42 Inch Wide Weapon Racks are one of two core standard weapon rack widths manufactured by Combat Weapon Storage. Featuring locking reverse bi-fold doors, 42 Inch Wide Weapon Racks can store rifles, machine guns, pistols, optics and more.
Weapon Rack Storage Capacity for 42″ W Combat Weapon Racks allows for the storage of 14 standard rifles, 7 crew served weapons with bi-pods and 4 heavy weapons with additional weapons to the side.
With single tier stackable weapon racks, mid-tier height weapon racks and full height weapon racks, armorers can mix and match weapon rack requirements as needed to fit in your armory keeping the fire code in mind.
Competitive 42″ W weapon racks with retractable or bi-fold doors require additional floor space to store the same quantity or less weapons depending on the manufacturer. These additional weapon racks gobble up valuable armory floor space and reduce workflow with armorers having to manage more physical weapon racks.
The lost floor space for using retractable door weapon racks may seem inconsequential, but the larger your weapon density list is the more floor space gets donated to inefficient weapon storage solutions.
Taking an example of a small weapon density list:
- 380 M4s
- 380 M17s
- 12 M249s
- 12 M240s
- 5 M2s with spare barrels
- 5 MK19s
- 12 Shotguns
Legacy retractable door weapon rack systems store 20 rifles per rack without using gimmicks to get more storage capacity in their system. This list of weapons requires 23 weapon racks to store 392 assorted rifles with pistols and five additional racks to store the heavy weapons (M2/MK19), M240s and M249s. That takes approximately 23 total 42″ W weapon racks or 80.5 feet of wall space.
Using 42″ W Combat Weapon Racks, 12 weapon racks store 336 assorted rifles and pistols. 5 additional racks would store the remaining rifles and pistols, heavy weapon systems and the 12M249 and 12 M240s. This adds up to only 59.5 total feet of wall space in 17 total weapon racks.
In this small example, you can see how even more inefficient retractable door weapon racks are against 42″ W Combat Weapon Racks when comparing the space savings in arms rooms. Cost wise, purchasing additional weapon racks will also render these weapon racks more expensive.
This is why we see competitive gimmicks like shared barrel saddles that change the storage capacity of weapon racks, inverted weapon storage or front to back storage of rifles to try and store more weapons than a weapon rack is designed for. Competitive gimmicks such as these take away from an armorer’s ability to adjust barrel saddles independently and restrict the ability to plug and play with components in each weapon rack.
Combat Weapon Rack
Weapon Capacity Single Tier: 14
Weapon Capacity Double Tier: 28
Competitor Weapon Rack
Weapon Capacity Single Tier: 10
Weapon Capacity Double Tier: 20
The weapon rack armory layout example shown is a small sample showing why arms rooms have begun to migrate away from legacy retractable door weapon racks that take more floor space to store less weapons.
The loss of space is more pronounced as noted with larger weapon density lists like the example above and even more so when weapon racks are paired with mobile carriages.
42″ W and 36″ W weapon racks can be mixed together in the same armory to get the best layout and weapon storage capacity offered.
Combat Weapon Storage offers turkey design service including site visits, proposals with CAD drawings and final assembly of the weapon racks if required. Providing arms room layouts ensures not only that all weapons and gear will fit inside of the armory, but also ensuring the arms room has workable floor space.
Site visits are critical to reviewing not just the storage requirements but also reviewing for obstructions within the armory that need to be worked around such as building columns, fire alarms, IDS, electrical boxes, thermostats, pipes and any other obstruction.