Owning boomsticks comes along with great responsibility and some of this responsibility comes in the form of gun storage. We all know better (hopefully) than to mount weapons on the wall to impress our friends and we all know how popular of a target firearms can be for burglars.
Sure, you can always go out and spend an arm and a leg on a full-size gun safe and take up tons of precious space in your home. These safes typically are made from several inches of reinforced steel and nothing screams “firearms in here” more than a massive block of locked metal. Although secure, it certainly won’t be difficult for a thief to find out where those guns are and if they want them bad enough, they will get them. No safe is 100% secure and at the end of the day, if the thief has time on their side, they can always just jack the entire safe and worry about opening it later.
So, aside from buying a large metal gun safe, what can we do to be responsible firearm owners and store our firearms with security and peace of mind? We can take the Marine sniper approach and hide them in plain sight. That’s right! Hidden gun safes are here and available for just about any firearm you can think of. From small inconspicuous tissue boxes to full wall inserted safes hiding behind a mirror, you’ve got options.
So many options, in fact, that I can’t possibly write about them all or review each and every one of them so don’t hesitate to do a little research outside of this guide and come back, sharing what you found in our comments section!
- Here Are the Best Hidden Gun Storage Options (Listed by Price)
- 1. American Classics Slider Cabinet Combination
- 2. Concealed Coffee Table by Lil Guyz Woodwork
- 3. Gun Cabinet Armoire
- 4. Tactical Walls Full-Length Concealment Mirror
- 5. Stealth Furniture Nightstand with RFID Lock
- 6. American Furniture Gun Concealment Bench
- 7. Timber Vaults Concealment Shelf
- 8. Peace Keeper Tall Rectangular Clock
- 9. GunVault Handgun Safe
- 10. Tactical Walls Concealment Wall Clock
- 11. Tactical Walls Concealment Shelves
- 12. Monster Vault Underbed Safe
- 13. Covert Cabinets Floating Wall Shelf
- 14. QuickSafes Hidden Compartment Air Vent
- 15. Stalwart Diversion Book Safe (cheapest)
- 16. BlueStone Safety Holster
- 17. Concealment Flag Box
- Hidden Safe Buying Guide and Considerations
Here Are the Best Hidden Gun Storage Options (Listed by Price)
1. American Classics Slider Cabinet Combination
Price Range: $575
Capacity: 22” x 26” x 66” Fits four guns up to 48” and has a slide out drawer for smaller storage
My Review: So long as you can construct it with vague instructions, this cabinet is great and really easy to use! You can easily fit multiple rifles in this case and use the sliding drawer to house a handgun and a few of its goodies. There is a double lock feature requiring two different keys to be used to access the firearms. That’s great because you may want to grant someone access to the main curio compartment without giving up accessibility to the gun safe itself. Overall, it looks great and easily hides a small armory of firepower. It’s a little difficult to access quickly, though, so don’t count on this being a perfect fit for rapid deployment.
Functions and Features:
- Pressed wood finish
- Glass curio door that is lockable
- The lock for the gun safe is behind the locked glass door, requiring the use of 2 keys to access firearms
- Tempered glass
- Adjustable shelving
- Great looking finish
- Despite the name, it’s not really American made
- Instructions leave much to be desired
2. Concealed Coffee Table by Lil Guyz Woodwork
Price Range: $500
My Review: There is nothing more die-hard American than storing your firearms in a custom-made American flag designed concealment table handcrafted by an Army Vet. These tables are absolutely gorgeous and just as functional as they are good looking. The table uses ball bearings to slide the top on a rail system giving you access to a padded interior perfect for hiding good ol’ freedom enablers. This is the perfect addition to any American man cave whether you use it as gun concealing furniture or not! The designer also takes custom orders so send him an inquiry and bring your dream design to life.
