Using a Pelican Case for Long-Term Gun Storage

When you know you won’t be using your gun or rifle for a while, you should be sure to protect it properly to prevent rusting, cracks, chipping and swelling. If you take the time to protect your gun properly before storing it, you can be sure that it will be in good working condition when you are ready to use it again. Thankfully, we offer a variety of Pelican Gun Cases, perfect for storing your firearm of choice.


Ralph's offers the following Pelican Gun/Rifle Cases, perfect for storing rifles, shotguns, or multiple pistols with extra accessories like ammunition, clips, scopes, etc:

Exactly how long is long-term gun storage?

Many people consider long-term storage as the time needed to store a gun from one hunting season to the next. This school of thought regards long-term to define one year of storage at the most. However, in the case of gun owners and collectors who plan to store a gun or several guns for an extended period of time long-term storage is regarded as 3 to 5 years or more.

To distinguish between these two definitions of long-term storage, we will refer to long-term storage as storage for one year and extended long-term as storage for 3 to 5 years or more. It is important to keep in mind that the extent to which a gun needs to be protected for a period of storage is dependent on the level of humidity in your area. Those storing guns in low humidity areas will not need to take as many precautionary steps as those living in relatively humid areas.

Long-term Storage Methods

The first step in preparing a gun for long-term storage is to thoroughly clean and degrease it. Once the gun is clean, all of its metal parts both inside and out should be coated with a layer of the protectant of your choice before placing it in a gun sock made of silicone based fabric. After placing the gun in a sock, it is ready to be placed in a case with desiccant.

New advances have been made in the gun storage market that eliminated the need to coat a gun in an oil-based protectant. These new systems rely on vapor inhibition to prevent corrosion. Several products are available including vapor paper and airtight vapor barrier bags. When a vapor barrier system is used for storage, the gun is ready for immediate use upon removal.

Extended Long-term Storage Methods

If you will be able to access and check on your guns during a period of extended long-term storage, you can continue to use on the storage method you rely on in between seasons. Since you will periodically have the opportunity to look in on your gun, you will be able to access whether the storage method used is providing the maximum level of protection.

Why use a Pelican Gun Case for your long-term gun storage?

When guns are stored for any length of time, most gun owners prefer to have them locked in a gun safe or case. If you choose to store your guns this way, it is important to use a dehumidifier or desiccant to draw the moisture out. While many experts recommend storing guns in a gun safe, the reality is that gun safes are not a practical choice for majority of gun owners. There are several benefits of choosing a Pelican case for the long-term storage of your guns including accessibility, protection, ease of transport and cost efficiency.


  • Accessibility – Although you may plan to have your guns stored for a while, if your circumstances change, you can quickly access them.
  • Protection – Not only are Pelican Cases crushproof and dustproof, but they are also guaranteed watertight.
  • Ease of Transport – When your guns are stored in your Pelican Gun Case, you can pick up the case and take them with you wherever you need to go since your case is designed for storage and transport.
  • Cost Efficiency – The average gun owner can purchase a Pelican Gun Case for a fraction of the price of most gun safes.

In addition to the above mentioned benefits, Pelican Gun Cases have several features that make it effortless and dependable for you to use them to protect, store and transport your guns. Each Pelican Gun Case features:

  • Pressure Equalization Valve
  • Watertight O-ring Seal
  • Easy Open Double Throw Latches
  • Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Stainless Steel Hinge Pins with Heavy Duty Deflector Ribs

If you take the time to preserve and protect them, quality guns can last a lifetime. While the techniques mentioned will help you to store your gun properly during the off-season, it is important that you find the right combination of cleaning, care and storage methods that work best for you and your guns.