How to buy firearm storage products
By Lindsey J. Bertomen
Firearm storage units protect, secure and control access to firearms and accessories. A firearms storage product differs from a safe because it is placed in an area which has its own indigenous security or natural security. Here are some points to consider when purchasing firearm storage products:
Firearm storage units are also a good purchase when it is logistically impossible to move a huge cumbersome safe into an area where it won’t fit through the doors. A firearm storage unit is designed to temporarily or permanently mount to a fixture in a building.
Hinges and consistent welds
Quality construction is paramount. If it is a portable rack designed to store and transport firearms, pay attention to how securely a firearm can be mounted. If the portable unit falls off the back of a truck, would it break apart and release guns or stay intact and protect the public?
Most firearm storage units have a metal floor. Inspect the floor and imagine spilling some solvent inside the unit. How easy would it be to clean?
Prepare firearms for storage
Flexibility for logical arrangement
Some storage units can be built into existing walls. If they are designed to do this, examine how they integrate with the company’s other modular racks.
Questions to ask
Can the shelf units accommodate several different configurations of the same firearm?
Will the component brackets fit racks from previous model lines?
Can the storage area be configured to accommodate two dissimilar firearms, side by side?
Can individual storage units be made mobile for an incident in progress?
Can one do a serial number inventory without removing the firearms from the rack?
Can one inspect the contents of the unit without opening it?
Is there a way of interlocking multiple racks? Can the racks be stacked?
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer and retired military small arms trainer. He teaches criminal justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He has a BS in Criminal Justice and an MS in Online Teaching and Learning. Lindsey has taught shooting techniques for over a decade. His articles on firearms tactics have appeared in print for over a decade. Lindsey enjoys competing in shooting sports, running, and cycling events.
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