The Big Three: Tips for Proper Gun Storage

An essential part of responsible gun ownership is understanding the best practices for safe storage of firearms. To ensure your firearms are properly secured at all times, remember these three words when designating your gun storage location; secure, unloaded, separate.


The only one who should have control of access to your firearms is you. While you may choose to let others use your guns at times, the responsibility of ownership and gun storage falls to you. Make sure you secure your firearms in a safe, vault, or cabinet that is lockable. Fort Knox offers a variety of options for secure gun storage, including gun safes with electronic keypad combinations or traditional mechanical locks. For large firearms such as rifles or shotguns, consider a Fort Knox gun vault for the best protection available.


One of the most common rules of gun safety is to treat every gun like it’s loaded. This mindset allows for more caution and predictability when handling firearms. However, even with this rule in mind, make sure all guns are unloaded when being placed in storage. Following this policy can prevent misfires and accidents when it’s time to pull out your guns again. By unloading prior to storage, you’re practicing the best method of gun safety.


Lastly, remember to store all ammunition separate from your handguns and other firearms. Ammunition should be stored in a cool, dry and organized location. Containers that are water-tight and air-tight are the best options for ammunition storage. Additionally, consider an indoor storage location. Extreme temperature fluctuations that are frequently seen in garages and sheds can cause damage to ammunition.

Gun safety and proper storage is an important part of gun ownership. Fort Knox understands this better than anyone. That’s why all our products are American-made with the highest quality materials and crafted by experienced tradesmen. When you invest in a Fort Knox safe, you’re investing in the safety of your firearms, yourself, and the people around you.

Get in touch with a Fort Knox representative today to find the best safe or vault for storing your firearms.

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