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unusedusername
05-22-2012, 4:42 PM
So I've got this firesafe, and it was a huge mess. The guns were just piled up on the shelves, holsters were littered about randomly and important papers were in a big, unsorted, pile with a few magazines mixed in between them.

It was insane.

I got some boxes to put the papers in but that really did not help much.

After some googling I came across this (http://forum.pafoa.org/gun-pictures-24/89596-pimp-my-safe-led-lights-pals-webbing-panel-page-7.html) on PAFOA and decided to shamelessly copy this idea.

The original idea was posted back in 2010, so I had to re-source some of the parts.

Here are some "before" pictures with nothing in the safe so you can see what I started with. It is a Visalia Safe (http://www.visaliasafes.com) with 30 minute fire and in a custom size to fit in my house.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7252449130_4c9096e92d_b.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7252448520_9c06fa6390_b.jpg

The company that made his MOLLE door panel no longer lists this product on their website, so I ordered one from Wilde Built Tactical (http://www.wildebuilttactical.com/store/a/29-molle-safe-door-panel.html) instead in coyote brown. This door panel really needs some more velcro on the back of it as some parts of it sag (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8163/7252545178_5eddbfb93d_b.jpg) with all the stuff I've got hanging off it, but other then that the quality is top notch. I have not contacted Wilde with my velcro concern as I'm not really worried about it as it is not coming off the door and the sagging does not bug me.

The lights the original build used were the (now) old style "super bright" LED lights, while now we have the ultra low current LEDs. Basically this change means that instead of the bulky wiring box and AC current used in the original design that I can run my lights from a pack of 8 rechargeable AAs. This also means that I did not have to drill a hole in my firesafe for the power cables as everything is battery powered. I got my lighting kit from LightTechAuto.com (http://www.litetechauto.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=LED_Safe) when they were selling them at the Cow Palace gun show. I had them build me a custom Y-cable for the power so I can run the power to the door. I also made a custom L bracket for the safe door (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7252427998_581c26c0b1_b.jpg) out of an aluminum 1.5" L bracket cut it to the length of my safe door, then spray painted black (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7252452112_ed96f15689_b.jpg). I put some velcro on it to make it stay on the safe door.

The only issue that I had with this lighting kit is that the glue-tape thing they give you for the door switch (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7252428524_0141435d73_b.jpg) was wholly insufficient for the job. I instead found some industrial glue that my Wife had laying around (E6000?) and used that instead. That glue smelled bad, but once it dried I no longer have to worry about the light switch moving around when I close the door.

I then got a bunch of MOLLE pouches from Voodoo Tactical (http://www.voodootactical.net) and some pistol magazine pouches from TUFF (http://www.tuffproducts.com/product.php?productid=16235). I have enough pouches to hold 16 double stack mags, 16 single stack mags, 12 of my 10/30 AR mags (with dummy bullets to make them look like 30s) and my Saiga 12 magazines all in the door.

The original project used a pistol rack to hold the handguns, but I wanted to solve the issue of having holsters littered on the floor in addition to having a place to store my handguns. I came across the modular mount system from Blade-tech (http://www.blade-tech.com/Tactical-Modular-Mount-System-Set-w-Hardware-pr-1323.html). Basically how it works is that any blade tech holster (even paddle holsters!) can be run though a connector that allows the belt part of the holster to be removed in a secure way from the gun part of the holster. They make a MOLLE compatible attachment point as well. I was already using blade-tech holsters so I ordered a bunch of modular holsters and waited the 5 weeks for them to arrive.

Now I can mount the handguns on the safe door in their holster and also on my belt. I have a safe place to keep the guns, and the holsters are also kept nice. Adding the holsters to the door is a simple operation, but getting them off is a little bit more work as they are super-tight (probably because they are new). These holster start with just the paddle on the door (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/7252426002_3f2e8fc7b7_b.jpg), then you put the holster on it (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7252426620_08177ff16d_b.jpg) then slide it down till it clicks (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8001/7252427280_f67ae493e5_b.jpg).

The biggest issue with all this was jigsaw-puzzling the parts onto the door so that no parts hit the shelves and the door could still close.

After getting it all together it is much better:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7222/7252421928_ba10f465c6_b.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7252422372_1548079f50_b.jpg

It also looks cool in the dark:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7252424340_01f3663b47_b.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7079/7252425000_7a5154e033_b.jpg

After all this I am still waiting on a few more pistol magazine pouches that are on backorder so that the magazines in the box on the shelf can also move to the door.

Overall I think this was a fun (but expensive!) project. I no longer have to rummage through my safe to find stuff, so all of this is work is worth it.

CJfever
05-22-2012, 5:12 PM
tag

91 whiskey 209
05-22-2012, 5:20 PM
Aw man, thanks for all of this great information and links!

DangerousGoods
05-22-2012, 8:14 PM
Sweet

RoundEye
05-22-2012, 10:15 PM
Pretty cool.

lowprofile
05-23-2012, 5:29 AM
Very nice write-up! I'm curious, did Visalia safe charge extra for the custom size?

