I wanted to display my milsurp rifles rather than turn them into safe queens, but I also didn't want my kids to have access to them. I had some old hardwood shelves lying around, so I made a nice weekend project out of turning them into a "secure" gun rack.
I realize that any thief with a crowbar or a bolt cutter will make short work of getting the rifles out. But without either of those tools, getting them out will take some doing. Most of the screws (galvanized 4 inch) are hidden from view, and the ones that are visible are intentionally stripped. The slots and holes for the rifles are tightly fit so that the rifles have very little wiggle room.
All my ammunition is locked up in a separate fire-proof safe on the floor.
Does it not ever get humid where you live? I would be concerned about rust.
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all." ~Thomas Jefferson
It does get pretty humid here in Florida. I strip and oil each gun after I shoot it. Thanks for pointing that out, I will make a point to wipe everything down with an oil rag on a regular basis regardless of when I shoot it and keep an eye out for any rust.
This is awesome I want to do my own now... Great work!!!
"This is my shield, I bear it before me in battle, but it is not mine alone. It protects my brother on my left. It protects my city. I will never let my brother out of its shadow. Nor my city out of its shelter. I will die with my shield before me facing the enemy." - The Law of the Shield from Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield