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Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:25 pm

I use "traditional" pistol racks in my gun safe for my automatics. This is the type of rack that has the pistol stored in the muzzle-up position. This doesn't work very well for revolvers, because of the varying length from the top strap to the bottom of the grip. I've used various type of racks for revolvers, but I never was very happy. I decided to try pegboard and dowel rods and that has worked very well.

I used the heavier pegboard; i.e. 1/4" thickness and 1/4" holes. I cut the pegboard to go across the full width of the safe. I then screwed an "L" bracket on either end of the pegboard to hold it upright until I got the revolvers on it. I then cut 1/4" dowel rods for each revolver so that the dowel rod would go about 2" to 3" into the barrel, except for the "snubs" that got 1 1/2" dowels.

This seems to be the best rack/system I've tried. It's easy to set the height of the dowel rod to fit each individual revolver, simply by sticking it in a higher or lower hole. It's equally easy to set the gap between guns. You can also put shorter revolvers in front of longer ones, such as storing a 2" S&W under and in front of a 6" Model 29. Essentially, you're using the same square footage twice. (I know, there three autos in the rack. :lol: )

It's cheap, easy, flexible and the dowel rods have no chance of harming the barrel.

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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby AEA » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:19 pm

Looks good! :thumbs2:
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby 5111 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:53 pm

Nice idea. I've often wondered how I should store my pistols if I ever put them in a safe.
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby HighVelocity » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:19 pm

Is that a Glock subcompact snuggling up to a 1911 in the corner? :shock: Oh the horror!


Nice rack idea though. I may give that a try.
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby Kalrog » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:31 pm

Them easy ideas work sometimes. Nice! :thumbs2:
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby ScubaSigGuy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:06 pm

Thanks for sharing. I have been trying to find a solution to my storage problem and that one looks like it will work pretty well.
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:20 pm

HighVelocity wrote:Is that a Glock subcompact snuggling up to a 1911 in the corner? :shock: Oh the horror!


Yes it is. :oops: But, it's Martha's, so it's not my fault. Actually, there are three more in there, but not subcompacts.

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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby ScubaSigGuy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:25 pm

I am looking at that wondering how well a little shelf underneath for magazine storage might work, since you you have some extra space at the top that way. As long as you aren't storing DE's, it might do
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby gmckinl » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:47 am

HighVelocity wrote:Is that a Glock subcompact snuggling up to a 1911 in the corner? :shock: Oh the horror!


Maybe he's trying to get them to birth a Wilson KZ-45 Compact? "rlol"
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby LarryH » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:43 am

One of the small dealers at Houston gun shows had his wares on a peg board very similar to that. Believe I've seen him both at the GRB and the Reliant.
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:17 pm

ScubaSigGuy wrote:I am looking at that wondering how well a little shelf underneath for magazine storage might work, since you you have some extra space at the top that way. As long as you aren't storing DE's, it might do


That's a good idea, except I think I'll put it at the top. I can get two more shelf clips like the ones used for the shelves and put a short one above the pegboard. It could lay on top of the pegboard and I can secure the shelf to it with a short "L" bracket.

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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby 5111 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:08 pm

I like both of those too!
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby Keith B » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:15 pm

Charles L. Cotton wrote:
HighVelocity wrote:Is that a Glock subcompact snuggling up to a 1911 in the corner? :shock: Oh the horror!


Yes it is. :oops: But, it's Martha's, so it's not my fault. Actually, there are three more in there, but not subcompacts.

Chas.


Hey, go easy on Charles. Everyone has a skeleton or two in their closet. He just happens to have four and they are in a safe versus a closet. :mrgreen:
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Re: Pistol/revolver rack for gun safe

Postby jbirds1210 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:51 am

It is nice to get an inside look at what Chas puts in the hands of his wife to protect her life :biggrinjester:

FWIW- Kimberly carries a Sig! :patriot:

That is an excellent idea for the pistol rack....I am going to use it to solve my space problem.

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