Part of being a responsible gun owner is securing your firearms from people who are not authorized to use them, criminals and children being your top priorities. A biometric safe is nearly a foolproof way to prevent children from accessing your firearm. However, they can be costly and easily removed from your home. Biometric safes look like safes and burglars know valuables of some kind are stored in them.
Burglars also know typical hiding places—lingerie drawer, under the mattress and the bedside table. Gun case manufacturers understand that some of us wish to be more discreet. For example, PS Products makes gun storage items that appear to be regular items, like books and a clock.
Another way to stash your handguns is to repurpose items found at the big box stores, many pieces of furniture or decorative items have storage. Stand-alone and wall-mounted mirrors with storage are easy to find. Do a Google search for mirror with jewelry storage and plenty of options will come up. Some look so decorative you would never assume it opened up to reveal storage.
A family with a very active, curious and wandering toddler did just that. Not having the money to invest in a quality biometric safe, an unused photo frame jewelry box became storage for their handguns and ammo. Purchased from Wal-Mart, this particular jewelry box came with an affordable price tag and wall-mount hardware. (The exact model is no longer available.)
This particular jewelry box fits a Glock 34, four loaded magazines, a loaded Armscor model M200 revolver, extra ammunition and other accessories. With the included hardware, the extra weight—at least three pounds—has been no big deal for the box. It has stayed tight on the wall. I’m sure you could even fashion a lock on the door if you were handy. This affordable photo frame jewelry box hangs high enough so the kid cannot get it and you get the added bonus of it being unsuspecting from burglars. Hanging one in the bedroom, kitchen and living room means you have access to your self-defense weapons quickly. This method may not be ideal as the child gets older, but for households without children, you have a permanent hiding space for your most valuable items!
Before purchasing a mirror or jewelry box for yourself, measure the dimensions to make sure whatever gun you want to keep in there will fit.