Old books, those you don’t plan on ever reading again, can be converted to hiding places for small guns or valuables with just a little bit of handy work. For the non-do-it-yourselfer, sturdy options can be bought from companies like Personal Security Products, Inc.

There are many reasons why a person may want to conceal their valuables or firearms in their home, but most often it is to thwart would-be thieves. We have all heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind” and are often reminded not to leave desirable items in plain view in our vehicles.

Any thief, whether they break into your home or your vehicle, will want to maximize their take in the shortest amount of time. They will look first in the most obvious places. For cars that may be in the glove box, under the seat, inside the console, while in a home it may be inside dresser drawers, night stands, closets or under the bed. In addition, anything of value that may be sitting out in plain view, such as small safes that can be easily removed and opened later, are also prime targets.

When it comes to firearms, keeping them easily accessible is a priority for many. Of course, a gun in the bedroom doesn’t do much good if you are in your basement when you need it. The best solution is to have your gun on your person at all times, but if that is not an option, there are alternatives.

For anyone with a small amount of ingenuity, many objects and places around the home can be readily converted to secret storage spots without going to the extreme of building secret rooms, false walls, trap doors, etc. Air vents are a simple, if obvious, choice, but also TV stands, bookshelves and cabinets can be adapted. By making the kick plate at the bottom of the front of the shelf removable, items can be hidden underneath.

Several companies also manufacture inconspicuous looking household items that have been adapted to conceal firearms or other valuables. However, the items listed here offer only concealment and not security—they do not lock or prevent anyone who finds them from gaining access to the items inside. Extreme caution should be exercised especially around children (who tend to be curious by nature), and PHD magazine cannot advise anyone to store loaded guns in this manner without taking additional safety precautions.


Book Smarts
Concealment Books from Personal Protection Products (PSP) are sold as a set and are actually boxes disguised to look like leather bound hardcover books. Felt-lined, they can hold most small- to full-size pistols or revolvers in complete anonymity. The boxes feature a magnet “lock” which helps keeps them closed until intentionally opened. For additional secrecy, the removable cover from a real book could be attached to the outside of the Concealment Book—just don’t forget which book hides your guns.


Also from PSP is a very nice wooden Concealment Mantle Clock, which opens from the top to reveal sufficient space for most large size autos pistols or revolvers. It is also felt-lined and secured with two magnets to prevent it from opening unintentionally. For ultimate versatility, PSP offers a Quick Draw Gun Magnet, which is a polymer-coated, screw mountable, round magnet that can securely hold up to 10 pounds. This magnet can be mounted under a desk or shelf, inside a car, underneath furniture or anywhere else one could image and securely holds a gun in place, including stainless steel and most alloy guns.

Photo op! Hide-a-Gun’s small picture frame easily conceals most any size pistol or revolver hidden inside for quick access.

Picture Protection
In the movies, we often see picture frames used to conceal wall safes behind them. But what if the frame is the safe? Hide-a-Gun offers reasonably priced custom frames in pistol and rifle sizes in a variety of finishes. The frames attach to wall studs using standard screws and inside they feature adjustable rubber-coated hooks to secure firearms. The small size measures 11 inches by 14 inches and will accommodate one handgun of most sizes while the large size measures 57 inches by 30 inches and can easily accommodate several longs guns and handguns. The Sportsman’s Guide also offers a picture frame that hides a pistol and has different shelves for other items as well.

Bedside holsters are convenient and versatile and can accommodate a variety of handguns or other security devices like flashlights or defense sprays. Image: Pillow-Pal Holster Holder.

Bedside Security
A pistol in a bedside table is an old cliché and for a good reason: it can provide quick access when needed most. The BackUp Bedside Shotgun Rack turns the bed and mattress itself into a storage device to keep a firearm, a shotgun or other long gun at the ready. Made entirely of high strength polymer, the BackUp features two large adjustable hooks to accommodate a variety of shotgun models without marring the finish and fits securely between the mattress and box spring. The shotgun mounts close to flush with the bed and is easily concealed with the sheets or comforter.


For handguns, the Pillow-Pal Bedside Holster Holder is a convenient all high-impact ABS polymer device that mounts between the mattress and box spring. It can accommodate any belt holster to hold your pistol or other safety device, such as pepper spray or flashlight, in place. With its low profile, it is also convenient to transport and use while traveling. Several other manufacturers also make bedside holsters in a variety of styles.

Concealment Mantle Clock: PS Products, Inc. introduces a smart new design for the concealment of your handgun, the patented “hide a gun” mantle clock. This working clock requires one AA battery, and is made of solid wood with a rich mahogany stain, making it a very handsome addition to any home or office décor. Behind the sleek façade is a perfect storage place for a small to large handgun up to 8″x 5″, or other valuables and keepsakes. The front panel is simply held shut by a magnetic closure for easy accessibility.

