Armory Site Survey: How to Build an Armory
- Existing arms rooms will have legacy weapon racks that require replacement.
- Brand new arms rooms, MILCON projects built from new construction are typically outfitted with racks by general contractors during the construction process.
- Portable arms rooms are pre-fabricated buildings built to specifications required for weapon storage facilities without having to go through the MILCON process for a new facility.
The first piece of the puzzle for any Armory Site Survey is to determine the dimensions of the space. Like any space, there is usable space and space that needs to be kept free and clear.
Uniform Building Codes such as minimum aisle clearances, fire sprinkler clearance, front approach clearance for swinging doors, need to be observed inside of arms rooms so units are not written up for unsafe working conditions.
Measuring from wall to wall, corner to corner and floor to ceiling; you will likely have a square or rectangle shaped armory, however not all spaces are the same. These dimensions also do not take into account the many obstacles or obstructions our Armory Design team has to work around such as building columns, doorways, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, issue windows, IDS sensors, power receptacles, floor drains, overhead fire sprinklers, overhead pipes, thermostats, desks and workbenches and any other object in the arms room.
Once the defined usable space of your armory is determined, we can then fill in the storage requirement using your MTOE (weapon density list) to design the armory with standard weapon rack dimensions. Drawing the arms room in AutoCAD, our system designers can design your armory with an armory layout.
What this means to you as an armorer is that we do not have a one size fits all solution. We can mix and match weapon rack widths and heights to best optimize your space.
Offering many weapon rack National Stock Numbers, most of our weapon racks can be ordered through the federal supply system with GCSS-A, FedLog easily.
Fixed or Stationary Weapon Racks are free-standing. They can be configured side to side, back to back, against a wall or in the middle of your arms room. This is the most typical layout for weapon racks in arms rooms when the armory is large enough to store all weapons and gear.
When arms rooms are not large enough to store all weapons and gear, or when you want more workable floor space, Mobile Weapon Rack Systems put weapon racks on mobile carriages, compacting the amount of fixed aisle space to store weapon racks in the arms room.
On site assembly of weapon racks insures your weapon racks are installed level, with leveling feet and anchor holes to attach the weapon rack to your slab. All Combat Weapon Racks are also pre-punched to bolt side to side and back to back with nuts, bolts and washers. Bolting weapon racks into the wall keeps the weapon racks square after the racks are anchored to the floor.