Custom Gun Walls 101: Understanding Your Steel Panels

 

How to build a gun wall or gun room Understanding panels

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SecureIt Steel Louvered Panels are the backbone to gun room and gun wall installations. This article is to give you a better understanding of the panels, firearms and space.

To learn more about gun wall design, installation and setup see the video: “How to build a gun room
 

Gun room Panels are 17 1/4″ wide and come in two heights. This combination provides many options for gun room and gun wall designs.

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Gun room panels stacked

   

How gun room panel size relates to common wall size

 

Below we show gun room panels on a wall to give you an idea of size and scale. Later in this article, we will add guns

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Panels can be mounted mid-wall or over a cabinet or shelf

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16″ gun wall panels are added on top to give space for display mount rifles or rear storage

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Stacking 36″ gun wall panels will allow for 2 rows of rifles

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Adding 16″ gun wall panels on top fills out a standard 8′ high wall

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36″ high panels will hold 3 -5 rifles in a horizontal or display style

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This shows the difference between traditional rifles and AR15 platform rifles

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Vertical rifle storage.

Each panel is six louvers wide. Firearms are stored at a width of 2 7/8″ on the barrel center.

 

Rifles stock bases can be placed on our shelves attached to the louvered panels (Above) or the stock bases can be on a cabinet or floor  12″-18″ below the panels (below). This proves a large are for the upper saddles to accommodate a wide variety of rifle lengths. You also have room above the rifles for accessories and gear storage.

 

Panels can be placed on a wall with the rifle stock bases 12″-18″ below. This proves a large are for the upper saddles to accommodate a wide variety of rifle lengths. You also have room above the rifles for accessories and gear storage.

The sale rifle configuration is stored using 16″ panels. You’ll give up a bit of adjustability and room for gear storage. If you are storing rifles of similar length, 16″ panels are very efficient.

 

Here 36″ and 16″ gun wall panels are mounted 18″ off the floor. There is room for vertical and horizontal firearms.

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A double row of 36″ panels mounted 15″ off the floor provides space for 2 rows of rifles. Note that the barrels can run past the top of the gun wall system.

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Two 36″ and one 16″ panel are stacked and mounted just off the floor. This setup allows 2 rows of rifles and provides accessory and gear storage options behind the rifles all the way to the floor.

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Wall-mounted 36″ panels with rifle shelves and base of panels

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Adding 16″ panels on top provides more room for horizontal display.

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Panels above cabinets where rifles sit on top of the cabinets. Here 36″ high panels are mounted 16″ above he cabinet.

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I have added 16″ panels to the above image. This fills out the wall and gives you storage options behind the rifles. see: using storage bins

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This is the same system  mounted 18″ off the floor. This provides space for 2 rows of vertical rifles or lots of display space.

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Stacked 36″ panels mounted 15″ off the floor. There is vertical space for 2 rows of rifles.

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Two 36 and a 16″ panel stacked. This gives you a wall of flexibility and storage. Using SecureIt accessories you are able to store lots of gear behind the rifles on the wall.

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Panels mounted over a work bench.

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A complete home armory. Workbench, gun wall, reloading system, and 2 Agile Model 52 gun cabinets.

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Stained wood between panels gives a softer classic look

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Workbench wrapped in gun wall panels.

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Wall of panels – rifle display

 

There are many options and possibilities. Do not hesitate to contact SecureIt to learn more.

 
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The AR Mag Holder | P-Mag Storage Solution

To Innovate and Simplify – Those Are Words We Operate By

When our Vertical and Angled magazine holders were developed, they were designed with our military armory roots in mind. At the time, P-Mags were not as popular as they are in today’s market. As we witnessed the shift to P-Mags and began receiving numerous comments and requests, we knew we had to act.

We listened to your feedback and heard your demands and are now excited to announce the latest product to our top of the line storage accessories. The AR Mag Holder.

What our product development team did is design one simple bracket that gives you an incredible amount of flexibility. In this one bracket, you can store up to four P-Mags for an AR-15 in one of five orientations. They can be stored vertically, inverted, sideways (facing left or right), and horizontally.

Great for gun wall displays or cabinets and safes.