Functions and Features:
- Beautifully handcrafted by a 22-year Army Veteran
- Sliding table top design
- Magnetic lock
- Beautiful American flag finish design
- These are custom built concealment tables
- 21.5” x 19.5” x 38.5”
- takes 11-15 days for construction
3. Gun Cabinet Armoire
Price Range: $300 + $60 shipping
Capacity: 2 40.5” rifles and several small handguns. 12.2” x 3.74” x 41.7”
My Review: If you have some small deer rifles or home defense firearms, this mirror safe is perfect! It locks and it looks inconspicuous, offering a great deal of security and deception from thieves. If you don’t mount it inside the wall, you can definitely tell it opens, but since it’s locked and it doesn’t really look like a gun safe, it should be just fine. I would recommend; however, you go the full length and mount it inside the wall properly and implement the magnetic lock capabilities, which you’ll have to purchase separately. Mounting inside the wall will certainly require some special tools and handyman skills but it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle for anyone with prior drywall experience.
Functions and Features:
- White or black finishes
- Mirror concealment design
- Can be mounted on the wall or inside the wall
- Key and lock function
- Compatible with magnetic locking for inside the wall mounting (not included)
- Velcro strips
- Rifle rails and removable storage shelf
- Easy to mount on the wall with the option to mount inside the wall as well
- Conceal your firearms with a mirror
- Doesn’t come with a magnetic lock
- Only fits small rifles
4. Tactical Walls Full-Length Concealment Mirror
Price Range: Under $500
Capacity: 14” x 40” x 3.5”and 14” x 10” x 3.5”
My Review: Tactical Walls seem to be one of the highest quality in-wall gun storage solution companies I could find and have created a very well designed piece of gun security. These fit between any standard studs and are incredibly easy to install with full instructions provided. The safe itself can easily fit 2 rifles and tons of ammo, accessories, handguns, etc. The mirror looks great and does a fantastic job of concealing the contents of this wall safe. You may choose between two locking mechanisms – RFID or magnetic. A huge plus for our beloved LE and Military readers, there’s a discount!
Functions and Features:
- Comes in 5 finishes or no finish for you to customize
- Choose between magnetic or RFID locking mechanisms
- These come with 2 compartments
- Multiple adjustable inserts
- Shatter-resistant mirror concealment design
- Birchwood construction
- Fully customizable with options including LED lights, coat hooks, Velcro loop backing, storage pouches, and custom-made inserts.
- Handmade in the USA
- Military and LE discount available
5. Stealth Furniture Nightstand with RFID Lock
Note: They also sell this model finished with Autumn Stain here.
My Review: Stealth furniture makes a number of awesome hidden gun storage options. They have two nightstand models that I know of. This particular model uses a strong Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) lock, that allows you to easily access the hidden compartment when the key is touched to the back of the unit. If you don’t’ want to use the RFID locking mechanism, you can easily set the lock to not engage if you decide you want quicker access to your firearm
Stealth furniture also makes customized foam inserts to accommodate whatever firearm and accessories you’d like to store.
Stealth Furniture recommends replacing the batteries in the RFID lock every six months. When the batteries running low, you’ll hear an occasional beep to let you know it’s time to replace them. Another thing about the locks is just before they die completely, the locks will automatically unlock to ensure you can still get access to your firearm.
- RFID Key works through most solid materials up to 25mm thick.
- Automatically locks when shut
- No play in the pull out (built very solid)
- Includes 3 white card keys
6. American Furniture Gun Concealment Bench
Price Range: $170-$250
Capacity: 5 long guns along with an accessory tray and upper compartment area. 51” x 17” x 20”
My Review: First and foremost, I would recommend the all wood construction over the leather models. Reason being the leather models are not well made and often have problems from the manufacturer. The wood models are much easier to repair and modify if a mishap occurs during shipping.
Secondly, please keep in mind that these are extremely cheap. If you want high-quality craftsmanship, there are much better options, however, for the sake of this review I am doing both cheap and high-end gun safe furniture so bear with me!
Although they are cheaply manufactured, they do the job decently well. You won’t be getting a study and durable safe, but you will get a lockbox that’s disguised as furniture and keeps weapons out of the hands of your children.
Functions and Features:
- Removable wood tray
- Locking mechanism for 2 keys
- Upper compartment layer to disguise the lower storage locked section
- Gun compartment lined with soft fabric
- Comes in Entryway Wood, Camo print leather combination, Dark brown leather, cowhide print leather combination, Dark walnut, Hope Chest Wood
- This is a very cheap way to conceal and lock firearms away from children
- Tons of storage space
- Comes with a picture on the box showing that it’s a gun safe. This is a pretty silly idea honestly and downright negligent in my opinion
- Cheap craftsmanship and not ideal for use as actual furniture
7. Timber Vaults Concealment Shelf
Price Range: $190
Capacity: 33” x 10.75” x 4.55” (Medium version). Comes in a larger and smaller size as well
My Review: These concealment shelves are truly genius and do work well so long as you don’t mind possibly having to modify them a bit. Some of them sag with weight inside and mounting can be difficult in some situations. I like the particular models from Timber Vaults because they come with a welded steel mounting frame, making mounting significantly sturdier than a lot of their competitors.
Aside from mounting, they work great and easily conceal firearms. The RFID cards will fit in your wallet or can be taped to an item nearby to unlock the shelf inconspicuously. These shelves come in three sizes so make sure you pick the one that’s right for you! I recommend getting the smallest that will still fit your needs as the heavier they are, the more difficult they are to mount.
Functions and Features:
- Will fit two handguns easily with magazines
- Foam inserts included
- RFID locking system with 2 RFID key cards
- Audible RFID low battery warning
- Battery life of over a year
- Comes in espresso or caramel finishes
- Comes in two colors and 3 sizes
- Foam inserts are great to cut out for your specific items and firearms
- May require more mounting than what is advertised
8. Peace Keeper Tall Rectangular Clock
My Review: This clock certainly isn’t a good option if you have kids around your home because it doesn’t lock, but for you looking for a non-locking storage solution this clock will certainly get the job done. This clock looks great and is large enough to store most handguns, cash, passports, jewelry and other important items.
The only major complaint I hear about this clock is that it doesn’t have a way to hold a firearm upright and some people say the clock they received had has some scuffs and blemishes. The bottom line is it’s around $50 so don’t expect too much.
- Working clock
- Working clock Easy to access hidden compartment (a magnet holds it shut)
- Rich, dark mahogany finish that looks great
- Runs off 1 AA battery
- Has a surprising amount of storage space for a small clock
9. GunVault Handgun Safe
Price Range: Around $80
My Review: If you’re looking for a concealable hidden gun safe with tons of mounting options, this may be just what you’re hunting for. Is it the end all be all primary firearm storage solution? No, but it is perfect for an office desk, nightstand, or wherever you wish to mount it. It has programmable electronic entry capabilities, as well as a manual key backup in case of malfunctions or the batteries die.
This is a handy option for those you who spend a lot of time at your desk and want to have a quick access to a firearm. Once opened, there is an LED light on the top of the safe that comes on so you can see your firearm in low light scenarios.
The video below does a good job talking about how to mount it and gives a pretty good video review of the safe.
- Tons of mounting options
- Easy to conceal
- Good Value
10. Tactical Walls Concealment Wall Clock
Price Range: $250
Capacity: 14” x 10” and holds up to 10lbs
My Review: Although there are cheaper clock concealment options available all over the web, this is easily one of the best. I’ve seen this up close and personal and had absolutely no idea it was containing a firearm! It’s really easy to open, you just press on the top of the clock near the 12 section and the bottom flips up! The clock is attached by Velcro and allows for rapid deployment of your firearm while offering top class concealment.
- Clock concealment disguise
- Impossible to tell that it has a secret compartment
- High-quality clock design
- Velcro face attachment system
- Padded insert
11. Tactical Walls Concealment Shelves
My Review: As mentioned earlier in this review, Tactical Walls makes some very high quality hidden gun storage solutions, and their concealment shelves are no exception.
The 812PLS is their smallest shelf, it has a foam-lined hidden compartment that is 8 inches long by 12 inches wide. It utilizes a magnetic opening system, compared to the 812RFID listed next on this list that has an RFID opening mechanism. It comes with a high-quality polyurethane foam insert that can easily be customized.
The 812RFID was released after the 812PLS and utilizes a more advanced RFID opening system.
They also carry a full-size concealment shelf that can fit a rifle, pistol, and additional goodies. I attached a video below from Tactical Walls that gives a brief overview of their product lines.
