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Old 08-01-2020, 6:28 AM
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Exclamation Super Heavy-Duty Locked Ammo Storage Box / Rack / Shelving System

Hey guys,

Im needing some ammo storage space; a locked space; shelf; cabinet, something, just to store ammo, locked & secured.

Obviously each shelf needs to have a ~500lb capacity or so.

Were talking about thousands of rounds of ammo; not a handful of boxes or 2 military cans of ammo.

What do you guys do & use out there?



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Old 08-01-2020, 6:33 AM
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Old kitchen lower cabinets, built a island/workbench in the garage. It is so full of ammo that the workbench is rock solid
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Stack it in ammo cans.
Each stack caliber specific.
Build a cabinet around it.
Make the cabinet so the top will be your workbench.
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Costco has some locking cabinets that are heavy duty, I think 400 lbs per shelf?
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What space are you putting it?
I've been debating something like this:
  • SHELF CAPACITY 1200 LBS


https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/s...h-cabinet-gray

They have 4 and 5 shelf cabinets.
It's just the $350 delivery charge that's holding me back.


Link to all the cabinet styles:
https://www.globalindustrial.com/g/s...orage-cabinets

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Subterranean concrete room w/vault door. Keeps inventory cool in hot weather.
Heavy-duty industrial shelving units, aisles designated by calibers.
Adjacent reloading room for excess brass storage, etc.
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What space are you putting it?
I've been debating something like this:
  • SHELF CAPACITY 1200 LBS


https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/s...h-cabinet-gray

They have 4 and 5 shelf cabinets.
It's just the $350 delivery charge that's holding me back.


Link to all the cabinet styles:
https://www.globalindustrial.com/g/s...orage-cabinets
$350 delivery?!?



That's the other thing is I'm not quite sure yet exactly where it's going to go.

Our garage is fully finished off with drywall & even popcorn ceiling, so it's pretty temperature stable. Possibly in there, possibly a closet in our home....not sure yet.

I seriously like the ideas of building a cabinet / room around ammo; I had mentioned that to my wife. She's not too keen on it, but hey... we shall see.

Thank you all for the advice, thoughts & feedback so far!

Keep 'em coming please!
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https://www.secureitgunstorage.com/m...-gun-cabinets/
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That's the other thing is I'm not quite sure yet exactly where it's going to go.

Our garage is fully finished off with drywall & even popcorn ceiling, so it's pretty temperature stable. Possibly in there, possibly a closet in our home....not sure yet.

I seriously like the ideas of building a cabinet / room around ammo; I had mentioned that to my wife. She's not too keen on it, but hey... we shall see.

Thank you all for the advice, thoughts & feedback so far!

Keep 'em coming please!

Yeah, I really want one for the strength and security.
It'll cost me around $1200.
The real problem is . . . I might need two.

I'm still debating my options.
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I was fortunate to be able to buy some boltless shelving when Home Base went out of business. It holds my large ammo cans without any issue. I use a large 40 mm ammo can for each cartridge that I shoot, which is 11 different cartridges. I have an eye bolt on the front and the rear of each ammo can. I have a cable running through the rear eye bolts, and a master lock on the front of each eye bolt. My ammo is safe, unless someone comes with a bolt cutter.
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Today, Calgun member Riker and I drove to Gunfighter Tactical to do a handgun transfer. We got there just before they opened at 11:00 A.M. and we were back in the car, heading home at 11:40 A.M. During that time, I also dropped a frame off to be cerokoted. I appreciate them being efficient in processing our transfer. I have been in their shop a number of times and their clerks always had the correct info for me.
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We have two of these for non-serial number stuff. The padlock areas are recessed and not easily accessed to be cut. You could drill a hole in the bottom (accessible only when the lid is opened) to bolt it to a concrete floor.

Once filled with ammo, it's impossibly heavy. Need a forklift to move it, or chain it to drag it outside. Even then, maybe Godzilla could lift it filled into a truck, or not.

These job boxes are much more secure this way and when left in the back of a pickup. Security in a pickup bed is pretty laughable.

Home Depot carries Ridgid. Lowes carries Kobalt (Ridgid and Kobalt are same-priced) and Knaack (much more expensive)
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Today, Calgun member Riker and I drove to Gunfighter Tactical to do a handgun transfer. We got there just before they opened at 11:00 A.M. and we were back in the car, heading home at 11:40 A.M. During that time, I also dropped a frame off to be cerokoted. I appreciate them being efficient in processing our transfer. I have been in their shop a number of times and their clerks always had the correct info for me.
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We have two of these for non-serial number stuff. The padlock areas are recessed and not easily accessed to be cut. You could drill a hole in the bottom (accessible only when the lid is opened) to bolt it to a concrete floor.

Once filled with ammo, it's impossibly heavy. Need a forklift to move it, or chain it to drag it outside. Even then, maybe Godzilla could lift it filled into a truck, or not.

