Rifle Rack Display
Posted 01 October 2009 - 09:48 PM
I started with an old built-in cabinet behind the basement bar counter. Using the length of my longest rifle in the collection (geez those old Moisin Nagant M-91s are looong sticks) I cut down the cabinet to ensure clearance between the muzzle to the ceiling. I built a typical slotted arm to hold the barrels. In order to get the “topside out” look I desired, I added a small piece of molding to sit under the buttplates and force the rifles to lean into the barrel slots. After some trial and error I determined the optimum distance from the wall to locate this molding strip. I was surprised to discover the Mauser 98k’s were the only rifles to have problems with this “leaning it” method; their buttplates just seem to alter their balance much more than any of the other milsurps I have. I pushed the molding strip out from the wall a skosh more to accommodate the Mausers.
The basement wall is built with dark pine tongue & groove so the rifle stocks didn’t “pop” against the background. I added a light tan piece of fabric behind the rack to ensure a high degree of contrast. You’ll also note in the photos that I used that green rubbery material for kitchen cabinets as a cushion on the molding strip and on the countertop back to the wall for aesthetic reasons.
In order to secure the rifles, I bought some heavy chain which I then dipped in some liquid rubber goo to prevent any marring of metal surfaces. The chain is anchored at each end with a heavy lag bolt. I added a couple brass bodied padlocks at consistent intervals so I wouldn’t have to pull too much chain to remove an individual rifle from the rack.
Hope you enjoy the photos!
Posted 01 October 2009 - 09:51 PM
Posted 03 October 2009 - 10:58 AM
Posted 03 October 2009 - 12:28 PM
That is sweat! Great work and craftsmanship. It's very professional looking. You said it was behind your bar? Man, that's better'n any mirror. Nothing better than sipping your favorite frosty adult beverage while gazing on a wall full of beautiful rifles!
Thanks for sharing.
Posted 03 October 2009 - 01:38 PM
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