The Problem with Big Gun Safes

You buy a 26 gun safe. You have 28 guns.

No matter how big the safe is, it is always too small. So you get another 500 lb behemoth.

This is what’s driving my thinking about a reasonably hardened space (not rising to the level of bunker) specifically designed as a gun room. It also doubles as a safe room.


Are you talking about a new house again?

Use an out of state contractor to do the foundation and have them add an ante-chamber off one corner that will not have house over it. Explain it away as your “utility room” for solar/battery or a wellhead or something along those lines and have them cover it back over with earth to be hidden during the framing.

Build your house up as normal and finish the section of basement with the access to conceal a heavy bulkhead style door/access port behind a shelving unit or something else big.

This also puts 3 faces or the chamber away from the house to allow you to build your concrete rifle tube underground.


Sort of, yes. It’s related. I like your suggestion.

But I am also lamenting that safes are never big enough.

When I transitioned to living on stilts, I bought a modular Snap Safe. Reason being, my first level is 15 feet in the air. Where it needed to go was up three flights of stairs. A welded safe would have required hauling a rented 40 foot fork lift over ten miles of loose sand. And buy the insurance because that trip is not without risk. Also removing upper story doors and deck railings. I wasn’t having that.

The sections of a modular safe are pretty heavy but it’s manageable. I was sore for a week schlepping that pallet into my pickup and then hauling the sections up stairs and bolting it together by myself.

Even when you do your best to be organized and efficient, all the stuff you want to lock up in a safe won’t fit. Figuratively speaking, you always have one too many guns or boxes of ammo.


Yeah, same boat here. I bought a safe 2x bigger then I needed, now I need a much bigger safe now.

As for stilt house, is weight of the safe a issue? When I was pondering the idea of building a house (with basement or crawl space, a huge safe wouldn’t work with out added bracing.


Mileage may vary depending on what size safe folks have. But as a frame of reference, mine is about the same weight as a large refrigerator - like a Viking. The house is new. If it weren’t, weight would definitely be a legit concern.


Problem solved


Now we just need to build a house around it, lol!


That IS the house! :rofl:


I have the same problem. Started with one of those Wally World ‘12 gun’ joke-of-a-safes. It presently holds 19 long guns and 9 pistols. You would not believe the sheer amount of time I spent finagling all those long guns into that little shoebox! And there’s another 8 or 10 more scattered about the house! All well out of reach of a curious 4-year-old, of course.
I may well have to thin the herd… :frowning_face:


Actually, I would believe it. :grinning:

You are not alone, this is known as “Gun Locker Tetris” and I have played many times myself.


I was reminded that storing guns in traditional zipper cases is not a good idea. So, I found a space in my walk-in closet to build a gun rack shelf. Of course, now it’s full and I am looking to expand. Also, I need proper storage for 3 and soon to be 4 pistols. Important requirements: easy access and classy display.

Gun cases hang on opposite wall; ammo shelves are WIP around the corner Three shotguns hang on the wall above now that I got my brass holders. . Biggest problem is where am I gonna put my clothes?!? :upside_down_face: The side-by-side fridge/freezer may stay (helps dehumidify.) Maybe room for my 4x8 worktable - lol. :ghost: :grinning:

p.s. yea, chamber flags - color coded to indicate “cleaned,” “needs attention,” etc.


Was gonna ask… :grinning:


Like the shelf.

Love y’all but if I ordered a pair of storeboughts, then came up short and added a third only to be full 'gain before I had everything put away requiring a fourth not counting the Stoners that wall mount … I won’t be sharing any pics before November. Might have to wait 'till November 2024 even.

… potentially regressive First World Problems and such …


I grew up* with this (or similar) rack over my bed. If I had any Photoshop skills, you’d see my Model 67A Win and my custom built 40# recurve bow (which I could barely draw) hanging there. My rack did have a covered steel safety cable with a baby TSA lock but I had the key. :slight_smile:

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*grew up: to this day, that’s debatable


That was top shelf gun storage back in the day. Normally they were just propped in the closet corner.


I had gotten a Liberty safe that said it was for 18 guns, but ran out of space for ammo storage. So i just bought a size for 40 guns


I am up to 4 of these racks. And, the Stoners are are wall mounted.

I skipped the safe and am working toward a safe room at the new house. I have never been the sort that counts and inventories. But, I am honestly a little concerned now that I can estimate from fullness and capacity. I’ve probably got 90% of my ammo moved in as well, but I continue to find small cachets of inventory that still need moved.


Still got the gunrack mounted on wall next to safe i keep my cleaning rods on it and ill set my long guns on there after shooting so i remember to clean before putting back in safe.


Me: type A or OCD - probably both.

I have an Excel spreadsheet to track range related stats: dates, hours, weather, guns used, rounds down range, type of ammo, objective (mcarbo match, pistolseed practice, RFC drills, etc.) Great for getting a rough idea of hours spend on a specific gun, $$$ spent on a brand of ammo, etc. But there are some things you just don’t wanna know ($$$ spent - lol)

And then, the Access database with tables, forms, queries, reports on guns, ammo, scopes, bullets, shells, date cleaned, etc, Very handy when you want to how much of a certain kind of ammo you have: boot up PC, get distracted reading email, open database, run a query, print a report, change the toner cartridge, print the report again so you can read it – or walk over to the ammo shelf and look.

And then my ADHD kicks in and I get too lazy to input all the data :rofl: :ghost: :cloud_with_snow:



Preach brother … Amen!