For more information on these shelves, check out the Tactical Walls Website through the button above.
- Tactical Walls makes some of the best hidden gun storage products available
- Outstanding customer service
- Multiple shelf sizes available
12. Monster Vault Underbed Safe
Product dimensions: 28”D x 48”W x 7”H
Product weight: 140 lbs
My Review: First and foremost, this thing is built like an absolute tank. If you don’t already know, Monster Vault Safes is a company that specializes in under bed gun safes. When it comes to hidden gun storage, most people don’t think about under bed gun safes, but concealing a safe under a bed does allow you to conceal multiple rifles and lots of accessories without taking up precious space around your home.
- Monster has great customer support
- Strong Slides
- Thick metal
13. Covert Cabinets Floating Wall Shelf
Price Range: $60
Capacity: Up to 100lbs inside a 28” x 12” x 3.5” slide-out compartment
My Review: Kind of funny here but I read a lot of negative reviews on this product at first and it has come to my attention that people are mounting this thing backward! They thought the drawer is what should be facing outward, away from the wall. That does make sense, but if you want a truly covert gun safe you’ll actually want to mount this bad boy the other way around so no one can tell anything slides out! This way the entire shelf will move, revealing the drawer attached to the wall. This makes for a much better outside appearance and a significantly more hidden attribute. After buying my own mounting hardware and putting to work my handyman skills, I was able to create a very nice finished piece. I didn’t personally do this, however, if not locking is an issue for you, you can easily buy and install a magnetic or RFID style lock to use with this product. All in all, for the price, it’s not bad. It’ll hold a couple of pistols, some ammo, and it’ll do so while looking decent. You may even be able to jam in some short-barreled rifles.
Functions and Features:
- Easy to mount on most wall surfaces
- 2 ball bearing slide out system
- Soft closing drawer
- Lacquer finish both on the inside and outside
- Non-locking gun storage
- Available in black, Tuscan, or espresso finishes
- Easily conceals firearms and other goodies
- Has a beautiful finish available in multiple colors
- No locking mechanism included (although you could install one yourself)
14. QuickSafes Hidden Compartment Air Vent
My Review: This is another great way to hide your handguns and valuables inside the wall. It comes with a high quality RFID lock that makes it a great secure storage location with fast access for a home or office. If installed correctly, I’d find it pretty difficult for someone to identify what this box really is, making it a great addition to your home to hide firearms and valuables.
- Looks just like a regular air vent and has enough space for small firearms
- Opens quickly with RFID card
- Batteries last about 3000 opens
- It designed to fit between two 2 X 16 center studs.
- List Item
- Manufactured in the USA
15. Stalwart Diversion Book Safe (cheapest)
Price Range: Under $15
Interior capacity/dimensions: 9.2″ x 5.7″ x 1.6″. Will hold 1 pistol, possibly two small compacts if you don’t mind them touching
Note: They sell this safe with a few different covers, including the Rome cover here and the Paris cover here.
My Review: I think if you have a good environment for this type of thing such as a home library or well-equipped bookcase, this might actually work! It’s full metal construction, so obviously if someone shifts through a drawer with this in it, they may be able to pick up on the fact that it’s a safe fairly easily, but so long as it’s hidden among other books, I doubt anyone would give it a second look. Personally, I’d throw some felt or something on the bottom to ensure it doesn’t make a metallic noise if it’s moved somehow. It does come with a cardboard style cover and the “pages” are plastic, but it still makes a metallic noise nonetheless.
As far as serving as a gun safe goes, it’s a risk because although you can lock it, someone can easily just make off with the entire thing and bust it open later. The key to success with this little safe is a tactical diversion and staying hidden! You can easily fit most handguns inside and possibly two compact handguns. I’d recommend buying a foam pad and cutting out the shape of your gun for maximum protection and concealment.
There are tons of these available and the one I reviewed was just the one I so happen to have seen in real life so use it as a reference! Some more advanced models even come with a few pages attached, giving it a more authentic book-like feel. There are also some that come with felt lining or foam lining, which may better suit a firearm.
