A couple of years ago, I purchased one of those gun safes that claims to hold 30+ guns. After many months of trying to get my gun collection to fit, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only two ways to get 30+ guns to fit into this safe: 1) lay it on its back and start piling the guns in, or 2) make sure all 30 guns are pistols. Suffice it to say, option two doesn’t work for me and option one ain’t gonna happen either. Instead, I’m left with a gun safe that looks like this . . .
Granted, not terrible, but far from organized. I’m always moving something to get to something else and I have the occasional dreaded gun-falling-over-scratching-another-gun problem. Sure, I can put all of my guns in gun socks to protect them, but that’s not really the option I was looking for. Enter SecureIt. SecureIt has been building firearm storage solutions for the military for awhile. Their stuff is used aboard ships, on bases, and other places secure and organized firearm storage is needed. They make all kinds of storage solutions, but here is one example: While the military and law enforcement channels are certainly lucrative, SecureIt sensed another opportunity in the commercial space. They already offer fully customized safes and storage cabinets, but they cost hundreds or thousands and most gun owners who already own a firearm storage solution are not about to chuck what they have.
So SecureIt went back to the drawing board and concluded that if they could adapt their rack system to work with the gun safes people already have, they might just have something. Their SecureIt system consists of three simple components; an upper saddle against which the rifle barrel rests, a two-piece lower saddle that can be adjusted to fit any size butt stock, and a set of mounting plates. What makes the SecureIt system so flexible is that you can adjust the size and position of the upper and lower saddles such that even rifles with the largest optics can be safely stowed with the optics facing in without bumping the back wall. The biggest rifle I have is a .338 Lapua Blaser Tac2 that wears a monster Nightforce scope and it fits nicely in the rack. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First I needed to get the Milspec Kit installed. Opening the box, I pulled out the two back plates, the floor plates, the saddles, and a bag of parts.
The instructions were quite unhelpful. Step one simply states, “Mount the plates to your safe using the included hardware.” Okay then. Which hardware and how? This was the first time that I tried to drill anything into the walls of my gun safe and wasn’t exactly sure how to do it.
Fortunately, once I ripped out the center divider of my safe (necessary to accommodate the Milspec Kit’s 17″ width), I realized that I needed to screw the plastic anchors into the “fireproof” liner of my safe and then affix the plates to the wall using the metal screws. I assume the bolts and lock nuts also included in the parts kit were designed to secure the kit to a Stack-On style metal gun locker. It took about an hour to fully complete the process, but in the end, I had a nice mounting solution for six rifles.
My storage setup is still far from ideal. The rifles on the left — particularly the Mosin Nagant — is a bit tricky to get out of the safe without moving some other guns, but I don’t shoot it all that often, so it’s not much of an issue. The six guns stored in the SecureIt rig along with three or four of the guns resting on the left hand rack are all easy to extract without disturbing the other guns, so I’ll call this a win. There are, however, a couple of negatives.
First of all, slings tend to get in the way. They’re floppy by nature and the close proximity of the firearms in the SecureIt rig means that removing or replacing a gun is a two-handed affair to clear slings out of the way. The close proximity can also be an issue for bolt guns. Some amount of fiddling was necessary to get my two big precision rifles to sit nicely in the rig without banging into each other. These, however, are minor quibbles.
The kit is definitely an improvement on what I had. I only wish my safe was wide enough to accommodate two of these systems side-by-side. If I had to make a suggestion to the company, I’d consider offering plate sets in varying widths. For example, my safe is too narrow to accommodate two units, but if they offered one that held eight or maybe ten guns, I might be able to get that to work.
Specifications: SecureIt Milspec safe upgrade kit
Ratings (out of 5 stars):
Fit, Finish and Quality: * * * * *
This is the same gear used by the military. The design has evolved to the point that just about everything (except sling clearance) has been considered. Everything fits perfectly and holds the guns securely.
Ease of Use: * * * * ½
I’m docking it a half star for the brevity of the directions. It wouldn’t have killed anyone to include a bit more detail as to the proper installation procedure for gun safes and steel cabinets. Sure, it’s easy to do once you figure it out, but many people (myself included) have never mounted anything inside their gun safe and don’t know the right approach the first time out.
Value: * * * ½
This is a great system, but its obviously being sold on the value it provides rather than the cost of its components. A few pieces of steel and some plastic seems a bit light for a $300 price tag. They may be eliminating a lot of potential customers who might otherwise bite at a $249 price point.
Overall: * * * *
Does what it claims to do and does it well. Add a bit more detail to the directions and drop the price a tad and you’d have a five star product.