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How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle

For those who own firearms, safe storage is a must. You would not want your 3 year old to have their little hands on a book of matches, would you? You would not want a burglar to have the ability to steal your car keys. Guns are the same way. Proper storage techniques can help to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Here is a nifty way to store your rifle or a larger gun without anyone thinking twice about it.

Here’s How:

How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle
AR15 Currently behind picture. Mounted flush against the wall, only 2.5” thick.

You Will Need:

  • A decent sized picture frame
  • 2 wall mounts
  • 2 Brackets
  • A screwdriver
  • A hammer

Step 1.

  • Mount two brackets into the picture frame using a 1-3/8” wide drill bit for a perfect circle to inlay the cabinet style bracket.
  • Only needs to be 3/4” deep. This allows the picture to open upward without hitting the wall, and yet being flush when closed
How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle
Step 1 – Mount Brackets to Frame

Note:  Recommend drilling hole 1/4” or just slightly more from the edge. Not just for strength purposes, but when closed the 1/4” board used as backing will fit perfectly inside so picture is flush against the wall.


Step 2.

  • Mount to wall using wall mounts.
  • Hammer two L hooks (use your judgement) into the wall a decent length apart to support the weight of the rifle.
How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle
Step 2 – Mount and Install L Brackets

Step 3.

Add motion detectors to the inside of the picture frame to set an alarm in case your hiding spot is disturbed! You can find these at Walmart.

How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle
Motion Detectors!

Step 5.

Secure the rifle in place!

How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle
Step 5 -Make Sure the Weapon is Secure

 Step 6.

Put the picture frame over the rifle.

How To Hide A Gun With A Picture Frame | Hidden Rifle
Finished!

  We hope you enjoyed our tutorial on how to

conceal a rifle using a picture frame!

Comments

  1. Avatar says

    I tried this with cabinet door hinges that looked like the pictured ones and it did not work at all. The weight of even a very small picture frame was enough to push it shut. Because cabinet doors want to be closed not open.

    It is very had to find 2.5″ thick canvasses.

    Would love it if someone could send me a link to the lift hinges used for this project so I can try again.

    Thanks,

    Edward

    • Avatar says

      Hi Edward,

      We certainly can try to find the hinges for you used in this tutorial. Let us take a look around and get back to you, you might try amazon or home depot!

      Thanks,
      R

      • AvatarEdward says

        I ordered some that I thought were the type. Like you might find in a typical kitchen cabinet (but a tad larger).

        Thing is a cabinet door has a lot of force holding it shut and just a little holding it open. So when my painting was open it st fell closed.

        Thanks for checking into it… love to get the right type.

  2. Avatar says

    Thanks for providing these essential tips on installing the gun safe. I am always passionate about the guns and love the idea of installing the hidden gun safe. Hopefully these tips will going to help me a lot.

  3. Avatar says

    Wonderful article and great instructions! I was looking for some creative options for accessible RV gun storage, this is perfect.

    Mark – Google heavy duty lid stays and remember that you can use a painting/photo with a thick frame as well, or you can easily make a small wooden spacer to go between the picture and the wall. Done right it would be unnoticeable, especially if it matches the frame.

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