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5 Practical Ways to Store Your Guns Safely in Your Home

September 10, 2020

guns arranged in a gun cabinet for security and safety

Every firearm owner faces similar challenges when looking to store their firearms. A lot of these challenges come from different types of gun storage devices. There's everything from fancy gun cabinets and a standard gun safe to a secret gun room. Each gun safe or storage option has its pros and cons that come with it. These can range from price to practicality and access. Below are five different ways to store your firearms safely in your home. 

1. Secret or Hidden Gun Doors

Having a hidden gun door or a room full of firearms seems like something that's only in the movies. But it's a pretty standard way to store your guns safely. French Murphy doors are a type of hidden door that is a flush mount door. This means the doors sit inside the door jamb and stay flush with the wall. Most, if not all, hidden doors can be locked, adding to their security.


This can be a great way to hide firearms in plain sight. Most people will be completely unaware that a hidden door is in a home just by looking at it. 

The doors can be locked for extra security.


This option is a little on the pricey side. 

It might require some installation and a little maintenance to upkeep.

2. Biometric Handgun Safes

These gun safes are a little high tech. They use a fingerprint to lock and unlock the gun safe. Most of these safes are for handguns, but there are some options for rifles and shotguns, too. 


The chance of two people's fingerprints matching is about 1 in 64 million. This makes a biometric safe an extremely reliable way to store your guns safely. 

This type of safe is great for handguns and is very portable.


There's not much in the way of cons unless the fingerprint mechanism fails.

3. Fire- and Waterproof Rifle or Shotgun Safes

These types of gun safes are great for antique rifles and shotguns. They're also good for storing high-end firearms that you really don't want to get damaged. 


It's one of the safest options for protecting your guns. 

It's a tried and true classic that's served gun owners for many, many years.


They can be a bit heavy, so be careful when moving them. 

Sometimes the cost can get a little high, but there are always affordable options available.

4. Under the Bed Gun Safes

This is an excellent option for keeping a shotgun ready and close by. They typically roll out like a shelf for access and require a combination to open. They're a great option if you want to keep a rifle or shotgun fairly close but secure.


You have easy access right where you sleep.


Not many! Just be sure to keep your combination something simple that you can remember. 

Most people with this safe will use it when looking into that mysterious bump in the night.

5. The Classic Gun Display Case

Sometimes you want to show off a cool gun collection, and this is a great way to do it. Most gun cases range from being simple to very ornate.


It offers a stylish way to secure your firearms while being practical at the same time. 

Most gun display cases lock, and accessing the contents when needed is fairly quick and easy.


They can be a bit heavy and can get a little bulky. Plotting where to place one can be tricky, depending on the size of your home.

Final Thoughts on How to Store Your Guns Safely

Keeping your guns secure in your home can be challenging. You have a lot of options to choose from, like hidden gun doors, a secret gun room, or a simple gun safe. There are some things to keep in mind when looking at these options. Consider the following:

  • Do you want quick access to your firearm?
  • How well do you want it protected?
  • Do you need a portable storage solution?
  • How much are you willing to spend?

Each option mentioned above has its own strengths and advantages. Go over what you would want from your gun safe solution and get what fits your space and your collection. If you're interested in getting a hidden gun door for your home, then click here to contact our team at Murphy Door, Inc., or come on down to see some doors for yourself.

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