We’ve all heard the term “hiding things in plain sight” before, but did you know that can mean hiding your firearms as well?
Believe it or not, there are plenty of places in your home to do it!
Before we go any further, we must stress that the best place to “hide” your firearms (and ammo) is inside a bolted down gun safe. This is not just for security and safety issues, but also for legal/insurance problems that may come if questioned. That being said, some people may not be able to install a gun safe properly if they live in a rented home or have one available if on the road.
The list below, which can be found in full at ITS Tactical, features places that thieves (and intruders) may not even think to look but be warned, many are not safe if you have children running around. Please use your head and pick somewhere that little hands cannot reach!
- Hidden inside an empty cereal box in the pantry.
- Hanging upside down from a hook under the bathroom cabinet or over the door in a non-walk in closet. Most closets are shallow and while a burglar might go through your clothes and items on the shelving, they probably won’t look straight up.
- Behind a blanket or rug on the wall, hung like a decorative tapestry.
- Under a false bottom in a bedside drawer.
- Inside fake electrical outlets.
- In a vehicle, you can split the upholstery seam on the rear of the passenger’s seat toward the driver and insert a small holster and appropriate handgun. Sew in some hook and loop to the seams to reseal it.
- If your main entry door is steel, or solid core wood without glass openings, you can keep a hook backed holster attached to the inside of the door, just above the doorknob, canted about 45 degrees. When opening the door, the person on the other side will never know your hand is just inches from a weapon. Should you invite them in, simply close your screen or storm door and leave the main door open, putting the gun back against a wall.
- You can channel your inner John Wick and pull the carpet back, grab a hammer and chisel and get to work!
- For your desk, consider keeping an older scanner without the internals. This allows you to lift up the top and remove a handgun.
- Many couches have a large amount of empty space underneath them. With a Dremel Tool and hacksaw, you can create an area to store several rifles or other firearms.
- Consider using a Wall Clock Safe that opens up to store a small to medium handgun in. This is also great because the clock actually works!
- Inside a hideaway picture frame or other great hidden concealment furniture from a company like Tactical Walls.
- An extra large pizza box between the trashcan and your kitchen cabinets could conceal something as large as a folding stock shotgun, while looking like it’s just sitting there waiting for trash day.
- In the closet on a cheap, easily broken plastic hanger, you can run the hanger through the trigger guard (without a round in the chamber) and cover everything with a button up shirt.
- Hidden under your towels in the master bath.
- Inside a jacket pocket in the closet.
- Consider concealing a firearm in the space you store extra grocery bags in the kitchen.
- Between the window curtains and the wall above the windows. Can’t be seen from the outside or the inside.
- Hanging a soft gun case from the hook inside a closet and concealing it with a bathrobe.
- A firearm can be kept inside a re-sealable bag under frozen items in a freezer. If needed, you can still shoot through the bag itself.
- For those requiring a lock, consider a small pistol safe with button controlled access codes.
- You can conceal a pistol in an old shoebox under the bed at night.
- If it’s large enough, many trophies are hollow underneath and can conceal a small firearm.
- A typical nightstand or dresser has room between the drawers and the outer paneling. This opening is the thickness of the frame of the cabinet. By removing the bottom drawer, drilling a hole in front of the rear frame and inserting a wooden peg, a gun can run along the side of the cabinet. Place the peg on an angle so that when the barrel is fully seated, it creates a slight interference with the bottom of the opening. The drawer can then be pulled out or the whole nightstand could be dumped forward and the gun stays tightly in place.
- Behind a vent or cold air return.
- When traveling, consider a dancers bag used for shoes. One side pocket can be exclusively reserved for a firearm.
- For vehicles, a small CD wallet can conceal a small pistol and a spare magazine.
- A hollowed out electrical fuse box makes a great hiding spot in a home.
- For those needing more hidden space, consider a hollowed out water heater. Placing the door of the heater on the back side helps it stay concealed.
- In a closet, a handgun will conceal nicely in an old boot down with a bunch of other shoes on the floor.
- Micro pistols fit nicely inside decorative beer steins.
- Consider burying a container outside the house, in case you arrive unarmed and need to defend it.
- Those homeowners handy with tiling might consider creating a false tile with a hidden compartment in the wall.
Thank you to our source: ITS Tactical