Long Term Storage Cache

Long term storage cache containers, in various lengths and finishes. Guns shown for size (L to R) : S&W 629, HK USP 45, S&W 500, FN SLP MK I.

Long term storage cache containers, in various lengths and finishes. Guns shown for size reference (L to R) : Smith & Wesson Model 629, Heckler & Koch USP .45, Smith & Wesson Model 500, FN SLP MK I.

For the last few months I’ve been developing a new long term storage cache. The idea began as a result of a lack of quality long term storage solutions for survivalists, gun collectors, preppers, outdoor enthusiasts, paranoid conspiracy theorists, hoarders, and everything in between.

Containers arrive ready for abuse.

Containers awaiting testing.

I have purchased and investigated various options for long term storage cache solutions. Current offerings are weak, cheap, and unreliable. I was unable to find anything that suited all my requirements. In short, there is nothing currently offered that I would trust my gun/valuables in for the next 100+ years.

The Mono Vault is constructed of plastic and does not have provisions to purge oxygen from the container.

The Mono Vault is constructed of plastic and does not have provisions to purge oxygen from the container.

The new design I have been testing uses an 8″ diameter 7075 aluminum tube, with a welded aluminum cap on one end and threaded top on the other. Length varies depending on requirements, and I have tested various lengths. Testing finishes have varied from bare, anodized, to powdercoat. I have to say that this design has withstood everything I have thrown at it without fail. I have buried them, sunk them to the bottom of a pool, dragged them behind my car, rolled them down hills, and everything in between. At this point, I’d confidently stack my reputation against the design as the best long term storage solution available. Period.

Containers in various finishes (no Schrader valves).

Containers in various finishes (no Schrader valves).

Now, for an explanation of the design. The cache containers are very high quality and machined locally. They use a simple concept to ensure the contents never oxidize: they can be pressurized with inert gas. Inert gas is commonly used to store important historical documents (the United States Constitution, for example, is currently housed in humidified argon, and previously in helium).

Guns shown for size reference (L to R) : Smith & Wesson Model 629, Heckler & Koch USP .45, Smith & Wesson Model 500, FN SLP MK I.

This pressurization ability is optional, as the containers can also be used without the feature. I really like the idea, as it has always been a dream of mine to bury a few things in the back yard without fear of them ever deteriorating. The containers are 100% made in U.S.A. and there is a patent pending.

$75 in pennies doesn't even fill the smallest tube halfway.

$75 in pennies fills the smallest tube about halfway.

Access to inert gas is not as difficult as one would think. Most tire shops have nitrogen gas available to use. If you have a welder at home, you probably already have access to inert gas. Since the containers use two Schrader valves, it is very simple to purge the air from the container, and then close the valves by hand. In addition to the O-ring seal, there is a plug to protect the Schrader valves.

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Schrader valves and protective cap.

So far, my testing has shown that the smaller tubes will hold as much as 22 pounds of weight and still float, and the larger tubes will hold about double that (buoyancy testing done with tubes pressurized with compressed air). If you spend a lot of time on open water, this may be a great option for you to store valuables without fear.

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Sophisticated buoyancy testing apparatus.

Size-wise, the 8″ diameter seems to be more than adequate, as I am able to store every firearm I have available in the tubes without issue, as well as anything else that would likely be stored inside. The longer tubes hold the longest guns I have available to test, and the shorter ones are more than adequate for full size semi-automatic handguns and large frame revolvers (I did have trouble fitting a Smith & Wesson Model 500 in the smallest length tube due to the barrel length).

Heckler & Koch USP .45, Glock 21, and $40k for size reference.

Heckler & Koch USP .45, Glock 21SF, and $20,000 cash for size reference.

Applications for this product are only limited by your imagination. The tubes can be used to store literally anything that will fit inside them: seeds, food, money, bullion, important documents, ammunition, guns, precious metals, drugs, coins, gear, passports, paper currency, medical supplies, collectibles, etc. The container could even be used as an urn, time capsule, for geocaching, or even as a novelty item (it looks great on a desk or mantle!). There is no fear of degradation of any of the contents when the oxygen inside is purged with inert gas.

Worried about the government taking your guns? I think I have found the solution!

Inquiries can be made directly to me at: savethegun@yahoo.com

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2 Responses to Long Term Storage Cache

  1. ebzona says:

    These are great. When are you going to start marketing them?

    • savethegun says:

      It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally able to offer some containers directly to the public. We will be attending the Crossroads of the West gun show this year, 12/06/13 – 12/08/13. Please stop by and see them in person!

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