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We built up this website through many years of trying different things out. Solving problems one at a time in my hobbies (hunting, shooting, HAM radio, flying, etc), I frequently had to develop something unique, or buy something obscure. So we've made it our mission to simplify those things and bring them forward to the masses.
Some folks are amazed when they find out we have unique tools and products to solve their issues with their old muzzle loaders, or with the solvent trap they are trying to build.... or with that STACK-ON cabinet that needs more scope stand-offs, just won't hold that SBR or youth model right, and wastes so much space in the door.
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After being contacted by Justin H of Nebraska, we'd developed and launched a new product line:
Scope Stand-offs & Barrel Rests for Sports Afield safes:
After working with Justin via texts and emails for a few weeks, he said I could share his messages and texts with you to help you see how things went. I of course, have edited these for clarity, to keep it pertinent, and protect his privacy.
FROM OUR CONTACT PAGE:
You've just received a new submission to your Contact Form.
Name: Justin H, Nebraska USA
Question or Comment
I am looking for stand offs for Sports Afield safes (or ones that will work for my safe). I have pictures of the barrel rests and the extensions for scoped rifles, but your system will not let me paste them here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Please, let me know how to send you the pictures, or if the stand-offs you make for other safe systems will fit. I’ve called Sports Afield: they don’t sell accessories, nor can they tell me where to get more. My safe only came with 2 scope stand-offs. I want more, and it seems the stand-off fairy just puts them in the safe: they have no clue how to direct me to getting more. I'm confused as to how a company has parts made for their safes and is not be able to direct a consumer where to get more accessories.
Hoping maybe you can help me out.
My reply (via email... if you want our email address fill out a Contact form and we'll email you back... typically within 24-48 hours... but we don't post our email address openly in order to combat spam)
Thanks for your interest in our services and products!
You can send pictures here to this email address (or text them to my cell phone below). I'll take a look at what you have if you get them to me.
Main/Voice: 989 795 2526
Cell: (removed... again use the Contact form and I'll gladly provide it to those who need it)
From: Justin H
Here's some pics of what came with the safe:
Let me know if these pics will work. Also, on top of needing more stand-offs, these Scope Stand off's seem a little to short for my rifles with bigger scopes on them. Can you make some of them longer for those rifles?
To: Justin H
Got the Pics. I think I can help you. Though what you sent looks like it is over-molded in soft rubber: anything I make will be all hard plastic.
If you want to move this forward: I will need you to send me a barrel rest (that is screwed to the wall of the safe) and one of the scope stand offs. Once I get them in my hands I can probably mimic them, and make some stand-offs that are longer for your rifles scoped with bigger objective lenses.
Our address (for US Mail) is:
PO Box 223
Fostoria, MI 48435
Voice: 989 795 2526
To: Tom (Badger Ridge)
I appreciate your patience helping me out. They are in the mail.
From: Tom (Badger Ridge)
I appreciate the opportunity to make a new product that helps folks. I'll let you know when they get here and when I have a solution to show you.
I'll summarize the rest for you... once I got them in-hand, it was pretty apparent I could mimic them (sans the soft rubber over molding). Also it was apparent quickly that the small tits that held the scope stand off to the barrel rest was a weak point. Even weaker when made via 3D printing. After consulting with Justin, we decided the way forward was to utilize screws to hold them to the barrel rest. This requires the installer to chase the existing 3/16" holes on the factory barrel rest with a 3/16 drill (to put the hole all the way through). The pictures below should help:
As the barrel rest is tapered, these Nut Holders are also tapered, and require installers to position them so that the nuts are parallel to the top of the scope stand-off (and the screw is therefore parallel to the wall of the safe).
On top of developing the 3 different size Scope Stand-offs, we also developed and offer for sale entire barrel rests that mimic the original's dimensions. Our barrel rest is not over-molded with soft rubber, and the holes for the scope stand off are made fully through so that its compatible with both the original Sports Afield Stand-off along with the 3 lengths made by Badger Ridge.
We hope to be able to help/serve you with our products. If you have an idea or need please call us or use the Contact form to reach out to us and initiate a conversation. We'll quickly reply via email and give out my cell number if needed! We like to help!
I'll let Justin have the last word (cause it does make my head swell):
Hey Tom this is Justin.
Wanted to personally take the time to thank you for all your help getting me standoffs for my Sports Afield safe. From start to finish the whole interaction has been nothing short of awesome. If only all businesses were as easy to deal with as yours is! With all the commercial and retail chains you don’t get the service you would expect: you only get that from people just like you and your business. I’m so happy I took a chance and messaged you! (on a whim I had nothing to loose..) I’m so happy I did: you went above and beyond!
Thanks for the great service the patience and willingness to help a guy like me out. I will be sure and send links to anyone I know share your business with everyone I know looking similar products they can’t find anywhere else. You’re not limited to just what I was looking for! I cannot thank you enough Tom!
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!
Thank you for visiting the Badger's Den. If an internet search brought you here looking for 209 solutions or hard to find parts for your inline muzzle loader, you are in the correct place.
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YES WE STILL SERVICE AND SELL THINGS FOR OLDER INLINE MUZZLE LOADERS
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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