We have a fair amount of racks here in the armory. In the very beginning, we purchased pre-fabricated shelving. But over time, it became apparent that it was just easier, and more economical, to custom build racks as we needed them.
The main cost savings comes from the customization we can do. Depending on where the rack is going or how large we want it to be, using an outside company can get cost prohibitive. Some folks look at our operation and just see dollar signs and quote us stupid prices.
The worst offender was some years ago with an electrician. We needed some additions to lighting and electrical. An approved contractor was brought in to look at the job, and he quoted us $2500. Freeze literally laughed out loud when he heard the price. In the end, we did it in house for the grand total of $100 in parts. We expected the quote, with value-added labor, to come in around $400. Yeah.
Back to weapons racks. While commercial stuff is more uniform and polished, in-house racks can be single or double stacked. Carbine or rifle height. Cornered or flat-walled.
The only real limitation is weight. How many guns are you planning on the rack holding? Will that rack eventually include weapon specific accruements such as magazines, slings, bayonets, ammunition, optics, etc? Because what we have found is anything that is weapon specific, we tend to keep with that weapon. The result is things get stuck in or around the guns as time goes on.
Example: You have some uncommon foreign military rifle that uses hard to get magazines or has some valuable scope and mount accessory option? Guess where those parts end being stored? Right next to or behind the rifle in the rack. So you not only want to build racks that are robust enough for unforeseen weight. You also want racks that are large enough that rare and fragile accessories don’t easily tumble or get knocked on to the cement floor when de-shelving weapons.
Yes, we are speaking from experience regarding accessories and weapons hitting the floor. Unfortunately.
The reason this post has come to mind is…we have a new delivery of wood showing up this week. More racks are in the works.
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