Weapon Rack Layout
- Determine the amount of space available inside the arms room with an Armory Site Survey
- Review the weapon density list against Weapon Rack Storage Capacity
- How many weapon racks do I need?
- What Weapon Rack Layout is most advantageous to your arms room?
- Contact us for GSA Weapon Rack Pricing or review NSN Weapon Racks for supply system purchases
- Ask about how to utilize DLA TLS (Tailored Logistics Support) contract
We detailed Armory Site Survey’s, Weapon Rack Capacity, How Many Weapon Rack’s Do I Need, varying weapon rack heights and the difference between fixed and mobile weapon racks in other How To Build An Armory blog posts.
This post details the best layouts for weapon racks when designing an armory.
Fixed Weapon Racks are stationary weapon racks that get anchored to the floor. They can be configured around the perimeter of the room or setup back to back with aisles between cabinets in larger arms rooms. The layout of weapon racks inside of an armory can be the difference between work flow and efficient use of space for armorers.
Weapon Rack Layout
Weapon Rack Layouts inside of arms rooms are all determined by space available, type and quantity of weapons and gear to be stored, workflow inside of the armory and if any additional space is required besides just storing weapons in small arms racks for shelving, workbenches, desks or other storage requirements.
Weapon Rack Layouts have historically involved old M12 Small Arms Racks around the perimeter of the armory. These older racks required chains to be run through them to meet the 500 lb physical security requirement and the eyelets to run chain through were commonly installed along the armory walls and in the corners of the space.
With the advent of fully enclosed modular weapon racks, these chains and eyelets are no longer necessary in arms room for a weapon rack layout. Weapon Racks can be anchored from inside of the fully welded cabinet in all four corners to your concrete slab without any chains or eyelets to meet the 500 lb requirement.
Weapon rack layouts can now be established to best maximize the armory footprint which may involve opening up valuable floor space by not lining the walls with weapon racks.
Weapon Rack Layout Configurations
Wrapping weapon racks around the perimeter of the armory requires direct access in front of the weapon racks to open and close doors and to store and retrieve weapons and gear. This can be a restrictive layout if additional floor space is needed in front of the weapon racks.
High Density Weapon Storage Systems are configured in the same way as back to back weapon racks but are installed on top of rolling carriages with track installed in the floor to collapse aisles that are not in use and get more capacity than configurations with static aisles.
Lateral Mobile Weapon Rack Systems are configured with one fixed row of weapon racks installed on top of a carriage and individual weapon racks on carriages that slide from side to side, exposing storage in rows behind them.