A few months back we buried a few GForce shotguns to test out the durability and longevity of both the shotguns and the cases that we buried them in. While this certainly wasn’t designed to be an extensive, years-long, ultimate prepper test we did get a lot of rain and adverse weather during the roughly three months stretch that the guns were in the ground. 

That said, we’re going to give our thoughts here on how the cases performed when buried over the course of a few months with some inexpensive, shotguns.

Related: How to Bury a Shotgun for a Rainy Day

The Old Tarp & Tape


The tarp and tape showed a lot of dirt and degradation. (Photo: Samantha Mursan/Guns.com)

For our control in this experiment, we decided to place the shotgun in a bag and then tightly wrap it up in a tarp with a handyman’s best friend, duct tape. Some probably imagine they can get by with this improvised form of backwoods prepping, but the sad reality is that it’s just not conducive for long-term storage. 

Of the three shotguns we tested after coming out of the ground this shotgun by far gave us the most issues and had the most apparent signs of damage. Just from a quick cross-examination, we can tell that the gun has suffered some pitting in only a short time. This wear essentially left the gun as a single-shot shotgun.



The GF3T in the Pelican case came out squeaky clean. (Photo: Samantha Mursan/Guns.com)

On the flip side of the ol’ tarp and tape is Pelican, one of the most trusted names for the storage of any valuables on the planet. Pelican has also won numerous awards with the U.S. Army and DOD so you know that they have been held to the highest standard for securing valuable assets.

In this test, the GF3T was spotless when coming out of our Pelican test case. In fact, the seal was so good on the Pelican that everything still smelled brand new! More proof that this case stayed sealed tight and didn’t let any moisture in is that the original oil can still be seen around the ejection port and other areas. 

All in all, we would trust that this case would stay sealed shut and be a very good option for keeping your gun protected, whether you bury it underground or leave it in your basement.

Boyt Harness


The GF2PZ also showed no signs or moisture or degradation. (Photo: Samantha Mursan/Guns.com)

Just like the Pelican case the Boyt Harness case is also a polymer case with a good solid lock up and o-ring that will ensure that no moisture enters the case. Boyt makes some great cases and while it may not have the same military pedigree as Pelican they are still trusted by millions of gun owners across America.

When we took the GF2PZ out of the Boyt case we noticed similar results to that of the Pelican case, namely that there were no signs of moisture. The gun also had oil markings in similar areas as well, showing again that moisture wasn’t present during its stay underground. 

Both guns functioned flawlessly for our limited, 3-shot test, which is more than can be said about the control. 


The old adage rings especially true when it comes to firearms storage, especially if your intention is to bury said firearm, you get what you pay for. While the tarp and tape failed miserably, the two cases held up and we expect we could have come back years later and still found like-new firearms under that ground.

Either company we tested for this short test should be trusted to keep your firearms secure and moisture free. 

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