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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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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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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.
There are many ideas on the i-net:yup:
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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Before we can help, you have to provide your GPS coordinates...

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.

"There's security in obscurity"
 

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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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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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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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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.
Its not a stupid question.... Of all things valuable, firearms are the most commonly sought after. If a criminal can steal a firearm there is no doubt he can sell it. They are easy to sell, and it takes no time at all. also, many modern gadgets are trackable and therefore pose a threat to criminals and their way of life. If you cover a table with guns and another with jewelry, most criminals will go straight to the guns, partly out of criminal needs, partly out of animalistic instinct. Heck, I would to, jewelry does not interest me but guns are a passion.
 
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Its not a stupid question.... Of all things valuable, firearms are the most commonly sought after. If a criminal can steal a firearm there is no doubt he can sell it. They are easy to sell, and it takes no time at all. also, many modern gadgets are trackable and therefore pose a threat to criminals and their way of life. If you cover a table with guns and another with jewelry, most criminals will go straight to the guns, partly out of criminal needs, partly out of animalistic instinct. Heck, I would to, jewelry does not interest me but guns are a passion.
Nobody is talking about leaving guns out in the open. I was just commenting that folks go out of their way to protect their guns more so than than other assets even though they may be worth more money. My wife has jewerly way more expensive than some of my guns. Painting on my wall are way more expensive than most of what I have in my gun collection. And I am sure it is like that for many folks. Just making an observation. Just suppose that your theory worked in reverse, what if guns were not the most wanted item to take but jewelry? Betcha five bucks folks won't be locking them up like they do guns. That happens now. Folks that don't own guns have other things theifs look for. And they don't get locked up.

We lock up guns mostly because of safety reasons, and also for theft.
 

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Nobody is talking about leaving guns out in the open. I was just commenting that folks go out of their way to protect their guns more so than than other assets even though they may be worth more money. My wife has jewerly way more expensive than some of my guns. Painting on my wall are way more expensive than most of what I have in my gun collection. And I am sure it is like that for many folks. Just making an observation. Just suppose that your theory worked in reverse, what if guns were not the most wanted item to take but jewelry? Betcha five bucks folks won't be locking them up like they do guns. That happens now. Folks that don't own guns have other things theifs look for. And they don't get locked up.

We lock up guns mostly because of safety reasons, and also for theft.
Thats a lot of generalizations mi amigo. And the OP was talking specifically about leaving guns out in the open. That's what a display is.
 

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Reinforced structural concrete walls, floor and ceiling. Controlled ventilation with secure ductwork and dehumidification. No windows. Commercial vault doorway securly ancored into concrete walls (Liberty sells some nice ones)--this should be the only opening in your room other than ventilation. Alarm system with cellular and power backup. Halon fire suppression system. I would shy away from any water supply going into the room. Valuables other than guns can be stored in such a room.
To do this right is not an inexpensive endeavor. The NRA at one time had plans/specs available for these types of rooms. Personally, if I could not afford to build the room right, my guns would remain in a high-end, dehumidified, fire resistant safe that was ancored to a concrete floor.
 
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Thats a lot of generalizations mi amigo. And the OP was talking specifically about leaving guns out in the open. That's what a display is.
When I said out in the open I was referring to the post where someone said if Jewlery and guns were left out on a table which would the thief pick? I don't know if you read that part. Honestly the theif would take both.

Anyhoo, I kknow he is talking about a display. I offered my advice to that in the first post. On display and with security is not IMO "out in the open". He wants security. I have over three to four dozen weapons and paraphenilaia on display in my house (not this one in TX yet, still working on it:smile:) at any given time.

EDIT: "out in the open" to me means no security or concern for them which the OP has said he wants...no generalizations mi amigo
 
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