If you're a keen gun collector, enjoy hunting, or simply like going to the range to shoot for sport or fun, it's important to have somewhere that is suitable to keep your collection of firearms and ammunition. This can be a problem if you have limited secure storage space in your home. So, what can you do with your guns?
Here's why a small self-storage unit and some sturdy wooden crates could be the answer to your problem.
Security and safety
Perhaps the most important aspect of gun storage is that your firearms are kept somewhere secure. Most self-storage units are fully lockable and the building in which they are housed is supervised 24/7. There are also CCTV cameras everywhere, so there's very little chance of someone breaking into your unit and stealing your weapons.
If you have kids, keeping your gun collection at home is perhaps not the best idea. In addition, keeping a large collection of firearms in your home could leave you and your family open to attack by thieves.
In order to keep your guns and ammunition in good condition, it's important that the environment in which they are kept is suitable.
One thing that is certain to cause ammunition to deteriorate is keeping it at excessively hot temperatures. If you keep your shells in an environment that regularly reaches temperatures of 650c, you can expect to see degradation of the priming mixture and gunpowder inside. Badly degraded ignition fuel will cause the shells to fail when fired.
A self-storage unit can be temperature controlled, and there's also no danger of you leaving your ammo in direct sunlight where it could become too hot.
A big problem for guns and ammunition is humidity. Damp or humid conditions will cause the metal parts of the weapons to corrode and affects metal bullet casings similarly. If the casings become warped or if the dimensions are altered, loading and accuracy of firing could be affected. A self-storage unit is sealed and guaranteed to be dry inside so you won't have to worry about damp affecting your collection.
Also, invest in a few sturdy, easily stackable wooden crates in which to store your ammunition to keep them free from dust.
Storing your gun collection and ammunition correctly can mean that it should last for many years without any problems. The temperature controlled, dry environment provided by a self-storage unit is perfect for storing guns and ammunition. You will also have no worries about the security and safety of your gear, and you can access it at any time you want too.