[SHOT 2016] Tactical Walls

    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 teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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