Making Your Gun Rack Better Fit For Your Guns
Gun rack hooks are a great addition to any home and the best part is they can be used in many different ways. In years past the only choice you had was buy big metal gun racks that were permanently attached to your wall. This can be great if you have the room but it can also be cumbersome if you don't. There are other options, some of which are listed below.
Product Type Metal gun rack hooks are available in several different configurations. The most common size of these gun racks is one/two" wide x 4' tall and the inside hook opening is usually 2" and they do not take up much room, they are also easily installed wherever you need and how ever you prefer. Forged gun racks are also available in various sizes. The larger forged guns can weigh several hundred pounds so a larger frame will be required. The other option you have is a gun rack that is made from cold rolled steel. These are the type of racks that will probably be in your hunting shed so they aren't as strong as the forged gun racks, but they are a great addition if you have smaller firearms.
Material Choices There are several different materials that gun rack hooks are made from. The most common choices are either galvanized steel or cold rolled steel and you will have to decide which one is more appealing to you based on your own needs and preferences. If you do purchase galvanized steel, always make sure it is powder coated so you don't have rust build up.
Utility Hooks You can't go wrong with utility hooks, they have been around for a long time and they always have been handy. Utility hook types range from basic nail and screw attachments to flush fit no drilling and they look great. I would recommend a small wall mounted wall gun rack hooks over a large hand forged set unless you are planning to mount a large multi-purpose item on them. A flush fit hook is perfect for this application.
Be careful of "mold" or "torture molded" gun rack hooks because these will cause damage to your guns. Molded pieces are designed to be very thin to prevent injury and should never be used for anything other than a tool box. Torture molded hooks on the other hand are designed to look like they are part of the part, when in reality they are not. They are actually a thick steel wire and a very poor quality piece of equipment. Again, never use a mold or torture molded hook for any purpose other than a gun rack.
Gauge Forged gun rack hooks will be much stronger than plastic or galvanized steel. Gauge is a measurement of tensile strength and it is used to determine the diameter of a hook. The larger the hook the stronger it is capable of holding.
So now that you know how to make a gun rack, you need to know how to install it. This can be done either by drilling into the drywall or plaster or it can be done with an installation kit. In most cases the installation is better done by the installation kit because it cuts the time in half and makes the mount rack rifle hooks large enough to hold more than one large gun. Also it will keep the gun from shifting around and causing you discomfort during long sessions at shooting ranges. So the better gun fit is a must.
If you are using an old plaster gun rack, you might want to consider changing it out for a new one. Some people like the old fashioned way of mounting and hanging their guns. Others prefer the new utility hooks that are being manufactured all the time. There are plenty of choices out there if you are looking to upgrade your gun rack. Just go online and do a little comparative shopping to find the right utility hooks to suit your needs and taste.