Why You Need a Cache

Why You Need a Cache
Why You Need a Cache
Why You Need a Cache
Why You Need a Cache

Recently, I was teaching a Spy Escape & Evasion course in the Washington, DC area. We got to the topic of caching (storing items in another place besides your home) and one fellow couldn’t understand why in the world anyone would need to do this if they were a law-abiding citizen.

Well… first, let me go a little more into the definition of caching. When I recommend that someone store a gun and ammo, food and other materials it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go dig a hole in the woods and bury a large container. A “cache” could also be a small rented storage unit or storing some items at a relative’s house or in a cabin in the woods.

My point is, when a lot of people think of caching they think of the extremist dressed in camouflage that’s caching ammo cans all around his property. I believe caching is for the prudent person who doesn’t want to keep all their eggs in one basket.

In other words…

Yes, there is a chance the government could try and confiscate our guns one day. But right now, there’s a more likely chance that one of our houses will burn down. And if you happen to come home from dinner one evening and your house is going up in flames you don’t want all of your guns and ammo to go up in flames too… you want to be able to go to another location and secure a gun and other needed items in the meantime.

To make this point even clearer, look at caching the way you look at the stock market. We’re always told to diversify and to never invest our money in only one stock because if that stock crashes (Enron) then we’ve lost all our money. Caching is simply diversifying your life-saving gear to multiple locations, in addition to your house.

If you do decide to cache…

I believe it’s a good idea to spread things out. For example, you might have a storage unit for a few items, you might bury a PVC tube on your property or other land, and then you might fill an ammo can or two and bury that elsewhere.

Also, when it comes to caching make sure and bury items that work. In other words, I know of people who’ve purchased cheap guns for caching purposes. The guns are pieces of junk but these folks couldn’t see themselves burying a quality gun because they see it as a waste of a good gun and money. Personally, I think this is crazy because if you ever need your cache, you obviously want a gun that you can depend on.

So don’t be cheap when you’re assembling your cache. If you ever have to rely on your cache it means that something very bad has happened, and at that moment in time you’ll wish you cached the best guns, ammo and other gear that money can buy.

One last thing for today. I’d like to add directions for building a PVC pipe cache, plus a few of the items you may want to put in your cache. Click here to download How to Make a PVC Cache.

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Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience, which allows you to take your concealed carry training without leaving home. For full details about this training, please visit Concealed Carry Academy. You can also follow him on Google+ and Twitter.
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Me thinks that if the government tries to confiscate our guns then the time has come to use them, not bury them.


Bury them Out with survival and map tools to go off grid fast. And be trained in those capacities in the mean time. If they come for our guns, then that means they have abandoned the Constitution. and we need every tool mentally and physically to restore the Liberties therein contained.

Rocky Gall

I like most of this article except the idea of storing guns in a storage locker. This is probably one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. I watched a storage place file bankruptcy and the people lost their belongings to the bank that foreclosed. “They can’t do that” you say yeah let me know how that works for you. Police aren’t supposed to search you without probable cause but go to New York and see how that logic is working for you. Besides the wrong person finds out you have guns in that locker it’s to easy to break in.

Allen Benge

I am a former deputy sheriff, and I have to agree with Rocky. My wife and I made some little bit of money buying unclaimed storage spaces, and I lost track of the number of times I heard about lockers being broken into and cleaned out by thieves. Also, the bankruptcy of the storage yard is valid, and the bank seizes all the property. Avoid storage lockers. Come up with some real creative ideas on your caches, like the landing pit at your local high school track. Stay strong, stay safe.


Because burying weapons at your local high school won’t get you in trouble. 🙂


For me, the most likely situation is widespread dislocation and loss of one’s home due to a tornado or hurricane. Here tarps, canvas gloves, and breathing masks are as important as firearms. Less likely is a widespread epidemic, where you want to remain isolated and need to be self-sufficient doing so. This is where stockpiled food, water, and yes, guns/ammo would be the top 3. Add winter temps of -30 in Minnesota for 1/3 of the year, and you have an interesting emergency planning problem. (No digging up a cache from frozen tundra then!)


Thanks for the list and he great info keep it coming….


Great subject. There must be something too this because last nights episode of NCIS:LA involved having a cache. The short story line is that two NCIS agents were being chased and in a running gun battle while trying to protect a witness. They only had their side arms and a extra magazine of ammo per man. They make there way across town to the cache which has guns and ammo. In addition, the cache had water, a SAT phone, energy bars and food. I will look at those traffic control boxes much differently from now on. You never know; that just might be someone’s weapon cache.


How about an article on what would be wise to include in said cache for us newbie preppers…


How about an article on what would be wise to include in said cache for us newbie preppers…