Personal Security Products; 877-374-7900

Hide-A-Gun; 817-371-2185

The BackUp

Nighthawk Protects; 417-337-2960

Ultimate Bed Holster

Pillow-Pal; 530-877-2431

The Sportsman’s Guide; 800-882-2962

Check out page two for Rapid-Access Gun Security.

The GunVault is secure and lightning fast.

A basic safety rule that applies to all gun owners is keeping firearms secure and away from unauthorized people. In many jurisdictions, this is not just a matter of being responsible but could lead to criminal charges as well, not to mention civil liability. Fortunately there is no shortage of quality, reasonably priced safes that allow for both secure storage of firearms and quick access when needed.

Portable Safes
Securing a firearm at home is important, but securing it in your vehicle can be just as important, if not more so. Traveling with a firearm requires the knowledge of federal and state laws and, especially for air travel, a secure and locked container is required to transport an unloaded gun in your checked luggage. Several small metal safes meet TSA guidelines including V-Line Industries. V-Line manufactures the Top Draw all-steel, foam-lined, easily transportable quick access, top-open pistol safe. The push-button combination requires no batteries and the clamshell design is especially pry resistant. It is also well suited for storage in a drawer and can easily be mounted on any flat surface for additional security when not being transported.

GunVault offers several high quality pistol storage options, many that offer fast access with a simple push-button combination and/or biometric identification. The smallest of these is the key lock Nano Vault, which is made of 18-gauge steel, memory foam-lined and includes a steel security cable. The GunVault Micro Vault goes a step further by adding GunVault’s distinct four-finger groove combination top as well as a key lock and biometric option.

American Security Products’ Handgun Safe is a top-opening, foam-lined, steel box with a simple electronic push-button combination and chrome handle for easy transport. Powered by a 9-volt battery, it also features a quick detach anchor plate for home use.

Home Safes
V-Line Industries’ Hide-Away front-open safe offers adequate storage space and is perfect for mounting under a desk or shelf with the enclosed mounting bracket. It also features a pull out drawer for much easier access to guns or valuables.

GunVault’s Mini and Multi safes are made of 16-gauge steel with foam lining and provide a lot of room for safeguarding guns and valuables. They feature front-opening spring-loaded doors for fast access and battery or optional AC operation as well as key backup. They can be mounted on any flat surface and there is an optional security cable as well. GunVault also offers biometric finger print recognition scanners as an option for many of their safes to provide rapid access without having to worry about combinations or keys.

Stack-On offers a variety of California DOJ-approved secure storage options for all budgets. For quick access, several electronic combination lock safes are available in different sizes but among the most compact is the Drawer Safe, which features a motorized electronic lock, all-steel construction and a pop-up lid for fast access. It can be securely mounted on a shelf or inside a drawer and is large enough to accommodate most handguns as well as valuables.

Small combination safes can safely store guns and valuables at home or on the road and you don’t have to fumble with a key. (Top) American Security’s IRC412, (Middle) Prototype from Battenfeld Tech., (Bottom) Cannon’s H1.

For those preferring a front-opening safe, Stack-On offers the Low Profile Quick Access Safe with electronic lock, which can be mounted on a shelf or in a closet as well as under a bed or even in a car trunk. With multiple mounting plates, the safe can be easily moved and secured in several places. A simple four-button combination also helps with quick access.

American Security Products’ Drawer/Shelf Safe is a wide, flat top-opening heavy-duty steel safe with a motorized electronic combination lock and LED status display. Similar to many hotel room safes, it can be programmed to open with a credit card scan or with a four-digit combination.

Wall Safes
For those short on space or who just think it is cool to have a safe hidden behind a painting, V-Line makes a Quick Vault wall safe that provides secure storage with quick access in a very unobtrusive package. This safe installs flush using standard 2×4, 16-inch wall studs and features adjustable shelves.

Long Gun Safes
Cannon Safes offers fireproof safes in several sizes including the 48-gun Commander Series, which features a nearly six-inch thick steel and composite door with 1.5-inch locking lugs all around. If you are worried about someone stealing the almost 1,700-pound safe, it can also be bolted to the ground, just in case. The Commander provides 90 minutes of 1,200-degree Fahrenheit fire protection for its contents and features internal light systems, power outlets and USB and ethernet connections to protect essential computer equipment. The interior is fully shelved and upholstered to accommodate rifles, shotguns and a lot of pistols, and the door is secured by a back-lit electronic combination lock with three layers of hardened steel plating.

American Security Products also makes a nice flat back-lit electronic combination safe with a front-opening door that fits neatly under most beds. The AMSEC Defense Vault is large enough to fit several long guns on its slide-out, foam-lined tray and allows for quick access. The safe can also be anchored to the floor for additional security.

Depending on your needs, there is a gun safe that will keep your home defenders stowed safely, yet ready in a flash.

V-Line Industries; 805-520-4987

GunVault; 877-319-7061

Cannon Safe; 877-727-6915

Stack-On; 847-526-1611

American Security Products; 800-421-6142

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