Concealment vs. Security: How To Store Firearms Effectively

When it comes to storing firearms, you need to know what you want. Concealing your guns allows for quick access during emergency response, but they will be vulnerable to theft and misuse. And if you focus on preventing anyone from having access to your weapons, it will be harder for you to access them quickly. So which is best? Concealed or secure gun storage?


Most gun owners are, of course, familiar with the concept of concealed carry and the various holster designs that make concealed carry more effective. The concept of concealment for firearm storage is a little different, but it follows a very similar logic. You are looking to place a gun so that it can be reached easily enough to respond to an emergency situation.

The biggest difference in the considerations for personal carry and concealing a stored firearm is you want to be able to leave the weapon unattended. This means you have to think about mounts that will not fail, whether the gun should be loaded, and how safe the gun will be while left alone.


  • The biggest pro is that you can actually use your gun for self-defense. When you keep your gun under lock and key, it is no longer a viable means of security.
  • Concealing your weapon gives you access while not leaving guns in obvious locations so that criminals and unauthorized persons cannot happen upon them.
  • When it comes to concealment, all you have to worry about is which gun works best. You can take advantage of the best handguns for self-defense or any other weapon that can fit practically in a concealed location.


  • If you want to protect children from firearms, concealment does not provide adequate security of the weapon. There are some workarounds for this, such as personal protection boxes. But those are not very secure and will also need some form of concealment.
  • You are getting some level of security for your firearm, though it is not as comprehensive as what you could get if you focused primarily on security. The more accessible the firearm is, the less secure it is.


Security means making sure that no one can gain access to your firearms. If your chief consideration is security, you need to buy a safe. The safe should have a reliable locking mechanism, use thick steel (the same thickness for the doors and the body), and measure humidity so your firearms are not harmed by moisture.

Buy a gun safe that you can grow into. One that will fit more than the guns you have now so you can take into account the fact that you might want to store more than guns, or buy more firearms. Make sure you avoid damaging your safe so that you can always have access to your guns.


  • Storing firearms securely is ideal for the weapons that are not ideal for emergency home use. For example, long-range precision firearms are not ideal for home defense in emergencies. If someone is far enough away to have a rifle be practical, you should have enough time to open a gun safe.
  • If you have small children who live in your home or visit frequently, you need security for your firearms. The set it and forget it nature of concealment is not reliable for keeping curious children away from weapons.
  • When you are worried about someone stealing your guns, you should invest in security. You can also protect firearms from disasters with flood or fire resistant safes.


  • Safes that are worth anything are always expensive. You cannot make your own, and if you could, it would still not be cheap. And if you try to save money, you will be sacrificing the security of your guns.
  • Putting aside the chances of finding you have a broken safe while you are in an emergency, the time it takes to open your safe is going to take too long.
  • Even if you train to open your safe as quickly as you can, even with a digital lock, it will take too long. But a better test would be to have someone wake you up in the dark when you aren’t expecting it, then you could try to open your safe. This is to illustrate the fact that if it goes in the safe, you cannot use it in an emergency.

Closing Advice

Ideally, you should find a way to balance concealment and security. But the important thing to consider is which is more important for a given firearm. When something is more accessible, it is less secure. The more secure a weapon is, the less accessible it is for emergencies. Do what is right for you.

Ralph Goodman is a security expert and lead writer for the Lock Blog, the #1 locksmith blog on the Internet. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about locks, safety, and security. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, homeowners, locksmiths, and security professionals. Ralph has been featured widely throughout the web on sites such as Business Insider, Zillow, Bluetooth,, CIO, and Safewise.

5 Reasons Why an AR 15 is the Perfect Survival Rifle

In another piece, we detailed how to buy the right components to build your own survival rifle out of the AR-15 platform. There are so many options out there, maybe you’re not convinced. Let’s break down why the AR 15 is, indeed, the perfect survival rifle:

5. It’s Lightweight and Compact.

Very few rifles can take down a man-sized threat quickly and still measure less than 3 feet while weighing a meager 7 to 9 pounds. The AR-15 was originally developed as a lightweight solution for fatigued soldiers carrying heavy .30-cal guns long distances. The same principle applies in a survival situation where you’ll likely be on your feet, rucking and running day after day.

