Bring in the Big Guns

In record time, the nicely staged Secret Bookshelf Door was man-cave-ified. By coincidence the shelves just so happened to be the perfect width for DVD storage. It houses our entire collection with ease. Now that the secret door is finished, it was time to work on the functional portion of the closet: Gun Storage.

The hubs did it all himself, as I don’t have the slightest idea how to store weapons. He built a lower shelf with a center cleat to prop up the stocks, then notched out a 2×4 cut in half to hold the barrels.

There’s a shelf above to hold a bunch of hunting gear too, along with additional hooks

I know most of you guys aren’t avid hunters (or probably even own guns), but just in case you ever find yourself needing to build a gun rack into a closet you know it can be done! Haha. The main purpose of the closet isn’t concealment per se, it’s mostly to keep young visitors from accessing them. The deadbolt is our main defense there, not so much the hidden door. That was just to spice things up a little. Even though Charlie (and any other children we *may* have) will grow up familiar with weapons and safety, there’s no guarantee her friends will. And that’s how tragic accidents happen. Besides, it’s just responsible to have guns locked up and not loose all over the place. So though we can’t afford one of those fancy schmancy gun safes (which I’m secretly happy about, because I think that would be a hideous addition to our home’s decor) we’ve found a great solution for their storage and concealment.

9 thoughts on “Bring in the Big Guns

  1. Confession: I have never fired a gun before (unless you count video games), but am mildly intrigued by them. And I really don’t know anyone IRL who actually owns a gun, nevermind several, enough to warrant a gun rack! Needless to say, these photos are totally fascinating to me and I’m actually dying to see more!

    1. I’m not sure how it works outside of Texas, but here you can visit a gun range and rent guns to shoot. It’s very empowering, not to mention educational, since the scary mystery of guns goes away once you shoot them. I’ve never killed anything with them before, and unless there’s a zombie apocalypse, doubt I ever will. If you ever make it to Texas, though, I promise I will take you shooting! Haha

  2. The hubby and I own a 9mm and a shotgun so I totally bookmarked this nifty tutorial for our future use. Thanks again for posting!!!

    1. Awesome! So glad someone out there can get a little use out of it πŸ˜‰ I have a .380, though I much prefer the way the 9mm shoots. It’s a lot easier to handle, and I’m a total “girl” when it comes to guns

    1. As far as I know (and I haven’t done extensive research, just read the packet that came with my gun when I bought it) that you must have a child-safety lock on any weapon that is not secured in a locked case if you have children in your home. And I think that only applies to kids living in your home, not if your niece visits you or something. When my husband was in college, he had all his guns hanging on a rack in his closet. That’s about it.

      Pretty much everyone I know that shoots (and that’s not an extensive list by any means, but most people I know own guns and shoot them) don’t have gun cases with locks. They just have them stored in closets or stashed behind beds and stuff like that. Honestly, I think it would be a good idea to require anybody who owns a gun to be certified in its use. I’m totally a hypocrite though, because I haven’t gone to get my Concealed Handgun License yet. I “gifted” the certification class to my hubby for his birthday, and it was about $300 with all the fees to take the class and get licensed. So I’ll have to do a little saving up for mine!

      In Texas, you’re allowed to carry a weapon (if you’re licensed) into any establishment that earns less than 49% of profit off of alcohol. That means you can carry into restaurants, banks, retail stores, and out and about town. Though you have to go through an extensive background check in order to get licensed.

  3. totally love your stance on the gun issue lady! Knowledge is power! πŸ™‚ The hubby and I both grew up with guns and hunting and believe that education and safety is so important to preventing accidents. Our kids will be raised the same!

    I LOVE your closet shelf! Going to show Eric for sure!!!

  4. Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your website. So much to learn!

    I was raised around firearms as were all 4 of my children. Each was taught firearm safety.

    None of us ever had an accident. Children are very curious. But if they are taught the correct way, then the curiousity is satisfied and consequences are understood. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you Pam! Safety and awareness is key. But it also helps to be proactive and make sure things are locked up safely!

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