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01 per­sonal Pro­tec­tion

If you need to store firearms for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, be sure that it is done prop­erly with spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion first and fore­most to the pro­tec­tion of your fam­ily and oth­ers. Other fac­tors that you will want to con­sider are ward­ing off the pos­si­bil­ity of theft and the phys­i­cal pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the guns them­selves.

02 Pre­pare the Firearm

Dis­as­sem­ble the gun and per­form a thor­ough clean­ing of it in­side and out with an am­mo­ni­afree cleaner, which will help keep it dry. Be sure that any traces of fin­ger­prints and other hand­prints are re­moved. Ap­ply a thin layer of gun oil in the bore and on any ex­posed metal. Wood stocks can be treated with wax to help avoid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion from long-term stor­age.

03 Stor­age Area

The stor­age area you choose is as im­por­tant as how you pre­pare the firearm for stor­age. Avoid damp, overly hu­mid or musky places since you are try­ing to avoid ex­pos­ing your guns to mois­ture. A gun safe with a de­hu­mid­i­fier or des­ic­cant packs is ideal. Stor­ing your firearms in a sil­i­cone-treated gun sock is a good idea too. The sil­i­cone keeps mois­ture out while the sock it­self can help pre­vent scratches. Vacu­um­sealed gun stor­age bags are also avail­able for even more pro­tec­tion against the el­e­ments.

Just re­mem­ber that any­thing that might ab­sorb mois­ture should be avoided.

04 De­cocked and Muz­zle Down

Keep­ing your firearms de­cocked re­lieves ten­sion on its springs and other in­ter­nal parts. Long guns can also ben­e­fit from be­ing stored muz­zle down in or­der for gun oil to run down and away from its stock and other parts.

05 Check On It

En­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors such as cli­mate, sea­son and ge­o­graph­i­cal area can dras­ti­cally af­fect the con­di­tions that may in turn af­fect your firearm. It’s a good idea to check on it once in a while to make sure that it stays in tip-top shape, es­pe­cially if it is stored in a wet or hu­mid re­gion. Ap­ply a new coat of oil at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals if nec­es­sary.

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