Is Plain Sight the Best Method of Gun Storage?

Home defense is one of the primary causes of firearm ownership among United States citizens. According to one source, 60% of those who own firearms list “Personal Safety / Protection” as their #1 reason for gun ownership.

Reasons Americans Own Guns

There’s a great many privately owned firearms in the United States. As a matter of fact, the U.S. ranks #1 in private gun ownership in the world. Consequently, there’s also a great many private firearm thefts in the U.S. – approximately 1,600 GUNS PER DAY or 600,000 GUNS PER YEAR to be exact.

Considering that the vast majority of these stolen firearms end up on the black market, this is a real problem.

If you’re a gun owner, maintaining your firearms is of the utmost importance. This includes keeping them in a safe and secure place. Gun safes are the most common method of firearm storage, but there are those who believe that gun safes are too large, too conspicuous and too expensive.

In response, some gun owners have decided to use hidden compartments around their home to store their guns.

Let’s Look at the Pro’s & Con’s of Hiding Your Guns in Plain Sight.


The Pro's of Hidden Gun Storage

#1. Accessibility 

Easy access to your firearms is probably the first benefit that comes to mind when pondering hidden compartment gun storage. In a high intensity situation in which you’re in your home and need to get to your firearms quickly, getting to your safe could take too much time.

Hidden compartment storage allows you to store your firearms in nearly any conceivable area. Keeping in mind that time is of the essence – especially during a home invasion – having your firearms readily accessible is the primary benefit of a hidden compartment storage.

#2. Reduced Space

Bulkier and more conventional gun safes are often placed in areas of your home that are not frequented – e.g. the basement, spare bedroom closet, the garage, etc. This is often due to their size and the ongoing battle of maintaining space in your home.

Coincidentally, the same reason you placed your gun safe in these relatively isolated areas is the reason it may cause drastic problems later on…IT’S COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WAY.

Small area space makes hidden compartment storage a viable option. Not only are you saving room, but you’re using the space strategically and efficiently.

#3. Hidden is the Operative Word 

If one’s intent is to steal a gun – and they break into a home to do so – what’s the first thing they’re most likely going to look for?

My money’s on…well…a gun safe.

As mentioned above, traditional gun safes are conspicuous. Even individuals who don’t own firearms themselves and who have no firearm experience know a gun safe when they see one. This could make them a likely target for home invasions.


The Con's of Hidden Gun Storage

#1. Accessibility 

That’s right, while accessibility was listed as the primary benefit of hidden compartment gun storage, it could also be considered it’s largest drawback.

When accessed and handled by properly trained individuals, firearms pose little threat to injury. However, when untrained individuals get their hands on a firearm, accidental fatal/nonfatal injury rates rise.

For example, from 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. In 2010 alone, 73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds and firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people.
Source: Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

We can all agree that firearm deaths are unwanted, undesirable and tragic. Ensuring that unqualified individuals do not have access to firearms plays a tremendous role in reducing unintentional firearm deaths/injuries. Accidentally stumbling upon hidden compartment storage for firearms could result in objectionable gun access.

#2. Legality / Potential Legal Consequences

In the unfortunate event that your guns are stolen, the legal system will most likely come into play. Gun safes are often used as a counter to claims of negligence on behalf of the gun’s legal owner.

The penalties for allowing a child or an equally inadequate individual access to a gun varies by state, but you could possibly be charged with criminal liability for negligent storage if your firearm is used it to cause injury. Of course, firearm laws vary GREATLY by state and some state laws have harsher penalties than others. Every accident and injury is handled on a subjective basis and negligence may be found in some scenarios and not others.

That being said, hidden compartment gun storage may not fall under your state’s outlined firearm storage laws. Before opting for this method of gun storage this is an important aspect to research.

#3. Higher Vulnerability to Corrosion

While standard metal gun safes are NOT wholly immune to corrosion, they’ll more than likely provide better corrosion protection than a hidden compartment. This is primarily due to the the materials used to make hidden compartment gun storage devices…primarily wood.

We’ve seen a multitude of hidden compartment gun storage methods. We think it’s safe to say a large majority of them are not air-tight. This is crucial because it allows for the contact of your firearms with sulfuric gases and moisture: the two biggest catalysts of corrosion.

While we haven’t been able to find any studies done comparing corrosion rates of firearms within traditional gun safes v.s. hidden compartments, science says that corrosion rates would be lower within a traditional safe. What’s more, anti-corrosion gun bags would lower corrosion rates in both.


In conclusion, hidden compartment gun storage could serve you well. However, there’s pro’s and con’s to this method that should be looked into before committing to it over traditional gun safes.

5 Tips for Gun Maintenance & Upkeep

Firearm ownership is a responsibility that nobody should bear lightly. Whether you own them for hobby, sport or necessity, ensuring that your firearms are properly cared for is of the utmost importance.

In light of this, we’ve compiled 5 Tips for Gun Maintenance and Upkeep in an effort to keep your firearms in superior condition for many years to come!


#1. WD40 Is Not Good To Use On Firearms

No WD40 for Firearm Maintenance

WD40 has an unprecedented presence in various industrial marketplaces. As a matter of fact, it’s often the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of lubricant.

An acronym for “Water Displacement Formula 40”, WD40 can be found in almost any industry and people always seem to find new uses for it.

But is it good to use on your guns? The answer – it seems – is No.

