the ceiling? I have not seen anybody discuss the ceiling. Is it more concrete, steel, studs and drywall, whatever? Just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    I have a stupid question for everyone that thinks the guns should be hidden and not displayed:

    Do you hide all of your expensive electronics? Art? Expensive tools? What about that BMW or Mercedes? The Harley Davidsons?

    I collect arms and had a dedicated room for it in NH and now am constructing one in each of my homes in TX. What is the point of collecting something that is hidden away?

    Believe it or not burglars like to target other things besides guns. Some seem to treat guns as a special item whenin fact it is not. It is just another thing that will be stolen by someone that wants to steal something. I don't know many folks that lock up their jewlry when they leave their house.

    Take precautions and build a very stout room along the guidlines other folks have said. Make sure you have a good alarm system that notifies LE.
    Heck, my wife has half of my safe crammed full of jewelry and silverware. Frankly, I need another safe either to give her her own or to have guns in separate locations. Thieves can have my electronics - an old 37" tube type TV and a digital tuner. I hardly ever watch it and would, frankly, love it if somebody else carted that heavy thing out of my basement.
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