CGI: Storage Options Edition

Today on Cool Guns of the Internet we are looking at safes and gun rooms. I think it is safe to say that anyone who owns a collection of firearms has run into this problem of wanting the best of both function as well as bit of aesthetics when it comes to building your gun room. I am running into the problem of space to build out my future armory redesign.

My List of Needs

  1. A wall and bench dedicated to reloading
  2. A bench and tool chest for cleaning and Gun-Smithing
  3. Ammo storage
  4. Gun case storage
  5. Gear storage (eye and ear protection, holsters, vests, etc.)
  6. Study/office for work and video recording.

What are some of your plans for your future redesigns?

 

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Introducing Pelican Carry-on Elite Luggage

Pelican Luggage First Look

 

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Meade Wilderness In Full Scope

Meade Instruments Wilderness™ Spotting Scope – 20-60x100mm Review

Meade Instruments Wilderness™ Spotting Scope - 2060x100mm Review

The Prologue

While visiting with one of my cousins on a recent layover in Dallas, we started talking about her sister who works for Meade Instruments in the marketing department. I went home and checked out Meade’s site. I had found they had a few sporting optics. I wondered why I had never heard of Meade before. I explored the website further and I looked into their sports optics. I found their target audience to lean more in the general sporting optics needs and astronomy.

I called my cousin and she set me up with a Meade Instruments Wilderness 20-60x100mm spotting scope. I requested the largest scope they make because we are trying to see 6 to 8mm holes at 200 yards. My general rule of thumb is, the bigger the optic the better chance of making out what we just hit.

Specs

  • Meade high-quality, 20-60 power, zoom porro prism binoculars deliver years of use.
  • Large 100mm objective gathers plenty of light for bright detailed images.
  • All Wilderness spotters feature high index BaK-4 prisms and high-quality, precision ground lenses that are coated with multiple layers of anti-reflection coatings to provide optical performance that is equal to, or better than any spotting scope in its class.
  • Each Wilderness spotting scope features a sliding sunshade to further reduce glare.
  • A rugged rubber armor covering protects your Wilderness spotting scope from abrasions and damage from regular use.
  • All Wilderness Series spotting scopes are waterproof, fog-proof, and nitrogen purged to ensure many years of performance regardless of the environment.
  • All Wilderness spotting scopes come standard with the soft case and camera adapter (requires T-Mount, not included).

I asked if they manufactured any of the scope parts or glass in the United States and sadly the answer is no as they manufacture in Mexico and China.

Testing

I used this scope during all of our range trips as well as during the September 2015 blood moon eclipse. We were fortunate enough to be able to see that event clearly here in Texas.

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I own only one tripod. All of the others are owned by Clay, our videographer. My tripod is a super expensive one, a $9 deal, that I picked up on Amazon a few years back. I have only used cameras with this tripod prior to this and it had always been fine for that use.

This tripod however did not work well with the Meade Instruments spotting scope. The weight and balance of the Meade scope needs a better built tripod. With that said, the only time this was a big problem was when we used it for the lunar eclipse. Trying to keep the scope centered on the moon was challenging.

Meade Instruments Review

During all of our range trips, the scope was clear and crisp when defining each shot taken at 200yds. We only ran into trouble using it to define each hole in the paper at 300yds.

Final Thoughts

If you are planning on using this scope I would recommend a stronger tripod first and foremost. The scope performed well for us up to 200yards and that was our max. The MSRP is $380. I found the price of this scope to be about $260 online, which is a fair price in my opinion, for the quality of the scope. The scope comes with a carrying bag. As someone who had to carry out two trucks worth of gear for an average range day, I would definitely want to replace the bag with a hard case with foam. I like to keep my gear protected.

SKB ATA 50" Quad Rifle Case

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

I am the type of shooter who likes to have all my firearms in hard cases for transport.  I believe firearms are an investment and I want to protect them as best I can. My family and I have owned a good number of single rifle cases over the years.  I would pack my truck to the brim with cases and gear to go to the range for just a few hours. When I started to review firearms, my firearm collection started to grow.  I needed some new solutions to carry them to the range and I needed it fast.