Contrary to the statements made on their website, many gun experts will insist that you keep WD40 away from your firearms, except in rare instances (e.g., you drop your gun in a lake and need to get the water removed fast, you’re using your gun during a rain storm and have no way of avoiding excessive amounts of water, etc.).

The reasoning for not using WD40 on your firearms comes from an intimate knowledge of how it actually works. First and foremost, that distinctive blue and yellow can is a water displacer and not a true lubricant. It works as a solvent and its lubricating properties are short-lived.

While it’s efficient at breaking up rust, once the hydrocarbons it contains dissolve they leave behind a low concentration of petroleum oil; that’s the slick film you feel after using WD40. Its formula (as referenced by its Material Safety Data Sheet) contains less than 25% petroleum oil.

This is why anything with moving parts seems to operate like grease lightning after applying WD40 to it. Not long after its initial application, however, the use of WD40 causes issues

Gunking up triggers, hammers or any other moving parts on your gun is bad news. After WD40’s initial front of lubrication fades away, the rest of its ingredients simply hang around collecting dirt, grime and grit. WD40 essentially achieves the opposite effect you were looking for.


#2. Do Not Use Silicone Sprays On Your Guns

No Silicone Spray for Gun Maintenance

Silicone can make a good lubricant, but there are some instances where it can cause problems as well. Silicone-based lubricants are extremely difficult to remove from surfaces. While longevity is generally a positive trait for a lubricant, there are some situations in which it can be a negative.

Due to its retardant qualities, silicone based lubricants can and will interfere with the adherence of fluids onto the surface of your guns. With regards to bluing and re-finishing, this can prove a major issue.

Silicone will remain on the surface of your firearms for years. While ideal for water repellency, if you ever need to implement a new plating or coating, silicone’s unyielding tendency to stick around may cause unwanted and unneeded resistance.

Another major downside to the use of silicone-based lubricants is its thinness. Normal usage of your firearms over time will lead to wear. Certain areas of the gun’s silicon coatings can be worn down and eradicated, leaving penetrable areas of exposed metal.

Pair this with oil’s tendency to ball and disperse unevenly and you have a firearm that’s now extremely vulnerable to corrosion.

Much like WD40, silicone sprays might work for a small window of time on your firearms. However, after their cursory preliminary effects fade, both you and your firearm may have more problems than you initially started with.


#3. Pennies Remove Gun Rust

Penny's are Beneficial for Gun Maintenance

Yeah! Believe it or not, the gun maintenance tip that seems most likely to be a hoax is completely true!

Apply some 3-In-One oil to a rusty firearm, rub it with a copper penny and the rust will be no more. Pretty neat, right?

This gun maintenance tip may seem more like a novelty than an actual utility, but you should be keeping an eye out for copper pennies. Check that the penny was made before 1982 to ensure that it’s made of copper.

When used in conjunction with oil and a (relatively) non-abrasive steel wool pad, removing rust off the barrel of a gun is a breeze.


#4. Desiccants May Not Be The Best Option

No Desiccants for Gun MaintenanceOne popular corrosion prevention method for firearms is as follows:

  • Place the firearm in a large plastic bag.
  • Toss in some desiccants.
  • Seal the bag as best you can.
  • Leave the bag in a relatively dry area
  • Hope for the best.

The largest variable in this equation is your geographic location and relative levels of humidity. To be honest, you may be able to get away with storing your firearms during dry seasons using this method. In wet areas with high humidity levels though, you desicCAN’T (Sorry – we had to).

The most important thing to know about desiccants such as silica gels is that they have a saturation point. A desiccant placed in a humid area will inevitably reach its absorption limit after a certain period of time. Once this happens, the desiccant essentially becomes a bag of humidity.

As you might guess, storing a metal firearm with a damp or soggy bag isn’t an ideal solution. Absorbing the moisture out of the air is one thing, but eliminating it from the atmosphere altogether is another.

If the moisture is never removed from the immediate area surrounding the firearm, it’s simply hanging around and waiting to start the oxidation process. This is an important thing to consider, especially within gun safes…


#5. Gun Bags Should Be Used (Even In Safes)

Gun Storage Bags are Beneficial for Gun Maintenance

It goes without saying that if you own firearms; you’re going to want a gun safe as well. Gun safes not only keep your guns secure and out of reach from those unqualified to handle them, but they also provide much needed storage space.

Moisture often gets trapped in gun safes. As covered in tip #4, adding desiccants to a safe won’t truly solve this problem.

Some gun safes come installed with dehumidifiers in an effort to expel the present moisture altogether. While these dehumidifiers are a much more effective method of corrosion prevention for your firearms, it’s still a great idea to use gun bags – even within safes.

Depending on which type you purchase, these gun bags can provide a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Prevention of scratches.
  • Prevention of contact with moisture.
  • Prevention of contact with reactive gases.
  • Improved organization.

Additionally, individual gun bags take up significantly less space than other forms of corrosion protection for firearms. This is crucial – because as we all know – space in a gun safe is a limited commodity!

There’s a wide selection of gun bags to choose from. Some are “impregnated” with different coatings and gels that are meant to transfer onto the surface of your gun, but these are ones you may want to avoid (see tip #2).

However, there are certain gun bags that stop corrosion, oxidation and mold for up to 10 years – all without the use of coatings or volatile chemicals!

Pitting of Metals: It’s the Pits!

Corrosion can manifest itself in a number of ways.

The two most commonly used metals in firearms are steel and stainless steel. Generally, rust is the primary corrosion concern. Another common metal found in firearms – Aluminum – doesn’t rust, but it does corrode.

