Softcore DIY: Magnetic Gun Storage

All guns have something in common… metal. What works with metal and metal alone? Magnets. Magnets can be very useful in different facets within the shooting sports from organization to defensive storage. There have been some entrepreneurs who have refined this and  marketed the benefits of magnets for the average shooter. I was drawn to magnets while wandering through Harbor Freight one day. My issue that I needed to fix was storage. I have one of those smaller Stack-On 8 gun cabinets that had been proving unmanageable, While all my guns where in their homemade gun socks (more on that on a later post), pouches, or cases I always found it difficult to organize my long guns amidst a sea of handguns that just wouldn’t stay put. At first I bought one little 15 pound magnet which I affixed a picture frame hook to and was able to hang my little Ruger SR-22 by its pouch’s zipper. With this success I was sold. I went back the next day and found that they sell 2 packs of 65 pound rated magnets with built in hooks for like 6 bucks. Now these hooks are not that long and are metal so just hanging the gun from the trigger guard is not an option. That being said zip ties are your friend. A zip tie on my little homemade pouches make for a great loop to put on the hook. Holsters can be zip tied to hang from the hooks as well. if you desire the trigger guard hanging method then the hookless magnets and some fasteners from Home Depot can rig up quite well. Your only limited by your ingenuity.

Another type of storage that someone created a product for is defensive readiness. For use in places where a cabinet safe or lock may not be practical a magnet is used. It’s a strong magnet that is coated with a non marring rubberized finish and comes installed on a mounting bracket. I am going to look into mocking up a prototype DIY version twice as strong for less than a quarter of the price and will write that up once I finish that up.

The spirit of this series  that I’m starting is that of ingenuity and since each person’s setup and needs are a little different, I feel these posts to be only the beginning or the rough draft of the possibilities one can create with some basic tools and a little sweat equity.


Please forgive the poor photo quality taking a picture of shiny things in a harshly lit cabinet interior proved too hard for my iphone.

DIY Magnet


Decisions Decisions.

Every now and again a gun owner enters periods of intense desire for firearms which can be met with not enough money to facilitate all the interests at that time. Here in NJ I find this typically is exacerbated by the handgun permitting system that we have. The troubles of getting new permits tend to make people get at least two or more at a time. This may not seems too bad but when you add the 90 days expiration and one gun a month (OGAM) policy it adds to an even more stressful buying experience. 

I find myself in such a quandary, two permits coming soon and a myriad of choices and interests in what to buy. Ive narrowed my interests into a few things. The first will be a compact level carry gun in the vein of Glock 19 or S&W M&P9c. Next I have fallen in love with modern S&W J frames which although perfectly acceptable carry guns have certain drawbacks which make compact semi-autos more attractive. The two wildcards that I ran across are the Ruger SR-22 and the Walther PPX. Decisions decisions, what’s a man to do. 

To make these decisions more difficult me and two friends who share the costs and manpower of reloading are going to be upgrading from a Lee single stage to a Dillon progressive, as well as a bulk order of components. Enough whining on my part all this rationalizing and interest in concealed carry brought me to an article from The Detroit News the full article can be found HERE

Bottom line is something that I have always agreed with, the more law abiding citizens having and carrying legal firearms, the safer society will get. Apparently the Chief of Police agrees.