I'm looking to expand my gun collection. Currently I have a small GunVault handgun box that I keep I my handguns in. I keep my shotgun loose and accessible in the closet.
I have a teenage son and a soon to be teenaged daughter and although I'm not concerned about their access to the guns, (I've taught them gun safety etc.) I am concerned about friends that they have over and whether it could be a liability to have the guns accessible.
The shotgun, I have a trigger lock on and I remove the bolt when I'm going to store it for a lengthy period of time, but as I said, I am looking to expand my collection and as I get more, I feel like I should be doing something more to prevent unauthorized access.
The problems with a safe is that: they are expensive (at least good ones anyway); and good ones are extremely heavy. The location that I would like to keep my guns is in my bedroom which is upstairs. Additionally, my house isn't that big, and fitting a huge gun safe in my closet will not be very popular with my wife.
I'm curious how many of you don't use gun safes at all? If you don't, how do you prevent unauthorized access to your weapons? I'm kind of looking for some "out-of-the-box thinking" (no pun intended). Is it reasonable to simply lock the actions of your weapons? Or perhaps purchase a metallic carrying case and wrap chains around it?
What kind of unusual and efficient but secure methods of storage have you used?
If you'd not care to reveal whether you use a gun safe... no worries... suggestions still appreciated.