However, regardless of the primary metal in your firearm (steel or aluminum), Pitting is an extensive form of corrosion that should be at the forefront of gun owners’ minds.


Understanding Steel, Stainless Steel & Aluminum

Steel, stainless steel and aluminum all contain oxide layers on their outer surfaces.


Stainless Steel

Stainless SteelMany people assume that stainless steel is completely resistant to corrosion and rust…this isn’t actually the case. It’s not impervious to the caustic processes of moisture, low oxygen and salt. A more realistic way to think of stainless steel is “stains less”.


Regular Steel

SteelStainless steel differs from regular steel (carbon steel) by way of its oxide layer. Stainless steel’s outer surface contains a chromium oxide layer as opposed to carbon steel’s iron oxide layer.

The iron oxide layer of carbon steel leaves it particularly vulnerable to rust. Stainless steel’s chromium oxide layer provides vastly more effective corrosion resistance, but it’s not impervious.


Aluminum

AluminumContrary to steel and stainless steel, Aluminum does not rust regardless of the extremity of its environment. As mentioned above, however, it does corrode. This is due to its aluminum oxide surface layer. Aluminum oxide protects the base metal of aluminum from corrosion, however, this surface layer will deteriorate in atmospheres of high or low pH levels or when in contact with chlorides.


What is Pitting?

Metal PittingPitting is a form of extremely localized corrosion. It leads to the creation of small holes in metals… hence the name pitting!

This is a form of corrosion that literally creates visible pits in the metal, creating a rough and uneven surface.

Besides being unsightly – and usually accompanied by rust when formed on steel and stainless steel – it compromises the integrity of your metal and can lead to substantial degradation.


What Causes Pitting?

There’s a variety of ways in which pitting can be initiated.

The primary cause of the development of pitting is localized chemical or mechanical damage to a metal’s protective film. This refers to the differences in the metals emphasized above:

  • Stainless Steel’s Chromium Oxide Layer
  • Steel’s Iron Oxide Layer
  • Aluminum’s Aluminum Oxide Layer

Another common way in which pitting forms is through poor or improper coating techniques. If a coating is applied unevenly, the metal will contain areas in which it’s particularly vulnerable to corrosion. These areas will be the first to go if contained within an environment high in humidity or salinity.

In turn, the pitting will begin to spread to areas surrounding the origin site. As a metal’s oxide layers begin to breakdown, corrosives come in contact with the base metal. As they eat away at the metals surface, small holes are formed.


How to Fix Pitting

Abrasive Sand Paper There’s only one way to fix metal pitting…sanding and/or abrasion. Pitting isn’t like other forms of corrosion that can be dealt with via chemical treatment.

Because pitting physically eats away at the metal and leaves cavities, the only solution is to sand down the pitted area on the metal entirely. Once the pitted holes are sanded out and the surface area of the metal is even, a new coating could be applied. As you may have guessed, sanding and abrasion isn’t always an option.


In terms of pitting on firearms, there are a few reasons why you wouldn’t want to sand down your gun:

Depreciation

Whether your firearms are antiques, collectables or more contemporary, sanding down your gun barrel often results in depreciation of the weapon’s value. Ever seen an episode of Antique’s Roadshow? If so, you might notice the devastating effects on price and quality that result from improper repairs.

Uneven Coating

More often than not, pitting on a firearm is localized – usually it’s not spread throughout the entirety of the gun barrel. This means a section of the gun is pitted and a section is in good/fair condition.

If you elect to sand down the pitted area of the weapon and re-coat it with some sort of corrosion protection, this can result in an uneven coating. Furthermore, if the new coating differs from the originally coating, more issues may arise.


Proactivity Prevents Pitting

The best way to handle the effects of pitting? Don’t let it happen in the first place!

How Our Proprietary Intercept Technology Works

Check Out Our Gun Bags to Ensure That You’re Never in the Pits!

Popularity of Gun Ownership in the U.S.

The United States ranks #1 in gun ownership per capita. In a study done examining gun ownership among private citizens (barring military issued weapons) the U.S. clocks in higher than every other country in the world.

Between our 2nd amendment politics, trigger-happy action flicks and history of firearm innovation, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

What is it that makes gun ownership so popular in the United States? What drives innumerable scores of U.S. citizens to purchase guns at this unprecedented rate?


Recreation

Skeet ShootingWhile some individuals view guns as conduits of death, others view them recreational devices. Many United States citizens enjoy hunting, trap shooting and visiting the firing range in their free time.

For someone who’s never been around guns before, their portrayal in the media can be terrifying. News cycles almost always include a bank robbery or murder via firearm and the depiction of guns in TV series/movies is almost always accompanied with violence. In effect, many non-gun owners think it impossible to own a gun and NOT be violent.

But this isn’t actually the case!

The above study claims that U.S. gun ownership per capita is 88.8 to 100. That means that there’s nearly 89 guns for every 100 citizens. That’s a lotta guns.

But compare this level of gun ownership with the rate of intentional homicides by country where the U.S. is ranked 92nd. Suddenly gun ownership per capita seems less representative of violence then it does enthusiasm and interest.

Gun ownership doesn’t correlate with gun-toting maniacs as much as many forms of media would have you believe. In a sense, guns are akin to bowling, skiing, rock climbing or music: they’re hobbies!

