[SHOT 2016] Tactical Walls

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We’ve published a couple of press releases around the “tactical furniture” concept. The problem is that you can only get so much detail from a press kit, and I always wondered exactly how well they were constructed. They had a small display at Industry Day at the Range as well as the main venue and I was finally got some time to be hands on with the actual product.

The shelves and clock do not require destructive changes to your wall, other than mounting the screws. The cabinet style ones do seat between the studs.  The compartment inside is lined with loop fastener and has strip magnets, giving you a lot of flexibility for securing your firearm.

The cabinets require mounting between studs.

The cabinets require mounting between studs.

They come in a number of finishes that should match most people’s decor, and they also have a custom shop that can construct things to your need.

The common finishes that you can get.

The common finishes that you can get.

One of the new implementations they have is an RFID unlock version. Their “standard” version uses rare earth magnets (placed in strategic locations) to release the catch (or catches on the larger models). The RFID version requires that you swipe the card over certain locations and the lock will disengage, lowering the storage space on a couple of lifters (much like the hatchback on a car).

RFID Shelves. All of their products will have an RFID version as a premium upgrade.

RFID Shelves. All of their products will have an RFID version as a premium upgrade.

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The RFID will not be able to retrofit into existing models due to the nature of the construction.

The system will “fail” open, meaning that if the battery fails (after warning you for quite sometime), the storage area will open up, allowing you to replace the battery.

Working Clock

Working Clock

Clock face removed, exposing the compartment

Clock face removed, exposing the compartment

Opened shelf.

Opened shelf.

Also it turns out I will be getting a unit into review–though I’m not sure which one at this point.  Be on the lookout for an upcoming article.



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • BillC

    The clock is dumb, as it is something that a thief might want to steal, which in turn peaks interest in the the very thing you are using to hide a gun.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’m not sure how much of a fencing market their is for clearly modern but old timey looking clocks 🙂

    • Doc Rader

      Yeah the clock is less useful to me. But the shelf is pretty decent. And the “in the wall” mirror is one of the best.

      • BillC

        I’m in love with the shelves and mirror.

  • Tahoe

    “piques”. Sorry, a pet peeve of mine: peaks =/= peeks =/= piques.

    I agree, the clock is dumb. Plus, there are so many clocks with hidden compartments on the market already! The furniture does look like something I would use. I have a guy at work who makes concealment furniture, but it’s standalone things like a coffee table; I like the idea of a “medicine-chest-style” full-length wall mirror that mounts between studs.