Guidelines for Long Term Storage

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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:

  1. Disassemble your gun.
  2. Clean all parts of the gun and be sure to remove any residue, which can cause damage if not eliminated.
  3. If your gun has a wooden stock, wax it before storing the gun.
  4. Check your gun from time to time and apply gun oil when necessary.
  5. Store long guns barrel down.

For the Storage Device:

  1. Include a dehumidifier or desiccant in your storage device to prevent moisture from forming on your gun.
  2. If possible, keep your gun in a silicone treated gun sock to prevent rusting and scratching.
  3. 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.

Trigger Locks

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.