No safe, how do you store your handguns?

No safe, how do you store your handguns?

This is a discussion on No safe, how do you store your handguns? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I currently have 7 handguns but don't have a safe. I live in an apartment with no children. Any ideas for storing/ securing handguns. I ...

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    No safe, how do you store your handguns?

    I currently have 7 handguns but don't have a safe. I live in an apartment with no children. Any ideas for storing/ securing handguns.
    I currently just use gun rugs and the top shelf of a closet, but my neighbors apartment was broken into recently and I'm looking for a poor mans solution to better secure/hide them.


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    get a lock box from Walmart for $20., put it inside your box spring.
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    A safe is certainly the best way. However Stackon builds a steel cabinet which when bolted down would at least slow a thief down.
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    Good Lord man! Do you know the Terminix man comes once a month to your apartment? Or whomever they have contracted for exterminators. Truth be known, three or four people have a key to your apartment. Truthfully, I don't know what to tell you other than finding a place-maybe immediate family that has a house to keep your pistols secure. For sure-my primary carry would be with me all of the time. Apartment maintenance would surely change the air filters once in a while also and if you stashed things next to the water heater, there would be someone who looks there also. Your vehicle is not a good place either, but it would be even more secure than your apartment. As previously suggested, I would get some kind of safe, even a sheet metal, lockable safe that will at least deter the lazy.

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    Get 7 holsters and carry all of them. J/K. Like Gunnutty said, get some kind of lock box that would at least slow them down.
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    if you can afford 7 hand guns you can afford 1 safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalCompact View Post
    if you can afford 7 hand guns you can afford 1 safe.
    Good point; a decent sized handgun safe costs less than a decent pistol.
    Even if you buy a cheapo stackon type, its better than nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphin View Post
    I currently have 7 handguns but don't have a safe.
    For the price of one of those guns (sold), you can acquire a used safe suitable for a half-dozen handguns. Several months ago, I passed on a reasonably stout, "baby" AMSEC safe. It was $150. A number of these come 'round every so often (on craigslist and the like) for $350 or less. Something like this can be bolted to the floor/wall and provide a deterrent by buying time while the inbound cavalry is responding to your alarm. Though, without an alarm, nothing's going to stop a determined person.

    Here's one on Craigslist, an AMSEC DXE-1818. This is a stout TL-15 model, with 1/2" plate (I think). Of course, it's got to be drilled open and is in Florida. $free to a good home.

    Here's another, in Ohio: $250.

    Yet another, this one in Las Vegas. AMSEC "5924" (though, specific model not identified), $170.
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    A lot of times, banks or retail stores going out of business have suitable safes they will give away or cheap that they used in the managers office too.
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    A simple Fire Safe from Wally world would store all 7 and you can store that in the back of a closet. As I recall they are less than $50.

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    My current alarm system consists of a $20 bill I leave in plain sight on my coffee table, when i come home and open my door if i don't see it, I know I've either been robbed or it's in progress and i wont walk in blind.

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    The cost of one safe is less than the cost of 7 firearms (depending upon the firearms)...we all learn by 'experience'...

    Stay armed...keep you guns in a safe...stay safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphin View Post
    My current alarm system consists of a $20 bill I leave in plain sight on my coffee table, when i come home and open my door if i don't see it, I know I've either been robbed or it's in progress and i wont walk in blind.
    I love it!!

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    maybe run a cable through all of them and a wall stud, and use a padlock for maybe $30? But for not too much more you could get a cheap stackon. Just make sure you bolt it to the wall.
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