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Posted: February 15 2018 at 11:03am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Okay folks, I know all of you have seen the John Wayne
movies where he and Walter Brennan or Robert Mitchum and
other such stars were holed up in a sheriff's office
waiting to swap their prisoner with the bad guy. But did
you ever notice that in those movies there was always the
quintessential locking rifle rack on the wall. I know you
seen it, because it's in every one of those movies. And
of course in every Sheriff's Office that Josh Randall
visited in Wanted Dead or Alive, and Paladin witnessed
those very same gun racks in every Sheriff's Office he
visited in his series. Well, I want one!

I have several pieces remaining of 1 x 12 rough cut oak
wood. White Oak planks in fact. They would make great
components to build a miniaturised version of those
famous movie set what I call Old West gun safes. With a
metal bar and a locking piece on the end, or a chain run
through the trigger guards (ouch! Watch the finish!) It
would make an interesting way to keep my weapons at quick
access. I suspect I will make it to hold four weapons
rather than the 8 or 10 that the old ones held. I'm not
outfitting an army just me.

So, today while I'm resting up and relaxing I will draw
up the plans for building my old west gun safe. Then when
the weather breaks and is much more suitable for me to be
outside, I'll make the cuts on the lumber and start
building my project. I will try to photograph my progress
and of course the finished product. Naturally, it will
be interesting to see if I can post said photos as well.
I will likely stain it a dark oak or walnut color rather
than leave it in the lighter colored natural. I doubt
seriously that I will weather it by beating on it with a
chain and a stick to give it that aged look. Never cared
for it when people did that and damage perfectly good
wood. So it will look like a brand new wall mounted Old
West gun rack from one of John Wayne sets from long ago.
I think the Duke will be proud of me and I will have a
gun rack that I will be able to reach up and snatch a
weapon out when I'm ready to meet whatever is outside
that's causing a ruckus! In the immortal words of Chill
Wills "Yeehaw Brazos!"

At any rate it will beat The Living Daylights out of
where my go-to long gun sits at this point. I have my new
12 gauge scattergun resting against a inner corner of the
side of my dresser with the butt sitting on top of a 50
caliber ammo can. Granted, I can get to it quick on the
way out of bed and down the hall but also it stands a
good chance of my carousing cats knocking the weapon off
of its rather precarious stand. I'd feel much better with
it in a rack wouldn't you? I might even build in a drawer
at the bottom to hold some handguns in a slotted rack
inside the drawer. That way I could have a couple of six
shooters at my beck and call. Got some possibilities, so
I'll work out the details today.

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Posted: February 16 2018 at 8:27pm | IP Logged Quote M700

What do you think about dipping the chain in rubber to make it easier on the finish of your rifles?

And yes, I fondly remember those old racks of lever actions in the old time Hollywood sheriff's offices!

I remember seeing one, early 1960's, in a small, rural area California police dept building, with several lever action rifles and a couple of pump shotguns in it.

The PD backed up to my grandparents property, and as a kid I was a welcome guest at the PD. I must have bugged the heck out of those poor fellows.

Guy

Edited by M700 on February 16 2018 at 8:28pm
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Posted: February 17 2018 at 11:46am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yes sir, I thought about a vinyl coated chain like the
one that you can get at Ace Hardware, but in reality I
don't want to be dragging things through the trigger
guard of my weapons. More than likely I'll go with a
rubber coated iron bar located a little further up on the
framework of the rack. Where it will be against the
forearm or handguard of the weapons. The bar is really
just something that I want to have in place to keep my
weapons from possibly being dislodged from the Rack in
case I bump into it. My house is very small and I live in
close quarters.

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Posted: February 17 2018 at 5:50pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Hope you can get a picture posted when it is done.
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Posted: February 17 2018 at 7:04pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Me too. I never have much luck doing that though

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Posted: February 18 2018 at 1:42pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

Is this what you want? I run a coated cable through the levers and a lock on each end. Nice way to show your leverguns. In this case Wimchester model 94`s.
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Posted: February 22 2018 at 5:30am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yup, pretty close.
Now if this monsoon will let up so I can get to work!
Been raining for days and is expected to continue for
another week or more. Really getting on my nerves.


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Posted: February 22 2018 at 6:31am | IP Logged Quote Rex

Trade you some snow.
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Posted: February 22 2018 at 8:57am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Aw shucks Rex. You know how snow makes me go crazy!
Just gotta ride out the storms. Wet ain't froze!

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Posted: March 04 2018 at 3:25am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

If you make the rack out of metal and such
that it contacts the metal of the guns
then you can also wire up an electric
fence charger to the rack with the charger
unit in a locked cabinet. Some fence
chargers make a lot of audible signal as
they pulse others very little to none.

Get one of the quiet ones, hang a sign
above the rack that says "Rule #1 "Don't
Touch Another Man's Gun Without
Permission"". You would be surprised how
many people especially your relatives
suddenly let out Yelps for some strange
reason when your back is turned.

Now I realize that there are disadvantages
to this as well especially if you have a
small place and you might end up bumping
against the rack like you mentioned or
even worse forgetting to turn off the
fence charger before grabbing a gun
yourself. But I turn the charger on on my
rack only when I leave my place unattended
(every little bit helps, if they bust the
door down they will probably eventually
get the guns out if the rack but I prefer
to make it as unpleasant as possible for
them) or when I have other people in my
home besides myself and the very few
others I fully trust.

Edited by turbo1889 on March 04 2018 at 3:35am


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Posted: March 04 2018 at 9:40am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well the object of this upright wall mounted rifle rack
was for rapid access and not mild electrocution. But this
morning I'd laid out the lumber, marked the cuts, and
snaked the power cord out to the window to my old
workmate bench outside. Thirty seconds into my first cut
with my Skilsaw I lost my grip from the vibration. Damn
hand still is effected by that stroke. Cannot control the
saw.

Called my other neighbor with a full woodshop but he was
too busy kissing his wife's rump and playing eBay hotshot
seller to help me. Besides, the only time he ever calls
me now is when he wants something. Pretty much written
him off these days. Drunk Neighbor is already on the way
to being plastered at 10:40am. No help there. Maybe I
didn't need the rack after all. Was a fun idea
anyway.

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Posted: March 04 2018 at 9:50am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Sorry, misunderstood. I thought the rack
was for securing the guns against
unauthorized access without having to
spend money for a real safe and also to
display them instead of having them hidden
away (why I built my metal rack years
ago).

Rapid access and up out of the way
obviously don't need security measures
like I suggested.

As to the saw. Depending on the cuts that
need done sometimes a jig saw can be used,
just takes longer but can be controlled
with less arm strength and only one hand.
I've never had a stroke so can't
completely understand. But did have my
good arm in a sling once and couldn't run
any of the big saws but could still use
the little jig saw in my off hand. Cuts
weren't as straight and it took forever
but it worked. Just a thought.

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Posted: March 09 2018 at 7:34pm | IP Logged Quote badt00d

I've been looking at that rack for years. Kept looking
for a good visual when watching the movie.Maybe there
are plans on the net somewhere, dunno. Was going to
build one and get a bunch of 94's, and old shotguns, but
I figured that would not be a good way to store guns in
this day and age. And the price of old Winchesters went
up a bunch. So I never built one. Still a way cool rack
though! Great post.

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rednekpaul wrote:
Is this what you want? I run a coated cable through the levers and a lock on each end. Nice way to show your leverguns. In this case Wimchester model 94`s.


No real input on the rack but that is a seriously nice brace of '94s there. Gotta admit to being rather envious.

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