Quick Access Long Gun Case:
So I have been wanting to keep a shotgun by my bedside
for home defense. The problem was that I have a child in the house and
she often has friends over. And so even though my daughter knows not to
play with guns, her friends may not.
So the problem was how to keep a long gun by the bedside at the ready
and yet inaccessible to children?
Well my first thought was a gun safe, however, I found
most gun safes' are either quick access but not designed for long guns or
are big safes designed for any firearm but are not quick access in the
middle of the night.
So I had to come up with my own solution, and I will
admit this may not be perfect, but it works for me.
So here it is, my quick access stealth long gun case for ~$35.
1: Over the door "dorm" mirror (available from "Bed Bath and Beyond" for
2: 6' Studs from you favorite home improvement warehouse.
2: 12" Piano hinges.
6: 90° angle brackets. (deck building supplies)
44: 1½ multipurpose wood screws.
1 Door/Window alarm (optional)
Drill driver. (a 3" doorknob hole drill bit is nice but not completely
Start with the two studs and cut them to around 36" to
40" depending on your long gun of choice.
(Admittedly if you are going to put a full skeet gun with a 28" barrel
and a full stock this will not work, but that is hardly a good choice
for home defense anyway, in this case we are using a Mossberg 500 with a
home defense barrel and a collapsible stock).
Next cut three 12" pieces from the remaining stock. Set one of these
aside for now, and then screw in the 4 angle brackets to make a basic
box 12" high inside and place the final 2 brackets along the top
board flush with the back
16" apart on center.
So far you should have something that looks like this: (There is no
back, you are looking down at the top of my workbench)
Next place the mirror upside down on your work bench and place the box
front side down over it, using the top edge of the mirror and the top
board of the box add the 2 piano hinges in a
position so that the mirror can open hinged from the top.
Now, use a stud finder to locate 2 studs on the wall you want to mount
it to, and place the 90° brackets over the studs and screw them to the
Take that last 12" piece of wood and drill a door knob hole in it about
the middle. Slide this in where the end of the barrel will rest and use
it to hold the gun in a level position. This is what it should look
Now close the top:
(I blacked out the reflection of my messy room ;)
Easy access, just lift the mirror and grab.
Finally, I picked up a simple Door/Window alarm from
Harbor freight tools for $2.
I mounted the alarm to the frame and the sensor to the mirror using the
included adhesive tape.
If you open the case the alarm will sound, this is enough to scare
curious kids and alert you if someone is opening the case and you are
not in the room. If there is an intruder in the house and you open the
case to retrieve the shotgun he hears this and he will now do one of two
things. A) He will run away because he just heard an alarm followed by a
cocking shotgun. B:) He doesn't care that you know there is an intruder
in your house, in which case a 12 gauge shotgun is pretty much the ideal
possession to have in this instance.
Now I know this is not technically "locked" up, but it
is high enough off the ground that children cannot reach it and it is
very well hidden such that no one would ever think to look behind the
mirror. Also, there is not a shell in the chamber but it *is* cocked,
and as anyone who knows shotguns, you cannot fire or pump the shotgun in
the state. Combined with the safety that is on, it is quite a cryptic
process to load this weapon from this state, but one that can be done
quickly with practice. I feel this very unintuitive process provides
safety from those who would stumble across it.
Well, there you have it, my $35, stealth gun case, this may not be as
safe as a gun vault, but the alternative to keep this at the ready would be for the gun to
under the bed or out in the open, and I think this is a better solution
than either of those alternatives.