I finally am.
And all for the low price of $19.95.
One of those neat inventions I found at the NRA Annual Meeting was Handgun Hangers by Gun Storage Solutions. These amazingly simple devices help make efficient use of the space in your gun safe while protecting your guns from gun-safe-bumper-car abuse.
As you can see from the photo, I had a problem. I was not hung. Knowing that you have a problem is the first step to recovery, so I stopped by the Gun Storage Solutions booth and boldy informed the young ladies working there that I had a problem. I was not hung, and I was miserable as a result.
After a quick diagnosis, the folks at Gun Storage Solutions offered a treatment regimen. And it didn’t even require little blue pills.
|The Original Handgun Hangers turned out to be my favorite. Simple to use, they allow you to hang handguns below virtually any shelf of normal thickness. Maybe an inch thick plus or minus. A ‘U’ shaped coated wire frame simply slips over the front edge of the shelf and a ‘U’ shape facing the other direction presents a coated road for the barrel to slip over – thereby hanging the gun. The coating protects the interior of the barrel.|
|The Back Under Handgun Hangers slip over the back side of a shelf and allow long handguns like big revolvers to hang without the grip projecting past the front of the shelf as they would with the front mounted Original Handgun Hangers. This worked great for our Ruger Super Blackhawk and long barreled Ruger Single Six.|
|This view shows the top side of the Over Under Handgun Hangers. A coated wire points up at about a 45 degree angle. It works pretty well for small profile handguns with reasonably short barrels. You can easily bend the angle of the coated wire up or down to create a better mount for specific guns.By the way, I can’t count. The Ruger LCR, second from the left, is simply resting between two others that are mounted using the system as I bought one pack too few of hangers. Unlike the folks at NBC who have no problem doctoring audio and video, I felt it only fair to include all the guns that were in the ‘before’ picture.|
|Here’s the bottom of the Over Under Handgun Hangers. The bottom side works exactly like the Original Handgun Hangers. I found the Over Under hangers to be a bit wobbly. Make no mistake – the setup was still uber-better than the pile-o-guns I had before. Perhaps addition of a stabilizing bend on the bottom side like the one on the top side of the mount would improve the the situation.|
Having tested most of the available configurations, my preference would be to do the whole setup with the Original Handgun Hangers. I would hang all pistols below the shelf and use the shelf tops for magazine storage as in the first picture.
All in all, hats off to the folks at Gun Storage Solutions for creating a simple and flexible system to organize your guns.
A side note – my particular safe has very little space between the inside main door panel and the front edges of the shelves. This means that I have not been able to find a inside-the-door handgun mount solution. The Handgun Hanger method overcomes that challenge.
It feels much better to be hung.
I don’t care if they are covered in rubber, vinyl, or virgin baby seal, I do not want to store my guns with anything stuck in the barrel.