I personally like to see my guns. On my old homestead I had built a custom gun storage cabinet with glass doors into the wall of the living room. I backed it with a tanned, hair-on deer hide and stacked the rifles, shotguns, and pistols against the hide in a beautiful display. Below it, with knotty pine doors, was my storage of extra ammo, best gun belt, gun cleaning kit and supplies. It kept the dust off my guns and was a beautiful display.
But my home burned, so…
This home just doesn’t lend itself to my favorite Lodge decorating style. And there is just no room for anything, it is so small. In fact, where I have the gun cabinet in the closet tucked under the stairs was the master closet when I moved in!
Life is all about change, so I made the master bedroom (Which would only hold a full sized bed pushed up against one wall.) into a combination bathroom and closet. It wasn’t even big enough to do a separate bathroom and closet! And since I needed storage for my guns, I started looking for something that would work.
As you can see from the picture, I needed a gun cabinet that was short and small, that would fit under a closet rod. I don’t have an arsenal. I own guns for hunting and homestead use. All I needed was storage for a couple of shotguns, a .22, and a couple of handguns. I found this Sentinel gun cabinet for under $70 on sale that stands 52” tall and holds 10 or 12 guns. And it locks!
It was lightweight enough for me to haul into the house myself. The only assembly was the inside shelf and sticky thingy’s for gun rests. It has predrilled holes for attaching it with screws to the floor and walls, but it recommended drilling holes to hit studs. I was sorely disappointed with my walls and floor in that closet. NO studs found! And when I drilled into the floor which I assumed was ¾ inch flooring—practically nothing! But what is there keeps it from tipping over. The fault is the house, not the cabinet!
Securely attached, it would keep 300 lb. Bubba at bay for 5 to 10 minutes. The door is tight enough to make it difficult to get a pry bar into it and the lock is surprisingly sturdy! For $70, I’m impressed! And it looks nice, always important to a woman!
Here it is opened and loaded. Note the foam rests for the guns to keep them upright and the foam on the bottom. Very nice for the money. Then there is the top shelf where I will put the handguns. It is big enough where I can stack my ammo cans in it too!
There is enough room left on top where I can hang my safety glasses and ear protection for the gun range above it and store pistol cases and on it. This is all I need. It is someplace to store my guns, with a lock to keep the grandkids out, and adequate storage where I can keep everything together in one place for grab and go convenience. And it is in our main level “safe room” the master bath.
This is not a gun safe! It did not take two men to haul it into the house and set it up. It is not fireproof. And it didn’t cost an entire month’s social security check! But it is perfect for homestead storage of essential firearms.
About your gun safe- If it works for you, don’t knock it. At least you have something that many do not.
I love your “A Smile for You” section. Especially #1 & #2. They are too funny, however some truth as well.
Glossy black with gold lettering! Classy. Bev, I think it’s awesome that a lady can have such a cabinet in her boudoir – and have it sitting immediately next to sexy animal print and red. You go girl! Sorry, but I didn’t even notice the safely glasses and ear protection until you mentioned it. LOL. I’m jealous.
LOL! Thank you for noticing the ear plugs and glasses MsKYprepper!
That little under the stairs closet has become my shoes & boots(Women and shoes ya know), lingerie, dirty clothes and gun closet!
I’m not dead yet!
I’m coming under a lot of criticism on my personal mail, so…
Okay Guys, and it is GUYS!
I purchased and installed a Gun STORAGE Cabinet; NOT a Gun Safe!
Put this into perspective now… I am a woman with a few homestead oriented guns–not an arsenal. I’m a homesteader, not a survivalist. And I am a WOMAN!
How many women do you personally know that have purchased their own guns and purchased storage! Zero to two is my guess!
So, how many guns has your wife/girlfriend purchased on her own and how is SHE storing them? Think about it…
Hmmmm…. I’m guessing any criticism was not directed at the fact of a woman buying her own firearms and storing them, but something else……
Just a guess……..:Whistling:
Not going to wade into that one….learned a long time ago when a woman said anything along the line of “think about it” I flinch and duck.
“How many women do you personally know that have purchased their own guns and purchased storage! Zero to two is my guess!”
Bev…we don’t know each other personally but can I add you… that will get me to 4 that I know. :Angel:
Oh Dairy and John You Guys are GREAT! And John, your comment made tons of sense to me–but then hindsight is 20-20!
No, it is all the Guys who feel that a 600 lb. safe is the only way to go! I wanted something just to keep them neat (not falling down in the closet) and out of the way of the grandkids. That’s it!
FYI, I was raised hunting with my two aunts (and yes the menfolk hunted too!), two of my sisters still hunt and I have several girlfriends who hunt and one just got her first bear a couple of years ago.
In the West for sure, and the northern plains, I think most rural women can handle a gun and have at some point hunted for meat or sport–I only hunt for meat. And I’m inclined to think that most rural, single women have a weapon around, just in case… I could be wrong. Maybe it is just the gals I know.
Bottom line is that not everyone NEEDS a gun safe! But perhaps having a place to lock them up from the kids isn’t so bad. I never bothered with my kids because they were well aware that the guns weren’t toys! They had their own single shot .22s at 5 & 6 (took them to school for show and tell on the school bus–wouldn’t be very acceptable now, how times have changed) and knew how to shoot. Made me feel safer too, with just me and the kids…