Not sure what to do during this 'stay home' order period? I know what I did. I created a solution to my gun cabinet disorder and I'd like to offer it up to you!
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However, in this post I'd like to discuss our newest product/service. Gun cabinet organizers
If you are curious to what I did and how it can benefit you, keep reading!
If you have a 3D printer, you can purchase a license to download and print our designs (for personal use only, and not to distribute and share.. see the EULA for the details). Or you can shop our website for the various organizers we offer. Once you purchase a organization item, we'll 3D print it in tough PETG and mail them to you with instructions and fasteners to install them.
My efforts thus far are on the many STACK-ON cabinets I bought to secure my firearms. Yes, I know there are much better, fireproof gun safes, but I find these to be cost effective solutions for securing firearms from children, and meeting legal requirements for secure stowage. Now I can also say I have an organized easy to use system. My dad has Homak cabinets, so I'll adapt what you see here to Homak as time and inspiration allow. If you have another brand, or an idea for an organizer item, click that contact form or call me and we can discuss.
But what exactly are you looking at? What do we offer? Well I'm glad you asked!
The most basic things are additional Barrel Spacers and Scope Standoffs.
I found I needed them because many of my long guns had scopes, carry handles, or raised sights.
And STACK-ON just didn't include enough with their cabinets. So I made my own scope standoffs (seen in orange in the adjacent pictures)
But these are just the tip of the Ice berg.
Once i got my scoped rifles in place, then I need to set up my SBR's and youth guns. They needed barrel rests in places STACK-ON didn't have them... so I made them. I mounted my short guns how I wanted.
Then I decided to add storage of all the stuff floating around inside the cabinet, decided to leverage the inside of the door.
Just seemed like there was a ton of easily accessible, but wasted space there.
So I put it to use.
I made shelves for the doors, shell holders for the shells I like to keep handy... mounts for my hand guns... and their magazines.
I love the pistol holders!
Plus the standard door trays work great for nearly all my fire arm related accessories:
- AR-15 magazines
- M-1 Enbloc clips
- M-14, FN-FAL, CETME/G3 magazines, AR-308/AR-10 Magazines
However I needed a deeper wider door tray to take my SDN-6 and D cell form-1 suppressor. In the picture below you can see the deep tray (most of the others in the pictures are standard door trays)
Please understand that the pictured B cell cans would have fit a standard door tray, but I wanted to keep them together.
The standard Door Tray is 30mm deep (that's about 1 3/16 inches), but the Deep Door tray is 40mm deep (just over 1 9/16). At first I thought I'd put the bigger deeper trays everywhere. Turns out not to be that smart of an idea: trouble with the deep trays is that they project farther into the cabinet and can engage more guns inside. Also tall items that aren't as wide as the tray (like magazines) can tip in the deep tray. Because they don't engage the vertical wall (and none of my mags were wide enough. Not sure, but maybe a Barrett 50 Cal mag would be a good fit for a deep tray? The lesson learned is: to use standard trays for nearly everything and just the deep trays for very wide items that won't fit the standard tray. For me that is my larger suppressors.
Though I did design rails to mount and hold things in place that want to tip (available for both the deep tray and the standard door tray). Like these CETME/G3 mags I put in a deep tray (should have used a standard tray... wouldn't need the rail).
So where is the catch? During ordering and installation it is essential to ensure the items fit the door, and only buy the deep tray if you really need to hold something that wide!
I bought my STACK-ON cabinets over many years as my gun collection grew. So I'd assume there are many more cabinets out there made to these dimensions. These door mounted organizers were designed for doors with 8.45 to 8.75 inches of space between the jamb and the door's stiffener. See illustration of a typical STACK-ON cabinet door.
In my cabinets the Left Hand (LH) and Right Hand (RH) doors are mirror images of each other. So one must ensure they choose the correct items for the door they wish to mount them too. But if the customer does this, I think I got the rest of the details as simplified as possible.
Please consult the illustration showing a two door gun cabinet. One door is Left Handed (LH) while the other is Right Handed (RH). What is not obvious to persons unfamiliar with door nomenclature, is that the door on the right side of a person standing in front of the cabinet is the Left Handed (LH) door.
One way to understand door swing nomenclature (on out swing doors) is to imagine standing outside of the room/box/cabinet that the doors enclose, then to place one hand on the hinge, and the other on the lock set. The door is named for the hand that rests on the lock set. Another way is to imagine your spine pressed up against the jamb where the hinge is mounted. One arm would be able to reach into the cabinet, the other would have its shoulder on the hinge and be able to swing the door... the one that swings the door is what the door is named for. Or... you can just look at the pictures, look at your cabinets and write down what hand doors you have.
Assuming just about every STACK-ON single door cabinet is like mine (and the picture I pulled off of a big box store website) they should have a LH door. Thus double door cabinets will be the only ones to have a RH door. So I developed our organizers for LH Doors, and flipped a few of them for RH doors. Currently we only offer basic items for RH doors: Door Tray, Deep Door Tray, and 12 GA shell holders are available for both LH and RH doors, while pistol holders, 410/45LC, 44 REM Mag and 20Ga shell holders are only available in LH.
Though, as the doors are symmetrical, some things (like shell holders) can be printed for the LH door and used on the RH, though they may have some features oriented down that would typically be up: such as recesses for shell rims, and the recess for the washer that engages the rivet... that can make them harder to install in RH doors, but it is possible.
When someone purchases one of our door organizers, a hole locator is part of what is shipped, along with the needed rivets/screws/washers to install the organizer. This locator is useful in determining where to drill holes in the door hinge-jamb and is designed to snap onto the hinge side of the door.
Note: When placing door trays all the way to the bottom of the door they have a small slot that should nest on the door's up turned sheet metal. This greatly increases their strength. To ensure this happens, the hole locator tool must be set on the bottom edge and the top hole used (just as the tool is labeled). Also its important to avoid holes where the hinge is spot welded to the jamb or where the organizer could interfere with the lock set. Don't worry, all this is in the written instructions too!
So I've spent a lot of time and resources working on this, mostly for myself, but also I hope it will be well received and help others. The more ambitious and well equipped person may chose to purchase the EULA and print their own organizers. However feel free to chose to have us print them for you. I've made many refinements along the way, and will continue to develop and improve this product with customer feed back. We will print in PETG (one of the toughest FDM 3D printer filaments) and have multiple colors to choose from beyond what you've seen here in these pictures, though through it all, I've become fond of light grey.
If you are interested, please take a look at these in our store, contact us via the contact form, or give us a call... especially if you have different brand of cabinet or an idea for a fire arm or cartridge I don't have. We look forward to helping you!
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