Bowlers purchase different balls that will probably never see the lanes. Skiers buy paris of skis and googles that will never hit the slopes. Musicians collect an abundance of instruments that they’ll admittedly never play and Rock Climbers amass insane collections of expensive gear that’ll never meet the face of a cliff.

In the same vein, most gun owners own multiple guns because they’re hobbyists and geeks! Sure, they’re nuts but they’re not insane as many would have you believe.

Whether they fall in love with a piece due to it’s rarity, appearance or functionality, they simply must have it. Old-faithfuls are always brought out to the range or the woods, while the special guns are in storage at home.


History

Just like any other antique or vintage item, firearms are collectibles that tell a story. The very first gun was produced in 1365 and their onset changed the face of human history.

Antique ColtFirearms convey a story. Whether it’s a highly personal tale or a physical bookmark of larger innovations, firearms are sought out by collectors for historical purposes.

The United States’s influence on firearms has not gone unnoticed. Remington, Colt, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Smith & Wesson: all are firearms manufacturers founded in the U.S. and each has had a significant impact on the evolution and technology of firearms. Examples aplenty reside in Cody’s Firearms Museum – a subsection of Buffalo Bill’s Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

Until you’ve been to the museum yourself, it’s hard to fully appreciate the breadth and scope of firearms innovations that have unfolded over the years. The attention to detail, craftsmanship and engineering expertise required to make guns is almost unfathomable.

The fact that there’s an entire museum dedicated to guns is a testament to their historical value and importance. These objects serve as a chronology of technical innovations, while embodying the spirit of the wild west and American patriotism. It’s the reason why a collector will seek out a novelty 1800’s firearm while cherishing his grandfather’s WWII rifle.

Those who collect firearms and archive their relevance and emotion do so out of passion. Because so much of U.S. history is held in firearms and their ramifications, collecting guns is immensely popular here.


Security

Mass media inevitably shape people’s opinions on gun ownership and gun owners, despite the fact that they rarely display everyday accounts of gun ownership! What we see are the extremes of guns and not their everyday utility.

For instance, gun ownership in less populated areas of the country is a perfectly sound endeavor. It provides people with a means of security when law enforcement is a great distance away, while also providing residents with a means of acquiring food.

This map shows gun ownership per household by state – the darker shades of pink represent higher rates of gun ownership:

Household Gun Ownership Rates MapSource: www.qz.com Quartz Media LLC.

Less populated states have higher rates of gun ownership! These aren’t necessarily people stockpiling weapons in anticipation of a zombie apocalypse, but citizens who view firearms as a means of security. Many of your own friends and acquaintances may own guns, but do not make it known in order to avoid stigmatization.


Constitutional Rights

We’re going to keep this as nonpartisan as possible.

ConstitutionPerhaps the most widely attributed reason for gun ownership in the U.S. is the 2nd amendment: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms”.

Gun ownership is hotbed of controversy and politics, but it’s something that we must address in this article. In our opinion, the 2nd amendment triggers something of a chicken-or-the-egg debate:

Is the 2nd amendment the reason for widespread gun ownership, or do the threats posed to it generate interest in guns?

The 2nd amendment is a precursor to gun ownership. Without a constitutional right to do so, U.S. citizens wouldn’t be allowed to own guns in the first place.

What we’re referring to is the underlying sentiment of gun ownership. Do U.S. citizens buy guns in mass quantities simply because they can or do they buy them in response to a perceived threat? Gun sales usually rise in response to talks of new gun control laws. So is this correlation representative of all gun sales?

If you’re looking for us to give you a concrete answer, you’re out of luck. Sorry! Social psychologists and economists have tried to find the answer to this question for some time.

Understanding Different Types of Gun Storage Bags

PreservAll sells corrosion inhibitor bags. One of our most popular product lines – gun storage bags – are just that, corrosion inhibitorsBut like any other industry, there are many products available.

However, there’s crucially important information for those shopping for corrosion inhibitor products: Some corrosion inhibitors use ineffective & dangerous materials.

They can compromise the integrity of your guns through residue and will most likely lead to rust.

Understanding Different Gun Storage Bags


This Article Requires a Preface

There are certain designations of corrosion inhibitors that we’ll be unable to name throughout this article…this is for legal purposes. 

The objective of this article is to increase consumer awareness of potentially dangerous chemicals and materials in certain corrosion inhibitorsBecause we cannot explicitly state other brands of corrosion inhibitors in this article, we will hereby refer to corrosion inhibitors as either:

Intercept Corrosion Inhibitors vs Other Corrosion Inhibitors

  • Not all products in the Other Corrosion Inhibitors category are dangerous, but a great many of them are.
  • While we cannot directly name the brands contained in the category itself, we will say that members of the Other Corrosion Inhibitors group have a presence in the packaging marketplace.
  • If you’ve browsed for anti corrosion products before then you’ve come across them.

How Corrosion Inhibitors Work

A corrosion inhibitor has one primary purpose – to stop the degradation of whatever they’re aimed to protect.

Corrosion inhibitors can be used to protect a wide range of things, including firearms, tools, engines, electronics, heavy machinery, etc.

Products like these contain metals that corrode over time when exposed to certain reactive gases in the atmosphere. This results in increased costs, reduced efficiencies and additional labor for those involved.


Different Methods of Corrosion InhibitorsCorrosion Inhibitors Work in One of Three Ways:

NeutralizingAbsorbing or Blocking Reactive Gases.

