Do you arrange your safe any particular way?


January 5, 2003, 12:55 PM
I try to keep the handguns sorted by brand but think it may make more sense to do it by caliber. For those of you with larger collections, do you arrange them in a particular way and if so, how?

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January 5, 2003, 02:18 PM
Yea, so I can shut the door. With any luck, when I open it next, the long guns stuffed in tight won't come tumbling out on top of me :p

Mal H
January 5, 2003, 02:32 PM
I guess I follow M1911's method myself. I have the guns (handguns, rifles, sg's) arranged so that they will all fit.

I think this must be a corollary to Parkinson's Law: "Your collection of firearms will expand so as to fill the space available for them."

January 5, 2003, 03:08 PM
Guns that I never use are way in the back, and guns that I favor are right in the front for immediate access. Same thing with ammunition.

January 5, 2003, 03:55 PM
Usually by caliber, here is a pic. You can't see the long guns because they are on the left side.

January 5, 2003, 08:53 PM
lower-rifles on the left, shotguns on the right
upper-handgun shelf
iron sighted autos on the left, revolvers in the middle, scopes/optic autos on the right next to the tupperware container full of knives (mostly customs)

Kahr carrier
January 6, 2003, 06:54 AM
Rblack those are nice handgun racks in your safe ,did you buy them or did you make them ,they look pretty slick.:)

January 6, 2003, 08:01 AM
Kahr carrier,

Those are actually large file folders I got at WalMart for like $ 6.00 a piece.

January 6, 2003, 08:09 AM
Yep. Guns on the inside. :) Actually, absolutely no organization. Whatever it takes to get the door closed.

Kahr carrier
January 6, 2003, 08:14 AM
That pretty good thinking Rblack large file folders are they steel or plastic??:)

Long Hunter
January 6, 2003, 04:19 PM
What M1911 said.

I need another safe!

But every time I get some money saved I buy more guns!

Long Hunter

January 6, 2003, 04:38 PM
I stay pretty true to the MIOS *

Handguns on top,longuns on bottom. Those I use for quick and grab handy, everthing being in Sack-Ups...gee I wonder what's in this one...can ususally guess by size and weight tho'. I thought the door was supposed to 'boing' open. :D

* Mike Irwin Organizational System.

47D found in pantry type of guy myself.

4v50 Gary
January 6, 2003, 04:56 PM
Hmmmm..... Where can I put this one so I can fit another in here?

January 6, 2003, 09:23 PM
Kahr carrier,

They're plastic, but stiff enough to hold the guns upright.

January 6, 2003, 10:07 PM

Handguns and gold on the top shelf.

Rifles as they should be (upright on the left)

Ammo on the small shelves on the right.

240 lbs of silver bars on the floor (they would destroy the shelves)

The safe isn't going anywhere!


January 6, 2003, 11:11 PM
I've got my few guns arranged so that I can justify having a safe: spread out with room to repopulate, if that were possible.

January 7, 2003, 05:58 PM
I need another safe!

But every time I get some money saved I buy more guns!

I have that same problem. Isn't it funny how a nice safe is the same price as a nice gun.

OH well maybe this year I'll get a new safe. Truth is I have to I can't get any more guns in mine.

As for aranging the safe I only do one thing to arange mine. When I open the door I can grab the AK quickly.

January 7, 2003, 06:35 PM
My wife says I must be obsessive compulsive for how I arrange my safe. First, the semi autos are arranged alphabetically by brand name on the top shelf and all point the same way. Then revolvers again by brand name and all pointed in the same direction. The long guns are on the right by brand name front to back with all the slings hanging to the right. All mags and loading devices like stripper clips are on the third shelf alphabetically based on the gun they belong to and ammo is on the bottom shelf with the largest caliber in the back.

Of course I do the same thing with my CD's, DVD's and books. They're all set first by subject then alphabetically by author within the subject.

January 7, 2003, 07:53 PM
Ditto what M1911 said. Mine wouldn't be so bad but I tend to keep them in their original boxes which takes up a lot more room. If I had all of those empty boxes laying around, someone (wife) might get pissed at having so many.:fire:

January 7, 2003, 08:12 PM
Well, dad bought my gun safe as a much needed present and said, "Here's one with enough room to grow into." :D

With Oleg, we quickly grew out of it.

I arrange the contents any way to make them fit, trying to put the most often used ones near the front. Sometimes we have to remove the bolts so they can fit more compactly.

January 7, 2003, 08:33 PM
Depends on the season. In duck season the waterfowling pieces are up front. Out of season the duck guns tend to migrate toward the back left corner and the skeet/target hardware comes up front.

