Hide a gun in a book


If you are running out of sneaky hiding places for guns, this might be a viable option… Hide one in a book.

There are a couple of rules of thumb I can think of when it comes to choosing a book:

  1. Do not choose a childrens book for obvious reasons
  2. Do not use a bible.. thats just poor taste even if you are not religious
  3. Do not use a good book.. one that someone will want to take off the shelf to look at
  4. Do not use a book that someone will want to borrow
  5. Do not use a book you think you might ever want to read, or re-read

Come to think of it.. “Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope” is probably a good choice that will make sure you’re safe on all above points


What you need:

  • A book you don’t care about
  • 2 thin pieces of wood a bit larger than your gun
  • A scroll saw or jigsaw
  • A drill and drill bit
  • A hammer
  • Some finishing nails
  • Rubber cement (optional)
  • Felt (optional)


  1. Trace the outline of your gun onto one of the thin pieces of wood (remember this is your template, so leave extra room if you want for your hand so you can pull the gun out easily)
  2. Take the book and separate out the pages that you want to be the core of your hiding spot (it’s recommended to leave at least a few pages on the top and bottom untouched for looks)
  3. Fold the back and front covers towards each other so they are out of the way
  4. Position the wood with the outline of the gun on it ontop of the pages you want to saw through
  5. Position the other piece of wood at the bottom of all the pages you want to saw through
  6. Hammer a few finishing nails through the top piece of wood, making sure they go all the way through the book and into the bottom piece of wood
  7. Make sure the nails are not sticking out the bottom piece of wood. If they are tap them back a bit, otherwise they will interfere when you are trying to cut out the shape on the saw
  8. Drill a pilot hole along the edge of your gun outline through the whole stack
  9. Start the cutting from this position and slowly work your way around the gun outline
  10. Once you are done cutting all the way around the outline you should just be able to pop the cutout piece out
  11. You have your new gun hiding spot!
  12. Optional: Paint the inside of your cutout cavity with rubber cement paste and line with felt

Image source: Alpha Rubicon

For the lazy people, you can buy a pre-made one here:



Henry Bowman December 7, 2009 at 03:14 pm

Finally — a use for my 1947 edition of “Actuarial Skills for Risk Assessors.”


Admin (Mike) December 7, 2009 at 03:44 pm

Good choice. I bet that’s a thick one!


Steve December 8, 2009 at 08:33 pm

Stashing a rifle like this could get tricky. Even with the large-print books. Maybe you could use a multi-volume set, like the Encyclopedia Britannica, or, for the really big guns, the Encyclopedia Galactica. :)


Admin (Mike) December 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

hahah I like your style Steve. I wonder if the “stash” across a volume of books rather than in one book has ever been attempted? I see the need for a humorous “how to” tutorial!


Steve December 9, 2009 at 07:00 pm

Any tutorial should involve blasting holes in the books, save for the end ones, with a .50 BMG until sized appropriately. I think this calls for a video tutorial.


martin December 5, 2010 at 07:30 pm

where can i get me a gun in a book too cool


Admin (Mike) December 15, 2010 at 04:58 pm

There are links at the bottom of the post!


thebronze July 9, 2012 at 05:02 am

No links posted. I’m too lazy to do all that.



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