Gun storage and a review of the
Sentinel Heavy Gauge Steel Security Cabinet
Quote of the Day
“A free people ought…to be armed”
Gun Storage Cabinet
By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor
I personally like to see my guns. On my old homestead I had built a custom gun storage cabinet with glass doors into the wall of the living room. I backed it with a tanned, hair-on deer hide and stacked the rifles, shotguns, and pistols against the hide in a beautiful display. Below it, with knotty pine doors, was my storage of extra ammo, best gun belt, gun cleaning kit and supplies. It kept the dust off my guns and was a beautiful display.
But my home burned, so…
This home just doesn’t lend itself to my favorite Lodge decorating style. And there is just no room for anything, it is so small. In fact, where I have the gun cabinet in the closet tucked under the stairs was the master closet when I moved in!
Life is all about change, so I made the master bedroom (Which would only hold a full sized bed pushed up against one wall.) into a combination bathroom and closet. It wasn’t even big enough to do a separate bathroom and closet! And since I needed storage for my guns, I started looking for something that would work.
As you can see from the picture, I needed something short and small, that would fit under a closet rod. I don’t have an arsenal. I own guns for hunting and homestead use. All I needed was storage for a couple of shotguns, a .22, and a couple of handguns. I found this Sentinel for under $70 on sale that stands 52” tall and holds 10 or 12 guns. And it locks!
It was lightweight enough for me to haul into the house myself. The only assembly was the inside shelf and sticky thingy’s for gun rests. It has predrilled holes for attaching it with screws to the floor and walls, but it recommended drilling holes to hit studs. I was sorely disappointed with my walls and floor in that closet. NO studs found! And when I drilled into the floor which I assumed was ¾ inch flooring—practically nothing! But what is there keeps it from tipping over. The fault is the house, not the cabinet!
Securely attached, it would keep 300 lb. Bubba at bay for 5 to 10 minutes. The door is tight enough to make it difficult to get a pry bar into it and the lock is surprisingly sturdy! For $70, I’m impressed! And it looks nice, always important to a woman!
Here it is opened and loaded. Note the foam rests for the guns to keep them upright and the foam on the bottom. Very nice for the money. Then there is the top shelf where I will put the handguns. It is big enough where I can stack my ammo cans in it too!
There is enough room left on top where I can hang my safety glasses and ear plugs for the gun range above it and store pistol cases and on it. This is all I need. It is someplace to store my guns, with a lock to keep the grandkids out, and adequate storage where I can keep everything together in one place for grab and go convenience. And it is in our main level “safe room” the master bath.
This is not a gun safe! It did not take two men to haul it into the house and set it up. It is not fireproof. And it didn’t cost an entire month’s social security check! But it is perfect for homestead storage of essential firearms.
A smile for you…
1. Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.
4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him ‘Why do you carry a 45?’ The Ranger responded, ‘Because they don’t make a 46.’
6. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm.
‘Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?’
‘No Ma’am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle or a shotgun.’
7. Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!
But wait, there’s more!
I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did.
She said ‘Well I certainly hope it isn’t loaded!’
To which I said, of course it is loaded, can’t work without bullets!’
She then asked, ‘Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?’
My reply was, ‘No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too.’
To which I’ll add, having a gun in the house that isn’t loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.
In GOD We Trust