Storing a weapon close to hand..... an attractive option.
(It has taken me a year.... but I finally ordered more of these magnets. Home circumstances have changed, and there is opportunity and reason to be creative in tool storage.)
So... when I was a kid, my buddy (both of us were
shooters) mentioned his dad kept a .357 under his mattress. Being kids,
we had to go look. This involved lifting the corner of the mattress
and just looking... NEVER touching..... Oh My God. That was
unthinkable. More to the point, keeping a weapon close to hand during
the night was something just understood by everyone I knew at that age.
Whether it be a handgun in a nightstand, a shotgun just inside the
closet, or a S&W under the mattress like my buddies dad, pretty
much everyone had a weapon nearby in case something went KaBump in the
night. True to my upbringing, I've been steadfastly
that way myself since the first .22 came into my boyhood life. The
only thing that's changed are the weapons themselves, and how much more
careful I am about where I keep them. The idea I'll show here is not one for people with
immature folks in the house. Be they children, or just those who forgot
to grow up, weapons need to be kept from those without judgement enough
to be responsible and safe. That said, there's ways, and then there's ways..... and here's one of them.
Setting up a new bedroom, and bed, in our home, I was
thinking of exactly what and how I wanted to keep there. The room is
minimalist, and will stay that way. Being so, anything extra would
simply stick out like a sore thumb. There are only a couple logical
places to keep a weapon, and one of them is the tried and true "Under
The Bed". The thing is, with the room design and the bed design,
the firearm could not go between mattress and box spring, as this bed
does not have both. With the polished wooden floors, simply putting
something under the bed isn't going to work either. Whatever I decided to put there.... it needed to be mounted under the bed, and attached to it. That left a number of options, and I settled on what might be the most versatile one. I ordered up a Flat Magnet from Amazon, for dirt cheap. (PLEASE NOTE: If you order from that link, you get ONE magnet, not two as shown!)Able to support way more weight than I needed, it offered a very comfortable margin of strength for this job. With the magnet mounted to a small wooden board, it went
between mattress and metal platform, giving me a 3" round high strength
magnet mounted under the bed from which I could hang any blessed thing I
While it's strong enough to hold a riot gun all by it's
lonesome, stability would require two magnets. At this time, I stayed
with just the one, which will nicely hold almost any pistol I own. The
Ruger with a stainless slide and alloy frame, that one is a bit sketchy,
but just about everything else clamps on beautifully. While there are manufactures out there making magnetic
units designed specifically for mounting out of sight and holding a
handgun, they can get rather pricey.
magnet I used here is less than $10, and careful shopping can beat that
price too. Designed to be mounted by way of a bolt hole drilled in the
center, they can literally be put wherever imagination
suggests. Held on by bolt, screw, or even double sided mounting tape,
the magnet can be attached almost anyplace out of sight that a person
can reach. Under a desk, behind a cabinet, on the inside of a closet
door or inside the closet over the door. Under a bed, behind a head
board, or maybe the back of a sock drawer. Some care should be taken to protect the firearms finish,
but this can be as easy as a 4" square of wax paper between magnet and
firearm. Obviously, if small children are in the home or come to visit, the weapon should be retrieved and locked up. As for me, I think I'm going to order another eight or ten of these, and get creative......
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