I was thinking about ways to hide firearms today, and I realized that there are probably tons of creative ideas out there already on the Web. Sure even, that realization became true with just a quick web search. The first thing I found was a great article that listed 40 unique places to stash firearms, which was based on a forum discussion at ITS Tactical.

This is really good stuff. If you don’t have a safe, or don’t want to use a safe to hide your guns, you can always resort to old-school methods like hiding guns in obscure places. Obscurity is a decent form of security, after all.

A few of my favorites:

  • I did this at home and it works great! 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. I removed the bottom drawer, drilled a hole in front of the rear frame and inserted a wooden peg so that the gun is along the side of the cabinet. The peg is on an angle so that when the barrel is fully seated it creates a slight interference with the bottom of the opening. I have a Ruger SP101 .357 that fits perfectly onto the peg and is held tightly. The drawer can be pulled out and dumped, the whole nightstand could be dumped forward and the gun stays tightly in place. I know it is there and because I shoot it almost every weekend and can grab it without looking, however a bad guy would have to get down on all fours and shine a flashlight into the open to see it.
  • I bought a/c grills at my old house and made boxes 4″ deep to fit in the stud walls, and placed them up towards the ceiling line like the old wall registers. That way they were high enough the boys couldn’t reach them but low enough my wife could. The grill stayed on with a rubber band. Was there 11 years and no one ever knew.
  • Another one that I have seen but not used is a hollowed out water heater complete with pipes that disappear into the wall. The door is hidden on the back side.
  • When we had tiling installed, I specifically created a false tile. Get on the floor? Sure, can you turn around for a second?

There are a lot more good ideas here. Check it out.

Also, here is a quick video shared by a gun owner, he shows a few creative places where he hides guns. It will give you some ideas, at a minimum.

Of course there’s many more creative ways than this. It’s all about finding a place that other people would not think to look, but at the same time making sure you can get quick access if needed.