Gun Bunkers from Heracles Research


Right now, there are plenty of safes and lockers on the market to lock up your guns. There are also a number of concealment options for hiding your weapons. If, however, you are looking for a way to both secure and conceal your firearms and other valuables, Heracles Research has a number of options that may make sense for you. One of those is something called the CouchBunker.

The couch bunker looks and functions like a regular couch, but contains a fire rated safe inside. Heracles Research offers a number of style options, and both fabric and leather models are available. One of the models I like is the leather version of the Mesa model. Heracles Research also offers bunker ottoman and loveseat models.

The Mesa couch contains a 650 pound safe that is large enough to store multiple rifles, handguns and other valuables. The safe is made in the USA while the custom couch is custom made in Texas.

In addition to securing your firearms and other valuables, the couches can be upgraded with ballistic cushions. These cushions function as normal cushions would, but have ballistic panel inserts than can stop many handgun rounds including the .44 Magnum. Essentially, the couch becomes cover – due to the internal safe – and the pillows can be used as shields in a home invasion.

If you like the general idea of the CouchBunker, you may also like the company’s BedBunker system that can incorporate either a single or a pair of gun safes into your bed. There are also other concealment and security options from the company on its website. I daresay these products are more likely to secure your guns than some of these less expensive boxes.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is


  • M-dasher

    If you’re the type of person who thinks they would benefit from a bullet proof couch… really need to sit down and evaluate your life style choices…

    Because you are either a drug dealer, or in the mob…..

    • Mike N.

      I’m neither a drug dealer or a gangster, but still think it’s a pretty neat place to store guns, given that most gun owners should have bought a bigger safe, and the space under the couch is basically otherwise wasted. Also, this is the first gun storage furniture I’ve seen that I liked, simply because it doesn’t have that “old fashioned”, “antique”, or “rustic” look that most gun furniture tends to have.

      • M-dasher

        Read the article… has the option to insert ballistic panels in the cushions

        But thanks for letting us know you have no sense of humor

        • RocketScientist

          There has to be humor present for a sense of humor to come into play. Tell a joke that’s funny next time, and maybe we’d chuckle at it.

        • iksnilol

          Pillow fights just got interesting.

          • PK

            Interesting, and if you have rifle plates in there then you have a very serious pillow fight!

      • Mike Lashewitz

        Your reasoning is sound but then one can never have a “big enough” safe.

        I fill them up in fairly short order, needing the next one. I cannot afford my habit…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    My brother owns a company in Dallas that makes a similar product. A bit fancier with choices of materials, all custom built.

  • PersonCommenting

    Man very specific market. I wonder how they will do.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    A little modern for my taste but I like the idea.

  • Nocternus

    The reason you bolt gun safes to the floor is to prevent would be robbers from getting your safe tipped over on the floor where two guys with pry bars and a sledge can make short work of prying it open. While standing up it is more difficult to get leverage on the safe to pry it open. So basically these couch safes start out on the floor making it easier for criminals to break into your gun safe. Why would you pay thousands of dollars to make it easier for criminals to break into your safe?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      That’s if they know it’s there. When’s the last time you’ve heard anyone steeling a couch beside rival fraternities?

      • Nocternus

        I would argue that most homes burglarized are found ransacked. Betting that the criminals dont find your hidden couch safe isn’t a bet I would take with my valuables.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          How much does this thing weigh. These would have to be very sophisticated to move a heavy safe in less than the average response time. I’m assuming someone with his would also have a home security system.

          • Nocternus

            I assume that not all burglars are drug addicts and teenagers. I assume that more often than not burglars have been in you home prior to the night they decide to rob you. (Contractors, plumbers assistants, Etc: ) I assume that they might just bring the necessary equipment with them to do the job. (Pry bar, Sledge, appliance dolly, Etc:)

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I live in a small town and know or thoroughly vet the subs that come into my home. It’s just not likely that could do it. Some people are idiots and let anyone in. That said the majority of break-ins are not organized groups. What are they going to do tear the cushions off your couch before they break in? I think you’re stretching it.

          • Nocternus

            I think my observations are based on 25 years of law enforcement and security work. I think the majority of break ins aren’t disorganized groups. I think a lot of time criminals have been in your house before the night they break in. In a lot of cases it is your friends that steal from you.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I live in the middle of no where. I’m friends with a ton of LE in the area and they tell me what’s going on. That said a couple I met from texas told me about groups using facebook to see when people were out of town and then cleaning their house completely out. Could just be the area you’ve worked in has a different crime rate.

