How To Protect Your Firearms

Lots of people have asked me how I preserve my firearms for long term storage so I thought I might make a quick video showing how to do so.
Yep, I’m a little overzealous when it comes to keeping my stuff nice and in order.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • iksnilol

    I just paint my guns a rusty shade of brown, wrap in saran wrap and deface the serial.

    Nobody wants to steal that.

    NOTE to le federales: It’s a joke.

  • I bought a 55 gallon drum of Cosmoline. Never looked back.

    • iksnilol

      You can buy drums of the stuff?

      How much?

  • Don Ward

    How would one protect their KGB rectal gun when not in service?

    Good video as always.

    • JamesRPatrick

      Plenty of lube.

  • mosinman

    i just throw all my guns into a pile and dump cosmoline on them, then i throw them in an old oil drum

  • Spencerhut

    Two things come to mind;
    1. Store all guns not “on duty / in use” in a Sack-Ups or Allen gun sock. There is no way to keep guns from smacking each other while in storage, happens. Socks keep most dings from being a heart-breaker. If you should have a fire the sock, in combination with a good safe will also keep guns safe from the fire and the water used to put out said fire. They help keep out the moisture.
    2. When preserving guns for storage multipurpose products are not a great idea. Multipurpose products are field expedients. When at home I stick with single purpose products. Lube, cleaner, preservative. Stick with heavy oils that stay where you put them. Slip EWL30 or simply Mobile1 motor oil.
    CLP? Come on that stuff was bad when I was using in the service in the 80’s. It hasn’t gotten any better. Slip2000, M-Pro7, Mobile1 are all far superior in lubing and protecting. Slip Carbon Cleaner and M-Pro7 Carbon Cleaner are much better cleaners.

    • HKmaster

      i second Mpro-7, as it was able to remove rust from my Hk416 barrel. On top of that, I hadn’t had the rust come back either, so I’m satisfied with the product.

  • Devil_Doc

    Cool post Alex, thanks. I live on the wet side of Wa state, and rust is a constant problem. I need to convince the wife to let me covert the guest bedroom into a gun room…

  • HKGuns

    Good video….I use the same De-humidifier in the room, nearly the same plug-in rechargeable De-humidifiers in my safe.

    Instead of the CLP soaked glove you might try one of the HOPPES silicone impregnated cloths to wipe down not only the steel but the wood as well.

  • hydepark

    Glad I live in arid Colorado. Like Spencer said below, Mobile1 is awesome and I haven’t ever noticed it dissipate over time.

  • FarmerB

    I’ve used a lot of CLP over the years, but I’ve had a few times where I doubt its LONG TERM efficacy. For that, I switched over to (CLP) Collector. But recently, I’ve started to use Rem-Oil with MoistureGuard – which prevents rust very well. I also like the spray nozzle on the Rem-oil – it’s a very fine mist which helps application (some have poor applicators (G96!)).

    Another trick for getting the solution into small places is COMPRESSED (dry) air. If you can get a few drops of oil on a part and then blast it with air, it really spreads it around thinly into all the parts you cannot reach (only a little air – you don’t want the part to get cold and have condensation).

    But for long term storage, you really need VPI/VCI plastic bags (and tabs or paper) – I’ve kept stuff for years using that approach.

    • Spencerhut

      I use an oil bath on parts that need to be saturated. I tear the gun completely down and sonic tank them in Slip cleaner. Wipe / blow the parts dry and soak them in Slip Ultra Thin lube. That stuff gets in all the nooks and crannies. The parts drip dry and are then wiped down. On assembly we lube with some combo of Slip & Mobile products depending on the gun and if it is being stored or being made ready for use. My sonic tank can hold a barreled action so we do this on most of our guns.

      • FarmerB

        Me “completely tearing down” a gun is more risk to the firearm than the worst rust in the world 🙂

  • Andy B

    Hey Alex. What do you set your dehumidifier to?

    • Spencerhut

      Mine are at 50%. There is simply no reason to set them lower.

      • Andy B

        Thanks for the info!

  • Marc

    No renaissance wax? Disregarded.