When the ZA-15 was shipped to me it came in a SKB  SFR 5013 Double Rifle Case.  After many trips to the range with this case, I was very happy with the protection it gave my rifle and scope. Our drive to the range is over pothole and uneven back roads.  With the SKB I was able to keep my scopes zeroed even when I had to slam on my brakes to avoid an accident.

After seeing how well the firearms were protected I contacted SKB, who is one of the largest manufacturers of all kinds of hard cases.  They make hard cases for everything, such as industrial equipment cases, music cases, sport cases, military and firearm cases.  I had them ship me out the ATA 50″ Quad Rifle Case to see how transporting 4 firearms at time would be.

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Features



  • Accommodates four rifles or two rifles and a bow.
  • SKB’s unique Perfect Match Valance Bending System for a perfect seal.
  • Weather resistant.
  • Stackable design.
  • Patented fiberglass and nylon trigger release latches.
  • Two locking latches.
  • Carry and tow handles for easy transport.
  • Built-in wheels.
  • Unconditional lifetime warranty.
  • $1500 Content Coverage.


Specifications



  • Interior Length: 50.00″
  • Interior Width: 15.50″
  • Interior Depth: 6.00″
  • Carton Length: 56.00″
  • Carton Width: 20.00″
  • Carton Depth: 9.00″
  • Shipping Weight: 30.00 lbs.





  • Capable of accommodating four rifles or two rifles and a bow with SKB’s trademarked “bunk-bed” padding and divider protection system, the 2SKB-5014 features SKB’s unique Perfect Match Valance Bending System for a perfect seal. Weather resistant, stackable patented fiberglass and nylon trigger release latches with two locking latches, bumper protected hardware, built-in wheels and both carry and tow handles for easy transport all come standard.

  • The ATA Bow / Rifle Transport Case 5014 is made to ATA 300 category 1 specifications, which is the highest shipping container specification of the ATA. This case is molded from ultra-high density molecular weight polyethylene, the material specified by the U.S. military for cases and containers.
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  • Weight and Price

  • The shipping weight of the case is 30 pounds which makes it a very heavy case when you have it loaded with firearms. The case has wheels and a handle to wheel the case around on hard surfaces making it easier to move around.
  • The case MSRP is $329.99 making this on the more expensive end of cases but when you compare to a SKB double rifle case like the one I mentioned before which starts at $190 you are saving a few bucks.
  • Recommendation

    I have been carrying this case out to the the range for about 5 months now.   I have dragged it through the dirt and over the rocks at the range without any kind of problems with the case. It really keeps the firearms separated in the case.  It is a sturdy hard case that takes the beating while cushioning and protecting your firearms.

  • It is really nice to be able to put 4 weapons into one case instead of four separate cases.  If you believe your firearms are an investment you need to protect, then I recommend the SKB for its durability,  safety of the firearms during transport and the convenience of transporting multiple firearms together.

Ammo cans and desiccants

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When you get into shooting one of the things you have to think about is ammo storage and ammo transport. Before I started shooting more than once or twice a year on my own I would just head to the store buy the ammo I wanted to shoot and keep it in the store bag until I got to the range.

LEFTOVER LOOSE AMMO

If I didn’t shoot up all my ammo, the leftover loose ammo would just get thrown in my range bag and I’d be on my merry way.  Now that I shoot more, I have bulk ammo that I buy months before a range day and keep it locked up in storage until I need it.

I have seen people use everything from plastic bags to cardboard boxes to ammo cans to 10 gallon Rubbermaid containers filled with loose .223 as storage.   But in my opinion, one of the best and most common loose ammo containers is the ammo can.

ARMY SURPLUS STORES

Army surplus stores use to sell them on the cheap for under $5 for a .50 BMG can. Not to depress anyone reading this but 10 years ago when wolf ammo was $45 for 500 rounds of 7.62x39mm they even sold them to you in .30 caliber ammo cans.

