You Want To Bury Your Guns?
preppers to simple
gun-owners who fear impending gun control (read,
confiscation) by the
U.S. government, Guns.com has seen quite a spike recently in
inquiries on how to stash a few firearms underground. So, what should
one consider before building a “hillbilly cache”?
A few years
shooter friend of mine from Canada told me about the fear he
and his father felt towards
Canadian gun control legislation. In the course of our conversation,
he admitted that his dad had buried a bunch of guns “out by the
family well”. I was glad he told me. We were friends and he trusted
that I wouldn’t tell a single soul, which I didn’t. Well, until
to cache your weapons is
a very personal decision and my friend is only okay with me
sharing his story with a couple hundred thousand interested readers
today because, well, because of none of your business. But I tell
his story here because it helps illustrate a greater point: a secret
is a secret until it isn’t.
If you ever
plan on burying your survival treasure, you do well to remember
the old adage, “loose lips, sink ships.” If you tell just two really
good friends, expect them to tell at least two of their most trusted
friends and don’t be too surprised when you find a stranger telling
you about a bunch of guns buried in the west corner lot of your
grand-daddy’s apple orchard. Also realize that if the story of your
guns is being told, inevitably someone listening will suggest finding
It should also
go without saying that the place you chose needs to be discrete.
You are going to get spotted burying your guns in the in the middle
of the concrete jungle like
say downtown Chicago so pick a place that’s private, without
the potential for a ton of foot traffic (or construction work).
the spot (now don’t move it)
other people from knowing where your stash is buried, the second
most important thing you need to address when you bury your guns
sure you’ll still be able to find them when it counts. A nuclear
blast or an epic natural disaster could level trees and man-made
structures, so it’s important to be able to find the exact location
of your dig without relying on these temporary features. Rather
chose a prominent, natural landmark a place that won’t erode,
move or disappear and navigate your stash spot from there.
Although writing this location down step-by-step does have its advantages,
it’s best to memorize this location.
exist, specifically the use
of electronic locators or other devices to keep track of your
guns’ location. Though convenient, realize that relying on
this equipment carries its own concerns. Aside from the potential
for mechanical failure, you may also have to contend with power
outages, battery life and the feasibility of long-term storage if
you rely solely on this method. Finally, understand that if you
can see or read your guns location remotely, others
have the ability to do so as well.
you bury (gold, guns, ammo etc.), plan on having it there for a
long – very long – time. Though it may be macabre to think about
it, you may be dead before it even comes time to dig these weapons
back up so chose your stash guns wisely. Chose guns
that you are prepared to say goodbye to but also be fairly reliable
(i.e. not the cheapest pistol you can find).
Rust and guns
Metal and moisture
can’t mix in long-term storage scenarios and one major thing to
contend with when burying your gun is that the two are going to
be neighbors for a long time. The ground holds rainwater and your
gun (even your new
polymer Glock) has metal components. Any metal that is wet will
rust and rusting like this can lock solid your assembly’s mechanical
pieces, taking the gun out of commission.
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