Introduction: How to Hide a Handgun in Plain Sight!

Welcome to another kick-ass Instructable from Disc Dog (a.k.a. Kentucky Bum, but now that I no longer live in KY I needed to change my pen name).

Today I’m going to show you how to make a really effective and [here’s the operative word] cheap way to hide a handgun close to your bed, but not obvious to anybody looking around in the room for weapons, and easily accessible if you need it late at night.

First you will need a suitable night stand, preferably one with a thick top and a decent skirt around it. Read the entire Instructable first to ensure the night stand you want to use is a good choice. (Oh yes, this Instructable also works for tables and desks as well). If you have everything at hand this whole Instructable should only take you about an hour or so.

The list of components you need is really short and you can get all of them at the local hardware store (even at Lowe’s and Home Depot!); you will need:
- 1 ea gate latch (an Open Bar Holder type as pictured) $3
- 1 ea right angle bracket (the more holes at different levels the merrier, similar to the one as shown) $1
- 1 ea 3/8” diameter* wooden rod (buy the pine, not the oak--it’s cheaper and easier to work) $1
(*This diameter will work for a .45 like the one shown. For a .38/9mm you will need to find a 5/16" dia. rod. You could use a 1/4" dia in a pinch but that's tough to drill and mount).
- A roll of good electrical tape $2
- A handful of wood screws of the right size (based on your hardware) $2
- A piece of construction paper (if you need to know what this cost you must be new to this sight) a pen or pencil (a Sharpe works best) and a few inches of scotch tape.
- You will need a hand drill with at least one drill (sized to the screws you use) and [optional] a bar of soap.

You will see all of the pictures of everything you need in the following steps.

OK, here we go!

Step 1: Be Safe and Start Cutting!

FIRST let me start by saying that if you haven’t unloaded your handgun and thoroughly checked for an empty chamber BEFORE you start building your concealed handgun-mount please stop now, sell you guns and go back to using a slingshot.

I offer this Instructable under the assumption that if you are at the point where you wish to conceal a handgun for personal protection you are familiar with good, sound handgun handling practices and have a lick of common sense. Failure to follow either of the above could result in something very bad, even fatal when handling your weapon during the course of this Instructable. PLEASE be safe with your handgun and handle it properly at all times!

Step 1, measure and cut the length of wooden rod you will need. It needs to be at least 2” long (to stay engage in the barrel) but no longer than the inner length of the barrel WITHOUT hitting a chambered round. (I personally don’t keep a round in the chamber as usually just the sound of a .45 slide chambering the first round is enough to scare away any would-be late night intruders, but those of you hiding a revolver or a loaded automatic please keep this in mind; you don’t want to be jamming a rod down a barrel and hitting a bullet at the other end of it; bad things can happen!).

I measured the rod length right off the gun itself as shown, mark it clearly with a Sharpie then use a small wood saw (I used the one on my multi-tool) to cut it off.

Step 2: The Hole Truth and Nothing But...

Step 2, after you cut the rod to the proper length drill a hole in the end of it long enough for the screw you are going to use.

(Here’s an old carpenter’s trick for threading a long screw full-length into wood: put a little soap on the beginning threads by scraping it on a used bar of soap. You can screw it in by hand and after a while the soap will dry out and give you a good hold.)

Also, if you have some sandpaper handy it helps to hit the end that goes down the barrel with a small taper. It will make for an easier mount.

Step 3: Seeing It From All the Right Angles.

Step 3, secure the rod to the small angle with the long screw.

I buy the kind of angle that has three holes in it so I can chose the clearance of the wooden rod based on the thickness of the handgun. (This isn’t too critical as long as the rod doesn’t bind the barrel when the gun is lying flat; you want it enter and egress the barrel as level as possible.)

Step 4: Maintaining Your Spacial Orientation.

Step 4/Step 5, (do them in either order you want) locate the components on the construction paper as shown and mark the holes on the paper (this is where a Sharpie comes in handy); this will serve as a drill guide.

