Weapon Storage: Learning
The 4 Basic rules for a functional armory
- Keep it simple
Complexity is perhaps the biggest problem we see in weapon storage armories today. Current manufacturers have taken the concept of flexible weapon storage that we outlined in our brief to USAFC 10 year ago, way off the deep end. (see Arms room assessment )Many weapon racks on the market today have so many brackets and different parts they are simply are not stable storage platforms.
- Weapon Racks are designed to store weapons not gear
Gear storage is a growing problem. The volume of serialized and high value gear going into armories is increasing. Weapon racks do not properly store this gear and results in high damage and loss rates as well and poor inventory/audit function. Serialized gear should be stored in steel drawer cabinets with adjustable dividers.
- When working with a supplier to upgrade your armory make sure they know what they are doing
Most of the problems related to bad or inefficient weapon storage systems and armories trace back to inexperienced or negligent distributors and sales representatives. Make sure the salesman talking to you about storage knows what he is doing.
If the supplier’s main business is office and filing solutions or focused on industrial warehouse storage, then you need to ask them a few qualifying questions. see: Evaluating the competence of your sales-rep
- Do you really need a high density mobile aisle storage system?We see a lot of these systems being installed. In many cases, they are the wrong choice. While these systems can save a lot of space, there are serious workflow and ergonomic issues to be considered. This takes us back to making sure your sales rep is experienced. See: Understanding High Density weapon Storage