What Are Vertical Gun Racks?
If you are an indoor shooting range or a sporting goods store, then you have probably run across at least one outdoor gun rack. But do you know what this type of rack is? If not, let me tell you a little bit about vertical gun racks. If you have not yet tried one out, I highly recommend it.
A few gun shows back in the day were when there was a fellow working for the show who was exhibiting not only new firearms but also new vertical gun racks. He walked right up to the exhibit and spoke with the show organizer, Mike Nussbaat, owner of Vertical Gun Racks, right before we were seated in the stands. I have never met him personally, but I am sure that he was friendly and always seemed like a really good guy. Anyway, the owner of the Vertical Gun Racks came out and introduced himself to us and then explained how his rack system worked. We listened intently as he described all of the gun racks he had developed and how easy they were to use.
He then demonstrated how the pistol rack system worked and then demonstrated how easily it could be adjusted to any height necessary for different firearms. A couple of other things that he made clear to us were that his vertical gun racks were much better than other types of gun storage and that he was, in fact, selling some of the best quality pistols and other devices imaginable to accompany the rifles and handguns. We were all quite taken with the whole thing and, after a while, left to look around some more.
As we were looking around, another guy came up to us and introduced himself as Curt O'Brien from Smith and Wesson. He was a retired Army officer and was kind enough to explain to us why gun racks are important and useful to both shooters and consumers. Basically, it works because the way you hold your firearm will affect how you shoot. If you are more comfortable holding your gun horizontally, you will be able to accurately hit closer targets at a faster rate.
If you are more used to holding your gun vertically on a bull shooter, then you may not have a problem getting a nice clean shot consistently. But what most people don't understand is that utilizing proper gun racks will make it far easier to shoot a bull shooter properly and have much better accuracy. Basically, vertical gun racks work on two principles. First, if your firearm is vertical, it will be easier to shoot straight (which will also improve your accuracy), and secondly, the horizontal portions of the rack will help support your arms while you are shooting.
As we were looking around, one of the employees came over and asked us if we could check out his entire stock of gun racks. He told us that he had several guns, so we did, and we noticed that each one was set up differently. For example, some of the guns were in a vertical position but were pointed at an angle down. When we took them out, they were angled downward and had the weight on top of them.
The reason why vertical gun racks are important is because of the differences between each type. Most gun owners don't want their guns angled down because they can cause them to jam up. Most gun racks are designed to handle both staggered and straight (hollow) configurations, which is why it's so important that gun owners test them before purchasing.
Another reason why gun racks are so important is because of the potential abuse that a firearm can receive. Because the firearm is in a vertical position when it is placed in a gun cabinet, it means that potential abusers can easily see what you have and know that they can shoot it without causing any bodily harm to you. This is especially important if the firearm is an antique or collectible item.