 ✅ Neutralizing Reactive Gases ✅

Intercept Corrosion Inhibitors neutralize gases by acting as a preferential site of corrosion. The Intercept material bonds with the corrosive gases attempting to enter the bag.

This means that the Intercept Corrosion Inhibitors themselves corrode. Essentially, they “take one for the team”, leaving the item it has been stored with protected and unharmed.

Rather than the protected item corroding, the Intercept Corrosion Inhibitor itself degrades over time.

This is the technology employed in PreservAll’s gun storage bags and it’s the most efficient on the market.

 ❌ Absorbing Reactive Gases ❌

Some Other Corrosion Inhibitors will absorb reactive gases present in the atmosphere but fail to completely neutralize them.

These types of products simply retain the reactive gases until reaching their maximum saturation point.

Fluctuations in temperature and humidity cause them to outgas – this is the process by which a solid releases a gas that had been previously absorbed or trapped.

Other Corrosion Inhibitors absorb reactive gases without neutralizing them. This means that they re-release these contaminants.

They inadvertently expose the objects they were intended to protect with the agents of corrosion they were intended to eliminate.

Needless to say, these types of corrosion inhibitors are counterproductive.

❌ Blocking Reactive Gases ❌

There’s some Other Corrosion Inhibitors, that don’t absorb reactive gases at all.

Instead, they contain oils that vaporize into a chemical cloud/barrier layer inside their containers.

This barrier is designed to coat the item it’s supposed to protect. This hypothetically keeps reactive gases from causing corrosion on the item.

Inserted into coatings, adhesives, plastics, powders and sprays, these chemicals leave deposits on the items they’re designed to protect and are often inefficient.

These corrosion inhibitors never truly neutralize the reactive gases in the first place.

Rather than protecting the materials they’re intended to, Other Corrosion Inhibitors that utilize barrier layers can harm precious metals and serve as a potential health hazard.


Chemical Used in Barrier Layers

Someone looking for an anti corrosion product may come across a multitude of Other Corrosion Inhibitors and think they sound effective.

But what’s in these anti corrosion materials?

Nobody really knows.

This is because Other Corrosion Inhibitors rarely list the chemicals in their formulas.

Many don’t display their active ingredients and materials by way of listing them as “trade secrets”. In doing this, they aren’t obligated to disclose what they’re comprised of.

Research done by independent laboratories has exposed the active ingredients found in some Other Corrosion Inhibitors:

  • Truethanolamine
  • Ammonia Hydroxide
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Trimethyl
  • Trimethylbenzene
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Butyl Acetate
  • Phosphoric Acid

Make no mistake, this is only a small sampling, and many other chemicals have been found as well.

Many of the chemicals found in Other Corrosion Inhibitors are on the EPA Registered Pesticide List, OSHA’s Air Contaminants List, and are found to be carcinogenic. Some are even flagged by the Chemical Weapons Convention.


Intercept Technology & PreservAll

Compare the previous list of ingredients with that of the Intercept Corrosion Inhibitors used in PreservAll’s gun storage bags.

  • Copper
  • Polyethylene

As you can see, there’s quite a difference. Intercept Corrosion Inhibitors are patented and since we don’t claim “trade secrets”, we have nothing to hide.

Our products contain a high surface area copper embedded into a polymer and nothing else. No volatiles, no carcinogens, no abrasives!

Intercept Corrosion Inhibitors have won environment awards, whereas many Other Corrosion Inhibitors have restrictions placed on them in other countries regarding health and environmental concerns.


These are important things to consider if you’re in the corrosion inhibitor market. Regardless of whether or not you purchase PreservAll bags or any other Intercept Corrosion Inhibitor products, we felt this was vital information that should be shared.

Rust: Old Habits Die Hard

RUST is the byproduct of IRON and MOISTURE.

Unless iron is placed in a vacuum – an atmosphere containing literally 0% moisture – it will rust. With the exception of labs and testing facilities, these places do not exist.

In other words, RUST is iron’s OLD HABIT. It’s inexorable and stopping it is hard work.

Iron (III) Oxides eats away at ferrous metals.
Iron (III) Oxides eats away at ferrous metals.

Lets take a look at Iron (III) Oxide and how we go about combating it.


What The Rust?

Rust’s scientific name is Iron (III) Oxide. It’s an extremely common occurrence because our atmosphere is laden with water vapor.

Any iron that comes in contact with H20 will eventually form rust. This isn’t speculation as much as it is scientific fact.

Iron (III) Oxide is formed as a result of iron and steel’s oxidation reaction with the atmosphere. Introduce salt or acid into the equation and the oxidation process happens even faster.

This is because salt and acid act as catalysts in the redox process.


Negative Effects of Rust

Lets take a look at the effects of rust on an investment that most people will make at one point in their lives – an automobile.

When someone is in the market for a used automobile there’s a few things they’ll want to look at. Mileage, accident reports, maintenance records, tires, color and paint condition are all standard inspection points.

Vehicle lifts make rust inspection underneath a car significantly easier.
Lifts make rust inspection underneath a vehicle significantly easier.

Experienced car owners, however, will also want to get a good look underneath the vehicle.

The underside of an automobile is the area constantly exposed to its three most corrosive elements  – snow, rain and salt. These spell disaster and result in extensive degradation to the vehicle.

While the outside of a car is covered in paint which stops oxidation, the car’s undercarriage coating wears off quickly. This renders the vehicle extremely vulnerable.

