Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
-no one can use a metal detector to find your guns. This is the primary tool for gun-grabbers.
To further this idea you can bury weapons almost anywhere and cut down on metal detection.
The first thing to do is figure out
A: Where you want to store weapons
B: where you CAN store weapons and
Where you want to store weapons should depend on the need of the weapon. If you anticipate needing to get the weapon soon it will be a good idea to
keep it close, of course. If, on the other hand, your hidden weapon will be picked up during an evacuation, you want to cover likely evacuation
Where you CAN store weapons gets trickier. You need to be away from prying eyes, both when you plant them and when you retrieve them. If you live in
the desert southwest it is easiest to keep a cache in a place not visible from any road or structure.
It is best to find one place you will be sure not to forget and plant a "treasure map" here. You should be able to water proof a map without using
any metal, so detection is of less concern, however you still want to avoid any identifying information about yourself and you want to make the map as
hard to use as possible. If you can get a military style topographic map of a large area and remember the general area you cashed in, you can use a
dot no larger than a pen to mark your goodies. Because the map will be enormous and the dot so small, you can use red or blue ink to mark your spots.
Don’t use any color that does no occur on the map however, such as pink or any color highlighter.
You can also plug waypoints into your GPS as a means of finding your spots but remember that not only will anyone who gets hold of your GPS have these
interesting looking waypoints to explore but also that electronic devices should not be relied upon in any survival situation. You need the map as a
The method listed by the OP is fine for long term storage of firearms. I have cleaned 30 year old cosmo from weapons that I found to perfectly
preserved. The tip about the rice is not one that I have heard, thanks Dr.
To help combat metal detectors, bury deep. Place old auto parts, in layers of dirt, directly over the buried treasure. Do the same in areas directly
surrounding the area. If possible, use parts from the same auto and leave one or two on the surface. Some small (visible only from the immediate area)
shot up tvs and old shell casings on the ground will help in fooling anyone snooping into believing the metal detector is picking up junk. Try to keep
any junk you may leave behind from being visible from the air.
Remember to never bury anything in a water runoff area.
Remember that you can reuse that 8" PVC tube. In Iraq, we buried PVC into the ground at about a 45 degree angle to use as urinals.
The note to remove all the grease is important for reasons greater than it blowing out at you. In a weapon lacking a spring loaded firing pin (the SKS
is a great example here) grease left near the firing pin block assembly can actually cause a weapon to slam fire, or go into full auto. While this may
sound great to some, it is a dangerous situation to you and those around you. It is also a waste of ammo and can damage the weapon. Grease and other
buildup in gas ports can also cause a weapon to malfunction, often dangerously. Care should be taken to field strip the weapon and carefully remove as
much grease as possible.
Grease can be removed from wood stocks by baking them. If you don’t have access to an oven, you can place a stock in a plastic bag and leave it in
the sun. Remove it from the bag every 30 minutes and wipe the beads of grease sweat from the weapon before putting it back into the bag. A plastic
garbage bag should be kept with a weapon preserved this way.
Remember that you may only get to visit one cache. You should probably bury some preserved food. Longest shelf life possible, of course, because next
time you dig up this site should be the last. To maintain the security of this site you must resist the urge to return to it periodically to replenish
food stores. If it rots it rots. Also a medical kit, ammo and some trading items will be good to have. Dont go over board, but remember you will
probably only be able to return to ONE of your sites.
EDIT TO ADD: Using the map properly will require moderate map reading and land navigation skills. I will see if there are decent thread existing about
this and if not and I have the time I will start one. As a Cavalry Scout, a large portion of my training and real world experience revolves around
advanced mounted and dismounted land navigation, in large part due to our ability to guide artillery into exact spots from miles away using only a map
and a radio.
[edit on 24-8-2007 by cavscout]