Single soldier gun starage and policy

wasgas

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My son has just been assigned to Ft Lewis after being overseas and is wanting to take some guns with him to his new assignment. Does anyone know how this has to be handled when living in Army post barracks?
 

300whisper

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First before he does anything he needs to go to the post visitors center to get his rifles registered with the MPs. Once he gives them make, model, caliber, and SN he can legally take them on post. He cannot store his weapons in his vehicle or his barracks room. He needs to go through his chain of command to get a memorandum signed by his company commander or company executive officer allowing him to store his weapons in the company arms room. Once the memorandum is signed he can store his weapons with his unit. The only thing that is bad about it is that the unit Armorer is the one in control of when your son can get his weapon since the unit Armorer is the ONLY ONE who is legally allowed to access the arms room. So to recap, step 1. Register weapons on post at the visitors center. Step 2. Go through COC to get privately owned weapons on the company memo to store in the arms room. Step 3. Store your weapons in the arms room. Assuming your son is a PVT or SPC his squad leader or platoon sergeant can get the ball rolling for him. He just needs to ask for their help. I hope I helped with your question.
 

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First before he does anything he needs to go to the post visitors center to get his rifles registered with the MPs. Once he gives them make, model, caliber, and SN he can legally take them on post. He cannot store his weapons in his vehicle or his barracks room. He needs to go through his chain of command to get a memorandum signed by his company commander or company executive officer allowing him to store his weapons in the company arms room. Once the memorandum is signed he can store his weapons with his unit. The only thing that is bad about it is that the unit Armorer is the one in control of when your son can get his weapon since the unit Armorer is the ONLY ONE who is legally allowed to access the arms room. So to recap, step 1. Register weapons on post at the visitors center. Step 2. Go through COC to get privately owned weapons on the company memo to store in the arms room. Step 3. Store your weapons in the arms room. Assuming your son is a PVT or SPC his squad leader or platoon sergeant can get the ball rolling for him. He just needs to ask for their help. I hope I helped with your question.

+1! Most military installations has similar policy in place. When I PCSd to Malmstrom AFB in 2003, I made a mistake of admitting I had weapons with me.:D

Needless to say, I had to register and store it at the base armory before they can admit me in billeting. It was stored for 45 days because that's how long we stayed in billeting and how long it takes to close escrow in our house.

When I checked them out, I visually inspect them thoroughly and asked for an escort as I take them from the armory as I load them to my vehicle across the parking lot. :)gun)

When my son was in the Air Force Academy, him and his friend rented a gun safe in a storage place out side the base to store is pistol. Perhaps he can do the same or know and trust somebody that can safely store it for him.

Good luck!

Ed
 

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+1 on 300Whisper and FEENIX posts. I had stored mine in the arms room several years back and had my stuff ran through and was missing a few items. I would advise him to leave them off post with somebody he trusts.

Been in multiple units and always seem to have a problem with people rummaging through my Sniper Weapon Systems. For some reason guys like to play with the so called "cool guy gear". Stuff will be missing, out of place, the scopes will be off baseline zero, and sometimes damaged. Somebody had been playing with one of my Barrets and dropped it on the windage turret. You wanna **** off a Sniper...mess with his baby!
 

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Yes...soldiers think Bc they've been to an armorers course and are property book holders that they are all of a sudden weapons experts. I've had to close out the arms room after a range day and the armorers on several occasions were like "hey, check out so and so's weapons, pretty cool, eh?" It would always annoy me since it wasn't their property but felt entitled to it since it was in "their" arms room.
 

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Definitely go with the off post gun safe in storage area. Then you are not restricted in when you can pull your weapons. Do not admit to having weapons off post or you will have problems with chain of command. +1 on the armory storage and your gear being ransacked. Their are no thieves in the army just opportunists.
As a former Company Commander I would not recommend storing any weapons where the Army is tracking your serial numbers. Once in system you have a issue that will cause you headaches.
 

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EVERY time an armorer opens the arms room a 100% serial number inventory must be conducted. What that means is at least once a day someone will put their hands on your stuff. i was an armorer in an Infantry unit and hated keeping my rifles/handguns in the arms room.
 

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EVERY time an armorer opens the arms room a 100% serial number inventory must be conducted. What that means is at least once a day someone will put their hands on your stuff. i was an armorer in an Infantry unit and hated keeping my rifles/handguns in the arms room.
Yup it is a huge headache for them. And depending on the size of the unit can be quite the task.

Haha...spoken like a true property book holder! I thought it was there are no thieves in the Army, just everyone trying to get their S&@t back! Haha

I hated being on the hook for all the equipment. Loved my troops (former NCO before officer) and lead from the front. But I hated when someone came crying that something was missing when not secured. It was real bad during desert storm as we all had our personal gear in our cars stored on massive lots on Ft Hood. Got back and *** REMF's had gone through and stolen/sold our **** out of the cars.
 

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