They say that Japanese Koi will grow to fit the size of the pond in which they live. In my experience, the amount of stuff I own—especially firearms related—will always grow to overfill the space I have in my home.
Like many gun owners, I have reached the point where my stuff is getting so packed and messy, it is hard to find what I need. On more than one occasion, I have bought something I already owned simply because I could not find it. I once even offered to buy a rifle from a friend who reminded me that it was already my rifle, which I had asked him to store for me. This not only creates unnecessary expense, and embarrassment, but also adds to the clutter.
While my wife and I argue over whether we need a bigger house or less stuff, there is another solution: getting better organized. Lucky for me, Battenfeld Technologies and their new Lockdown vault accessories have the cure for what ails me: a comprehensive line of storage gear that will actually help me pack my stuff in less space and make it easier to find.
While these products are primarily designed to fit in a gun vault or locker, they can easily help keep your stuff organized on a shelf or on a closet wall as well. If you have several handguns for example, you may be keeping them in soft-sided cases piled one on top of the other in a vault, locker or safe like I do. That keeps them from getting damaged, but I always end up having to open all of the cases to find the one I am looking for. Lockdown makes four- and six-gun vinyl coated racks that can sit in your safe or on a shelf and keep each gun visible, separate from its neighbor and secure. The larger six-gun rack is only $27.99, can accommodate just about any size revolver or pistol, and it lets me keep more guns in the same amount of space.
Another thing to think about is all the wasted space on the walls and door of your safe, both inside and outside, as well on the walls of your closet. Lockdown turns them into usable storage areas. Their hanging organizers feature multiple attachment systems, including magnets for your safe, hooks for carpeted interiors, or you can hang them on walls with standard nails as well.
The most versatile of these are the various universal hanging organizers that come in large and small sizes. The large organizer is only $24.99 and features six pockets of different sizes with mesh lining (so you can see what is in them) and elastic closures at the tops (to keep you stuff secure). All of my various small items, from knives to jewelry and even guns, can be easily stored, and the largest pockets feature zipper closures. The organizer also has a rigid back to keep the unit steady even with heavier items, making it easier to hang.
The small hanging organizer is ideal for electronics, cell phones, or smaller documents like passports, etc. A standalone universal handgun hanger, which sells for $11.99, will accommodate most pistols or revolvers with a mesh lining and elastic bands at top and bottom for a variety of barrel lengths, the wedge shape keeping them secure.
Other hanging accessories include hard plastic document holders for small and large papers, notes and record books. A fireproof safe can be especially useful for storing hard-to-replace personal papers like birth certificates, wills, insurance and other legal documents. Both document holders include a divider, and the large holder, which sells for $33.99, can hold up to 500 sheets.
For inside your vault, and even for a shelf on a bookcase, Lockdown offers its Vault Drawer, which attaches to the bottom of a shelf and maximizes every inch of usable space. It is large enough to store additional documents and strong enough to hold pistols. It also installs easily without tools.
There is even has a solution for one of my worst habits: a drawer full of random unmarked keys. Lockdown’s magnetic key rack attaches to your safe either inside or out and includes nine labeled key rings to make sure you don’t forget what each key is for. They also offer magnetic barrel rests to secure long guns in the upright position inside or outside a vault. This can be especially handy when moving guns around so they don’t end up falling over and getting damaged. Each barrel rest will hold up to three rifles or shotguns and has a rubber overmolding to protect the gun’s finish.
Options for Everything
Lockdown really does offer a comprehensive basket of products for anyone’s storage needs. This includes an innovative lighting kit that uses a long strip of LED lights that can be easily run throughout the interior of a safe or vault to makes seeing and finding items much easier. It also makes your safe look very high-tech.
Another area of concern is that no matter how heavy your safe may be, thieves may still try and take the whole thing, contents and all, to open at their convenience. They may also tip the safe over in an attempt to break into it at a weaker point. All of this will undoubtedly damage the contents, even if the thieves are unsuccessful. For this reason, it is important to anchor all safes to a wall or floor. Lockdown offers an anchor kit that allows gun owners to safely attach their safes to wooden support beams or floors as well as concrete.
Finally, after organizing, cleaning, storing and securing your valuable firearms, make sure not to forget the worst enemy of all: rust. Even in a climate-controlled environment, there can be varying degrees of temperature, moisture and humidity, which can severely affect and corrode metal parts. Lockdown sells dehumidifier rods, silica gel and a hygrometer—all of which work together to measure and control the temperature and amount of moisture in the air inside your gun locker.
Having a better organized gun storage area will not only allow you to accumulate more guns and gear, but also keep any complaints from significant others at a minimum. For more information call 877-509-9160 or visit battenfeldtechnologies.com.