I bring up the effects of rust on automobiles because it’s something that most people are familiar with. Some may not realize though, that the same rules apply to anything and everything made of ferrous metals.

This seems obvious for wet areas of the world, but the same is true even in dry areas. Those who live in arid regions of the world may figure they need not worry about oxidation. So long as there’s even the slightest bit of atmospheric moisture though, iron will rust. While the corrosive effects are decidedly slower without the added elements of salt, snow and steady rain, they will undoubtedly happen over time.


How Can We Combat Rust?

Like chess, stopping rust requires strategy.
Like chess, stopping rust requires strategy.

It might sound like it’s impossible to avoid rust and that resistance is futile…

BUT DON’T FRET! Throughout time humanity has found varyingly effective anti-corrosion methods:

  1. Paint.
    As previously mentioned, paint is used to stop the oxidation of ferrous metals. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it also acts as a barrier. By painting metals that are constantly exposed to the elements, replacement costs and repairs are greatly reduced.
  2. Galvanization.
    A less commonly known method of protection, the galvanization process, entails coating a ferrous metal with zinc. This coating is achieve through the use of hot dipping. Due to it’s reactivity, the zinc corrodes before the iron or steel it’s protecting does. As you may have guessed, galvanization doesn’t last forever and requires additional coatings over time.
  3. Bluing.
    In tying this back to PreservAll’s speciality – firearms – bluing is a conversion coating used on guns. An electrochemical process, bluing entails the facilitation of an oxidizing chemical reaction on iron. The end result is the creation of Magnetite (the black oxide of iron) on the firearm, which is less reactive with the atmosphere.

What Method Works Best?

Unfortunately, there is no one “best method” for combating rust. Different protective applications are more advantageous in different situations and each corrosive prevention method has its downsides:

  • Paint fades over time, especially when exposed to the elements.
  • Galvanization degrades over time by design and re-galvanizing is costly and labor intensive.
  • Bluing is an outdated method that is inefficient at preventing rust.

These methods have been applied in nearly every field that utilizes ferrous metals. Each industry has found what works best for their needs and the examples above are only a small sampling of developed anti-corrosion tactics.

It’s important to know the vulnerabilities of what you’re trying to protect. Its’s equally important to know the elements they’ll be exposed to. By starting with a solid foundation of information, you can make the best decision with regards to the best method of rust protection.

 

Advantages of Copper & Copper Alloys

In their pure form many metals have vulnerabilities such as low melting points, low ductility or over-malleability. When two metals or elements are combined though they form an alloy. This step in metallurgy paved the way for an infinite number of possibilities.

The use of alloys provided humanity with a limitless amount of applications, shaping the evolution of industry and art alike. In considering the wide range of alloys available, there are perhaps none so effective, efficient and beneficent as copper alloys.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of copper and copper alloys:

 


Quick Overview of Copper (Cu)

Copper Ore
While it usually contains imperfections, copper ore is red and shinny in its natural state.

Copper is arguably one of the most important metals on the planet. Expediting the metallurgy and smelting processes all throughout the Bronze Age, it has been a highly influential metal.

Copper is a noble metal, meaning it’s resistant to corrosion. It’s extremely malleable, ductile, and soft. It’s also one of the few metallic elements that exists as a solid in nature.

It’s because of its naturally metallic state and striking reddish appearance that copper was first discovered by humans nearly 10,000 years ago. It was the first metal found workable by man and used for both practicality as well as adornment.

It wasn’t until around 5,000 B.C. with the advent of smelting that new uses of copper began to be discovered through the use of alloys. This brought humanity brass and bronze – equally influential metals.

 


Bronze

The Addition of Tin to Copper Results in Bronze - Ushering in a New Era
The addition of tin to copper results in bronze – ushering in a new era

Bronze is an alloy of 90% copper and 10% tin. Harder and stronger than copper alone, bronze quickly became a prominent material used for a variety of purposes. Among these purposes were tools, armor and weapons.

The advent of smelting brought upon an age of experimentation with metals. While the initial creation of bronze may have been accidental, it seems that at around 3,200 B.C. tin began to be mined deliberately for use in the creation of bronze. Despite it’s popularity in the eastern hemisphere, tin was actually relatively rare in the areas it was being used most.

Consequently, it was the demand for tin in the creation of copper alloys that lead to the establishment of the first international trade routes.

As mentioned earlier, bronze had a number of applications; most notably weapons. Gunmetal Bronze – an alloy of copper, tin and zinc – was used throughout the 18th and 19th centuries to make firearms (hence its name) in addition to cannons.

The use of bronze in firearms was eventually replaced by steel as smithing techniques became more advanced. However, gunmetal bronze was a prominent alloy for many years and retains characteristics still sought out by collectors to this day.

An 18th Century Bronze Revolutionary War Pistol

 


Antimicrobial

Coppers antimicrobial nature makes it perfect for plumbing and marine applications.
Coppers antimicrobial nature makes it perfect for plumbing and marine applications.

One of the most intriguing aspects of copper – and one of its lesser-known properties – is the inability for microbes and microorganisms to adhere to its surface.

This property has contributed to the metal’s popularity and widespread use, especially in applications related to water. For instance, since its initiation, copper piping has become the unanimous favorite of materials used in plumbing purposes.

Due to the fact that microbes can’t live on its surface, copper is a perfect metal to use in any damp or wet areas. It’s also unaffected by humidity and temperature change. Found in desalination systems, embedded into the paint used on ship hull’s and comprising boat propeller, it has proven time and again its versatility.