Of course, the guns which have not yet ... ummmm... had the proper introduction to the Chairperson tend to reside in the dark recesses of the rear-right corner :uhoh:

January 7, 2003, 08:42 PM
Cram it all in and hope nothing falls out when I open it.

January 7, 2003, 08:51 PM
Banjo in the back, long guns in front, ammo on the floor on other side, camera stuff, and handguns on the upper decks, and magazine collection on top.

January 7, 2003, 09:58 PM
Same as my desk. A place for everything, and everything all over the place.

January 7, 2003, 10:22 PM
This is one of the Safes

January 8, 2003, 06:07 PM
I'm with M1911 ... "so I can shut the door. With any luck, when I open it next, the long guns stuffed in tight won't come tumbling out on top of me .."

Yup, that's me too!

Nice safe shots guys. Would like to see thread dedicated to that ... someone want to do it up?

Tropical Z
January 9, 2003, 12:22 PM
However i do it,its always wrong for what i want!

January 9, 2003, 01:34 PM
I had to buy 2 small safes - I move around alot. One was for "hunting" guns and the other was for "tactical" guns.

Of course that went out the window a few weeks ago when the Nagant decided to move in with me and then another 2 rifles, and a semi-auto - and then the .22.

I need to buy 2 largers safes - but TMO has a weight limit of what they will pack and ship......:(

January 9, 2003, 01:40 PM
I arrange mine so as to get as many in there as I can. I bought one of those safes that is about the size of a refrigerator. It wasn't big enough from the beginning, but I got a good deal on it. :rolleyes:
I have all my best rifles in it. For the handguns I filled the shelf. Then I placed handgus all around the rifle racks. Then I placed handguns on the floor. Then I placed handguns inbetween rifle stocks. Then I started putting the handguns on the shelf into pistol rugs so that I can stack them three deep. Then the 30+ rifles that I can't fit into the safe are leaning against the room wall.

Herb Fredricksen
February 1, 2003, 02:01 AM
I started collecting two years ago using a Stakon wall unit that looked big enough for years to come. Its now pleasantly full and I'll need a second soon. I store my pistols upright and by size by using the small vertical card and letter holders normally found on your desk, Eldon and others make them. The smaller five slot organizers are great for sub-compacts (Berettas, Colts, Zehners, etc.) and compacts (Berettas, Mausers, Ortgies, Savages, etc.) The next bigger four slot size holds taller and thicker guns (Astra 400, Walther P38, Colt 1911, Makarov, French 1935A, etc.) Pistols will store butt down or butt up. Small revolvers also fit subject to size.

Complicating storage is the bulky original holsters the pistols came with. I've separated them from the pistols and store them in a wooden cabinet, they don't need to be locked and are only needed for potential resale or transportation. I take three pistols to the range each time I go and pistol rugs are quicker, more convenient and less abrasive in my opinion.

Most of my pistols are new to me and I need to take them out frequently to both familiarize with them and to compare features when I stumble on new research material. The guns are easy in, easy out and the plastic is not likely to scratch a finish if I am careful. Sometime I just fondle them and dream "what's next." Sort of like rubbing your woman's knee, isn't it? :-)

Herb Fredricksen

February 1, 2003, 04:41 AM
I stash my spare bullets (not loaded ammo) on the floor of my safe, bout 8-10 inches deep.

Anybody that tries to carry that thing off better have a real good doctor!

February 1, 2003, 11:22 AM
I inserted empty DVD cases between my pistols so they don't bang into each other or the safe walls - works well.

February 2, 2003, 12:34 AM
240 lbs of silver bars on the floor

How much do silver bars go for these days? And how much do they each weigh? That's not a bad idea... dead weight and an investement. I've always just had several cases of surplus ammo on the bottom for extra weight.

Kahr carrier
February 2, 2003, 03:36 AM
Nope just put them in ,plenty of room.:)

February 2, 2003, 08:40 AM
My safe's an 8-gun one, so I put the non-home defense guns (.22, Mauser) on each side (not in the doorway, due to the door opening not going to the sides of the safe) and then my shotgun and two AR15s in the middle so they are easily grabable. Ammo for the ARs and the 870 is hanging on the door in plastic bins.


February 2, 2003, 11:20 PM
Wow... that's like $20,000 in silver...

February 3, 2003, 12:24 PM
Handguns in one safe. Rifles and shotguns in their own safe's.
Handguns sorted by manufacturer and caliber. Contender's gun only, barrels go in a seporate cabinette(except those already mounted on a frame) Seporate wooden cabbinettes for the airguns as well.

February 3, 2003, 01:59 PM
had to evict some books out of mine to make room recently , no real order just put them in there carpets or cases ( coonan is in a briefcase ) and put them in there , only have a few longguns so not much for taking up room

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