A New Concealed Shelf Storage Solution For Long Guns

A couple of months back I did an install of a Tactical Walls RFID shelf (along with a write up). I have been pretty pleased with it and have not had any problems with it–I operate it at least twice a day (staging in the morning, and withdrawing at night).

Well, Tactical Walls has now updated their “rifle length” shelf to use the new RFID system.

Shenandoah, Va.–TacticalWalls has announced the release of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locking models of its 842 and 1242 Rifle Length Shelf (RLS) units.  With this release, TacticalWalls customers will now have the choice between magnetic or RFID locking mechanisms on all locking TacticalWalls units (not including the Tactical Lamp, Wall Clock or Issue Box).

The new Rifle Length Shelves will store a long gun or several handguns in its concealed compartment.  The shelf has one RFID sensor in the middle of the unit (just like the smaller version), though this version has two locks (one on each side to prevent any sagging and help keep the shelf secure). I imagine installation is as easy as the other version (just, for the love of all that is holy, read the directions and don’t muck with the batteries until you are told to do so).

If you have both sizes of RFID shelves you should be able to share cards–you’ll just have to reprogram one of the shelves (which is super easy). Also you can get optional L.E.D. lights illuminate the insides of the shelf.

The surface-mounted shelf is designed for use with standard 2 x 4 stud framing. Maximum recommended hold weight for this shelf is 25 pounds inside and 25 pounds on top. Each shelf is pre-assembled and supplied with a set of two bookend-style shelf brackets for added support, one foam insert, anchors and fasteners.  To match your existing home décor, the Rifle Length Shelves are also available in six different finishes (Early American, Dutch Walnut, Cherry, Black, White and Raw) and two different types of trim (standard and rope).

You can find more information at Tactical Walls.com

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.


  • Rick O’Shay

    “If you have both sizes of RFID shelves you should be able to share cards–you’ll just have to reprogram one of the shelves (which is super easy).”

    To me, that’s the biggest weakness of the system. The ease of reprogramming them, and the whole sharing cards bit. They function exactly as designed, which means you need to decide if ease of reprogramming RFID systems is an acceptable risk, and/or whether the ability to share cards (which can be cloned) is something you want or need.

    I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, but it’s a factor someone should be seriously considering before they invest in it for home security/defense, as opposed to other options.

    • Nandor

      This thing is only meant to hold 50 pounds and is a long wide surface. You could do a pull up on it, which would rip it off the wall and leave you with a nicely boxed set of guns, packaged to carry. The RFID bit is kind of a nudge nudge wink wink in terms of security when this thing’s main selling point is security through obscurity.

      • Rick O’Shay

        If it’s just a wink and a nudge, why bother at all? Otherwise you’re just paying for a gimmick, like the fake speaker tower.

        • Lt. Dan

          Agreed. Call me an old luddite at 34 (even though I work in IT) but I think RFID chips and firearms mix about as well as alcohol and firearms. Maybe even less so. I want that tech no where near my weapons.

  • Edeco

    Good solution for people without coffee tables to store their firearms upon.

    • valorius

      LMAO, thread winner. 🙂

    • Budogunner

      But with one of these, you could store one sporting shotgun on top and another underneath. That way, you could have over-and-under over-and-unders.

      • Edeco

        I can do that with my coffee table though too; it’s an Ikea with a shelf underneath that I think is there due to being about the cheapest way to achieve stable legs.

  • valorius

    “Staging in the morning” eh?

    • c4v3man

      Yeah, I’m a little curious about that as well. I would assume the weapon is loaded and ready, since it’s designed to be a quick-access storage unit, so handling loaded weapons twice a day sounds like an invitation to Murphy. Why not just leave them in there unless you’re leaving for an extended period (as in multiple days)? Isn’t this supposed to be a safe place to weapons permanently?

      That being said, sounds like much more thorough testing than a lot of these units will face in people’s homes, so carry on.

  • valorius

    These things are pretty cool, but you’d have to be the sort of person that never, ever showed them to people or they’d be kind of pointless. I’d be like, “Check this out it’s cool!” to all my friends. Hehe.

  • Sasquatch

    Hmm makes me want to fire up the old table saw.

  • jerry young

    I’m considering RFID I am also looking into Bio Metrics the one big drawback I can see for RFID is you have to have a devise you either wear or carry on your person to gain entry that means anyone who gets a hold of your RFID key will have access to your guns, I’m still leaning more to the Bio Metrics, the drawback in either case is the batteries when they go dead and you need your guns you have to still fumble with a key so you have to remember to change out the batteries regularly, right now my gun is at my side or on my hip 24/7 I’m still needing more convincing either way

  • Yeah I gotta get me one of these. I have a couple little ones but I want some sort of quick access secure device for the rifles. This works great.

  • AJ187

    It’s a great product. It’s not meant to be fort knox, but for rapid deployment of your HD guns and a convenient way to arm yourself with your edc before starting your day. The same risk as many people take with popular pistol boxes. You still have the option of placing your guns in your main gun safe.

  • Actionable Mango

    I can’t get over the fact that it looks like someone installed a shelf upside down.