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Range Box with Scope Mount

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Project by Micheil posted 1275 days ago 3230 views 10 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a prototype of a Range Box that I intend to build more of. It will hold 3 or 4 pistols with mags and ammo. the top, when open, has a mounting for a spotting scope. The unit locks with two locks keyed the same. It’s ideal to transport firearms to and from the range. The box is constructed of Birch Plywood (1/2”) and painted with a black spray finish.
I plan on improving the design so any suggestions are appreciated.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV





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JJohnston

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#1 posted 1275 days ago

Which direction will the spotting scope point? If it’s parallel to the hinge, you may run into trouble with picky range officers who don’t like the handguns pointing “sideways” (down the line instead of downrange). If the scope will be perpendicular to the hinge, you’re OK.

Couple of other thoughts: You might want to get a couple of wide guns and put them in adjacent slots to make sure there’s room. Ruger .44 magnum revolvers, for example, are pretty wide at the cylinder. Also, the blocky shape and width might make it uncomfortable to carry down along your side like a briefcase.

Good thinking attaching the handle to the main body, rather than the lid. I can’t tell even with the pictures zoomed: are you using an acorn nut, or something else rounded, on the inside ends of the handle bolts?

Is there a way to secure the lid in the open position, or just gravity?

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BTKS

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#2 posted 1275 days ago

This is just COOL! JJohnston made some good points. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are simple. The individual pistol slots could be adjustable if size and type of pistol will change. I would get some craft felt and line the sides and barrel cutout just to give a little more protection. I could see some abrasion while it’s riding in a vehicle or taking a hike to a distant part of the range. Wouldn’t be an issue of poly mags but some of the blued steel ones may need some padding. Wouldn’t want to give rust a place to start.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Micheil

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#3 posted 1275 days ago

Great suggestions from both of you. Never even thought about the positions of the barrels on the range. So far no range officer has complained as long as they were unloaded.
The handle is attached to the main body and the top when open stays in place through gravity. I could, however, very easily attach a small hook or clasp to lock the lid in place if necessary.
The space or slots for the firearms can be adjusted to the individual preferences so no problem there.
It’s very easy to line both the pistol slots and the mag holders with felt which I will do in the finished product.
Thanks again, great suggestions.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV

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