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Old 01-03-2010, 03:41 PM
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Default Storing guns in attic

A friend asked me about whether it would be okay to store guns in an attic. I'm not crazy about this, as I store all mine in a temperature and moisture-controlled safe.

This is his plan:

Guns lubricated and placed into sack-ups. Then, placed into pelican cases (air and water-tight) along with a lot of dessicant. Guns would be taken out and lubricated at least monthly.

Assume for the purpose of this question that the only concern is corrosion. Would the guns be all right?

I figure they should be pretty safe from moisture, but what about heat? Sitting in an attic here in NC, they could be exposed from temperatures ranging from 20 degrees to 120 degrees. Not sure how heat in and of itself would affect them though.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:50 PM
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Bad idea, too much heat and trouble. Get a safe.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:51 PM
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Kind of overkill IMO. Just lubed and in sack-ups should be fine, air tight cases make me nervous. I have had some heirloom rifles stored on the top floor of an unheated concrete building for over 20 years. Temps range from 50-100+. They are covered in RIG and in sack-ups. I check them every few years and have yet to find a speck of rust.
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I think its a good idea cause every summer they get "heat treated"
How about burying them in the ground?
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the attic is a good place to put something if you want to ruin it.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:10 PM
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My dad kept several pistols in the attic for about 30 years or so. I never saw them hidden away. His only comment was that he stored them in the same stuff they came in. Since he got them in WWII, I always assumed that was something on the order of cosmoline. Absolutely no damage at all.

These days, I'd like to hear if anyone stored their guns by vaccum packing them.
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I'd like to hear if anyone stored their guns by vaccum packing them.
I don't know if anyones done it, but in a vacuum bag well oiled and a some silica seams like lifetime preservation to me...
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Maintained the way you describe they might be OK, but attic temperatures in the Southeast can easily exceed 130 degrees and that does not do anything good for stock wood and stock finishes. The attic would be the last place I would choose.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:35 AM
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Oiling ever month will not last, after a few months, I would bank on this being either forgotten, or too much trouble.

I stored a few 22 rifles in my attic and I live in a very dry clime.......within a couple of years, they rusted and I had to send them off for re-blueing.

They were very well oiled, but zipped inside one of those run-of-the-mill soft gun cases. Probably not the best, but I thought that living in a dry area, they would be okay.......wrong!

I would not recommend the attic.
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NEGATIVE on attics and basements! I saw a wooden barrel in a NJ attic that was full of early 1900's handguns...all oiled and wrapped. Most were high end target weapons, 1911's and Colt SAA. Not one was able to survive the changes in temp and all rusted badly.
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I say NO to attic. It can be very humid & temp swings are bad for condensation. My guns were pretty much neglected while I've been sick but survived in a heated safe... wiped down inside & out with Break Free CLP. I have personally used it for duty guns & ready storage since late 1970's. After showing it to our Dept Armorer, they adopted it. Wiping the guns down before use, greatly reduces cleaning time as grime is on top of the BF.


Guns will last a very long lime if kept from dampness. Air circulation is good, not bad. A poor many heater is a 60W light bulb in the cabinette.
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I don't have any experience with attic storage but I can comment on storage in non-tempature controlled enviornments. I have my safe in an unheated/cooled garage. The safe is fitted with a "golden rod", basically just a low powered heating unit designed to heat the internal safe air. The longuns are oiled and placed in silicon sacks and the handguns are just oiled. They have been in storage like that since I have been overseas for the last 18 months. My buddy has taken them out and oiled them once. I was concerned at first about not having the safe in a temp controlled area, but so far they are in excellent condition with no hit of trouble. I think what I have learned from this is that it is rapid changes in tempature which causes the condensation which promotes rust, not gradual tempature changes from ambient air temps. Maybe the solution to your friends problem would be to take off the stocks/grips and store those someplace temp controled. Then oil the guns and place them in silicone sacks, and place those sacks in a container theat will keep out water (in case the roof leaks). My .02 cents.

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