How to properly store short guns using Rifle Rods.
Your gun safe may look something like the safe pictured on the left. You have a few short guns that the Rifle Rods do not reach. Many customers have asked for a longer Rifle Rod to reach down to shorter guns. A longer Rifle Rod will not solve this problem. Read below for more information on why a longer Rifle Rod will not work.
The Rifle Rod needs to be halfway down the barrel of the gun for it to be secure. If it is not, shorten the distance between the gun and the shelf. There are many ways to do this. This post has four possible solutions listed below.
Most of these ideas were thought of by our customers. They were so kind to send in photos of their safes with their fixes for short guns. We have included these photos along with our four solutions.
1. Lower the shelf.
This is the easiest thing you can do. If there is a lot of distance between all of your guns and the shelf above, lower the shelf. This will stabilize all of the guns and give you more shelf space - win, win!
2. Use the shelves in your safe.
Use the shelves on each side of the safe to raise up the shorter guns or lower down to meet the shorter guns where they are. See the pictures below as examples of this strategy. You will get extra space this way too.
3. Use items found around the house.
Ammo cans, books, blocks of wood, bed risers, storage containers, bean bags - any of these objects can be used to boost up shorter guns.
4. Build custom risers.
Some folks have gone above and beyond to create the perfect storage area for their guns. It may be more work, but you'll have exactly what you need customized for your space. Again, you'll have more room to store ammo, etc underneath.
Why not longer Rifle Rods?
#1 Rifle Rod Feedback – Make Rifle Rods longer.
The number one request we have regarding the functionality of Rifle Rods is to increase the length. Guns come in a variety of different lengths and storing short ARs is always an issue no matter what long gun storage rack you are using. A common thought our Rifle Rod users have is that Rifle Rods should be longer to reach the shorter guns.
Longer Rifle Rods are not the solution.
Gun Storage Solutions is a company that listens to its customers. But, as Henry Ford once said, "If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse." This post will explain why making the Rifle Rods longer is not the solution to short gun storage issues. Below is a list of suggested methods that will boost up shorter guns. Some of the methods will even give you MORE storage space - win, win!
Why a longer Rifle Rod is not the solution.
The Rifle Rods are made of plastic to protect the bore of the gun. It is a strong, injection molded nylon product, but there are limits to its strength. The longer the Rifle Rod is, the weaker the plastic gets near the bottom. The instructions for use of Rifle Rods recommend keeping the rod halfway down the barrel of the gun. As you can see in the series of pictures and video, the further down the gun is on the Rifle Rod, the more unsecured it is.
Keeping it simple.
A suggested solution has been to thicken the diameter of the Rifle Rods. While GSS has considered making a thicker Rifle Rod for shotguns, this would steer us away from the one-size-fits-all versatility that we currently have with a 22 caliber Rifle Rod. While a thicker Rifle Rod will fit more snuggly in larger caliber guns and would be stronger/longer, this does not solve the core problem - shorter guns are usually smaller caliber. Making different calibers of Rifle Rods would only drive up costs and over-complicate a simple product.