Most space efficient way to store pistols?

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  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I'm going to be buying a nice sized safe for my collection.

    It'll have a few shelves the width/depth of the safe up top. I'm just trying to figure out the most space efficient way to store all of my handguns given that I have a few dozen of them.

    I know there are ways to store handguns on the interior surface of the door. But out of the door systems...again...which allows you to store the most pistols in the smallest space?

    I saw someone that used padded long gun racks to fit the trigger gaurds of the pistols into and then store rows of them upright. I know there are thick wire pistol racks that do the same thing. So which is the most space efficient?

    Thanks!!

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    This is how I store them, currently. I remove most of the shelves in the safe, leave most of the pistols in their boxes, and just stack them one on top of the other. Might not be for others, but it suits me fine.
     

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    That's cool.

    Honestly, that's not going to work for me. I'd be able to fit MAYBE 20 pistols in there. Plus it'd take forever to get the right gun out.

    Right now I use hooks on a pegboard and that works so-so. I mean due to gravity, it does waste a LOT of room, but it leaves all the gun on the door availlable instantly.

    I know it's going to be a comprimise and that's fine. I'm just looking for some ideas.

    EDIT: I was thinking about the whole in-case idea...and if I stored them upright (like books) I could fit a bunch of them in there! Only problem is I don't have cases for 10+ of them.

    Thanks!:)

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    The 2 G19s that I use most often are always out.
    Ones that I use frequently are on top, and those that I use least often end up on the bottom. I don't need them at a moment's notice.
     
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    Right right, but storing them upright like books would let me access them all pretty much instantly. Plus it'd protect the finish on the guns, unless leaving them in their cases is a bad idea for some reason.

    Honestly, I'm not thrilled with the idea because it doesn't allow everything to be seen and I'd have to either read the labels to see which guns are which or open the cases up. But it's an option.

    Thanks!

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    I had some fancy foam dividers but just this week bought the Walmart dishracks and can fit many more.
     
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    I thought about making an open top box, of sorts, with the open to the front. Make several grooves, top and bottom, for adjustable dividers. Seems to be an easy way to store them, while still maintaining access.
     
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    If I was better with woodwork, that would work. I'm good with building rooms but little stuff like that is too tricky for me.

    Thanks though

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    Yeah I've seen those in my catalog. Never saw the double decker piece though. That's nice. It'd be cool to install some sort of drawer/track system to be able to pull the particular rack forward/out.

    As for the door rack, again, I've seen them. They do look nice and efficient and they have ones that cover the entire surface but I'm not sure it'd work with the safe I'm looking at. With my luck the door wouldn't close.

    Thanks!

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    The top image is actually two racks stacked one atop the other.
     
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    Right, but if you look in the back, there's a long straw-like piece connecting them together. That's not shown in the catalog.

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    I have a six gun wire rack from Cabela's and it works great. I would like to be able to get one of these:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=198310

    They hold one more gun than the ones from Cabela's, they're cheaper, and they have a storage shelf for magazines. Too bad they're out of stock right now.
     
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    I'll probably end up with either a dozen of those 6-gun racks or else some of those padded long gun racks.

    I just wanted to see if there was some idea I wasn't even in the ballpark of.

    Thanks!:)

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    I use kwik draw racks in mine.

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    Interesting. Where'd you get them? Do/can they dammage the barrels?

    Thanks!

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    I place pistols in ballistic nylon gun rugs and stack them up. I mark the rugs, so I know which pistol is in each one.
     
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    I got them from sportsmans warehouse for $16.00 I think. The rack came with rubber caps, but I put heat shrink on the post to be sure that it would not damage the barrels.
     
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    Tony, that's not my safe, but mine is similar, and will acomodate the pistol rack on the door.