With the weather improving, many of us will choose to get our exercise outdoors. Summer exercise apparel poses challenges for the concealed carry lifestyle – especially for the ladies. They are more curvy than men, with center mass in the hips. Carrying a firearm at the hip can put a bulge in the wrong place. And, let’s face it, choosing baggy clothing is simply not a preferred option for most women!
The new Carry Runners from Alexo Athletica offer unique carry options for the fairer sex. These innovative shorts have lots of integrated pockets for firearms, magazines, phones or other things.
Speaking of those “other things”: ladies, even if you don’t choose to carry a firearm, please consider carrying a non-lethal weapon to protect yourself.
The Kimber Pepper Blaster, featured in this video, is an excellent choice. It uses a pyrotechnic charge to propel a hot blast of pepper gel up to 13 feet, at more than 100 mph!
It comes pre-loaded with two shots, and each one can incapacitate an attacker for up to 45 minutes
Video is provided courtesy of Amy Robbins from Alexo Athletica. Used by permission.
I may know what’s bugging you. Like any responsible firearms owner, you store your guns in a safe. However, soon after your collection grew beyond a few, you realized that safe wasn’t as large as it looked at the store. Am I right? Well, it’s not surprising – especially if you own long guns. Unfortunately, the capacity specs published by safe manufacturers can often be misleading because they don’t account for gun-mounted accessories like scopes, tactical lights, laser sights, and fore-grips.
If you’re like me, you long ago overwhelmed the “leaner rack” surrounding the perimeter of the rifle compartment, so you began packing in guns any way they would fit. The result is an unorganized mess that might very well tumble out the next time you open the door, creating the risk of cosmetic damage or worse. Time to buy a bigger safe? Not so fast! What if I told you there’s a way to get up to 50% more space in your existing safe for less than the cost of the sales tax on a new one? Consider the Rifle Rods system, by Gun Storage Solutions.
How it Works
The Rifle Rods system is as incredibly simple as it is innovative, proving there is true beauty in uncomplicated solutions. The product allows you to utilize the space typically wasted by the safe’s native storage system. The secret sauce is a hook-and-loop system, consisting of a hooked surface on the top end of the molded plastic rifle rod, and a micro looped fabric that serves as the “sticky” shelf liner.
Preparing your safe
for this storage system requires lining the “ceiling” of your safe’s long gun
compartment with the fabric – cutting a piece to the desired size and shape,
then securing it with a staple gun or a light coating of spray adhesive. Once
the fabric is installed, you’re good to go.
Insert the bottom end of the rifle rod down the barrel of the long gun, rest the stock at the desired location on the safe’s floor, then extend the rod straight up to “stick” the top end to the liner above. The illusion is that the rod itself bears the entire weight of the gun. In reality, the floor takes the weight and the rod merely acts as a guide to keep the gun floating in perfect, vertical balance. In this way, the system gives you infinite control over the spacing between your rifles and shotguns – both across and deep – allowing you to use every square inch of space as efficiently as possible.
The liner is made of industrial-grade, woven nylon which does not fray, even when the rods are repeatedly removed and re-attached. Rifle Rods are available in a 5-, 10-, 20-, and 40-rod kits.
What About Your Handguns & Mags?
Need a system to organize your handguns too? Gun Storage Solutions has you covered, offering a variety of accessories that take advantage of spaces between rows of long guns and shelves. These include various styles of handgun hangers, under- and over-shelf mounts, that attach to either the front or rear edge.
The GSS product catalog includes a few magazine organizers as well:
MagMinder – Wire hanger that fits AR, AK, and most double-stack handgun magazines.
MagMount – 3” x 10” magnetic strip, compatible with any metal magazine, that mounts with either the provided adhesive backing (for metal surfaces) or nails (for drywall or wood surfaces)
Multi-Mag – All-purpose magnetic solution for mounting both handguns and magazines. It can be used horizontally (under a gun safe shelf or desk surface), or vertically (on any metal surface).
The Handgun Hangers and MagMinder accessories are made of
vinyl-coated metal wire, so they won’t damage firearms and magazines. Magnetic
products are also coated to protect your stuff.
American Made and
Gun Storage Solutions is a small, family-owned business. All
components are proudly manufactured in the United States at facilities in Illinois.
Are these guys really ready for the big leagues? You’d better believe it. They
had a strong presence at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas – and many of the top
gun safe manufactures, including Liberty and Rhino Metals, are beginning to
offer the Rifle Rods system with their products.
It’s Not Magic …
Of course, it would take nothing short of genuine wizardry to physically stretch the interior dimensions of a steel box. Gun Storage Solutions makes no such claim but, looking at before and after photos sent in by actual customers, you might just think Gandalf the Grey was somehow involved.
If you are thinking of ditching an existing gun safe because
it’s too crowded to store that new AR you’ve had your eye on, try the simple
and cost-effective Rifle Rods system first. I’m willing to bet you’ll find
enough space for that new tactical shotgun too.