Instant Access IPS Concealed Gun Storage

There has been an ongoing trend or more and more creative solutions for keeping your defensive firearms close at hand.  Instant Access is taking the concept in a slightly different direction.  Rather than being a piece of furniture, or a shelf, they are building the storage into a piece of art.

They are currently running the initial funding via crowd funding at Indiegogo:  Definitely go check them out–there is ton more detail on the campaign page.  It sounds like the campaign is to raise money with the intent of driving production costs down.

Also, as he states, this is not a safe, so the ability to bypass the electronics is not really an design issue.

I think the idea is pretty interesting, and provides an alternative way to keep your defensive firearms available but not obvious.  They have a number of standard art pieces you can start with–though it looks like it would be pretty easy to roll your own if you wanted something custom.  The initial offerings would fit in most places, methinks.

So, readers…  Interesting idea to you?  Would you utilize something like this?

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • BattleshipGrey

    The framed canvas is a great concealment idea. It’s naturally offset from the wall. I may have to try this with one I’ve already got hung.

  • BillC

    So you put something valuable inside of something that could be thought of as valuable by a thief?

    • wetcorps

      You just have to use something sufficiently ugly 🙂

      • ostiariusalpha

        Photos of your family? ?

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    • Anonymoose

      No one steals “art” anymore when they can grab TVs and Xboxes and jewelry. Most people don’t have truly fancy paintings in their homes anyway, and that stuff doesn’t have any resale value among ghetto gangstas.

    • Swarf

      People who can afford art that might be worth the time and effort of stealing generally are the people who don’t need to stash guns in their paintings. They have people for that.

      The caliber of criminal you get in a “hey, a handgun concealed behind a painting sounds like a great idea” neighborhood– and that’s my neighborhood, btw– generally is looking for laptops and unsecured meth.

      • Smokey_the_Bear

        That’s exactly why I put my delicious meth, behind my fabulous art!

        • iksnilol

          What about disguising your meth as fabulous art?

    • Kjk

      Thiefs arn’t looking for canvas pictures that look like they cost $25 from home goods. (Not a knock on this product at all). I’m sure they won’t be mistaken for Picassos

    • marathag

      Velvet Elvis is your friend

      • Swarf

        I would steal a velvet Elvis.

        There is a restaurant in Seattle (Cyclops, maybe. I don’t quite remember) that has an large collection of awesomely horrid velvet paintings. Elvii, doe-eyed kids, Afro-laden Black Power folks, dragons, Devil dice/booze/wimmins, all that stuff.

        I couldn’t take my eyes off them when I was there.

  • mig1nc

    Would be cooler with an RFID tag like the Hornady Rapid Safe.

  • tony

    It’s missing a beeper

  • INFI

    Wouldn’t a “hidden” release mechanism be a whole lot easier and safer for the end user? This is a great idea, but I can see a whole lot going wrong. Batteries forgotten about, someone changes the code, having to rip the painting safe off the wall because you cannot access the gun inside and use it as an improvised weapon. You know, stuff like that.

  • jerry young

    this is a good idea, I’ve been looking into some kind of wall safe but only have outside walls available for mounting where I need it so that’s out, I like the key override but 8 batteries seems a bit much to power a small lock box

    • Doc Rader

      Maybe the 12v makes it less susceptible to spiking?

      • jerry young

        could be but having 8 batteries seems like a problem waiting to happen, there are more efficient batteries out there that can put out the same voltage using less

  • John

    I think this is a must for households with kids that still want quick access to their firearm. Security through obscurity has been a method used by data centers for many years because it works. This is not a new idea but it’s a good implementation of the concept. Price will be a key factor in sales as this is not aimed at the extremely wealthy market. I would push the child safety aspect as well since it is high on a wall and needs a code to get into.

    One other note, get a new spokesperson. I really hate to say it but hot chicks sell gun accessories better than old men. Old men sell guns better but not accessories, and that’s JMHO.

  • Jodie Phipps

    Wish they would have done a purely mechanical lock, its a push button, there is no added benefit to have electronic like that offered by finger print or proximity device. Simple would have been better in this case.

    • iksnilol

      Yeah, but that would also mean more people being able to access it.

      • Jodie Phipps

        No sure what you mean, a mechanical push button VS a electronic push button. Are mechanical push buttons easier to break in to? Realistically the benefit is that you don’t know it’s gun storage, if the intruder knew it was a storage locker they wouldn’t have trouble breaching it with a little force.

        • iksnilol

          I was thinking that the electric thingy was locked to a specific card, chip or something.

          If it is a regular electronic push button then I see your point.

  • uisconfruzed

    Great idea

  • UisStillConruzed

    I want two

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    My brother started a company that makes custom leather concealed bench safes.
    Forgesafe Furniture.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Great idea, but what they really need to do is design it so that it comes with the base safe only so that you can put a painting or picture of your choice on it, this way it doesn’t stand out because it doesn’t match your decor.