This is a discussion on Long term weapon storage. within the Modern M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Well I just found out I'm going to be stationed overseas for a few yrs and I can't take my guns. I have a friend ...
Well I just found out I'm going to be stationed overseas for a few yrs and I can't take my guns. I have a friend who is going to store them for me in his safe. My plan was to cover my guns in grease then wrap them in Saran Wrap. Do they make grease intended for this purpose that isn't going to be a bear to clean off? If there is a better way please let me know.
Just realized I put this in the wrong forum. There is no wood on my guns. I was planning on keeping the action out of the stock. He is a good guy, I don't worry about my guns falling into the wrong hands.
You can pack them in grease or cosmoline and clean it off later using brake cleaner. Or that's what I was told when I received firearms packed that way- I took the blue shop towel way out. But if you know the firearms will be stored in a reasonable environment, that's probably not going to be necessary.
Where I am, there's a wide range of temperatures possible, even indoors, and so I personally would oil things up really well unless I knew the items were going to be sitting in a nice warm safe or whatever. It seems to have gone out of style, but Barricade is a very good protectant and one Chinese rifle I purchased arrived packed in plastic and totally soaked in their clone version of that oil, they also had a couple of little cloth mops tied inside that had been soaked in the same Sino-Barricade. It was an SKS and no damage to the wood stock occurred; Barricade is good that way.
I was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years and taking any of my firearms was to much of a pain in the ass.
First off, you don't want to seal them completely. It will keep any other moisture from getting in...or out.
If you were so inclined, you could always buy some cosmoline and dip it. I wouldn't suggest it just because it's a pain in the ass.
After a thorough cleaning of the bore, chamber, and action, run a wet patch with CLP or whatever your preservative of choice is.
If your firearms is parkerized, coat it with your oil of choice, and use a hairdryer or heat gun to soak as much oil as possible into the pores of the parkerizing.
For the exterior of the barrel, and if it is blued, put a medium coat of oil on. Enough that you can leave a finger print on it, but that it's no dripping or running.
Then place it inside of a gunsock, and throw it in the safe. Just ask him to check it out every couple months and make sure nothing rusted.
If you have a wood stock, I'd suggest removing the action from it completely and putting a very light coat of oil on any of the metal, and keeping it stored somewhere dry, climate controlled, and with little to no humidity.
I fired my rifles once in that 3 year period, and never had an issue with rust when I picked them up.
Yep...Zerust user here. Call them as they sometimes have bi-metal weapons bags. Can even use the bags to store ammo. Protects gilded and non-gilded metals. They are made for GI contract as weapons bags. I was getting them for $1.25 each. Your gear will not rust for 3-5 years. Heavy duty plastic. I bought about 30 of them and store my choice rifles in them. I grease the bores well. Any bearing grease as they tend to have a good compliment of corrosion inhibitors.
I store all my parts smeared in grease and wrapped in wax paper. They'll stay perfect for decades that way.
^ +1 No muss, no fuss. At least one company makes a full length ziploc version that is touted for up to 5 years. I am using these http://www.norustbags.net/
When I bagged mine, I thought about putting them in with a silicon sock over them, the dealer told me they actually should be exposed directly to the plastic to receive the benefit of the gases in the bag material.