Pistol Storage

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Project by TexasDawg posted 08-16-2009 01:32 PM 4446 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At one of the Afghan Ministries we work with, we are required to check our weapons at the front desk when we enter. They were taking our weapons and stacking them on a table, which did not make us very comfortable, so I built a locking weapons cabinet. I managed to scrounge a couple cans of spray paint, but the local paint did not get very far, so it was only partially painted. I had to make up the dimensions on the fly, but it turned out pretty good. I had to scrounge hardware parts from an old bed and wardrobe. The cabinet now hangs at the entrance of the Ministry and makes their security checkpoint look much more professional.

-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 02:46 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Good idea.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 03:59 PM

Excelent, I will build one for when my kids come for a visit.
If you are in need of odds or ends of hardware or whatever please post in on LJ, I would think some of what you need for projects like this are laying around in someones junk pile and would gladly share it with you.

Please give our regards to the troops! You are doing good work and are appreciated.

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 04:48 PM

Ditto what Paul said about helping out with hardware, etc. Now I have a question – how do you tell which weapon is yours? ;-)

-- John

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 04:51 PM

Well done

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 01:55 AM

You keep me amazed on what you are able to accomplish over there with so little to work with. I would swear you were in the Marine Corps. Great Job. Thanks.

-- John @

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 06:54 PM

wwnovice -

Telling weapons apart is easy – serial numbers. We have a weapons inspection every morning, so we have to track our weapons pretty closely. If you think the pistol cabinet looks confusing, you should see how we have our rifles lined up three deep – finding the right one during an attack is tricky.

-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 07:07 PM

When I was in the Marine Corps, if an attack was on, who cares what rifle or pistol you grab….as long as it is loaded and is not jammed…..ownership can be determined later…

Once again good ol’ American ingenuity….We surely have good reason to be proud of the great men and women we have serviing this county…they are indeed the best of the best.

I bet you fellow troops are very happy to have an excellent LJ in their midst…every project you have shown us is a testament to your ingenuity and problem solving skills….Keep up the great work!!

Stay safe…and secure…we are looking forward to the post of you returning to your family and loved ones..

Thank you from the heart for you posts and your service…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 07:29 PM

reggiek -

With the M4 and the M16, you have to site in your weapon to your eyes, so grabbing someone else’s weapon could be a big problem if you can’t hit the guy trying to kill you.

I am literally counting the seconds until my return home from this place.

All the best,


-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#9 posted 08-18-2009 10:09 PM

That’s a good point TD….We combat sighted all our weaps right after issue….and during requal….I think it matters most as you guys are in urban areas with lots of hiding holes. I would think the sighting is most important on the M16 as you need to use the sight it a bit more?...using the M4 for close ups you probably use more point and shoot…I remember the M16’s were a pain when they were introduced.. (The 16s jammed alot back then..mostly from sand – I understand that they re-machined them so that it is no so much the case…else that weapon would be useless over there)

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 08-20-2009 04:15 PM

Thanks for your service, and great work.

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#11 posted 09-07-2009 02:51 AM

Great looking cabinet.

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