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Old 11-26-2021, 07:56 AM
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My guns, with few exceptions, are unboxed and locked in safes. Boxes stacked up in the gun room until we moved a couple years ago. Packed the boxes in large, opaque, Rubbermade containers for the move. That is where they remain, in a climate-controlled room. It is efficient but not pretty. It also conceals, to a degree, the safes' contents. I may not see those boxes again unless we sell something (not likely).

The box and docs, tools, etc., add value to even well-used guns. What do YOU do with them, store them, etc.?
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In a big plastic box in the same room as the safe.
I learned years ago that the box helps the resale value of a gun.
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The handful of long gun boxes I have sit on top shelves in my closets. From Savage .22s to Valmet and Green Label Colt boxes. Handgun boxes are stacked in attic IIRC.
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It took me over a decade to get used to plastic guns after shooting the first Glock but I do not like cheap plastic in my hobby room. I have the pistol boxes stored in aluminium boxes, most of the Zarges boxes are in the attic with only one in the house.

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Handgun boxes are all stacked up in the back of our
food shelves. (basement) They take up little room that way.

Long gun boxes are put up between the floor joists. A simple piece of furring nailed to the joists easily holds the boxes out of the way.
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Old 11-26-2021, 09:37 AM
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I know I will get crucified for this but here goes...

This is what I do-

1. Buy a gun
2. Bring gun home
3. Remove gun from box along with any papers
4. Toss box in burn pile
5. Burn box
6. Enjoy not having a bunch of boxes
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Just have them in a spot in storage area in basement
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This is what I do-

1. Buy a gun
2. Bring gun home
3. Remove gun from box along with any papers
4. Toss box in burn pile
5. Burn box
6. Enjoy not having a bunch of boxes
Thanks for making me curl up in fetal position and chant "The horror, the horror".

Long gun boxes are stored under the basement stairs (climate and temperature controlled).

Handguns are stored in their boxes in the safes, the exception being the 3 N-frames with presentation cases. They are in gun rugs. The safes all have dehumidifiers in them.
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I keep all my handgun boxes in those plastic storage totes, in an upstairs walk in closet. My long gun boxes are stored stacked in the same closet.

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Garbage bags in the attic. Not the best but I have no room anywhere else. They do stay dry and clean.
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Mine are mostly in an old foot locker in the garage. A lot are in a little used closet. More are piled up on top of the gun safes.
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Cardboard rifle boxes I put tuck into the basement ceiling joists and screw a couple furring strips across the joists to hold them.
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The long gun boxes are shoved up in the rafters of my garage. The empty handgun boxes are all stored in an extra gun safe. If I didn't have room in the safe, I'd hide them someplace. I know a thief can see the safes, but there's not use advertising what's in them. It might give added incentive to spend the extra effort breaking in them.
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I’m not really a box collector. I know $$$ but I used to keep them till the ants decided that they like to eat the glue and nest in them.
I have a few that survived but they’re not very high on my important list.
As mentioned above, they need storage space and I’m flat out of that.
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I threw them away till I reached my mid 20's. Three were the wood grain Colt Python boxes with the styrofoam inserts.
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More are piled up on top of the gun safes.
The long gun boxes are stashed along the walls in the basement, which is climate controlled. The handgun boxes are stacked on top of the particular safe the corresponding gun is stored in.

There must be a substantial number of persons who don't save factory handgun boxes. I was at a gun shop in Gettysburg and near the front door was a big bin full of factory handgun boxes. I made the owner a deal for the whole bin and took them to the Ohio Gun Collectors Show. We had a table and I was able to sell a bunch of the handgun boxes there.
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Stacked in the attic.........Probably never have a use for them ever again.
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Many years ago, I worked part time at a gun shop to feed my habit. The owner didn't keep boxes, except for presentation ones; said he didn't have room to store them. Also, it seems like the first thing anyone did after buying a new revolver was to replace the grips. I guess that's why originals are so expensive now.
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This is what I do-

1. Buy a gun
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3. Remove gun from box along with any papers
4. Toss box in burn pile
5. Burn box
6. Enjoy not having a bunch of boxes
Guess by now you know that you are burning money…
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Many years ago, I worked part time at a gun shop to feed my habit. The owner didn't keep boxes, except for presentation ones; said he didn't have room to store them. Also, it seems like the first thing anyone did after buying a new revolver was to replace the grips. I guess that's why originals are so expensive now.
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I can believe it. About five years ago I helped a family sell off the inventory from a closed gun shop. The vast majority of the new guns had no box. The owner said they took up to much room so tossed them. I told them the boxes would have helped the sales, but it was too late to do anything about it.
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Guess by now you know that you are burning money…
Yeah maybe a little bit

Guns are all tools to me and I don't sell any.