- Lockbox English dictionary style safe
- Provides a great diversion to hide valuables, firearms, etc
- Easy to lock and store on a bookshelf or in a drawer
- Blends in with other books on a shelf
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Comes with two keys
16. BlueStone Safety Holster
This is probably the simplest concealment option on this entire list. Essentially, it’s just a heavy duty piece of elastic attached to rubber pad. Simply screw the 4 included screws through the 4 screw eyelets and into the surface you’re mounting it to. Most people seem to use it under a desk, in a closet, or under a counter.
Although this holster does offer extremely quick access to your firearm, it’s also the least secure. It is advertised to fit “most” firearms, just be aware if you have a very large handgun this may not be the best option for you.
- Easy to install
- Quick access to firearm
- Tons of mounting options
17. Concealment Flag Box
For those of you already have a flag on display, this is another non-locking option that will get the job done. It’s 17”x12” with sloping sides, so it’s large enough to accommodate most handguns. One thing I do like about it is that it has so many display options. You can hang it on a wall, or set it on a piece of furniture like a desk, shelf, or mantle.
Note: Please be aware that this product does not come with a flag.
Note 2: A lot of people purchase this flag along with the box
- Looks awesome
- Lots of display options
- Large enough to accommodate most handguns
Hidden Safe Buying Guide and Considerations
In this guide, we’ll cover why you should most certainly 100% absolutely positively invest in a gun storage solution that works for you. Everyone’s home is different and not all firearms are created equal so please keep in mind that you’ll need a plan before considering a storage option. Not every safe may work in your environment and you may even be better off buying a full gun case instead! Hidden gun storage is for those who plan and strategize ahead of time and for those who pull it off nicely, there is considerable upside! After discussing why it’s important and the benefits of a hidden gun storage solution, we’ll dive into where you can buy these bad boys and what some of my favorites are to date.
Why is having a gun safe so incredibly important?
If you’re new to owning a firearm or you’re considering picking up your first boomstick, you may be wondering why a safe is necessary in the first place. I mean, after all, you’ll likely be spending quite a bit on your boomsticks and even more on decking them out with the most tacticool attachments you can find. Finally, anyone who’s been shooting before knows ammo and range time is certainly not cheap. So why should you spend money on a safe? Why should you include gun storage in your boomstick budget? Why should you be concerned about gun storage? Do you have better options than an actual gun safe?
You know the saying “I never thought it would happen until it did” and all of the other BS people use to try to excuse themselves from the mistake of not being prepared. Being prepared is worth 100x the amount you’ll spend preparing and is one of the most important safety aspects of owning a firearm. If your firearms are stolen and put into the hands of dangerous criminals, it is YOUR fault! That’s right, it is 100% on you. It’s unfortunate we live in a world where people are inclined to break in and take our personal belongings but since we know this happens and we know there is always a chance, it is our duty to prepare against such happenings.
I’ve even heard the excuses “yeah but I have guns, I’ll just shoot em!” and that’s fine and dandy so long as you’re actually home, but do you plan on never leaving your property ever again after buying a firearm? Doubtful. Just like kids, the precious classic car, the wedding ring, the buffalo wings you left in the fridge with a do not eat sticky note, etc, you cannot be around to protect them 24/7.
You may not be able to protect them 24/7 for the rest of their lives, but you can ensure they live a healthy self-inflicted gunshot free upbringing. By owning a firearm, you are increasing the effectiveness of protecting your family from intruders but you are also increasing the risk of those shiny firearms attracting attention from curious kids.
Although they likely mean well, a kid’s possession is no place for a firearm and often leads to some of the most tragic firearm-related accidents. This one is on you, the responsible gun owning adult. If you own a firearm and you have kids, you absolutely must invest in some kind of gun storage that is lockable.
Throwing your firearms in the closet under a blanket will not cut it. Maybe you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a kid so let me remind you that they love to play hide and seek and they love to explore places they aren’t allowed to explore.
You may also pride yourself on being the cool dad that taught their kids gun safety at a young age and I do applaud you for this, however, what they do when not supervised is another story and there’s really no reason to risk unfortunate mishaps, no matter how much training you think they’ve picked up from the pops.