Used for gun wall displays, quick access and also provides a small storage shelf.

Great for use inside of a Fast Box and Agile Model 52.

For quick access in an Agile Model 52 or TRUE Safe.

Visit our shop page to order your AR Mag Holder today!

The Story Behind CradleGrid

Why did we develop CradleGrid?

All great solutions come from challenging problems. CradleGrid is no different. Nearly 20 years ago, US special forces needed a weapon storage system that provided visual inventorying, was quick access in emergencies and could store weapons with modifications in a high-density orientation. Basically, they needed a storage system that could store anything, be accessed quickly, and be accounted for at a glance. The outdated legacy systems they used were designed for older style weapons and were not meant for rapid deployment. Their storage was outdated, breaking, and expensive to maintain and replace. Enter SecureIt. We found a broken system and started right away researching the issues facing the military so we could develop the best solution.

After a couple years, numerous armory visits, and hundreds of conversations with armorers, CradleGrid was developed. The basic idea behind the design is flexibility. The Upper Cradle is designed to hold a barrel, magwell, or rail of an AR platform, and at the same time store something as small as an MP5 or as large as an M2. Obviously, these weapons are all different lengths, and so the Upper Cradle was made to adjust vertically. Using one Cradle to store many different weapons was crucial for the military; it meant that one inexpensive piece could be used over and over again — and saved the military time and money.

Rifle support storage

SecureIt Stock Bases can store up to two rifles or shotguns at a time.

The Stock Bases were designed with the same intention of having one unit able to store hundreds of weapon platforms. It is tiered and angled so that you can adjust the lean angle of a firearm or mortar tube, and store a fully modded M4 next to anything else. The Stock Bases float on the bottom of the system, allowing even more flexibility for the armorer, and they lock into each other to prevent moving or shifting.

Gun Wall Storage

Grid panels allow gun owners to adjust their storage systems as they see fit, not as the storage system dictates

The last piece, the Grid Wall, is the backbone of the system. The design provides both strength and versatility. Grid panels are heavy 14GA steel or injection molded composite, and can hold hundreds of pounds or gear.

Weapons storage has not fundamentally changed in decades. It is static and certainly has not kept up with the sweeping changes in the size and shape of modern firearms

Until now!

Gun room with reloading bench

Designed to accommodate weapons with optics

SecureIt AR Rifle With Scope Showing Offset From Wall

The CradleGrid system was also designed to accommodate weapons with optics attached, so you’ll never need to re-zero because of an inadequate storage system.

Straight-line access and organizational awareness

With SecureIt’s CradleGrid system, you get straight-line access to each and every weapon. There is never a need to move other weapons out of the way. You also get a comprehensive view of your entire weapons line-up for maximum efficiency. Organize your armory as you see fit, not as your storage system dictates.

The end result is an efficient system that can store any firearm, provide you with quick defensive or offensive capability, and is built for life. Whether you’re an armorer, a gun enthusiast, or a sport shooter — CradleGrid is the best solution to protect your valuable firearms.

Ammo and Gear Storage Solution – Metal Trays

Storing gear and ammo with your guns can be a challenge.

The gun storage industry has never addressed gear, ammo, tools and gun parts storage, however, SecureIt CradleGrid accessories are the answer. Let’s look at the storage tray — a versatile and robust storage solution.

The metal storage tray spans 6 louvers & holds a variety of accessories.

The Metal Storage Tray is a flexible storage accessory that allows you to maximize your gun safe or gun cabinet space. The storage trays are 4″ deep, so you can fit them between your rifles and the back panel. The ability to store and organize gear behind your rifles is unique to our CradleGrid system and allows you to maximize your storage space.

Storage Tray

Storage tray in a Model 84 holding a number of magazines, ammo, accessories & cleaning equipment.

If you want easy access, put it above the row of rifles in your safe or cabinet.

I have two Metal Storage Trays in my Model 52. One is behind all of my rifles, and I have a box of ammo for each rifle that I put in the tray. The second one is above my rifles and it holds my extra magazines and a speed loader for a revolver.