Don't have kids to worry about them inheriting anything of value so meh, I don't really care about that aspect.

I do totally understand those that collect, buy and sell, how the box adds value.

Just not for me
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My plastic boxes (darn few!) are in a cabinet in the garage.

The cardboard type are in large ammo cans …... they’re the large metal military surplus type that held belts of 7.62. If I set the boxes on end I can get about 6 or 8 in one ammo can.

These are the size boxes that revolvers like K frame Smiths and Ruger double actions came in. Now the boxes don’t get squished or covered in dust or wet, etc.
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Mostly stored in large cardboard box in garage.
Others like the mentioned Glock and other similar Plastic boxes are on the closet shelf in my home office - Gun room.
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I wrap mine in Saran wrap and store them on a shelf out of the light in my gun room which has a dehumidifier.
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1. Buy a gun
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3. Remove gun from box along with any papers
4. Toss box in burn pile
5. Burn box
6. Enjoy not having a bunch of boxes
Years ago I had a good friend that I worked with who was originally from SD. His father, an avid handgun collector, had passed away and Lloyd would always mention the fabulous collection his father had and which he inherited. The guns were on peg boards inside floor to ceiling glass cases at his mother's ranch. The boxes were stored in an adjoining large walk in closet. One weekend Llyod went home and his mother wanted that closet cleaned out so Lloyd started to move the boxes. To his amazement the boxes were not empty. Evidently his father bought two of everything, put one firearm in the display cabinet and threw the box way. The duplicate was put with box in the closet.

BTW, my father left me a Mossberg 22 rifle.
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I see a few are storing boxes in the attic. Be careful, it depends on where you live of course, but with wild temperature/humidity changes, it can cause damage. Also, roof leaks can cause damage to stored items, before they are noticed in the living areas.
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Hard side pistol cases, boxes, and long gun boxes all reside in a dedicated nook inside a storage closet in my basement where they reside out of sight and out of mind. I came to same conclusion as many others here that keeping them around the safe or even in the gun room just acts as a check list of what's inside the safe...and I'd rather avoid that.

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Very few of my gun boxes are from highly collectible guns. They are on plywood between the garage rafters.
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I'll tell ya what not to do. For years I stored boxes in the bottom of a storage cabinet out in my garage. Lots of cardboard blue S&W boxes ranging from the 1950s up to about the 1980s.
Quite a few years ago we had a massive rain storm. The drainage ditches got overwhelmed and two feet of water backed up into my garage.
Did I mention that the boxes were in the bottom of that cabinet?
I now keep them in the closet of my spare room.
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Stored in there orginal s&w cases wrapped in s&w parchment paper. Oiled up. In a safe it’s the law to be locked up.
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Take Gun Box, particularly Pre War Walther Boxes & Colt Python boxes & I generally use them to start my BBQ pit so that I can cook my favorite meat- Bald Eagle.
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I save the wood boxes and burn the rest. if the winter is too bad, they go into the stove with my rocking chair, Merry Chiristmas and a happy new year.,.
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Sometimes I wish I had never seen a danged gun box! I understand that the “present mentality” admires them, and thus, having the silly box adds value when the gun is sold. That does not change my loathing of screwing around with the dumb things, but, like Neils Bohr’s famous opinion on luck, and horseshoes, I keep the dumb things around just in case, as best I can.

I grew up in an era when boxes only occasionally left the gun shop with the gun, unless you asked for them. And sometimes, if you waited too long to buy, it was too late!

Nowadays, I am relieved when I buy a gun that doesn’t come with some absurd plastic, oversized box that isn’t at least three-times bigger than the gun. I think the award for this ridiculous practice should go to my XDS .45. I still marvel at that monstrosity! You could probably throw four S&W .500s in that thing and have room left over. What a waste.
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I have a S&W 544 which is a commemorative Texas 150 years anniversary. It's a Model 29 in 44-40 with some understated engraving & beautiful engraving. It came in a beautiful wood case. I've come close to selling it a couple of times but the buyers always want the case. I have the case. I just cannot find the case. drives me nuts, I've looked everywhere.
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I keep all my handgun boxes in those plastic storage totes, in an upstairs walk in closet. My long gun boxes are stored stacked in the same closet.

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