Gone Outdoors

How to Make a Hidden Gun Safe

by J.S. Copper

Many people feel safer in their homes with a gun on hand, knowing that they can protect themselves from intruders. At the same time, having a gun in the house raises fears that children might find it and use it like a toy. It's best to keep a gun safe and hidden in the home. While there are countless storage solutions, hiding a gun in a book is a fairly cheap and effective way of keeping it safely out of plain sight.

Select a hardcover book that is thicker and wider than the gun you wish to conceal.

Prepare the glue. To make it easier, empty the glue into a small bowl. Add a small amount of water to the glue so that it is a little runny and easier to paint on with the brush.

Select the page on which to begin the hollowing out. Allow a few pages to remain intact at the beginning. Hold the pages to be cut tightly against the back cover and apply the glue along the paper's edges. Apply the glue evenly along all three exposed sides. Allow the glue to dry, repeat the application, and allow it to dry again.

Open the book to the first glued page and trace out the area that will be hollowed out. You can cut a regular rectangle or trace an outline of your gun so it fits perfectly in the book.

Use the utility knife to trace the outline. Press down straight and firmly. Use a ruler to guide the knife in a straight line.

Apply glue to the inside edges of the cut pages. Again allow it to dry completely, and repeat with a second coating.

Place the gun inside your new, hidden safe. Hide the book somewhere out of reach of anyone else. Optionally, you can fasten a strap and lock around the outside of the book for added security, similar to a diary lock.

Items you will need
  • Hardcover book
  • Utility knife
  • Glue
  • Small paintbrush


  • Hollowing out the book with the utility knife will take awhile; take breaks as needed.


  • Be careful when reaching the end of the hollowing process not to cut through the back cover. This is effective at hiding only smaller handguns. Larger guns might require a proper storage safe.

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