Understanding Modern Weapon Storage.
After 15 years of designing and building military armories all over the world, I thought it was time to put my thoughts down and create a series of educational pieces about modern weapon storage.
Why this is important
In the last few years, several office and filing storage manufacturers have entered the weapon storage rack market. These companies do not appear to have any real experience in this field. The storage systems they are representing or manufacturing simply do not work well in military armories. In order to make a proper decision, it is critical that armorers, commanders and contracting officers involved in the procurement of new equipment understand the basics of modern weapon storage and the pitfalls of doing it wrong. I have been brought in on many armory redesigns to fix issues that occurred after a new system was installed. While a new weapon storage system may look great on CAD drawings or a fancy proposal, proper armory weapon storage is a function of system design and flexibility matching the armory’s intended use. Here I share my experience on the basic fundamentals of modern military weapon storage.
I got involved in military weapon storage in 2001 when I was running a technology storage company. I received a call from a client who asked if we could store MP5s in one of our high-security laptop storage cabinets. I was intrigued, as I looked further into military weapon storage I found that there were serious concerns and difficulties. The military was moving to modular weapon systems. These systems have a wide variety of removable optics and electronics. (AGOGs, PEQs etc.) Weapon storage systems designed for traditional battle rifles (M16, M14, M4) simply were not up to the task of storing modern weapon systems with all their modular components and parts.
It seemed that the companies supplying these solutions did not have a true understanding of the challenges and requirements of a modern armory. Most manufacturers were reacting to military weapon system changes by simply adding new components and pieces to their current rack systems. The net result, most of the weapon storage systems on the market were becoming very complex and difficult to use with the addition of specialty components and system revisions. Lots of components mean more potential problems. Unique and proprietary translates to expensive, difficult to use, and hard to adapt to a change. They limit future options and force the customer to come back to the original manufacturer when the situation changes. This course of action dramatically increases cost for long-term ownership.
I took a different approach. We were fortunate to be located in southern California with proximity to many military installations. We took every opportunity to visit these facilities and talk with the armorers and command about the challenges faced by a military going through a modernization initiative. We rapidly gained a great deal of experience in military armories. SecureIt Tactical was created as a business to address the challenges associated with storage and organization of modern modular weapon systems.
In October 2006 USASFC (U.S. Army Special Forces Command) was facing several big issues in the armories. Storage systems that had been recently purchased simply were not working. A solicitation was put out for an armory assessment program. SecureIt Tactical won the contract. Over the next 7 months, we traveled to all CONUS Army Special Forces locations, surveyed the armories, interviewed the armorers and observed the workflow. This level of access to our most elite fighting forces is normally impossible. Our time spent in the armories and our frank discussions with team members gave us an incredible amount of experience.
In our brief to Command, we outlined the need to move to modular, scalable solutions. Most of their armory systems were rigid and inflexible. They had been designed and installed by people with backgrounds in office and filing storage systems. This type of experience by itself does not translate well to military armory storage.
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SecureIt Tactical has designed and installed weapon storage solutions in all branches of the military in all theaters of operation.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Armory design group for assistance