The Metal Storage Tray spans 6 louvers wide, so it will fit in the Agile line or any larger cabinet. This width is perfect for ammo storage, optics, spare parts, or any other extra gear item that you’re not sure where to put. Don’t worry about weight, you will typically run out of space before you overload metal storage trays. I recommend storing no more than 20 lbs. on the tray.

For high-density ammo and gear storage order the Metal Storage Tray today!

Design and Build a Custom Gun Wall / Gun Room

Building a gun room and gun walls has become very popular in America. There are many reasons to consider a gun room.

 

  • If you have a large collection, safes and cabinets may not work well for you.
  • Security can be easier with a properly constructed gun room with a vault door.
  • Rifle displays look great in the ultimate man cave

 

The purpose of this article is to give you a solid understanding of the gun storage system and how to best optimize space in your room.

What You’ll need:

  • SecureIt CradleGrid panels
  • 2 x 4s/Plywood
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Drywall Screws
  • Screw gun

Time:

  • 1-2 Days
  • 2 people – for system layout and installation. Custom Woodwork or cabinets will add to the time.

Initial Planning

What is the purpose of the room or wall? There are unlimited possibilities with the CradleGrid system: High-density mass gun storage? Show and display? Storage and gun maintenance? Reloading? Most likely your project will be a combination of some or all of these.

You can custom design a gun wall or gun room to meet your exact needs. Also, consider SecureIt pre-configured gun wall kits. These are complete systems that are ready to install. 

Gun Room Sample Images

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Gun work bench and reloading area

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Gun Room / Gun Wall Considerations:

Space:

For estimating space requirements the general rule of thumb is 12 vertical rifles per row every 36″ of linear wall space. For horizontal displays, estimate 4 rifles for every square yard. When storing rifles vertically the length of the rifles will determine the vertical space required. We will go into more detail below.

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Vertical storage – How to store the second row.

When storing rifles vertically, there are 2 ways to hold the second row: using our 6 rifle stock shelf or using individual rifle shelves.

Rifles on 6 capacity rifle shelves VS Rifles on single stock shelves

6 capacity rifle

Gun wall shelf

6 capacity rifle shelf

Supports rifles using stock bases

Gun Wall - Rifle and Gear Shelf

Shelves also hold books, ammo and gear

6 capacity rifle shelves fit anywhere on the system. The stock base supports sit on the shelf.

Single stock shelves

SecureIt Single Stock Shelf holds rifles off floor at desired height in CradleGrid system

The single stock shelves work well when you have a wider variety of rifle lengths and you need maximum vertical efficiency.

Construction:

Are you using existing walls or are you building new?

Existing walls – Normal walls (studs and drywall) should be covered with 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood.

If building a new you can substitute plywood for drywall. – depending on the wall layout and other items (doors, windows, electrical) it may be beneficial to build the wall with drywall then cover the area for the gun wall with plywood.

Construction Note

The louvered panels attach to the plywood via 1″ drywall screws. There are holes punched every 2″, normally you will use 6 screws for the 16″ panels and 8-10 for the 36″ panels. If there are shelves that are holding a lot of weight (for example: full ammo cases) you may want to add additional screws to support the load.

SecureIt Small Steel Louvered Grid Panel 6 columns by 8 rows

Planning and layout for a gun wall

How many panels will fit?

To determine the maximum number of panels that will fit use the formula: wall length in inches divided by 17.25 (the width of one panel)

Our room dimensions

Above is a drawing of the room we will turn into an armory. The right side of the room is open. We will build a wall with a secure double door system.

This is the room with the gun storage system, workbench, wall built and double doors drawn in

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Let’s look at each wall:

Here we have a small drawing with the walls labeled and the back wall “A”, this has grid panels and our workbench. To calculate to a number of panels: the wall is 9′ = 108″ each grid panel is 17.25″ wide so 108 divided by 17.25 = 6.26 we can fit 6 panels on the wall. these are centered and our workbench sits in front.

Wall “B” we use the same process here: wall – 18′ 6″ = 222″ — 222 / 17.25 = 12.86 so we use 12 panels.

Wall “C” On this wall we are using hardwood between the panels. This gives the system a softer and warmer look. We installed the plywood, then used 1×4 hardwood to create the framework, then the panels were attached in the center sections.

