How to Build a Locking Gun Rack

What You'll Need
Tape measure
2x6-inch board, 12-inches long (1)
4x1-inch boards, 12-inches long (2)
3x1-inch board, 12-inches long (1)
4x1-inch boards, 14-inches long (2)
4x1-inch board, 6-inches long (1)
1x1-inch board, 14-inches long (1)
Wood screws

A gun rack is an ideal way to keep your collection of weapons together and to display them for the benefit of others. Safety matters dictate that will you need a locking gun rack to prevent children, or anyone else, from accidentally grabbing a gun and injuring themselves. Whenever they’re in the gun rack, your guns should be unloaded and the safety catch should be on. You can make your own gun rack that locks to keeps your weapons safe.

Step 1 - Assemble the Frame

To assemble the frame, start with the 2x6-inch piece of wood that is 12-inches long. This will be the base of your gun rack. Now, put the sides in place. These are the pieces that are 1x4x6-inches. Screw into place, with screws being entered at every 2-inch interval.

When you’ve done this, fit the two pieces of wood that are 1x4x14-inches. Secure these with screws at the front and back of the base so that you now have a box.

Step 2 - Attaching the Arms

Take the 2 pieces of wood that are 1x4x12-inches. Stand one upright outside the rear corner of the box so it’s flat against the 6-inch side. Screw it in place, checking that is completely stable.

Repeat on the other side. You now have the arms of your gun rack. To join the arms at the top, slide in the piece of wood that is 1x4x14-inches. Screw it into place to give strength to your gun rack.

Step 3 - Barrel Holder

For a gun rack that will hold 3 pistols, use the piece of wood that is 4x1x14 inches long. Use your tape measure to mark points at the 3.5-inch, 7-inch and 10.5-inch points. Now, you want to make a “U” shape with your pencil around each of those marks. It should go ½ inch either side of the mark and be 1 inch deep. Cut these out with your jigsaw and sand smooth.

After this, put the piece in horizontally under the brace at the top of the arms, with the indentations facing into the box. Screw securely in place.

Step 4 - Butt Holder

Take the piece of wood which is 4x1x12-inches. Again, mark it at the 3.5-inch, 7-inch, and 10.5-inch points, and make “U” shapes. These should extend 1-inch either side of the mark and be 2-inches deep. Sand the surface smooth.

Step 5 - Finishing Assembly

Glue felt in the base of the box then put the butt holder in the base with indentations facing into the box. On an arm, measure 1-inch from the top of the box and screw the hinge into place. Attach the piece of wood that is 1x1x14-inches long to this so it swings across the arms. Attach the hasp at the other end.