by J. Scott Olmsted - Saturday, February 13, 2016
There are many ways to store your firearms: secure them in a safe; lock them in a quick-access metal box at bedside or in a frequently used room; or simply hide them in plain sight. There really is only one rule: Store firearms so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. To that end, I noted three companies displaying their wares at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., this weekend. All three offer “hide in plain sight” solutions—all three offer furniture that should appeal to gun owners.
First up is Tactical Walls, a Virginia-based company that employs 29 people. TW offers simple solutions for gun owners who might want to add quick access to firearms in any room. The company makes an Issue Box (think tissue box), a Tactical Wall Clock and Tactical Lamp that provide “sit it down and use it” simplicity to store handguns. A series of units is designed to be installed flush with wall depth, between wall studs in residential building: a full-length mirror, two portrait-size mirrors and a couple of curio cabinets custom made to specific dimensions. All items feature sliding visible panels that may be unlocked to reveal storage boxes hidden between wall studs. Several wall-mounted shelves store a single pistol, several pistols and even a rifle in what look appear to be mantel-like shelves that hold family pictures or curios. Simply slide the included magnet to the right spot on the shelf to access firearms. The company also sells a Tactical TV Lift Cabinet with motorized lifts designed to hold a rifle or two, handguns and other items. All products are hand-made.
Next up is Qline Design out of Kingston, N.H. Qline hand-makes what it likes to call heirloom-quality furniture it expects to last you a lifetime. Tables are built with mortise and tenon joinery, in keeping with a variety of Shaker, Mission, Classical and Modern furniture including: bookcases, end tables, coffee tables, dining tables, media consoles, desks and even beds. This stuff is absolutely beautiful; cherry and walnut are just two of the quality woods used by Qline. Many pieces of furniture feature locking, hidden compartments designed to hold handguns and long guns.
Tactical Walls and Qline Design will display at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky.—so if you missed them in Harrisburg you have another chance to see their wares in person this year.
Lastly, Secret Compartment Furniture, from Ohio, also was on hand, displaying a variety of hand-made bookcases, end tables, tables, desks and more. The company’s craftsmanship was highlighted by cleverly designed secret compartments on display in console tables, wall mirrors, end tables, night stands and more.
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