Weapon Racks The SecureIt Cradle

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Understanding the SecureIt® Patented Cradle

Proper tools allow you to overcome all challenges. We’re providing the tools that are revolutionizing the way weapons are stored.

Designed under contract with US Army Special Forces. This one cradle will store every weapon in a SOCOM armory, or in any other military, police or civilian armory.

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All other systems

Other systems require you to purchase a different bracket for each weapon type.

This means that you have to be very careful to get the correct brackets to match your weapons list. Every time you have to store a different weapon system, you will have to purchase new brackets

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The SecureIt cradle

The patented cradle works effortlessly within the SecureIt® CradleGrid™ system. It adjusts vertically throughout the cabinet for maximum height flexibility. Once positioned, the cradle can be locked in place; such as when used for seismic transport (mobile applications). Cradles are able to use a bungee tie-down to secure weapon rails, barrels or slings, improving organization and quick weapon retrieval.

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The space between the weapon and the back wall is such with the SecureIt cradle, that the rifle can be stored with a magazine in the mag-well and optics in place. The stand-off also provides enough space to hold additional magazines or related gear behind the weapon.

The M4 in the image above has an EOTech and the AR10 SASS has a Leupold MK4 scope. There is enough stand-off space provided by the SecureIt cradle to store rifles with up to 5″ diameter thermal imaging scopes.

Mag-well support (M4/M16) allows for storage of more gear behind weapon. The cradle is designed to allow a barrel, forearm rail system or mag-well to fit into the recess, holding the weapon securely in any direction. Securing weapons in this manner allows bins or shelving to fit in behind them, optimizing available space.

Above you will see an M4 with the cradle enveloping the rail. In place behind it is a CradleGrid storage tray holding 30 round magazines.

Also, referred to earlier, is an above image of the same cradle securing the mag-well. Storing an M4 using the mag well support allows for storage of larger items behind the barrels

The last photo above shows how storing a Colt Comp AR15 with a large Nikon scope can be accommodated. The scope is mounted to a tall riser, yet the cradle provides enough stand-off to allow the optic to fit comfortably in place, without the need to worry about it getting pressed out of adjustment or the armorer having to remove it.

Bungee cleats

There are cleats formed into the top of the cradle, to accept the bungee tie-down cord. The use of commercial off the shelf products like the bungees makes system adjustment and modification very easy. Accessory mounting holes are also pre-drilled into the top, were the armorer to want to “bundle” other CradleGrid accessories, such as a shelf, with the cradle.

Bungee tie downs

Bungee cords work better then any other system on the market. They are very strong, non marring, easily adjustable and available at hardware stores. They also can be adapted to solve many storage challenges, such as using a bungee tie down for mobile applications.

Rifle sling organization

This is unique to the patented SecureIt system.

Above you can see how the use of a bungee tie downs keep the rifle slings secure and tight to the rifle. When slings are loose it can be difficult to remove rifles from the weapon rack or gun safe.

 

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Replacing old complex weapon racks

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We have just completed the Travis AFB Project.

This armory had become dysfunctional as a result of the complex weapon storage cabinets and non-US locking system. The unit had purchased Canadian weapon racks (Dasco) to outfit their armory. They were sold on the modular back panel and wide variety of brackets to store all their guns and anything new they might get.

The problems started almost immediately. The Abloy Lock in each cabinet is designed for a Canadian standard. It really doesn’t work well in a US military armory. The hardened steel laser cut key goes into the lock to open the cabinet. The key must remain in the lock while the door is opened. The big issue here is the key sticks out almost 3″. When clothing catches or gear hits the key, it snaps off. Hardened steel is brittle. Now the rack must be pulled from service and the key and lock replaced. This is time consuming (weeks to ship) and expensive $85.00.

Armory Mistake; complexity of organizing all specialty components in an existing competitive cabinet

Key control was a real pain as the Abloy keys are quite a bit larger then standard weapon rack lock keys and did not fit into their key cabinet.

The Dasco bracket system worked when first installed. When the units weapon density list changed the idea of getting new brackets for the new type of weapons sounded easy however there was no money in the budget for new parts. Adapt and overcome….. They had to use the incorrect brackets for their new fielded weapons which did not work well. Now things were not fitting well and it took a lot longer to get the guns into the gun racks.

The time required to issue weapons was way too slow. The locks took forever to open and the weapons did not fit into the racks well.

 

SecureIt was brought in to consult on the issues. We made several recommendations which included installing our weapon rack upgrade kit into the complex Dasco weapon racks. This would convert the racks to use our simple Craddle Grid System.

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While this was a very affordable and simple solution, it was determined that the lock issue were too significant to keep the Dasco cabinets in service. So we designed a small footprint high density mobile aisle system with Model 84 weapon racks. The result is a 70% reduction in time to issue and return weapons, all weapons now fit properly and the system can adapt to any changes without the need to purchase any additional components.

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High density storage: Rail systems laid out

 

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High Density Storage: Carriages are set on rails

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High density storage: Drive mechanism is installed

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High density storage: weapon racks mounted and end-panels installed

 

Weapon storage armorers

High density storage: Armorers now can do their job efficiently

 

The old Dasco racks were gutted and the locks disabled. We field installed some simple shelving so they could at least be used to store gear.

