Whether you’re a hunter, gun collector, or military enthusiast, knowing how to store guns and ammunition is an essential skill. Here are some pro tips you should know.

Fighting the Elements

Humidity: Moisture is the greatest threat. Micro-condensation can build up even in dry climates to cause rust in barrels, firing pins, and triggers.

Temperature changes: Temperature fluctuations degrade the plastic and rubber components like grips, magazines, and hand guards. These changes also corrode and will eventually ruin your ammunition.

Sunlight: UV light from the sun causes guns and ammo to degrade much more quickly. Constant exposure can even destroy ammunition in a few weeks.