Friends and Family
It’s incredibly unfortunate that we have to safeguard our firearms from our friends and family. It happens every single year, hundreds of thousands of firearms are stolen right under the gun owners nose, often by those they trust the most. In the world of firearms, you must trust absolutely no one but yourself.
If you’ve been out shooting with your friends and family, then they are well aware of what firearms you own, where you live, and even when you aren’t home to protect them. They are the absolute best candidates to steal your firearms and yes, it does happen all the time. Everyone is trustworthy… until they aren’t. There’s no reason to risk it.
For whatever reason, may it be to sell them for quick cash, use them in a crime, use them in suicide, etc, family and friends are never to be trusted with the location and security of your firearms. Investing in proper gun storage and keeping said gun storage a secret is of the utmost importance and is your duty as a firearm owner.
This also means the people nearest and dearest to you may know the combination you use on a traditional safe or they know exactly what shoe you hide the key in. That’s why hidden gun storage that only you know about is so incredibly useful. Anyone looking for your guns will likely be looking for a safe. Hidden away in a bookcase or behind a clock face are some of the last places thieves will be searching.
A huge factor when considering hidden gun storage is accessibility and ease of access. Since you are impeccably intelligent, and you’ve kept your hidden gun storage systems a secret, you can place them strategically around your property for quick access should you need some firepower in a pinch.
Maybe you’re checking to see who’s knocking at the door and its an unexpected and unwanted visitor but oh no, your gun safe is in the back of the house and locked up tight. The unwanted visitor can become an unwanted intruder in just seconds, far quicker than you can scurry to the basement, fumble the key out of if hiding spot, and unlike the safe. Or… you have a handy hidden coatrack gun compartment conveniently placed right next to the door that allows the rapid deployment of your street sweeper.
Whatever the situation may be, hidden gun storage adds a level of strategy and convenience that no full-size gun safe will give you. Having firearms placed around the house in spots only you know about also reduces the risk of all of them being stolen at once. If someone jacks your whole safe, every firearm is jeopardized. If someone finds only one of your hidden firearms, they may just assume that’s all you have and make a hasty retreat.
I’ve mentioned secrecy a few times already, but I’ll go ahead and write a dedicated section because of how important secrecy really is. Yes, it is extremely exciting to purchase a firearm and the first thing aside from actually shooting it you may feel inclined to do is show it off to your friends. Unfortunately, this is the reason so many firearm thefts occur.
You shouldn’t be post pictures of your guns all over social media, they shouldn’t be flashed around to all of your guests, and they most definitely shouldn’t be sitting on the kitchen table or mounted on the living room wall.
One of the best aspects of owning and having possession of a firearm is secrecy. Having a concealed advantage over possible attackers and intruders gives you a massive strategic advantage. If people know you are armed, it’s likely they will be prepared and even come armed themselves. If they don’t, they may not come packing as much heat. No matter the situation, keeping your firearms a secret is always an advantage.
Keeping your gun storage furniture a secret also falls into this advantage. If intruders know where your guns are stored, they may have a plan in place to keep you far from reaching your firearms and they will target those specific locations for theft. Hidden gun storage should be used synonymously with secret gun storage. If it’s not a secret to everyone but yourself then it’s not really hidden.
Hidden Gun Storage Options
Ultimately, if you have a few basic tools and some handyman skills, the options are nearly endless. There are tons of people that handcraft their own gun storage solutions and do an impeccable job creating hidden gun safes.
If you don’t have time, tools, or skills to make your own, buying one is easy and there are a whole plethora of options across the web!
Just to name a few, you can find handgun tissue boxes, wall clocks that reveal a handy gun storage compartment, hidden gun safes mounted inside the wall behind a mirror or picture frame, hidden walls, slide out cabinets, bookcase gun cases, coat rack cases, magnetic locking cases, flip out coffee table cases, and so many more.
It’s really impossible to list all of the options you have here because that’s the point of hidden gun security. You can turn just about anything into a hidden gun hideout and there will continually be new gadgets and safes added to the market.
As far as materials go, anything is fair game. Most hidden gun safes will likely be wood or metal but it entirely depends on what you’re using for concealment. Remember that hiding in plain sight is the idea here, we don’t want to create something tactical in appearance, we want something that looks innocent and doesn’t draw attention to itself.