BANG BANG
05-23-2012, 8:20 AM
looks cool and functional !!

Saym14
05-23-2012, 8:51 AM
nice - good lighting

john.t.singh
05-23-2012, 9:31 AM
looks bad ***, hope it doesnt destroy your night vision though if you ever need to grab something quick at night

Intimid8tor
05-23-2012, 9:59 AM
Some good ideas there. I mount my handguns on the door, but now am struggling with how to store magazines. Getting stuff to not hit the shelves when closed is something that is a struggle. If I move more stuff to the doors I think I can make it fit better. Someone posted pics of rifles mounted to the door a little while ago. I think that would make sense as well for the go to rifle. The others are pretty tightly packed.

unusedusername
05-23-2012, 9:03 PM
looks bad ***, hope it doesnt destroy your night vision though if you ever need to grab something quick at night

They do have red LEDs, but I don't keep my go-to locked up at night so I'm not too worried :)

Breadfan
05-23-2012, 9:08 PM
tag

Anonymous21
05-23-2012, 11:25 PM
Rice....

http://harmoniaphilosophica.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/plain-rice-p-leecher_1.jpg





ps: did your safe gain "extra" durability by adding those lights?

Anonymous21
05-23-2012, 11:36 PM
http://bighugelabs.com/output/motivator60fd7133f2d23716f74aa0d2aea57e91805d0e9b. jpg

Blarson
05-24-2012, 2:17 AM
Awesome write up. What was your OTD costs?

RAFA
05-24-2012, 11:44 AM
Great job on the safe. I already have a door organizer but just yesterday I was cleaning it out and wished it would of been configured a lot different. Thanks for posting.

Whats the price on the Molle panel if you don't mind me asking?

REDdawn6
05-24-2012, 1:58 PM
Damn!!! now i gotta do this! I was waiting for someone to show a great idea... tks man. nice job!

billped
05-24-2012, 3:29 PM
Rice....

http://harmoniaphilosophica.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/plain-rice-p-leecher_1.jpg





ps: did your safe gain "extra" durability by adding those lights?

Looking at your previous posts, you show an amazing ability to add no value.

Congratulations - your hitting streak has been extended!

cortayack
05-24-2012, 3:45 PM
tag......thanks you posting..

bsg
05-24-2012, 6:32 PM
looks good. i especially like how the magazines are stored; i've got magazines up the ying yang.

unusedusername
05-24-2012, 9:48 PM
Thanks for the feedback all :)

I'm curious, did Visalia safe charge extra for the custom size?

Not that I am aware of. They told me that they calculate the size by square inch unless you order something "oversized". My 58 inch (tall) by 30 inch (wide) safe was not considered "oversized".


ps: did your safe gain "extra" durability by adding those lights?

LOL probably not, but it might make it "go"(?) faster somehow. :rofl: All it needs now is a sticker that says "弱槍箱" :rofl: I think a wing would be too much though.


Whats the price on the Molle panel if you don't mind me asking?

$240.23 after tax and shipping for 43 inches x 26 inches. They charge by the square inch. A bit pricey but it is very well made.

Awesome write up. What was your OTD costs?

Ummm... more then I'm willing to admit, but you can find out by looking at the parts (because I linked to all the sellers) and add them up.

The most expensive part was redoing all my blade-tech holsters in the modular mount system. Those were ~$100 each (times 5 handguns). I personally think this is the best part of the whole setup because I really like to keep the holster near the gun and I also really don't like holsters all over my safe floor.

This setup also lets me switch the holster from a belt loop to a paddle in case my Wife wants to carry one around the house (she hates gun belts...).

smurfette
05-24-2012, 10:19 PM
to OP - nice! I'm still thinking if I should get a cabinet or a safe...

joefrank64k
06-01-2012, 12:11 PM
Thanks for posting this...I went with Rifle Rods to organize all the long guns in my safes and Armory Racks for the pistols. But I've been kind of stumped on what to do with the big pile of mags on the safe floor.

I was thinking of a sheet of Velcro loop for the doors and then using mag pouches with Velcro hook. I was concerned with shifting due to the weight of loaded mags. I never thought of a sheet of MOLLE. Hmmm...

the86d
06-01-2012, 1:03 PM
Looks good!

If the lights are on a UPS (Battery that charges) I can see the lights being very beneficial if the power goes out, or reaching for something when the regular lights are off in the middle of the night being startled... Not too bright to blind you while still rubbing sleep out of your eyes in quick break-in situation.

FullAuto
06-02-2012, 11:06 AM
That looks great, good job....makes my safe look really boring :)

xpbprox
06-02-2012, 11:09 AM
So awesome!!!!

MrExel17
06-02-2012, 1:23 PM
Like it, I need something that size!

Rule .308
06-02-2012, 1:30 PM
Pretty cool but that safe is going to get crowded fast.