These job boxes are much more secure this way and when left in the back of a pickup. Security in a pickup bed is pretty laughable.

Home Depot carries Ridgid. Lowes carries Kobalt (Ridgid and Kobalt are same-priced) and Knaack (much more expensive)

Thanks I've seen those before - rough ballpark price estimate?
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Thanks I've seen those before - rough ballpark price estimate?
It depends on the size. $209 - $419. The big one seemed to be the most appropriate size, and it was for a while. So we got a matching one to hold the overflow.

https://www.homedepot.com/s/rigid%25...2520box?NCNI-5
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https://www.homedepot.com/s/rigid%25...2520box?NCNI-5
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Thanks!!

~$400 is very reasonable.....these might be a good option....
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For sturdy shelving, consider used pallet racking. It can support substantial weight.

Most surplus outlets, etc., want obscene prices for the stuff. I got lucky and scored 24 lineal feet for free. I just had to drive about 5 miles to pick it up.

For security, you would need to enclose it (build a room around it?) or use cables/chains with ammo cans.
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On Rigid Job boxes, you should brace the bottom with several 2"x4" pieces of lumber. Basically, the weight will cause the bottom to sag.
While I can see the logic, in practice over the last five years we haven't seen any problem. Of course you could always stick a couple wood blocks or bricks in the air space under the box, to the floor, to prevent sag.
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~$400 is very reasonable.....these might be a good option....
You can add wheels to them too to make them more mobile. And somewhere around here is a post by someone who painted their ammo job box and it came out pretty cool.
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This would probably work great

https://www.knaack.com/products/jobs...binetSeries/99


A friend found a used one on CL for a few hundred bucks.
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I bought a Flammable Safety Cabinet off OfferUp. I have it in my garage so it blends in with my detailing chemicals. Works great and the model I have can be locked with my own padlock along with the key that goes to the thing

https://nextgenfurniture.com/product...w-43-x-12-x-44

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Stacked ammo cans, 3x3 or 2x4, with a little space in between for access, and separated by caliber and type.

The true best way to store is just the original packaging, don't spend money repackaging or 'securing' if you don't need to.
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You can add wheels to them too to make them more mobile. And somewhere around here is a post by someone who painted their ammo job box and it came out pretty cool.
Or cut the feet off and bolt it down in your man cave. It'll make a nice coffee table..I mean beer table...
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Can I get a Safariland or GCODE holster for it though?

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On Rigid Job boxes, you should brace the bottom with several 2"x4" pieces of lumber. Basically, the weight will cause the bottom to sag.
They don't sag.
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I have a set of old school lockers, the tall variety, that are bolted together side by side. One could put a padlock on each door or a single locking rod through all of the door locks. It's full enough that it'll take a forklift to move.
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Hey guys,

Im needing some ammo storage space; a locked space; shelf; cabinet, something, just to store ammo, locked & secured.

Obviously each shelf needs to have a ~500lb capacity or so.

Were talking about thousands of rounds of ammo; not a handful of boxes or 2 military cans of ammo.

What do you guys do & use out there?



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I haven't done this, but I've always liked the idea of using old school lockers, the ones that are just for books, not the larger gym lockers. Each compartment would be for a single caliber. Only catch is they are not air tight, you using desiccant would require some sealing work or using sealed containers inside of the lockers. But that wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if you wanted to keep everything dry, it wouldn't be too hard to implement.

You can look on the California public surplus site and see if any schools in your area are trying to rid themselves of some.

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,ca/browse/allcat
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Lyon cabinet.

I got one of these. Very nice.

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/o...9-92345d4cad23
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I got one of these. Very nice.

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/o...9-92345d4cad23

Dang those are perfect.... you ever find them for less than $1k tho??
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Job Box. Mine are packed with ammo and do not sag. I put wheels and mine.
A double height would be even better. Same footprint , twice the capacity or more room so you dont have to partially unload to get what you want at the bottom.

Look at Craigslist for a used deals.
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For sturdy shelving, consider used pallet racking. It can support substantial weight.

Most surplus outlets, etc., want obscene prices for the stuff. I got lucky and scored 24 lineal feet for free. I just had to drive about 5 miles to pick it up.

For security, you would need to enclose it (build a room around it?) or use cables/chains with ammo cans.
You may be able to pickup something like this or other stockroom shelving if a retailer near you is liquidating. A buddy of mine picked up some for free from a Target years ago because it was out behind the store and he asked the manager who said he could have it.
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I have seen large non-working refrigerators used. A good hasp and lock will keep most out. Determined thiefs will try harder.
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My buddy re-purposed an old coke dispenser machine. They have a heavy duty lock for the front door. Puts his duty gear/battle rattle and a few hunting rifles along with a good supply of ammo.
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