Bolting Your Gun Cabinet to the Floor

What You'll Need
staple remover
general use hammer
piece of chalk
wood lag bolts
rubber mallet
pair of scissors
wrench or sockets
utility knife
anchor sleeves
anchor bolts
dustpan and brush
safety gloves and goggles

Bolting a gun cabinet to the floor is an extra step many gun owners can take to ensure additional safety. The gun cabinet needs to be secured in a permanent location, as well as being balanced and easy to access. All of these things need to be considered to minimize potential danger.

Step One - Work out the Location

Your first step should always be to work out a sensible location to bolt down the gun cabinet. It has to be in an accessible area so that you can access your guns easily. However, you also need to think about how often children or other family members will walk or play near it. Remember how curious children can be. A much less prominent area is advised. Ensure the gun cabinet is emptied before work begins.

Step Two - Check Your Floor

Check your floor to see which material you will be bolting the gun cabinet onto. This is important because wooden and concrete floors require different types of installation and different types of tools. Use the back of a hammer or a staple remover to take out any staples holding down carpet. Peel it back slightly to check.

Step Three - Bolting to Wood

If you are bolting the gun cabinet onto wood, your first step should be to remove the carpet and floorboards. Do this by using the staple remover to allow removal of the carpet. Use a hammer to remove the nails on the floorboards. Mark the positions for the bolts on the joists beneath the floorboards. Position the empty cabinet over the joists, making sure the entry holes for the bolts inside the cabinet are directly over the joists.

Fix the cabinet in place using four large wood lag bolts. These can be driven into the wooden joists using a drill. Once the gun cabinet is in position, replace the floorboards. You will need to cut them with a hacksaw so they fit around the gun cabinet effectively. Cut the carpet with a large pair of scissors or a utility knife before laying it back down.

Step Four - Bolting to Concrete

Position the cabinet over the concrete area you will be securing it to. Use a piece of chalk to make four markings through the entry holes for the bolts. Drill four holes into these markings around one inch deep. Insert an anchor sleeve in to each hole and drive them down by striking each one gently with a rubber mallet. Place the cabinet over the holes and use half-inch anchor bolts to secure the cabinet to the floor. Tighten each bolt into the anchor sleeve in turn by using a wrench or a tightening socket.

Step Five - Finish

Finish either of these processes by cleaning away any dust, dirt and debris around the area. Use a dustpan and brush to sweep up all remnants. Give the cabinet a firm push with your hands to make sure it is securely fastened and doesn't move around. Place the guns back inside the cabinet and lock it securely.