“Disaster Guy, what would you do to make sure you always had some kind of firearm available at your home?” Red asked.
“Keep it at home?” the Disaster Guy asked.
“No! Let’s say that the government decided that everyone should turn in their guns,” Red said. “That happened in Germany before World War II, and in England, and in Australia. It could happen here!”
“What if that happened, and you didn’t turn in your guns?” Red asked. “What would you do with them?”
“Well, first I’ll say that I’d be a fool to ever advise you to break the law,” the Disaster Guy said. “And second, any politician who proposed something like that in Texas would immediately end his political career.”
“But I can understand how someone might want to put a firearm and some ammo away for a rainy day,” the Disaster Guy said. “Since that’s totally legal today, we could talk about it.”
“That’s more like it,” Red said. “Let’s talk about stashing guns.”
“As I see it, there are some important things about stashing a firearm that would have to be considered,” the Disaster Guy said. “First would be making sure nobody could stumble onto it by accident. Second would be finding it yourself, later. Third would be having it in operating condition after being stored.”
“All correct,” Red said. “So where to stash the guns?”
“The first thing would be safety,” the Disaster Guy said. “The firearm must be totally out of reach of children. A locked gun safe, with a combination lock, is a good solution.”
“But if burglars came, that’s where they would look first,” Red said. “There have to be better options!”
“I have read about putting guns into fake electric outlets, air conditioning vents, fake water heaters, under floorboards, behind pictures, and the like,” the Disaster Guy said. “Other ideas were putting guns behind drawers, under couches, in fake books, inside wooden clocks, on the backs of closet doors, inside computer printers, on top of bathroom or kitchen cabinets, or inside a boot in the closet.”
“The big problem is that kids can find the guns by accident,” he said. “Something safer is needed.”
“I had an uncle who buried his World War II rifle and pistol in the back yard,” Red said. “He did it on a winter night when there was no moon, and none of us kids ever found them.”
“Did your uncle find them?” the Disaster Guy asked.
“He passed away,” Red said. “Far as I know, they’re still there. But he had a good idea!”
“That’s where it helps to record the location and put it among your personal effects,” the Disaster Guy said. “If you bury your firearms and can’t find them, they’re no good to anybody.”
“But after 40 years, it might not matter anyway,” the Disaster Guy said. “It depends on how you store it. My grandpa got a war surplus rifle covered with black, gooey cosmoline. It worked great after he used up cans of lighter fluid and old undies to clean it all off.”
“But you don’t want a rifle covered with cosmoline, you want a firearm that’s ready to shoot,” he said. “To me, that means it has been properly oiled, with an oily cloth passed over it to leave an oily sheet that retards rust. You should clean the firearm, but in a pinch you could shoot it immediately.”
“That’s right, I want something that I could shoot immediately, but stashed away where nobody would find it by accident,” Red said.
“So if you have two rifles of the same caliber, do you stash the best one?” the Disaster Guy asked.
“Um. Never thought of that!” Red said.
“Do you stash your best ammo or your everyday ammo?” the Disaster Guy asked.
“Same problem!” Red said.
“How much are you willing to spend to make a container that will hold your firearms with zero humidity inside, hermetically sealed, and able to last that way for 50 years?” the Disaster Guy asked.
“You’re talking money now!” Red said. “I never thought of it that way.”
“If you’re thinking about stashing firearms the way your uncle did, you either do it right or end up with a rusted stick,” the Disaster Guy said. “Stashing firearms isn’t easy, and it would take some planning, effort, and money.”
“And Red,” the Disaster Guy said, “I bet you’d rather be shooting your guns instead of wondering if they were rusting away, buried in your backyard!”
Stashing firearms takes more thought than you’d think! You can e-mail the Disaster Guy at DisasterGuy@wildblue.net. More information on preparing for emergencies and surviving a disaster is on his website, www.DisasterGuy.com