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Old 02-18-2016, 02:47 PM   #1
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Gun Racks?

Has anyone got any brilliant ideas for storing my rifles and shotguns when on the road? I have a '69 Overlander, twin beds.

I'm hoping for a long road trip this fall (actually a series of trips with occasional stops back home) that would have me hunting elk, deer, and upland game. In addition, I would probably end up doing some trap and skeet shooting. So, I need to store at least two rifles and two shotguns, maybe more (maybe many more if a particular friend comes along). Storage needs to protect the guns from each other (no rubbing and banging), and be as secure as is reasonably possible in a trailer.

My initial thoughts were (1) treat one of the closets as a gun safe, by installing some brackets to hold each rifle/shotgun, with shockcord to keep them in place, and install a cabinet lock, as well as a trigger or bolt lock on each weapon (2) use the wheel well spaces, and just put each rifle in a case, or at elast a padded sleeve, put a padlock on the cover and again with trigger/bolt locks. The trigger locks would mainly be a slight added deterrent as well as simple safety feature.

Would also need ammo storage (cool, dry place, preferably with a lock).

Who has already solved this problem?
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:07 PM   #2
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Out of sight and out of others minds. They are plenty of cubby holes with room for a mini vault and to safely tuck a long arm away. You will just have to find what works for you. I am not going to advertise my hideaway spots. A casual thief would have some trouble finding my handgun/valuables vault or AR.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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I have a hideout for my two handguns while on the road but long guns are more difficult. I have a RAM truck with side locked Ram Boxes. I've heard inserts are available for long gun storing. These boxes are great & very popular with hunters & fisherman for storing rods also waterproof and very secure, although a crow bar would bust them open so discretion is a must.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:21 PM   #4
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Out of sight and out of others minds. They are plenty of cubby holes with room for a mini vault and to safely tuck a long arm away. You will just have to find what works for you. I am not going to advertise my hideaway spots. A casual thief would have some trouble finding my handgun/valuables vault or AR.
Me too.

Did you want a rack for them to travel in or to hang them from at your hunting grounds?

I'd not leave them up while traveling....too much bouncing around. I'd stow them properly in their rugs or cases for travel.
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I was hoping to avoid using cases while travelling, since cases take up so much space, and space is always at a premium. I figure the problem is pretty much the same as the storage problem at home. Given enough time a determined thief can bust their way through anything, but even a steel locker slows them down enough to make stealing my guns far less feasible (and attractive since my guns are not particularly valuable).

Out of sight is definitely important. Adding a layer of security seems worthwhile to me. Would it be possible to harden one of the closets? Sufficiently to make forced entry a time consuming affair?
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:14 PM   #6
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out of sight is the best thing if they know you have them they will find them best not to let outsiders know you are hauling them don't have a bunch of stickers on your truck that you are a hunter sportsman .
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A lot wasted space in the newer ones behind the couch and under the wardrobe that are good for hiding things. Just saying.
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I would raise the twin beds about 4". Install a moisture barrier. Then put a hinged lid which locks. The mattress would lay on the lid. Customize the compartment to fit the gun storage need with foam or other none abrasive material. Just raise the lid, mattress and all to store or remove the guns.
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