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.



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!