is inevitable in any form of business. Because there is competition,
you as the end user should always get the best solution to
your requirements. Unfortunately given the nature of bids,
that does not always happen. Below are examples that we at
Combat Weapon Storage Systems have encountered and have
seen out in the field.
of the configurations in our competitor's systems are attempts
to store more weapons inside the same footprint in your weapon
rack, by limiting your ability to adjust components on a per
weapon or 1:1 rifle/weapon to barrel saddle ratio. If you
want modularity, demand that you receive individually adjustable
barrel saddles, 1 per every rifle to be stored.
conducting your market research for a Weapon Storage vendor,
ask yourself what your goals are for your armory:
your goal to get the most storage capacity?
Combat High Density Weapon Racks have the highest
storage density in the market, no gimmicks needed.
your goal for the most security?
10 point locking system is an industry best.
your goal for the most flexibility inside the
Our fully slotted back panel is a rack standard, with
individually adjustable barrel saddles.
your goal transportability into theater?
Our transport handles and transport brackets allow
for rack deployment without removing weapons from
you require safety for optics attached to weapons?
configurations protect optics attached to weapons
with no additional components required. We do not
endorse any of the configurations noted below.
you require a competitive, fair cost?
Work direct with Combat Weapon Storage Systems &
our weapon storage specialists.
you require top of the line manufacturing?
Combat Weapon Storage is ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001
& OHSAS 18001 manufactured. Ask the competition
if they meet these international manufacturing standards.
Demand only the best.
Shared barrel saddles are used for two purposes. One
reason to use shared barrel saddles, a saddle made up
to store multiple weapons with the same bracket, is
to eliminate modularity and also to store more weapons
across your weapon rack than the rack is actually designed
shared barrel saddles can stagger rifles, one forward
- one back or just cram the weapons so close together
that more weapons fit in your rack. Protect your weapons,
do not accept shared or offset barrel saddles.
down side to shared barrel saddles is not being able
to adjust barrel saddles individually, reducing the
armorer's ability to store different weapon systems
side by side within the same rack.
Inverted weapon storage brackets are gimmicks used to
flip rifles upside down, placing them over the top other
storage. This stores a weapon upside down next to a
rifle stored right side up. We feel this is a gimmick.
Accessories like this used inside weapon racks can increase
the downside to storing weapons with inverted brackets
is the actual storage and retrieval process becomes
slower with less protection for the weapons. Having
a weapon stored behind another weapon makes storage
& retrieval an arduous process and places more work
on the armorer. This also creates more of a process
for inventory management as now the armorer will have
weapons situated in racks in different positions, complicating
what should be an easy task where some labels will be
hidden from view, requiring the armorer to remove weapons
to verify serial numbers.
to the right and tell us how to get the bottom inverted
tier of weapons out without taking the two tiers of
weapons above out first?
time an armorer touches a weapon, a chance for damage
or losing scope zero increases. Avoid "Murphy's
Law." Avoid inverted weapon storage gimmicks.
to Back Weapon Storage
Front to Back Weapon Storage is a gross attempt
at creating more storage capacity within a rack. Weapons
receive a barrel saddle that is shared and forces the
weapon to be turned profile (90 degrees), another gimmick.
With this bracket, you literally have 3 weapons stored
per bracket, one behind the other perpindicular. This
process means that weapons stored in the 2nd or 3rd
slot will more than likely require the removal of the
weapons stored in front and possibly the weapons stored
to the side (see Detail A to the right).
thought process of jamming more weapons in the same
space denies the armorer the ability to store and retrieve
weapons without having an utter mess inside the cabinet
and also makes inventorying weapons that much harder,
as the serial numbers will not always be visible with
of our competitors calls this the highest density with
optics weapon storage. The solution is clumsy at best,
where weapons are able to knock the optics during the
storage and retrieval process, knocking optics out of
an emergency, this gimmick configuration will slow your
team down while increasing the chance of optics getting
bumped out of zero.
Horizontal mounts are nice brackets for M203s or sub-machine
guns, but when used to store M4s or M16s from front to
back to get more weapons in the rack, they again create
storage and retrieval as well as inventory issues. With
slings, optics and other attachments to rifles, a horizontal
mount lends itself to a mess inside of the rack when used
for bulk storage.
Bungee cords used in conjunction with weapon storage,
are not a good idea. Bungee cords are used to keep weapons
from falling forward out of their barrel saddles, with
cleats on the sides of the barrel saddles meant to hold
the bungee cord. As you can see from the pictures on
the right, these cleats will not always catch the bungee
cord and cause the weapons to lean.
bungee cord gimmick creates another step inside of the
weapon rack for the armorer to store and retrieve weapons,
slowing down work flow. Bungee cords are prone to wearing
out, and will ultimately snap over time. Definitely
not military or police proof.
yourself this question, why would someone propose the
use of bungee cords to secure your weapons? We're not
sure either, that's why we were awarded a contract to
replace this competitive rack system.
allowing vendors to use gimmicks. Demand the best.
Demand Combat Weapon Storage Systems & you will