By: Greg Chabot
Many times, while discussing attacks on the Second Amendment by the CCP-aligned Biden regime. The subject always comes up on “Burying our guns.” Sounds simple? It’s not as easy as one thinks. Knowing how to properly cache firearms and valuables should be a tool in your survival plan. In this article, I will focus on the basics of building cache tubes and choosing a site and marking of them for later retrieval.
I’ll start with where not to cache.
- Septic tanks, sure it sounds good, and the cache is close by. A septic tank is the first place I’d look. In a repressive regime, put nothing past the agents doing the search. On a positive note, you’ll get your tank pumped for free.
- Self-storage areas are another obvious place agents will look for caches. Even if you pay in cash under an assumed name. I strongly recommend only using one on a temporary basis.
- Your home or business. Rest assured that your home or shop will be torn up to search for weapons. I base this on my own experience while conducting cordon and search operations in Iraq. A motivated search team that pays attention to detail will find a cache no matter how well you think you hid it.
- Anywhere a cache could be discovered by others. Examples: abandoned buildings, public land etc.
Building Cache Tubes
I recommend using PVC pipe 6”-8” diameter, which should fit most weapons. Bigger is better to maximize space in the cache. Four inches is great for storing ammunition, scopes etc. Take the time to figure out what size suits your needs. I also recommend making all purchases in cash to avoid leaving a paper trail. For length, 60” will hold most rifles and shotguns – cut the tube to suit your needs. Weapons can also be field stripped to save on length.
Take one cap and attach and seal with adhesive. Depending on how you plan to use the cache, there are two options to seal it. I personally use this method to be able to add or take from the cache. After putting items into the tube. I use a generous amount of automotive grease to attach and seal the tube. This allows me to remove the cap and reuse the tube. One can also use threaded caps if they want. I prefer to keep it simple, so I go with slip on caps. I have had no issues with moisture getting into the tube using the grease method. It does take quite a bit of effort to open the tube, so keep that in mind.
Preparation is key to keeping items safe in a cache. Nothing will ruin a cache faster than moisture seeping in. For ammo I suggest vacuum bags or if none are available, the liberal use of desiccant packets in the tube. Prepping of firearms is more intensive; they should be given a good cleaning first, then coated with a product to inhibit corrosion.
Products to consider
- Cosmoline has been used for years to protect firearms in storage. It’s one drawback is that it is hard to clean off. I use kerosene to remove it from surplus weapons.
- Paste, SEAL-1, and Frog lube both come in a paste form. They are great alternatives to cosmoline and are easy to clean off. I personally use SEAL-1 paste and haven’t had any corrosion issues.
- Synthetic motor oil can also be used as an alternative.
After prepping with a product of your choice, wrap the items in VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor) paper. Or as an alternative, place them in VCI bags. Then, place items into the cache tube. As an added measure, I also throw in desiccant packets. I suggest experimenting with scrap metal first to see what works best for your location.
Choosing a hide site
Hide sites depend on your location or how far you are willing to travel. My best advice is to use your imagination and pick a hide site that works for you. Rural areas have plenty of suitable spots to hide a cache. In urban areas, one will have to be more selective. I would advise having a good landmark as a reference point. Remember, landscape can change over time, so select carefully. I also advise, if possible, to check on the site from time to time. Recently, I had to move a cache due to development in my area. I was lucky as I drove by the cache site on my daily commute. Do not be afraid to think outside the box.
This is the most important part of caching items. A cache is useless if you talk about it with others. If you are part of a MAG (mutual assistance group), keep cache sites on a need-to-know basis. Even with family members, I would advise keeping the circle small. Being paranoid isn’t a bad thing when it comes to caching. In Iraq, the first thing suspected insurgents would do under interrogation was give up cache locations to save themselves. I do all caching on my own to eliminate betrayal by others. (Yes, I have means in place, if the time comes, to let family/friends know where caches are located.)
After following the above advice, it is time for the hard part, burying the cache. I prefer to bury a cache vertically so I can access it if needed leaving little to no trace I was there. The vertical method has the advantage of leaving less of a ground disturbance. It is more work but worth it in my opinion. For tools you can use post hole diggers or an auger. Augers make a nice even hole without making a lot of excess dirt. Be prepared to either spread or haul away the excess. Depth should be the length of the tube and a minimum of 12” covering the cache. How you want to bury the cache is up to you. If you want to bury it horizontally, that is your decision. Deeper is better in my opinion to better protect the cache from being detected.
Marking the location
You’ve hidden your cache; how do you remember where it is? How do you mark it? That is up to you to decide what works for you. You can use map and grid or GPS coordinates in combination with a landmark. A subtle blaze mark on a nearby tree. For more urban areas, one could use graffiti tags or a modified version of Hobo Glyphs. My only advice is to keep it simple and subtle to not draw attention to the cache. A graffiti tag in the middle of the woods is not a good idea. A Hobo style glyph carved subtly on a tree might be a better choice. Take the time to set up a system if you or your group will use multiple locations.
Caching is an art form, and this article has barely covered the tip of it. I really wish I didn’t have to write this. With the theft of the midterms and continued tyranny of the Biden regime, long with non-stop attacks on the Second Amendment, I really felt the need to share this and motivate readers to make caching a part of their long-term survival plans. Please share your tips in the comments. See you in the woods!