With that said, I once was shown (bad idea on his part) a hidden gun safe that was hidden in the coatrack that was mounted RIGHT next to an actual gun safe! I would have never guessed it had he not shown me, it was hilariously genius and I’d bet that anyone trying to steal his firearms would solely focus on the gun case itself and probably not ever think to break open the coatrack literally inches away from it!
Creativity is rewarded when it comes to hidden gun storage and that is the beauty of this niche. In researching this topic and actually shopping for myself, I probably watched about 6 hours of YouTube videos in awe at how creative and handy peoples hidden gun storage furniture really is!
In the buying guide I’d like to discuss a few tips and tricks and then I’ll recommend a few of my favorite hidden gun storage ideas and options at various price points.
First and foremost, you have to make sure the safe is going to fit what you’re trying to conceal. This should be a no-brainer; however, I had a buddy trying to conceal a Magnum Research .50 Desert Eagle in a concealed wall-hung shelf. The shelf said it was built for pistols, so he just assumed his beloved Deagle would fit, however, it was roughly an inch too shallow and the handgun was not able to be concealed and closed up inside. Physically measure your firearms and compare them to the dimensions of the available space.
Secondly, ensure there is room for other gear as well. A firearm is of little use without magazines, clips, ammo, ear protection or whatever else is required to operate it. Perhaps also including a knife and flashlight to your little concealment boxes may be a good idea.
Figure out how your firearms will be mounted and whether that mounting solution will work for you. Some hidden gun safes hold your guns in place with magnets, straps, foam cut outs, etc. For me personally, the idea of metal on metal makes me cringe, so exposed magnets would be a no-go for me. Some firearms may also be too heavy for the mounting solutions so ensure the weight is accounted for. This goes for mounting your hidden safe as well, ensure the weight is properly distributed and mounted accordingly.
Some of the available safes on the market may include fireproof options which are an absolutely fantastic idea. Not only will you be able to install these safes and have the peace of mind of always being able to recover your firearms after a fire, but you can also store important documents, ID’s, pictures, safekeeping’s, money, etc inside with your firearms. These safes, to me, are like insurance for things you can’t get insurance policies on and thus have a great deal of dual usage value.
Figure out what locking mechanisms, if any, you’ll need to utilize. If you don’t have kids, having hidden gun storage that doesn’t lock will likely suffice as the true feature is its secrecy. If you do have kids, however, I strongly suggest you choose something that is lockable and secure. You know kids, they will likely find anything given enough time. Some boxes have simple and nonchalant magnetic locking mechanisms that allow you to unlock them by sliding a magnet along one of its edges. Some are key locked, passcode locked, and some are even puzzle locked!
A lot of products comprising the list below may require mounting and minor carpentry work. Please make sure what is required of you before purchasing as these will rely on proper mounting, bracing, and cutting to work!
As you can see, there are many different creative ways to hide your firearms using gun concealing furniture and in-wall safe systems! I strongly recommend you invest in some kind of gun storage if you own any firearms no matter their value. Whether it’s a full-service gun safe or a clock with a secret compartment, you need a safe place for dangerous weapons. It is your duty as a responsible gun owning adult to ensure the security of your firearms!
Since it’s incredibly popular in our community to hand build a gun safe or some type of concealing furniture piece, I’d love to see what our readers build! If you’ve built one, don’t hesitate to share it with us here in the comments section.
If you’ve bought a hidden gun safe and care to share your secret with us to let us know how it’s working out for you, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment and share your experience! The market for concealed gun storage is growing rapidly as more and more creative business’s design and manufacture new products. With that said, there’s no way to keep up with them all so if I’ve missed one you like, share the information with everyone and drop it in a comment below!
Corporal Wabo is a former Infantry Squad Leader with 3rd Bn 4th Marines that specialized in Mortars. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, hiking, running, shooting guns, and reviewing gear. He started this website while transitioning out of the Marines, and since has recruited several other Marines to help him work on the Marine Approved website. We are currently looking for former Marines to join the team who are interested in writing about tactical gear, survival gear, hiking supplies, etc. For more information about us or joining the team, check out the “About Us” tab.