Thursday, April 17, 2014
Reorganizing the gun safe
I've been hard at work on a lot of domestic tasks that have been neglected for too long. One of them was to reorganize my gun safe.
Handguns are always a problem to store in such a way that they don't knock into each other or rest precariously on top of each other, to fall out and get damaged if you so much as look at them crossways. I've used two primary storage methods for them. The first is Acorn holsters attached with Velcro to the inside of my gun safe door. (All images courtesy of Amazon.com.)
These hold lighter handguns, typically polymer-framed pistols or lightweight (i.e. alloy-framed) revolvers. I prefer to mount the holsters on a sheet of felt-type material hanging from the top of the safe door, because I found their Velcro tabs pulled fuzz off the door lining without that extra protection.
My second storage method was, until yesterday, a Liberty Safes wood rack holding 8 handguns, storing them pointing vertically upwards.
The difficulty with this gun rack is that, if you have rifles and shotguns with long barrels in your gun safe, it forces you to move the top shelf upward to accommodate them. This means that there's less vertical space above the top shelf to store longer-barreled handguns in such a rack. I found I could store 4" barreled revolvers and pistols with no problem, and some 5" models as well, but anything longer than that didn't fit.
I've accordingly swapped it for a Versatile Rack system. It stores handguns lying on their backs, taking up much less vertical space. They make them for anything from one to ten handguns, and even offer a kit to stack one rack on top of another if space permits. Their VR10 rack is shown below; as its name suggests, it holds up to 10 handguns. This will fit across the top shelf of most medium to large gun safes.
Finally, I picked up some handgun hangers, which I attached to the top shelf of my gun safe. The gun barrel slides over the lower prong, suspending the gun beneath the shelf.
I've put shorter rifles and shotguns on one side of the gun safe, so that handguns supported by these hangers don't interfere with them, and vice versa.
My gun safe is now much better organized, and I no longer have to stack handguns in boxes or pistol rugs on top of each other in every odd nook and cranny. If you've had the same problem and/or want to make the most of the space available in your gun safe, I recommend this combination of solutions.