Guidelines for Long Term Storage
If you’re planning to keep your gun stored for quite some time, be sure to follow these simple guidelines.
For the Gun:
- Disassemble your gun.
- Clean all parts of the gun and be sure to remove any residue, which can cause damage if not eliminated.
- If your gun has a wooden stock, wax it before storing the gun.
- Check your gun from time to time and apply gun oil when necessary.
- Store long guns barrel down.
For the Storage Device:
- Include a dehumidifier or desiccant in your storage device to prevent moisture from forming on your gun.
- If possible, keep your gun in a silicone treated gun sock to prevent rusting and scratching.
- Add an extra layer of protection by keeping your gun in a storage bag. There are different options available on the market, such as velcro seal and vacuum seal.
Aside from keeping your gun in a safe location, you may also opt to use a trigger lock for added safety.
This eliminates the risk of accidental discharge, as it will make your gun inoperable. If a trigger lock is unavailable in your area, you may also use a padlock.
Remember – something like a trigger lock is a secondary line of defense against unauthorized use of your firearm.
Using one should never become an excuse for not properly storing your firearm in a proper gun safe (ideally) or strong cabinet, or for leaving your firearm out in the open for even a second when not in use.