          • Nocternus

            Had a guy in my apartment complex that was playing video games with his friend then his wife wanted to get something to eat. Asked the friend if he wanted to go with them he said he had other plans. Friend left and guy and his wife left. When the guy and his wife returned his entire video gaming system had been stolen. Turns out that was his friends other plans. Friend left the sliding glass door on the deck unlocked and waited in the parking lot for his friend to leave so he could steal all his stuff. Usually when people break into a home they already know whats inside, where to find your valuable, what tools they need to bring along, how many people it will take to cart off your stuff.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          And that’s your choice.

      • iksnilol

        And that’s how Alpha Cappa Zetta ended up with 5 ARs.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I can tell some stories that ended similar to that from some of my dad’s friends who were in school in the 70s.

        • Ryfyle

          That’s going a bit far. They could just bug their dads for the cash and/or rifles. One impressive heist for just one couch.

    • codfilet

      Cheap 4 1/2″ angle grinders with cutoff wheels make most of this grunt work unnecessary these days.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I love that you’ve made a distinction between “Made in the USA” and “Made in Texas”.

  • Note: Where you set the Couch bunker, you will never ever ever move it to vacuum under it.

    • Edeco

      Aw man, need an outlet or drop a phone behind it, you’ve got problems.

      Maybe get a wet towel and floss the dust bunnies out from beneath.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Also if you use “manufactured flooring” it will leave permanent damage because of the weight. Still I wish I could afford it.

  • Kivaari

    I’ve seen this stuff. It is built like a tank, but very expensive. Some of the designs din’t allow easy access, but the valuables are out of sight and likely secure enough that if is covered the thieves wouldn’t gain access easily. It’s great for stuff you don’t want to have available in a few seconds like a conventional safe. But it isn’t sitting out there saying “Here are all the goodies” like a conventional safe.

  • Kivaari

    They make vehicle mounted boxes as well. These are not for your typical gun owner as they are thousands of dollars and custom fit. We refer to them as “Skookum”. I priced one for my center council and it was over $1200 – nice but beyond my budget.

    • DC

      The only person I have heard calling something Skookum is AvE on youtube. Are you a canadian or something?

      • Kivaari

        No just grew up around Native Americans in the PNW.

        • DC

          Ah interesting. So it is a Native American term?

          • Kivaari

            From what I know, having used it all my 69 years, is that it is a native term.

          • JoshCalle

            According to Google it’s “Chinook Jargon”

            adjective [informal]
            1. (of a person or animal) strong, brave, or impressive.

            noun [archaic]
            1. a street party or trade fair.

          • Kivaari

            I lived within 70 miles of the Chinook Tribe.

    • NoSoupForYou

      console… not council.

      unless you’re talking about some adminstrative body, not yer truck ; )

      • Kivaari

        Correct. Brain fart.

      • I can think of a lot of towns that would be much better off if the city council were locked in a box and hidden under a couch.

    • iksnilol

      I just cringe at the thought on how much weight it must add.

      • Kivaari

        The ones I’ve seen are in large Ford Expeditions and Excursions. They can handle the load. I had a similar lock box in a GEO Tracker, first in steel, and after a few weeks of driving with it I replaced it with an aluminum model. . Handling and fuel mileage went down with the steel chest. Added to the box weight was full call out gear with two guns, ammo, aid kits, body armore, fire extinguisher, etc.

        • iksnilol

          I cringed because of the handlign and fuel economy. I prefer agile and nimble cars.

          I’d a taken out the AC if it wouldn’t hurt resale value.

  • Anonymoose

    I had enough trouble moving my regular couch. I’ll stick with tactical walls and locked desk drawers, thanks.

  • trjnsd

    Hmmm… I have a safe. Why can’t I lay it in its back and build a couch or love seat to go around it?

    • Just tip it on over!

      …You could probably make one pretty easily, especially if you busted up a thrift store couch for parts.

  • Ryfyle

    I’m sticking to just setting a safe in the basement foundation of a spooky cabin in northern Nevada. I would commend those brave rogues.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    This has Colion Noir written all over it.

    My own version of the BedBunker is on my long term To Do list (aka the Never Do List). I was planning on replacing the useless box springs with gun storage that is designed to look like box springs, with side pull out drawer storage for a LOT of guns.

    I like the Tactical Walls approach too, but having more than ten full length mirrors in my house seems odd to my friends and family, given that I’m in my mid 50s and have the fashion sense of a geeky high school kid.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Something I will never be able to afford on a disabled Veterans income….

  • vpats

    Amen to that!

    They’re much like lawyers that become politicians, found out they couldn’t make any money lawyering, but could make millions from selling government access. Town councilors have the same “sandbox kid” mindset as big time politicians .. but they lack that kind of talent so settle on local politics. * (sandbox kid, you surly remember when you played in the sandbox, there was always one kid who set the rules of what the activities were going to be and who did what). (Doesn’t that kind of remind you of Congress, who pass bad laws and then exempt themselves from it?)