In a survival scenario, every ounce of weight counts. Look at any online prepper’s list and you’ll likely find the weight contributed by every item, down to that little tube of toothpaste. You want a lightweight rifle with easy-to-carry ammo – even a fully loaded 30-round magazine weighs just over 1 pound.

Chambering small but potent 5.56 or .223, the AR-15 is tough to beat. The best part is how easily the AR-15 breaks in half for storage. Just pop the two retaining pins and you can shove it in a backpack or hide it away.

4. It’s Deadly.

The most common cartridges you’ll find sitting inside an AR-15 are 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington. For simplicity’s sake (and because, for all intents and purposes, they’re the same round) we’ll focus on 5.56. The short-n-sweet of it is that this zippy little round is highly lethal. You’ll find plenty of evidence of hunters dropping deer within 100 yards using standard loads.

You might find some trolls on forums or community pages dissenting the O.G. black rifle round with a snarky smile. They love to put down the 5.56 round while they gently caress their oddball AR-15 safe queens, chambered in a bench round or some weird wildcat.

Those folks are ignorant and they’ve likely never spent time wearing a uniform or shooting at another living person with the intent to kill them. Without getting into the details, every NATO member nation fielding 5.56 has given it a stamp of approval, and NATO militaries agree that the next generation of small arms will still be using 5.56.

The U.S Army trains its service members to kill at 300 yards, and yes, 5.56 will do the job at that distance. Its highly accurate and it penetrates, fragments, and causes quite a bit of trauma. It has a hyper-flat trajectory out to 200 yards, and it’s fired from a lightweight, compact rifle. ‘Nuff said.

3. It’s Accurate.

Go ahead, find another rifle this small and light, with this kind of capacity, that consistently offers 1- or even sub-MOA accuracy using store-bought boxes of ammo for a couple hundred Benjamins. We’ll wait. Yes, almost every AR-15 barrel, upper, or rifle you’ll touch can offer this level of accuracy at 100 yards.

Why? Because the AR-15 market’s flooded. There have been political scares for the past 8 years, but with the current political climate in America, we’re witnessing a sort of gun renaissance. Manufacturers are pumping out truly high-quality, accurate barreled assemblies at great prices. Shooting 5.56, you’ll find your bullet drop is barely 5” at 200 yards and under 2 feet at over 350 yards. This makes for a predictable and easy-to-accurize round.

2. It’s Affordable.

The words “affordable” and “quality” rarely go together, but it’s easy on your wallet to build a quality, M4-like AR-15 to consider anything else for a survival scenario. You can find complete, mid-level rifle kits for under $500 that offer MOA accuracy and a guarantee of reliability. Now think about the last time you shot an “economy” pistol, shotgun, or bolt action. It probably felt snappy or choppy, it was heavy or flimsy, or it was simply a jamming, stovepiping turd.

And that affordable eastern bloc AK, slapped together in Bubba’s shop? Good luck hitting anything smaller than a barn door past 100 yards. We’re not talking smack on the AK market, but dollar for dollar, the AR can’t be beat. With any other weapon system, you’d have to spend a pretty penny to own a piece you’d trust your life to. The AR-15 is one of few that breaks this mold.

1. It’s Reliable. Reliability is #1 on the list of any survival intent. Those affordable rifle kits we just mentioned? Even they can manage 1,000 rounds without a single failure. These are rifles with clean, crisp triggers, good tolerances, reliable feeding and cycling, good accuracy, and mil-spec features.

We’ve all probably gotten into that argument with an ignorant anti-gunner and we’ve all likely resorted to the retort, “An AR-15 is nothing like an M4!”. But in truth, it really is. Few other weapons systems available on the civilian marketplace are as similar in reliability (and quite literally use the same components and features) as their military brethren.

When it really comes down to it, the AR-15 is missing one thing that the M4’s got: An auto sear. Beyond that, you can build or buy your own true M4 clone or forgery for under $800 – a gun that can take a serious beating in any conditions and retain accuracy – and it’ll absolutely provide you with that same militaristic level of ruggedness and reliability.

Bonus reasons!

Seriously, you thought there were only five reasons? Here are a few more, less substantial reasons why the AR-15 is the ultimate survival rifle in a long-term context:

  • Parts are plentiful. The AR-15 is the most commonly bought and owned rifle in the country. Just like ammo, you can them aplenty.

  • It’s endlessly configurable. Just about every single part can be tailored to you, the shooter. The result is a weapon that feels like a true extension of yourself.

Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.

5 AR-15 Upgrades for Your Survival Rifle

The AR-15 platform is extremely popular for many reasons. One of these reasons is that it makes an excellent survival rifle. It is a great choice for a survival rifle due to the fact that it is relatively small and light, easy to pack and carry, and is deadly enough for hunting and protection. Wondering how to make your AR-15 an even better survival rifle?

There are a few upgrades and accessories that you should consider for your weapon. In a survival situation, all of these could be important, and could in turn, save your life.

1. Optics.. But Don’t Forget the Basics

In the eyes of many, an optic or sight is the most important upgrade you can make to an AR-15. Check out the guide on adding optics to an AR-15 here, but in this article, we will give you the down and dirty for a survival rifle.

A quality sight is a great thing. It can make you a more accurate shot, and can also increase the effective range of your weapon. Both of these are excellent features for a survival rifle. However, we do have a few recommendations.

The vast majority of modern optics use some form of battery-powered red dot. While many of these guarantee the battery will last for tens of thousands of hours, you have to think about the fact that you may not have consistent access to batteries in a survival situation. Many of these are great sights, but it is just something to keep in mind. For this reason, we would recommend checking out the Trijicon ACOG line of sights. They do not require a battery, and are military-grade durable.

The importance of co-witnessing sights is not to be understated, but we really can’t underestimate how important it is to have backup iron sights for a survival rifle.

But, do you want the sights to be fixed or folding? Check out this article for some further thoughts on the, seemingly endless, fixed versus folding sights debate.

Regardless of if you choose fixed or folding sights, in the event that your optic fails you, it is going to be very important to have your backup sights. If you have a full length rail system, a standard pair Magpul folding sights are tested, tried and true.

2. Durable Sling

It may seem obvious, but a durable sling is going to be extremely important for you in a survival situation. Whether you are out hunting for food or just travelling and protecting your family, a sling can make all the difference. A quality sling will obviously make it easier to carry your weapon, but it can also make it faster to draw and improve your accuracy a little too. For a survival sling, check out anything that has metal buckles and nylon webbing.

3. Quality Mags

Another seemingly obvious upgrade. In a survival situation, durable magazines that will reliable feed rounds into the chamber for potentially years to come is going to very important. Since magazines can go bad over time, we recommend having as many as possible. Once again, MagPul reigns supreme – Magpul PMAGs are a strongly suggested magazine for a survival rifle..

4. Foregrip

Before getting into this one, we are going to assume that your rifle has some type of handguard rail system. Whether that be the classic military picatinny rail system, or the lighter and improved M-Lok or Keymod systems, a handguard that allows you to attach accessories is very important to have.

As far as upgrades that should be attached to your handguard system, one of the first things to think about is a foregrip of some type, like a simple angled foregrip.

Similar to a sight, this foregrip can help increase your accuracy and range. In a survival situation, this attachment could be crucial.

5. Flashlight

Another handguard attachment that we would recommend is a durable flashlight. This could serve many purposes. In a self defense or home defense situation, this could temporarily blind a threat, and give you some extra time to protect your family. In low light situations, another flashlight never hurts. If you’re hunting, this could help you track your prey. Whatever the situation may be, a flashlight is certainly not going to hurt. While this wouldn’t be the first upgrade to our survival rifle, it is an important one.

Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.

Justice Thomas Dissent In 2A Supreme Court Case

Because the right to keep and bear arms is enumerated in the Constitution, courts cannot subject laws that burden it to mere rational-basis review. But the decision below did just that. Purporting to apply intermediate scrutiny, the Court of Appeals upheld California’s 10-day waiting period for firearms based solely on its own “common sense.”

If a lower court treated another right so cavalierly, I have little doubt that this Court would intervene. But as evidenced by our continued inaction in this area, the Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this Court.

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Brace Yourselves

The White House said on Tuesday setting an age limit for buying AR-15-type assault rifles, the type purchased legally by a teenager who shot dead 17 people at a Florida high school last week, was under consideration.
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“The President spoke to Senator Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” the statement concluded.
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President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban bump fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly. The move adds his voice to a process that began in December, two months after a gunman used the device in a shooting that left scores dead at a concert in Las Vegas.

“Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” Trump said at a Medal of Valor event at the White House, addressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I expect these regulations to be finalized, Jeff, very soon,” Trump said.
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