Many avid hunters like to display their rifle collection on racks hanging in their den, or on the back window of their pickup. While it is handy to have your weapon so close to you, it is not at all the best way to maintain your guns. Gun manufacturers recommend storing guns and rifles in a locked secure gun case or safe, when not in use, to protect them from external elements. Doing so will minimize your gun maintenance while preserving your firearm investment.
Safeguarding your weapons from excessive humidity, dust and water will keep them in pristine condition for a longer period of time. Damage caused by water and rust generally requires replacing key components of the weapon to ensure it will function properly. Excessive dust will attach itself to the oils within the working mechanisms and gun barrel causing extensive damage over time. Sometimes, even with repairs or restoration, your weapon can never be brought back to its original condition.
Storing your weapons in a locked secure rifle or gun case, crafted to create a tight waterproof seal, will keep it out of harm’s way. Purchasing a case constructed with two or more key locks and/or three-digit combination locks, will keep unauthorized hands away from your firearms. Longer rifle cases with three or four latches spaced far apart will provide added strength, durability and protection.
Many low-end gun and rifle cases are crafted from heavy plastic; however, they are not designed for repeated airline travel or premium security. Cases fabricated from shoddy materials can cause significant damage to your weapons, especially your rifles, as they can be easily bent when caught under something heavy. Inexpensive cases are easy to break into, and typically fall apart in a short amount of time. Gun cases made out of metal are susceptible to rust, allowing humidity and water to enter the case. Aluminum weapon cases are typically constructed with a heavy-duty frame, along with reinforced corners that are held together with rivets.
Most firearm cases crafted from aluminum are lined with high-density inter-locking foam, to hold your weapon securely in place while being transported. Whether you are a hunter out in the field, or practicing at the shooting range, many high-end aluminum cases are constructed with heavy-duty handles and an anti-slip grip. Due to its lightweight materials, and aluminum rifle case is easy to carry, even when filled with two or more weapons. A well-built gun case with a quality handle is easy and practical to carry in all types of inclement weather.
For the serious gun owner with expensive weapons, storing your firearms in a high-quality well-crafted lockable aluminum gun or rifle case is an ideal way to keep your investment in pristine condition. Larger cases are commonly big enough to store two or three weapons, eliminating the need to purchase additional gun cases for each firearm. When determining which gun or rifle case is best suited for you, security and protecting your weapons from external elements should be at the top of the list.