 


Intercept™ Technology

Intercept™ Technology is a patented copper polymer that stops corrosion and it’s used in all PreservAll products. Intercept™ Technology protects your valuables by acting as a preferential corrosion site – it becomes a “sacrificial anode”.

Corrosive gases that come into contact with our Intercept™ materials bond to the present copper molecules. The copper molecules and the Intercept™ product itself (bag, film, tab, etc.) then degrade over time, rather than the object of value.

Intercept™ Technology gains all the benefits of copper while retaining the flexibility and reusability of plastic. It’s a copper alloy in and of itself. Temperature and humidity independent, antimicrobial and fully protective, it’s the most reliable way to protect your valuables.

Downsides to Gun Socks

Gun Socks

If you’re a gun owner, you’ve undoubtedly heard of gun socks before.

They’re a common product in the firearm marketplace, often purchased by gun owners as a cheap and convenient option for gun storage.

While Cheap and Convenient may be accurate adjectives to describe gun socks, Effective is not.

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES YOU’LL ENCOUNTER IF YOU USE GUN SOCKS:


Drawstrings

Drawstring Gunsocks
Drawstring gun socks can be a nuisance and don’t have a reliable seal.

Numerous gun socks contain drawstring enclosures. Drawstring enclosures are not inherently inefficient, but they certainly do not prove adequate for gun storage. Drawstrings may seal off the majority of an container and do work well as a means of sealing a daypack or gym bag, but when used as a means of confinement for firearm storage, they could result in problems.

Because guns are apt to have sharp edges or protruding angles (sights, scopes, handles, hammers, etc.) drawstrings often get caught on them.

We may be sounding a bit punctilious here, but usability on an everyday level is important.

What’s more, drawstring bags don’t fully seal. Sure, they’ll keep out the majority of solids such as dust and dirt, but they’ll still allow for the entry of reactive gases. This can lead to oxidation and rust on your firearms.

 


Improper Scratch Protection

No one wants to see scratches on their guns.
No one wants to see scratches on their guns.

This is the main reason gun owners purchase gun socks to begin with. Often times you’ll hear gun owners say that they purchase them to use inside their safe as it keeps guns from sliding, scraping and scratching each other.

It’s a valid point, and it’s a valid worry.

Whether it’s long term storage or short term, taking guns in an out of a safe can lead to scratches on both the gun’s metal/wooden stock and this is why gun socks seem to be a viable option; they do provide a barrier.

How strong of a barrier can a sock really provide though? It’s certainly not the first word that comes to mind when I think of a protective barrier.

Consider using a heavier, more durable material when choosing a cover option for your gun.

 


Absorptive Materials

Storing ferrous metals with moisture is a big no-no.
Storing ferrous metals with moisture is a bad idea.

Many gun socks are composed of materials that absorb moisture. Needless to say, this is a problem.

Moisture is the number one thing you want to avoid when storing your firearms. Also, a great many gun socks will use “silicone coating” as a selling point and as a marketing tactic to bolster consumers’ reassurance in its protective qualities.

“Silicone coating” on/the “silicone impregnation” of a gun sock ostensibly blocks moisture from reaching your gun. That’s not always the case though. Depending on what type of material the gun sock is made out of, it might actually absorb moisture, removing it as molecules from the atmosphere and creating a dampened surface that your gun is in direct contact with.

Silicone coated gun socks can leave a silicone residue on your firearm. As mentioned in a previous post, silicone deposits on a firearm can lead to issues further down the line, especially with regards to re-finishing and bluing.

 


The PreservAll Advantage

The three major problems listed above above: Drawstrings, Improper Scratch Protection & Absorptive Materials are a set of hinderances and vulnerabilities. Luckily, there’s one simple product that solves them all.

PreservAll gun preservation bags are made of a durable yet flexible material on the outside and are lined with crucial layer of Intercept™ Technology.

Through the use of this proprietary copper-polymer matrix our gun preservation bags provide you with the PreservAll advantage. Never worry about scratching, ineffective seals, rust or mold ever again! 

Worries of Firearm Storage

Firearm Storage

Firearm storage is a worrisome endeavor for many gun owners. In theory, when you store something it should put your mind at ease – there’s a sense of security to it.

When you get home from your nightly commute, you park the car in the garage. When you’ve finished reading a book, you close it and put it on the shelf. You know these things will be there tomorrow, unharmed.

There’s a myriad of factors that come into play when deciding how to storage something, among them are:

Where am I going to store X?
How long will I need to store X?
Will X be safe in storage?

For us, this is especially true with firearms. Perhaps more so than any other possession, guns inspire a sense of responsibility. Not only because of their immense power but also because of their delicate intricacies.

Storing firearms requires foresight and planning.

HERE ARE THE COMMON WORRIES OF FIREARM STORAGE:

 


Space (or Lack Thereof)

Lack of Space for Firearm Storage
Lack of Space for Firearm Storage

One common complaint you hear amongst hunters and gun collectors is NEVER HAVING ENOUGH SPACE IN THEIR GUN SAFES.

It’s also the reason why seasoned veterans or anyone in the industry will implore you to go bigger rather than smaller when choosing your gun safe- The amount of guns you have will most likely increase, the amount of space you have to store them will not.

A limited amount of space often requires maximum efficiency, and so compartmentalizing your firearms and other accessories is important. Using smaller cases inside gun safes is a common strategy, not only does a case keep everything organized; it protects your firearms too, right?…

Not necessarily.

