They say prevention is the best medicine. While people use this expression mostly in health-related situations, we think it has applications in many other instances, such as gun safety.
When buying a firearm, all anyone can think of is how that gun will protect them. Or, when we’re talking about hunting, entertain them. Nobody ever thinks how that gun is a danger to them or to anyone they love. And it really is when stored improperly. Here is where gun racks intervene.
What Is a Gun Rack?
A gun rack is precisely what the name suggests. It’s a rack for storing guns. The best gun racks are equipped with locks. That way, the firearms cannot be stolen or misused. While these devices are installed in homes, some people have one in their vehicle as well. Again, it can prevent theft, as well as an accidental discharge.
Why a Gun Rack Is Necessary in Your Home
Studies show that “a statistically significant and robust association exists between gun availability and unintentional firearm deaths for the US as a whole and within each age group.” Basically, if a gun is within reach, it is more likely for someone to get hurt.
In our opinion, there are two primary reasons why a gun rack with a locking system is necessary for every home.
A Gun Rack Makes Your Home Safer for Your Children
While the best thing would be to not keep guns in a home with children, we know that that’s not always possible. So, what do you do? You go for the next best thing, which is a gun rack that can be locked.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “there were 241 unintended shootings by children in 2019, causing more than 100 deaths and nearly 150 injuries.” The same source states that “a gun in the home is 43 times more likely to be used to kill a friend or family member than a burglar or other criminal.”
What does that tell you? That if you purchase and properly install a high-quality and reliable gun rack, you can prevent becoming a part of a statistic. Your children will be safe, and you can leave the house or go to sleep peacefully, knowing that you did everything you could possibly do to keep your family safe.
A Gun Rack Prevents Theft
In 2019, six police officers were killed in the line of duty. In five of those shootings, the guns used to fatally injure the law enforcement agents were reported stolen from the owners’ homes. A similar story happened in Austin, Texas, in January 2020 when a man was shot and killed with a gun that was reported stolen.
The Bureau Of Justice Statistics states that between 2005 and 2010, about 1.4 million guns were stolen during burglaries or other property crimes. And most of them are used in violent crimes. That is why securing your firearm(s) is of the utmost importance. Not to exaggerate things, but safe gun storage can save lives.
To prevent theft, you should install a gun rack in your home. Whether it’s in your closet or your safe, it’s going to take a really long time for a burglar to take it. And as we all know, burglars don’t like spending too much time at the scene of the crime. Not if it increases their chances of getting caught.
Choosing a Reliable Gun Rack
While this may seem like an easy thing to do, many gun owners have no idea what the starting point is. Choosing the best gun rack for your needs is not as easy as you’d think when you don’t know what you’re looking for.
There are a few factors you have to consider, and we’ll lay them down for you.
The gun rack must not be flimsy. It has to be made of solid materials so that neither standard tools nor brute force can grant access to the firearm. That would actually beat the purpose of having a gun rack in the first place.
Determining the reliability of a gun rack is close to impossible for a regular Joe, which is why you should leave that to us. Our gun racks are used by law enforcement, federal, and military agencies across the US. We know what we’re doing.
Strong Locking Mechanism
A reliable gun rack will never be equipped with a weak lock. You have to look for tamper-proof locking mechanisms. The gun rack becomes obsolete if someone can easily break it with a lock pick. Now, not all models are the same. Some have built-in locks, while others allow you to use a padlock of your choice.
A gun rack that can fit only one firearm model is not very valuable, wouldn’t you agree? Who knows? Maybe you’ll purchase another gun in a year. Or two. It would be a waste of money to buy a new gun rack for every new weapon you get. It’s not the cheapest device.
That is why you should go for a gun rack that can accommodate various models. Blac-Rac 1070, for instance, can hold over 200 models. The breech width can be adjusted.
While a gun rack has to be strong and secure, if it takes forever to mount the gun or take it out, it’s not very useful, is it? Imagine a scenario in which you need your weapon really fast. You hear someone downstairs or something like that. You cannot afford to waste precious seconds unlocking your gun. That is why you need a gun rack that ensures accessibility at all times.
How to Install a Gun Rack in Your Home
While there are different types of gun racks, the one we’re going to talk about here is one of our best gun racks for your home – the Blac-Rac Model 1070. It does not require much of your time or any special tools, and you need minimal knowledge when it comes to DIY. Do not forget to purchase a T-Channel as well. Our store has 10-inch and 18-inch T-Channels.
There are 9 steps you have to follow, and we’ll go over them all. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help.
1. Decide on a place for your gun rack
The first thing you have to do is find the perfect spot to install your T-Chanel on which the gun rack will be mounted. It could be in your closet, for instance. However, no matter where you decide to install the device, make sure that it’s at a high level. We know the gun rack is already locked when the gun is not in use. Still, it’s better if it’s not within reach of children.
You should also make sure that the surface on which you install the T-Channel is sturdy enough. We recommend using an electronic stud finder to find the perfect spot in the wall where you can drill the holes.
2. Make sure to use proper installation hardware
The Blac-Rac 1070 is an incredibly secure device. However, it is your job to make sure that the mounting screws are of high-quality.
3. Drill the holes
First, you have to determine where you have to make the holes. The 10-inch T-Channel needs 2 holes, while the 18-inch T-Channel needs 4. Measure the space between them, and then mark the spots on the mounting surface.
4. Mount the T-Channel on the wall
Use an impact driver to screw the T-Channel on the wall. You could use a screwdriver, but we recommend something with a little bit more force so that the device is safely secured to the wall.
5. Remove the security cover of the Blac-Rac 1070
To remove the security cover, first, you have to open the device completely. Then, you must slide the cover counterclockwise toward the handle. It may need a nudge, but a rubber hammer can help with that.
6. Place the yoke into the T-Channel
Before you attach the t-nuts, you have to apply thread locking fluid to the two yoke bolts through the holes on the yoke. That will prevent loosening and corrosion. Then, slide the yoke into the slots of the T-Channel. Don’t forget to establish an orientation of your yoke, depending on how you want to place the gun rack.
7. Place the Blac-Rac
Place the yoke vibration pad and then the yoke security cover. Next, align the two holes on the yoke with the gun rack’s mounting hole and slot.
8. Apply the finishing touches
You must apply thread locking fluid to the bolts and then insert through the hole and slot and into the double nut. For the alignment of the holes, you may have to apply more pressure to the Blac-Rac.
9. Reattach the security cover
Align the bolts attached to the plate with the Key Hole Slots. Then, you must basically reverse step number 5.
The Blac-Rac comes with an instructions manual on how to properly install it. Plus, if you need a visual aid, there is a video on YouTube on how to mount the Blac-Rac 1070 on a wall using an 18” T-Channel. You can visit the link, or you can just search “BLAC-RAC How to wall mount 1070” on YouTube.
A gun is stolen every minute in the US. To avoid being the one whose gun is stolen, you must take all the necessary precautions.
Don’t be a statistic. Install a high-quality gun rack, and make sure that nobody will ever get their hands on your firearm. Here at Blac-Rac, our only purpose is to help you make that happen. That’s how we came up with the Blac-Rac 1070. It’s the perfect device to keep your guns and family safe.