Here is the easiest place to decide left-hand or right-hand draw (see Step 7 to catch my drift).

Note how I use the gate latch as a means to hold the gun up and concealed. I also located the gate latch about mid-way from the base of the handle to the finger guard. That way the gun is in an easy in-easy out configuration. (I did this step before the next so you can see the shiny latch contrasting against the black handle of the handgun. Feel free to do Step 5 before Step 4 if you want.)

Step 5: Cutting Through All This Tape.

Step 4/Step 5, wrap the gate latch in a few layers of electrical tape; this will protect the handgun against the rough metal edges of the gate latch.

Wrap to your heart’s content, just make sure you get plenty on the corners and edges. Don't wrap it too tight as electrical tape, if stretched too tight, will peel off after a while. Use scissors to cut a clean, crisp edge when starting and ending a wrap.

If you happen to have a can of tool-dip this would work even better. But if you do use tool-dip make sure you clean off any stickers and oil from the gate latch.

Step 6: Avoiding Trouble at All Cost! Do Not Skip This Step!

Step 6, before you pre-drill the pilot holes for the screws that you plan on mounting your hardware with (using the drill guide you made in Step 4) ensure your wood screws are not longer than the wood is thick or you will burst through the top of the table; that would be bad.

You will also need to set the drill-depth based on how thick the table surface is. If you have drill stops use them; if not, mark the drill with a wrap of tape (masking or electrical) just shy of the thickness of the wood on the table top like I show above.

Failure to do this step may result in drilling though your bed stands’ top and may also result in your significant other using the same gun [you are trying to conceal] to kill you when she/he discovers the holes you drilled in her/his night stand, so take your time on this and the next step; exercise good drilling techniques!

Step 7: AC or DC? the Choice Is Yours.

Step 7, clear off your night stand, flip it over and tape the drill guide to the underside of the stand in the location you plan on storing the handgun.

So as to not interfere with any lip that might slow its’ egress, pay attention to where (and in what orientation) you want the handgun in. It is best to place the barrel tip as close to the opposite side of the table to avoid any conflict with the skirt. Also, if you haven't done this yet chose a left-hand or a right-hand draw. (To change the draw flip the guide over as needed).

I myself am right-handed but chose a left-hand pull for fear of pulling it out with my finger on the trigger. I would rather pull it out awkwardly and change hands cautiously than grab it automatically, ready to [accidently] pull the trigger.

Now that the drill guide is in place drill your holes where you marked them in the guide. DO NOT drill past the stop (or tape guide) unless you place little value on your personal well-being!

Step 8: Not Seeing Is Believing!

Step 8, mount the hardware, flip the night stand back over and stow the gun away!

One last note: IF YOU HAVE LITTLE ONES running around your house DO NOT leave a loaded weapon in this holder unsecured! They have a way of finding things in places you would never imagine they would look! As a matter of fact in certain states it is illegal to leave a loaded gun unsecured in the presence of adolescences. If you have children in your house, or if you have friends & family that bring theirs young'uns over to your house, you should lock the weapon up in a secure manner BEFORE they sneak into your room.

You can make the following mod to this mount if you want to make the handgun inaccessible while in the mount. You should do this mod before you wrap the latch with tape and as you mark the hole location on the drill template.
Buy a large padlock and drill a close-tolerance hole (relative to the diameter of the hasp) in the gate latch just behind the grip, on the inside between the edge of the latch and the barrel mount, allowing minimal clearance between the hasp and the butt of the gun. That way the gun cannot be removed unless the padlock is removed. Chances are it won’t stop a professional thief from stealing the gun (if found) but it will keep children’s hands from removing the weapon if they find it.

Thanks for readin’!

Comments

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Excitebike (author)2016-03-11

I like it. Simple and useful. I would hit the sharp corners with an angle grinder myself, personal preference. What do you think of using plasti-dip or a similar product instead of electrical tape?