Normally we would do all walls the same, however, we wanted to use this room as a showpiece for different styles and looks.

System Height

Determine what height is right for your wall. There are two lengths of panels, 16″ high and 36″. Two rows of the large panels fit most applications. This yields 6′ of vertical grid wall. In our room, we start the bottom panels 14″ off the floor. The bottom row of rifles sits on the Stock bases on the floor. 14: off puts to the top of the system at 86″ in a standard room with 8′ ceiling the results look good and work well. You can also start panels on the floor, use Two 36’s and one 16″ panel this will give you a total height of 88″. With this option, you will have the ability to use bins, shelves, and other accessories for the floor up.

drawing

In the image above we show a 72″ high system 14″ off the floor. There are 24 rifles stored vertical and 3 horizontal. The rifle barrels at the top can be taller than the system. Next, we show floor to ceiling using 3 panels.

Option:

use 2 x 12 lumber or build a wood base on the floor for stock bases. This gets the rifles off the floor. Painting the wood Black or an accent color will give you a nice finished look.

Plywood

Plywood is placed over the drywall and painted (we recommend dark grey or black) so you can attach the panels. We use 1″ drywall screws to secure the panels to the plywood. The screws will go through the plywood and into the drywall. If you want to option to remove or move the gun storage system with minimal impact on the wall. Install the plywood with furring strips to give you enough space for the screw. This is also the method for installing a gun storage system into brick or concrete walls.

For brick or concrete walls use furring strips

Block wall detail for gun room

Mounting the panels.

In a 2 panel high system, we start with the top panels. measure the height where you want the bottom. Snap a line where the bottom will be, make sure it is level. We normally will screw a temporary ledger board onto the plywood at the line so to support the panel during install. When installing screws into panels, make sure to center the screws in the holes. If a screw is off-center it can push the panel off the line as it is tightened. – quick fix: if a screw is off a bit, leave it loose until the other screws are seated then tighten this will keep the panels straight.

We install screws every 3 -4 louvers and every 2-3 rows. adding a few screws to the panel joints will keep things straight and clean.

When the panels are installed you can start adding components and firearms. There are unlimited options as far as how you store things!

Gun room with reloading bench

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Gun Room Reloading bench

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Reloading dyes stored in the gun room.

Gun Smith bench in a gun room

 

 

SecureIt Gun Room Overview:

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Modular Storage Bins

When it comes to efficiency in a modern armory or a weapon storage system, organization is the key element! SecureIt® CradleGrid Technology modular storage bins provide simple and effective storage solutions that add a superior level of organization.

handgun, ammo, and gear storage

No mess storage for cleaning supplies or reloading equipment

storing gun cleaning supplies

Cleaning materials should be stored in bins. Were your cleaner to leak in these bins, the mess would remain in the bin rather than spilling over firearms, equipment or supplies beneath it.

Brushes and products for cleaning and maintaining odd, or large caliber firearms can be stored in a bin set in the grid next to, or behind, the gun. When you need to perform maintenance or clean your firearms, you can easily take the gun and the bin, loaded with all the supplies, tools and materials specifically used for that firearm, over to your workbench bench. After the tasks at hand have been completed, return everything to the cabinet or gun safe.

Ammo Storage

rifle ammo storage in bins

Specialized or precision ammunition can be stored with its associated firearm in the same manner. This will allow for efficient inventorying along with quick access.

Maximize space behind guns

bins behind guns storage

SecureIt’s small bins will fit behind barrels or stocks of most firearms. This maximizes every cubic inch of space inside a tactical gun safe or firearms cabinet.

Store specialized ammo or parts behind a gun

30 roound magazine storage

Shells and magazines that are stored behind their associated shotguns and rifles (which were removed for this second photo).

Maximize gun storage space

The SecureIt CradleGrid system, using the three sizes of bins offered, maximizes every cubic inch of space and maintains high efficiency and organization.

High-density handgun, ammo, and gear storage

Pistol storage in bins

In the law enforcement application above, M9s and magazines are stored above the shotgun rounds and AR15 magazines.

SecureIt modular bins offer a level of storage and organization that is unmatched.

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