I figured this was a chance show folks something without showing ours. When you hear us use the phrase, “The Armory”? That is a specific place. It is built to certain specs to store weapons. While I can’t show the reader particulars of our location, I can share with you some items on the open market that you might find interesting.
This is what we call around here a “GSA Vault Door”. The example in the photo is older, but they don’t cosmetically / format wise change much. Typically you will see these doors in use to secure small-arms. But government facilities could use them for anything they desire.
But if you ever find yourself inside a US Embassy facility, it would be a safe bet that small arms would be secured behind a door like this. Additionally, outside military contractors who are hosting units for live-fire training exercises would need GSA approved facilities like these.
Sure…I am positive somebody out there knows a guy, who was part of a unit, that visited muddy waters training facility. Who slept with his 416 at the Howard Johnsons. Ok. Sure. But what if that group brings 30 416’s? And belt feds? And grenades? And Uber expensive night-vision? And maybe some explosives?
Are they sleeping with all that? What if they want to head into town one night for dinner? Or a myriad of other scenarios. Where is all that gear? Not down their pants. If the facility they are visiting has an actual government contract to train that unit? There will be a GSA CERTIFIED door somewhere in the equation.
Disclaimers since I can already hear the gotcha-guys clicking on their keyboards. GSA doors are as much a certification, as a product. So this photo isn’t actually a GSA door because of it’s status and condition. Pilots aren’t pilots without their license. And GSA doors are not; without their certifications.
Also…GSA regs change. What was in spec 10-15-20 years ago might not be certifiable today. The door specs used to come out of NSWC Crane, Indiana. But that isn’t set in stone either. And I haven’t had to look at this in quite a while. So some things probably have changed. They always do.
Now for the door in the pic. I believe the seller is asking $8000.00 for the door. I also believe that is probably too much considering it’s used, doesn’t seem to have a lock, and might not be certifiable under GSA regs.
But…if you aren’t needing to meet and maintain GSA inspections? Don’t pay GSA prices. The same product, non-GSA certified, get way cheaper. So I would kick the seller on the price, and hard.
Finally…the last time I priced a GSA certified lock for an armory door? Over a decade ago? $1600.00. And that was just the lock. A GSA certified and approved lock-smith has to install it. If not? The door AND the lock are both no-longer certified.
When it comes to the storage and transport of government owned weapons, amateurs talk tactics. Professionals talk logistics.
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