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Disc Dog (author)Excitebike2016-03-15

I think that if you use the tool-dip instead of electrical tape it will work out just fine. It will add more cost but if you have some laying around I would dip it. I didn't find the need to grind the corners down; they weren't that bad, and besides i was living in an apartment at the time and didn't have access to an angle grinder.

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Billie Brown (author)2014-01-05

Toddlers (especially those belonging to a guest) will locate this in no time. If you are unwilling to consider putting the gun in a more child safe place, I suggest that you tape or staple a piece of butcher-paper over the whole bottom of the table or desk drawer to cover the gun. You can easily tear the paper away to draw the gun if needed.

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oldhess (author)Billie Brown2016-01-16

That is a genius Idea!

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Disc Dog (author)oldhess2016-01-17

I agree! It has been consistently one of my better, more simple ideas. Thanks for the feedback!

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Disc Dog (author)Billie Brown2014-01-05

Not wishing to sound too cynical, did you read the last step? I think i kicked that 'dead' horse more than once. More to the point, do like I suggest and remove the gun or lock it down if you have or are visited by little ones. Thats just good common sense. Besided, what you suggest may not keep it 'legal' in some states. I like your concern, but IMHO I think it needs to be researched a little better before you suggest such a placebo. I might be a little off base here, but I am I doubt it would be by much.

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Fredmeister (author)2014-01-22

This is quick and dirty and I like the idea (in its original form). It adds concealment without sacrificing accessibility. And it's a thrifty solution, perfect for frugal owners who are currently keeping their gun on top of their nightstand. Anything that takes away from the simplicity of the original idea will tend to be more expensive and less accessible. If you can't use this cheap method of concealment without adding locks, paper, scissors, etc - it's not for you. When I put mine together I will pick a stand that I intend to keep, and make it ambidextrous so moving the nightstand won't cause a drawing problem. Thanks for the Instructable Disc Dog.

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hattrick58 (author)2014-01-12

I'd also recommend securing the weapon anytime the adult owners aren't at home. Thieves (and children) have ways of finding weapons. And, of course, discretion is imperative.

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Disc Dog (author)hattrick582014-01-12

Sound advice especially if you live an area prone to break ins' or have a house thats easy to break into. When in doubt lock it up.

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finton (author)2014-01-04

How about this as a non-trigger-holding solution?

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Disc Dog (author)finton2014-01-05

I like it! Good suggestion!

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captn chumbucket (author)2014-01-02

You need to have way more clearance between the grip and the bracket so pulling the weapon near the trigger will not occur!

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CC, that's a good suggestion, especially if you [the gun owner] are not comfortable drawing a hand gun from a holster in the blind. This same issue pops up anytime you draw a handgun from a holster that naturally places your trigger finger on or near the trigger guard. Anytime you withdraw a handgun from a holster (or holder) if you cannot see it you need to pay attention to where you are grabbing the butt of the weapon and how you are holding it as you remove it. That's just good gun handling.

That being said I caution anybody who considers CC's recommendation to 'alter' this I'ble if the handgun has a short butt (like a revolver or a pocket-pistol). If you put too much space between the trigger guard and the gate latch the weapon may not be secure enough in the holder to withstand a vigorous 'bump' to the night stand. It may fall out if this referenced distance is to great.

Accordingly, if you build this I'ble be sure to practice removing the handgun many times to get comfortable with its location in the holder. Or, do like I did and make it a left-hand draw if you're right handed (or a right hand draw if your left handed).

In all cases the handgun should come out with ease and not be bound up in the holder in any fashion. It should slide out with little to no force required. If it doesn't put a spacer between the gate latch and the table surface to allow more clearance for the butt of the weapon.

I consider the holding ability of the 'holster' as designed more important than ergonomics of a nervous or inexperienced gun owner when removing the weapon from it.

That being said if any reader has any mental hangups about removing a handgun from a holster in the blind this is not the Instructable for you.

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