Now we are seeing them for about $10-$20 per can for metal or plastic cans.

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PROS AND CONS

There are two types of cans.  The metal “Army Surplus” cans and the plastic ammo storage cans. Both have their place but they also have their own downfalls. When I started Gearsofguns.com I was using the plastic cans which worked fine for a few months but the weight would get to them and break the handles. I switched over to the metal cans which are clearly harder to “break”. I like the plastics for the simple reason that they can’t rust or corrode and destroy the ammo. So, as I said each have their pros and cons.

MOISTURE CONTROL

If you are looking at ammo storage and thinking about ammo cans something you need of be mindful of is moisture. I have parents who take vitamins and most of the vitamins come with little desiccant packs.  I have asked them to save them for me.  I just fill my ammo cans with about 1 or 2 boxes of ammo and throw in one or two desiccant packs between the layers of ammo to keep my ammo dry and fresh.

If you are more of the hobby type you can go to your local hobby store and pick up silica gel beads used for drying flowers.  Fill coffee filters with the silica gel with just enough to be able to close and staple the filler shut.  Just keep one on top of your ammo under the sealed lid.


Be Safe: Your Guide to Properly Storing Firearms

Part of being a responsible gun owner is understanding how to properly store guns and ammunition. The top three reasons for safely storing firearms are: to prevent a gun from firing, protect a gun from physical damage, and to prevent theft. Failing to safely secure your guns can result in legal liability if an accident or theft were to occur as well as significant danger to yourself or others.

Leaving guns lying around or casually stowed away in drawers, even if the ammo is elsewhere, is both irresponsible and potentially deadly. Here are some of the most popular and responsible ways to store your guns. These methods range in effectiveness and cost, but should be evaluated on the basis of individual needs and home environment.

● Trigger and Cable Locks

These are the minimum in gun storage and are designed to merely keep the gun from firing or being loaded. Trigger locks clamp and lock around the housing of the trigger to prevent the trigger from being pressed. Most guns come with this kind of safety mechanism from the manufacturer. Cable locks can be run through the barrel to block the action of the gun from being closed, This, in turn, prevents the gun from being loaded or fired.

● Metal Gun Case

These combine the portability of plastic or fabric gun cases with the security of a gun cabinet, While not meant to be serious security containers to guard against theft, these containers do offer a decent amount of protection for your gun. Most boxes come with a variety of locks from key to combination to biometric, and they often come with mounting capabilities. The main benefit to these is that they are portable, secure, and inexpensive. Gun cases are often the only legal way to transport a firearm in a vehicle as well.

● Gun Cabinets

A step up above gun cases but not quite to the level of gun safes, gun cabinets are often lighter and more simplified than gun safes, but don’t offer the portability of cases. These are often used in apartments or in upper story rooms. Cabinets are typically made out of steel and feature basic locking mechanisms and a variety of configuration methods that allow for mounting to the wall or bolting to the floor. The higher end cabinets offer more features but their price tag may make you just want a less expensive safe.

● Gun Safes

Gun safes are the most secure of all the storage options, but are fixed in place. If your gun collection is worth more than the price of the cheapest safe, it’s probably time to think about keeping your guns here. Gun safes come in many models with many configurations and features, so knowing what level of safe you need will make the buying decision easier. Gun safes are big, heavy, expensive, and difficult to install, so weigh your storage options and needs carefully. The benefits of a gun safe, however, can outweigh the costs as a theft deterrent, safety protocol, and way to protect the finish of your guns.

Since safe gun storage depends so much on the environment in which you’re keeping guns, it is very important to make this your primary focus when deciding how to store guns. Basic storage in a gun case or cabinet may be perfectly fine for some while others may require the added security and space of a large gun safe. The answer to the question ‘where have all the guns gone?’ should inevitably be ‘in gun storage’.

Ben Vaughn writes regularly on home safes, safe gun storage, and the technology behind biometric safes. He believes that keeping your guns safe is extremely important and strongly recommends a safe for anyone with a gun.