Using a gun case inside a gun safe actually takes up more space then you need it to. Remember, every inch of space inside your gun safe is precious.

Gun cases can be bulky and take up to 3x the amount of space that the firearms itself would.

Additionally, gun cases could lead to more…

 


Moisture

Moisture Can Occur in a Variety of Ways
Moisture Can Occur in a Variety of Ways

Gun cases can be lined with sheepskin, cardboard or foam – and depending on the other materials they contain, gun cases could actually increase the likelihood that your firearms will be exposed to moisture while in storage.

This is because the materials used in many cases actually attract moisture rather than prevent it.

That’s a major dilemma, when you consider that rust is more than likely the number one reaction you’re trying to avoid on your guns.

Moisture leads to rust on metals and rust on your guns can lead to fail-to-fires as well as other degradations.

The fear of moisture in your gun safe is a valid one, and it’s arguably the most prominent of all firearm storage worries.

Often times, people will use a desiccant such as silica gel packs in their safe in order to counteract moisture. But contrary to popular belief, silica gels draw more moisture into the safe itself, not dispell it.

Moisture, in addition to the type of climate you’re storing your guns in, can lead to…

 


Mildew

Mildew is a Common Worry When Storing Firearms
Mildew is a Common Worry When Storing Firearms

Mildew is especially common in fireproof and fire-resistant gun safes. Due to the retardant nature of the materials used in fireproof and fire-resistant safes and the lack of light present inside them, the inside of fireproof and fire resistant safes are often times a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

This can have especially negative effects on collectable firearms, antiques or any other firearms with wooden stocks. Non-synthetic firearms, accessories and components stored in a gun safe that contains mold or mildew is a major worry, as organic materials are more apt to degrade.

Climate and humidity play a pivotal role in whether or not your gun safe will begin producing mildew and mold, however, this can be a problem even in dry areas of the globe.

 


The Simple Solution

PreservAll Ends Firearm Storage Worry1. Gun safes are tight on space.
2. Compartmentalization can be inefficient.
3. Certain cases and desiccants lead to MORE moisture.
4. Gun safes often produce mold and mildew.

These are the plight of the firearm owner. All these factors add up to the overwhelming feeling of the inability to combat agents of corrosion and it seems like there’s no viable option to maintain the integrity of your firearmsbut there is!

The 4 problems listed above are easily solved with PreservAll’s firearm protection bags. Thoroughly tested and verified in extreme environments like Singapore, Japan, Australia, and far northern climates, PreservAll protects against mold, mildew, corrosion, rust, and tarnish.

With the exception of fire, PreservAll covers all the bases when considering which gun storage options are the most efficient. By using a more effective technology in a slimmer and sleeker format, PreservAll provides more protection than gun cases while still allowing for organization.

So when it comes to firearm storage anxiety, get rid of the nerves and put your mind at ease by using PreservAll.

Simple Reasons Why You Need Gun Preservation Bags

Guns are very powerful but they’re also very delicate. Any avid gun owner can tell you how important it is to maintain and store your gun, and most states will also have laws in place on how to keep them safe. Short and long term gun preservation require quality gun preservation bags and sleeves ( https://preservall.com/Firearms ), the ones made to keep you and your favorite firearms in their best possible condition. Whether it’s a precious family heirloom or your most used hunting rifles, every gun needs the proper bag.

PreservAll’s gun preservation bags use a specialized Intercept Technology™ that is used by many of the world’s militaries to keep their firearms safe, protected, and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Intercept Technology™ provides a well-rounded gun preservation strategy that can protect your firearms from the most dangerous elements that can damage your gun outside of improper use, including the following:

  1. Reactive Gases

It may seem strange, but one of the most dangerGun Preservation Bagsous materials that can damage your guns doesn’t come in a solid or liquid form, but in a gas. Reactive gases can interact with your gun’s more delicate parts in harmful ways, but most notably with the oil that helps it fire off smoothly. Gun oil should be inspected and changed regularly, but a PreservAll gun preservation bag with Intercept Technology™ creates a seal around your gun. This helps keep these reactive gases at bay so that they don’t react with the gun oil in your firearm, which can lead to problems like misfires and permanent damage.

  1. Water and Other Liquids

Guns don’t work so well underwater, as many gun enthusiasts know, but they also don’t like water or other liquids in almost any capacity. While most guns in the rain will still operate fine, having them accidentally sit in a liquid for any length of time will ultimately lead to damages and rust. PreservAll’s gun preservation bags feature a water-resistant design that can help protect your gun from most liquids, including water.

  1. Impact

While many materials can cause damage to your gun, one major one is still fairly simple: brute force. As many guns now contain small plastic parts to make them more lightweight and easier to handle, they’ve also become more susceptible to impact damage. The right gun preservation bag, however, will keep your gun safe from heavy impacts that could otherwise damage it. Our bags are tough, built to last, and stronger than most forces that could accidentally damage your gun.

PreservAll has a wide range of gun preservation bags and sleeves designed to keep your guns and firearms safe. Whether you need a small sleeve for a handgun or a robust bag for a hunting rifle, our bags will keep your gun safe from dust, reactive gases, impacts, liquids, and more. They’re ideal for both long and short-term storage as well, providing an extra layer of protection out in the field or safe at home in your gun storage locker or safe. And with Intercept Technology™, you can be confident that your guns will be ready to use when you want them.