Look what $5.00 can buy!


January 4, 2003, 11:32 PM
Earlier in the month, there was a DRMO sale at the Air Force base where I'm stationed. These were going for $45.00, but were then reduced to $5.00 each.


I bought three of them, they're Thomasville oak armoire/wall closets. My wife gave one to family friends, she kept one, and I got the third. I got an idea, bought some wooden spools and long drywall screws, and a nice padlock for the steel hasp on the doors. Voila'!


The shelves on the left side are reserved for reloading dies, brass bins, and reloading components.

Damn things weigh a ton, though. :D

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January 4, 2003, 11:35 PM
Great deal, and a nice job! :neener:

Jason Demond
January 4, 2003, 11:37 PM
It looks nice, but it's no substitute for a gun safe.

January 4, 2003, 11:41 PM
I can see the headlines now.

Thieves armed with termites steal weapons collection.

Good Shooting

January 4, 2003, 11:43 PM

4v50 Gary
January 4, 2003, 11:45 PM
Well, if you live on an airbase and there's no burglaries, and you've got good neighbors who watch after your place when you and your wife are out, heck, don't worry.

What 22 is that (2nd from the right)?

BTW, $5 for an armoire filled with guns is a great price. :) if I send you $100, can you pick up 20 of those armory armoires for me?:cool: Or did you pick the rest up for El Rojo already? :uhoh:

January 5, 2003, 12:16 AM
This is the overflow collection, until such time as I get another real safe.

It was good to get them out of their cases and from under the bed. When the armoire is closed, there's a padlock on the steel hasp visible in the first picture.

Wish it came full of guns. Even the black ones the Air Force issues to Security Forces. Couldn't find that particular armoire', though. :(

Base housing where I live is nice in that respect, the two of us have a solid 3-bedroom, 2-bath place with family room (now my reloading room and gun safe room). Security Police patrols drive through every day, kind of the ultimate gated community, with armed rent-a-cops, as it were.

First rifle from the right - 1945-vintage BSA Shirley No5Mk1 Jungle Carbine, aka shoulder capillary tester.

Gary, the 2nd .22 from the right is my Remington 521-T, given to me in the 5th grade when I showed promise in Junior Smallbore.

The 3rd .22 from the right is my wife's new Winchester 9422.

4th from the right is a Ruger #1S in .45-70. Another good shoulder capillary tester.

5th from right is a 1906-vintage Remington Model 8 in .32 Remington, one of my first restoration jobs.

6th from the right is a Model 1895 Steyr-Mannlicher, the gun is the Dutch Cavalry Carbine variant in 6.5x53R.

7th from the right is a Yugoslavian SKS with www.nouglyguns.com East German Rain camouflage stock.

8th from the right is an early Remington Model 11 in 12 Gauge, another of my restoration jobs.

And bringing up the tail end is a Remington 870 Mark 1 trench/riot gun.

Since the wooden spools work so well, My next move is to get the guns in the guest bedroom out of hiding and add more rifle slots inside the armoire.

Mike Irwin
January 5, 2003, 12:17 AM
Do you realize what kind of self-contained loading set up you could build into one of those?



January 5, 2003, 12:25 AM
Add me to the list of jealous Highroaders...

Lucky bugger...:D

January 5, 2003, 01:41 AM
That is a good deal. How do I find out about the DRMO sales for the base I am stationed at? I wouldn't mind picking one up if they had them.

Kahr carrier
January 5, 2003, 02:31 AM
Nice handy work and thats a nice overflow collection of rifles.:D

January 5, 2003, 02:41 AM
GREAT deal ... whether for guns or not!!!

<jealous> ............... :p

January 5, 2003, 06:33 AM

I would hardly call Air Force Security Forces personnel "rent-a-cops".

We protect what you have, and those that you love. Without us, you are nothing more than a target for terrorists or "evil-dooers".

Our main job in Security Forces is Law Enforcement, and Security at home base. Think what you will of that, it needs to be done and we do it. Our secondary purpose is Force Protection, both during peacetime and wartime.

I did 11 years as a stright leg Law Enforcement troop, and have another 3 as a Combat Arms instructor (still under Security Forces). I have done many different jobs within the Security Police/Forces careerfield. I handle myself in a professional manner no matter what the situation, and I highly doubt anyone would ever call me a "rent-a-cop" to my face.

I could go on and on, but i'm sure you get my point.

January 5, 2003, 09:28 AM
My point was that having the Security Forces around the housing complex was that much better than the hired guards normally found on a gated community. Kinda like having the sheriff's department patrolling your neighborhood exclusively.

Having said that, I do augmentee the Patrick patrols about once a month now, or more depending on their deployment schedule. I stood gate guard on September 11th, 2002. Couldn't believe the number of recalled reservists patrolling, many of whom were sheriff's deputies and city police officers who got called up.

They wouldn't let me cross-train to CATM. Too high a re-enlistment bonus in my career field, so I was locked in. :(

January 5, 2003, 09:45 AM
Look what $5.00 can buy!

I thought you were going to show us an AOW tax stamp... ;)

January 5, 2003, 10:29 AM
I thought you were going to show us an AOW tax stamp...
I thought he was going to post some more pictures from the 1900 Sears & Roebuck catalogue.

Greg L
January 5, 2003, 11:12 AM
Nice find. I like the idea of the wooden spools. When I build something similar I need to remember that.


Kentucky Rifle
January 5, 2003, 11:15 AM
Well, I think he did a pretty nice job.
It beats the hell out of going around the house trying to find hiding places for the "overflow" that simply won't fit in my safe. (I've gotta buy another safe. You see, THIS is what happens when you THINK you're buying a big enough safe, but two years later you realize you didn't even get close.:banghead: )


Hk Paul
January 5, 2003, 11:40 AM
(You see, THIS is what happens when you THINK you're buying a big enough safe, but two years later you realize you didn't even get close. )

Yeah, having that problem right now.:banghead:

4v50 Gary
January 5, 2003, 12:51 PM
I knew that guns self-propagate themselves when they enter a home, but didn't realize that safes did the same thing, only at a much slower rate.

Chris Rhines
January 5, 2003, 01:20 PM
I love salvage sales. :)

- Chris

January 5, 2003, 08:59 PM
That hidden reloading setup Mike mentioned has merit...;)

January 5, 2003, 09:01 PM
Just as soon not scan that in, though...

Wonder if Krinks is getting tired of me asking about my "baby" AK? :D

January 5, 2003, 09:14 PM
Nice score for 5 fun tickets! Is it fireproof?:evil: :fire:

January 5, 2003, 09:40 PM
But I'd be more worried about the stuff in the house that's more flammable than the oak gun cabinet.

Which reminds me, I gotta build a flammables locker one of these days. All those cans of smokeless, blackpowder, primers, Ed's Red, egad!

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