 

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Weapon Storage: The Industry Leader

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How a technology storage expert, turned military weapon storage guru, is revolutionizing the way military armories store their weapons

tom_largeTom Kubiniec got involved in military weapon storage in 2001 while running a technology storage company. He received a call from a client who asked if his storage company could store MP5s in one of its high-security laptop storage cabinets. He was intrigued, and as he looked further into military weapon storage, he found that there were serious concerns and difficulties with the existing systems. The military was moving to modular weapon systems which leveraged a wide variety of attachable optics and electronics (ACOGs, PEQs, etc.). Weapon storage systems, designed for traditional battle rifles (M16, M14, M4), simply were not up to the task of storing these modern weapon systems with their modular components and parts.

It seemed that the companies supplying these weapon storage solutions did not fully understand the challenges and requirements of the modern armory. Most manufacturers were reacting to military weapon system changes by simply adding new components and pieces to their existing rack systems. The net result was that most of the weapon storage systems on the market became very complex, non-adjustable and very difficult to use.

“We took a different approach”

Tom took a different approach. His storage company was fortunate to be located in southern California, with proximity to many military installations. Tom and his associates took every opportunity to visit these facilities to talk with the armorers in command about the challenges faced in a military going through a modernization initiative. They rapidly gained a great deal of experience in military armories. SecureIt was created as a business to address the challenges associated with storage and organization of modern modular weapon systems.

SecureIt® wins the USASFC armory assessment contract

In October 2006, USASFC (U.S. Army Special Forces Command) was facing several big issues in their armories. Storage systems that had been recently purchased were simply not working. A solicitation was put out for an armory assessment program. SecureIt won the contract. Over the next seven months, SecureIt traveled to all CONUS Army Special Forces locations, surveyed the armories, interviewed the armorers and observed the work flow. This level of access to our most elite fighting forces was normally impossible. The time spent in the armories and the frank discussions with team members gave SecureIt an incredible amount of information and experience.

In a brief to USASFC, SecureIt outlined the need to move to modular, scalable solutions. The problem was, a modular, scalable solution essentially did not exist. This realization quickly led to an intense and involved search for a solution, which SecureIt ultimately developed. Since then, SecureIt has designed and installed weapon storage solutions for all branches of the military, in all theaters of operation

 

 

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$760K Armory Mistake?

Armory Mistake; complexity of organizing all specialty components in an existing competitive cabinet

Should the US military use import weapon racks?

Reprinted with permission of Brad Enders

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$760,000 of Canadian import weapon racks sit, unusable, in a quanset hut at Ft. Hood.

When the 3rd BCT, 1st ID (Duke Brigade) was reactivated and uncased their Colors at Ft. Hood TX They needed to purchase new weapon racks for their armories.

The decision was made to buy weapon racks imported from Canada. Sold in the US under several names, (Sekure, DSL), the weapon racks were delivered and installed into all 3rd Brigade armories. Following their deployment, word came down that they would be relocated to Ft. Knox. The weapon racks were not to be part of their EMTOE at the new location so they would be left behind for the next military units to occupy their Ft Hood space.

All the racks are locked and nobody has the keys…

Flash forward several months and you have a group at Ft. Hood trying to set up new arms rooms. They have been assigned all of the Canadian weapon racks once used by the 3rd BCT. There is one problem. All the racks are locked and nobody has the keys. This sounds almost funny until you realize the enormity of the situation.

The weapon racks (designed to meet a Canadian standard) have an integrated Abloy lock system in the doors. This lock uses a laser cut hardened steel key. The key cannot be duplicated and for security reasons Abloy will not produce new keys unless the customer has 2 things: The original invoice for the locks and the key card (each lock comes with a business card sized “key card” which has the unique lock ID).

As there was no system or process in place to organize and store unique keys or special key cards, these items were misplaced.

The net result is the racks are unusable.

There is no way to open these weapon racks shy of cutting off the doors, which will destroy them. Weapon racks should have a useful life of 20 years, now there are hundreds of them sitting in a big quanset hut by the motor pool at Ft. Hood. They will sit there until someday someone gets sick of them and dumps them for scrap steel value.

Canadian manufacturers make high quality products, however their weapon racks are designed to meet a Canadian security standard and Canadian armory protocols.

While the Canadian racks meet Army AR190-11 and Naval OPNAV 5313 security requirement for small arms storage, they are clearly not the right choice. Just because a weapon rack meets the minimum standard does not make it a good choice for US military applications.

In the US Military all weapon racks should use a standard removable pad lock and nothing else. In the event of a lost key the lock can be cut off. This will cost $8.00 to replace. Replacing an Abloy keyed Canadian weapon rack will cost about $1200.

An additional concern: in a crises situation access to weapons in the Canadian Racks would take a very long time if the keys were not available as the doors would have to be cut off.

While the Canadians make high quality products, these weapon racks were clearly never designed for US military use.