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storing an air rifle

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by The_Saint, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. The_Saint

    The_Saint Engaging Member

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    Hopefully getting a gun this w/e as i now have the funds, and the boss has told me i have to keep the gun in the loft away from my daughter. would this be ok, or would the huge temp variations over the year not do the gun any good, ie...extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter.

    thanks in advance

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    Sudden temperature change will cause condensation like when you come in from the cold to a warm room but in the loft temperature variation is more of a gradual change and shouldn't cause problems. Moisture from dampness is another thing to watch out for and I dont think you would get much of that in the loft of a centrally heated house, just make sure the gun is dry before you store it away for long periods. I store tents up my loft which is the sort of thing that attracts mildew due to dampness but have never had it. Your house might be different but to be on the safe side buy a gun cabinet, no more worries and easy access to your guns.
     
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    Saint,
    Don't keep it in the loft mate, Ive been in customers lofts that are so damp the condensations been dripping off the rafters. Without knowing you've got the right amount of insulation, air flow from your soffits or vent tiles I wouldn't keep it up there. The temperature change from night and day through summer and winter can't do it any good mate.
    I've got two kids, (5 & 8), don't hide it from them else they'll be inquisitive when they're older. I've shown both my kids my gun, tought them that it's a no go and I keep it locked in a cabinet (cheap enough 2nd hand) in the house.
    My wife wasn't too keep either at first, so I know where you're coming from, but she's seen that it's very safe and to be honest the kids havent really taken much notice, which was my wife's main concern.
    Hope this helps
     
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    Is it a PCP or springer you have? if it's PCP i'd make sure it's not full, as air expands when its warm so you could have a cylinder explode, it's not a huge risk, but certainly not one worth taking.

    For either rifle the main enemy is condensation and rust, so make sure you give it a good coating of oil before putting it away and store it with some of the packets of crystals you put in caravans, they absorb moisture so they'll keep it dry, I use them in my tool boxes and in my rifle box.

    :)
     
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    thanks for the response gents, a second hand cabinet under the stairs looks like the suitable option.

    i understand about getting youngsters used to guns etc, but the boss is the boss and she says my daughter is to have nothing to do with rifles, even though when she was a nipper she was a pheasant beater and has plucked more than she can remember........
     
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    as far as kids are concerned, just keeping it out of their reach or where they can't find it should be fine.
    you will get a lot of scare mongering that makes people believe that the only way is to go out and buy a locking gun cabinet or locking case.
     
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    Its the law. When people who are under 18 have access you are breaking the law. Just hiding it doesn't count. I would get a trigger lock and a hard case locked under bed, or cabinet.

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    To quote from the BASC leaflet on young people and airguns:

    "Where children are very young, it might be sufficient simply to store any air weapons up high and out of their reach. Trigger guard locks do not satisfy the requirements, as they do not prevent the young person from having the air gun with them even though it cannot be fired."
     
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    Trigger lock, whilst locked in a hard gun case is what I wrote!

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    Understand and I wasn't questioning that. The point I was driving at is that, if the OP's children are young enough, Paul is perfectly correct, simply putting the gun out of their reach is sufficient.
     
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    Ah my bad. But whats 'young enough'? Is it defined?

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    Good point Jack. As with all things I guess it's subjective. If you have 6 foot kids, best you put the guns atop a 10 foot wardrobe.

    None of my guns are locked or hidden and I personally don't believe that I am breaking the law.
     
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    But then you'd need to lock your ladders! :D
     
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    I guess I am lucky enough not to have young children in the house.
     
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    i am lucky to have a young'n in the house and for this, i am here, thus i am the luckiest man alive
     
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    having said that, I will consider myself lucky to have children one day. but being only 25 and my mrs is 23, that day isn't likely to be any day soon.
    at least I hope not :eek:
     
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    buy a triger lock . and keep is ur cupboard . if u want more pice of mind put in a hard case and put a padlck on it . ( as many folk have sugester already ) i keep mine safe with a loop bolted to the wall with a chain throught each triger gard . . and the cupboard had a lock as well . . its good to see people taking an intrest in the storing on air guns . many folk dissmiss this factor . unlike shot guns and firearms . as long as you make it so no one else can get to ur gun apart from u it will be good mate
     
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    trigger locks are the answer,, they cost anything from £2 to 10..
     
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    Secondhand gun cabinets can be picked up for about a tenner, if you know where to look, google the free ads, loot, diamond free ads, friday ads, gum tree....
     

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