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by WTR
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: Soft locking rifle case?
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Re: Soft locking rifle case?

Interblog wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:42 am
Update to this topic --

Rather than going with a locking closet or a locking case as we originally assumed we would do, my husband had the brilliant idea to install a locking mechanism on our van's interior closet wall. To minimize the space devoted to this effort, we can put the rifle in a "sock" and then simply lock it to the wall.

On another forum, a retired LEO suggested a similar mechanism available commercially, and used by law enforcement to secure firearms in vehicles. However, that device was listing for $178 plus it was not very space-efficient in that it stood out far from the wall or floor. Furthermore, - DUH - the mounting holes are accessible in being located on exterior tabs of the device, so it could be defeated easily during a theft (e.g., search Santa Cruz Gun Locks SC-6 Gen II Universal Gun Lock - this is not a product endorsement, just one example of such a device available for sale).

My husband's interpretation cost about ten bucks plus an afternoon practicing his hobby welding skills. Notice his signature security design - the bolt holes are behind the hinged locking cover, preventing access. With this thing installed on a double-layer plywood cabinetry wall, a metal plate backer behind it, and a good lock added, it would be more challenging to defeat. It could be done, but it would involve a lot of work and time for a thief (our original intent was securing the rifle for Safe Passage, but if we have to go to the trouble to create something, might as well make it robust).

I still have to sand and paint it, but here's what it looks like in raw form:

Don’t be fooled. Your design is nice. However, a determined thief with the correct tools will defeat your mechanism in about 10 to 15 seconds. Also, most standard pad locks can be picked fairly easily ( a hobby of mine ).!

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