A reader wonders if he will damage his gun by breaking it down

Q: I need to buy a gun safe for my house, but I don’t have room for a full-size cabinet. I will therefore need to break my gun down into its parts to store it. Will this cause any problems with the gun?

A: None whatsoever. Shotguns are designed to be broken in two for cleaning, so there is no reason why they should not be stored long term in that state. Make sure that the cabinet is installed away from damp and that it has a soft lining (foam or similar) to protect the guns. Store the stock and action with the stock uppermost so that any oil on the action does not run on to the wood — mineral oil is the death of wood fibres.

Camouflage is key to security

A shorter cabinet has an advantage in that it is easier to conceal. If you can lie it on its back and bolt it to both wall and floor joists, it will be diffcult to attack. Anyone doing so would not be able to use his upper body strength fully because you need to stand up to do that. This arrangement doubles the capacity as well.

If you cover it in carpet, a thief will think it is a bit of central heating trunking and will leave it alone. Camouflage is an important aspect of security.

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