Some few weeks ago I decided my accumulation of handguns was sufficiently large that I needed a more secure storage for them than in desk drawers or hanging in the holster when I didn’t have them locked in my main safe while traveling. As if just to answer my question, my wife had a small Sentry Safe that she hasn’t used in years, but still had the combination to, that has now been deemed my handgun safe and holds my 4 (for now) Ruger revolvers, plus ammo and accessories – speed loaders, extra cylinders, etc. I could not find a commercial handgun rack which accommodated scoped revolvers – which all of my Rugers are – so I made one of scrap wood that does the job for me. However, I worried about the wood “marking” the finish of the guns, and more about avoiding corrosion with them enclosed in such a small space.

My first solution was to purchase silicon impregnated “cleaning” cloths for each gun. With one of these wrapped around the revolver and secured with a rubber band, it seemed very well protected. BUT, this involved wrapping and unwrapping each time I took the piece out to shoot, or just to admire. Last week I saw “socks” for handguns for sale in a Midway USA ad, apparently made of the same silicon infused cloth. The price for these was minimal – especially for the protection they offer – but I already had a cloth for each gun! Luckily, my wife is handy at a lot of things, and I enticed her to sew 3 sides of each cloth together to make a sack. My Rugers all have 7 1/2″ barrels, and the ensuing sacks cover the gun – and scope – up to the grip. The first cloth I had purchased was a bit larger, and it worked better for the older Super Black Hawk with a variable powered scope that is a bit longer. The socks will also protect from “marking” by the wooden rack, and scuffs or scratches from various things.

"Socks" made by sewing 3 sides of a silicon gun wiping cloth together are easy to slip on even a large revolver before storing.

“Socks” made by sewing 3 sides of a silicon gun wiping cloth together are easy to slip on even a large revolver before storing.

If I had not already had the cloths on hand, I would have gladly bought the sacks from Midway – but then I would have had more wiping cloths than I really needed. Of course, the cloth the sacks are made from also will still see service as a wiping/cleaning cloth. High hopes for my handguns staying in better shape in the future!

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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