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Old June 30, 2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hand gun rack

I saw a handgun rack today that used a rod going down the barrel to hold the pistol in place. will this damage the gun in any way, or is it safe as long as it is coated to protect the barrel
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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As long as the rod's not steel, it won't hurt anything. Wood is infinitely softer than any barrel.
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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I made my own cheap handgun rack

I used a 1"x6"x 3' piece of cedar and drilled a hole every six inches with a half inch dowel mounted at an upward angle. I put the dowels through trigger guards. Wouldnt recommend doing that with loaded pistols though.
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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I'd be cautious about using wood dowels in a pistol barrel. Wood tends to be hydroscopic.
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:53 PM   #5
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I MIGHT do it with PVC. If I put 3-4 coats of polyurethane on wood I might do it. I would much prefer the trigger guard method described above.
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Old June 30, 2009, 10:26 PM   #6
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Aluminum wouuld be prefect and you could polish it up to a mirror finish.
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Old June 30, 2009, 11:05 PM   #7
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Aluminum would be a very bad choice. The surface will oxidise and aluminum oxide is much harder than steel and is commonly used in grinding and sanding wheels.

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Old July 1, 2009, 12:04 PM   #8
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Handgun rack

I would use a steel rod and put a piece of plastic tubing over it. Here is a photo of the racks I use for my single action guns. Four racks that hold six guns per rack. I use a different system for my semi auto's.


http://s248.photobucket.com/albums/g...nt=RugerSA.jpg
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Old July 1, 2009, 01:08 PM   #9
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They make a plastic dip thats Ideal for coating metal. dip let dry and redip to build up thicker layers of plastic.
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Old July 1, 2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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as long as you coat the metal, you're fine. or you could buy the white plastic-coated metal ones that Midway, Cabela's, etc. all sell......they work great in my safe
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Old July 1, 2009, 10:49 PM   #11
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thanks for the advice, I'm getting a new safe soon and want to organize it where I can get to everything easily.
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Old July 1, 2009, 11:07 PM   #12
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Tip I got from this forum: Wal-Mart sells a small dish rack (made for plates, I think) for like $2 or $3. It's in the aisle with plasticware, pitchers, glass, cooking dishes, etc. I think they call it a plate drying rack or something like that.

It's simple rubber coated metal wire, like any dish rack you've ever seen. Each one holds 8 "plates." If they are slim semi-auto pistols, you can line them up next to each other, but they fit close. I tend to leave an empty between handguns.

I have three of these in my safe and it's gotta be one of the best "simple, easy, cheap" solutions I've ever gotten from TFL.

In them is everything from my carry gun (fat subcompact Glock) to large frame revolvers to a T/C Contender with a 10-inch barrel and a 14" unmounted T/C barrel.

REALLY makes good use of the space in my safe. Maybe not quite as perfect as the racks marketed for use with handguns, but they check in at like half or a quarter of the price, or more. Some of the pretty wooden handgun racks I've seen (gorgeous!) go for $50-$75. These things cost less than three dollars.

Hell, for three bucks, you can buy one and try it and TOSS IT if it doesn't deliver.
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Old July 2, 2009, 10:45 AM   #13
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I bought two of the white gun racks from Cabela's - each holds 6 guns, revolvers or semis.....fairly cheap, and uses a lot less space

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...set=ISO-8859-1

plus there's room underneath to put a spare magazine or two for each
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Old July 2, 2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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I use small bin boxes for my safe

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Old July 2, 2009, 01:15 PM   #15
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I use those nylon holsters on the vault door. No issues with scratches, rust, etc.
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Old July 2, 2009, 01:22 PM   #16
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I made some with scrap wood. Basicly an 'L' and used a jig saw to cut 'U' shaped notches for the barrels. Lined the U's with scrap felt Each one holds 6 handguns and I can fit two racks on a shelf. Total cost - $0. The batteries in the camera are dead, but it's not a real complicated concept.
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Old July 2, 2009, 03:20 PM   #17
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How bout some of these.





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Old July 2, 2009, 03:40 PM   #18
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Or these.





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Old July 5, 2009, 08:01 AM   #19
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"Beware of the man with one-gun"! I don't think so......Nice photos' & handguns....
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Old July 5, 2009, 08:06 AM   #20
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I use these racks I picked up at Sportsman's Warehouse for my smaller guns.

I did have to cut and modify them a bit to get them to work in my safe but it was easy. I have modified them more since these pics but this gives you the idea.







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Old July 5, 2009, 03:34 PM   #21
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Playboypenguin, beautiful collection, I've seen you photos before, very nice setup and nicely organized. Its hard to stop, isn't it.
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Old July 5, 2009, 03:44 PM   #22
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ZEBRARANGER,

Are you affiliated with that gun rack website? Do you know if they will fit inside a Sentry gunsafe?
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Old July 5, 2009, 08:17 PM   #23
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Yes, I am the ManAboutRacks and they do fit in most gun safes. It really depends on how you have your safe set up though. You've done a nice job with yours.
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Old July 5, 2009, 08:23 PM   #24
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I ordered two racks from ManAboutRacks a while back and I was really impressed with them. He does really good work and the service was great. When I end up upgrading the safe, I'll be getting a couple more.
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Old July 5, 2009, 10:53 PM   #25
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I will have to check back in with this thread in a week or so.

My safe is going to look completely different soon since I just had to order a half dozen of those greystone seven gun racks pictured in ZEBRARANGER's post.
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