Long term firearm storage for year long deployment to Iraq

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    Long term firearm storage for year long deployment to Iraq

    Okay, my dilemma:

    I'm leaving for a year for deployment to Iraq and with the new deployments for the National Guard (year total, no longer 18 months...supposedly ) I will not have a mid deployment break to come back to the states.

    My gun safe is not a true, fire and water proof gun safe, with no climate control capabilities. It is one of the cheapies from cabela's, ect. Further I have no "gun guy" friends that I can lend my firearms to look after them for me. (They will be kept at a close friends home in said cheapie safe, but he is not well versed in firearms) I am worried most about humidity, rust, corrosion, ect...

    In what manner should I go about storing my firearms for long term (entire length of deployment) storage? Beyond treating with eezox rust inhibitor, I am truly ignorant about how to go about this.

    Advice is much appreciated!

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    Not sure on what to do either, I just wanted to say thanks for everything you are doing...
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    How about the local on base armory? I stored my weapons there when I went over to the me. Not sure how things have changed though

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    Some Gun ranges offer storage. Not sure of the cost though.

    And above all else thank you for your service, keep safe over there.
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    Good luck and thank you for your service. Use gun grease and coat everything you can reach on every weapon. I suspect they will be OK.
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    Brownell's has a product that is GREAT.
    It is a vapor phase rust inhibitor.
    As long as you can Plastic Bag whatever it is that you don't want to rust then you only need to wipe off fingerprints and then "bag" your guns and you'll not need to drench them in oil or cover them with heavy grease. The stuff works incredibly well. I've used it for years.
    It USED TO BE a white powder but, that been changed.
    Same stuff different (more user friendly) format.
    I'll get the name of it for you. You'll love it.
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    OK here you go. Rust Blox Vapor Tabs.
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    They work for a year if you just toss some in your gun safe or cabinet...but if you plastic bag or ZIP LOC BAG your guns and put a few inside the sealed bag they will go for years without showing a trace of rust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    OK here you go. Rust Blox Vapor Tabs.
    Here is the Brownell's Page Click Here



    They work for a year if you just toss some in your gun safe or cabinet...but if you plastic bag or ZIP LOC BAG your guns and put a few inside the sealed bag they will go for years without showing a trace of rust.
    That's the way I would go, maybe with some silicon packets in there as well, to soak up moisture and oxygen.

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    Would it be possible to grease it down, put it in a gun sock and leave it with family? If not then get with your armory or security force and see if they will store it while your gone. Good luck and Godspeed.

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    For short guns, use the VPI/ziploc bag method, and then store them in an ammo can with more VPI tabs. A GI ammo can with a good gasket will not leak.
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    Thanks so much gentlemen, for both the recommendations and the support!

    QK I'll be buying some of those "blox".

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