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Post by Guest on 11/9/2017, 5:48 pm

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Designing a pistol box

What would be great features in a good custom box?

For example: have the pistols face into the box instead of across it. No drawer needed on this level, but the box would be wider. This brings up the questions: what are the largest bullseye guns, tallest, longest?

What is the best spotting scope mount?

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Post by mikemyers on 11/14/2017, 7:16 am

Think of it as a "freebie".  Capture stuff as high-def video, play it back with VLC video player on your computer, and anything nice, just use the "snapshot" function.  

Is it useful?  I dunno.  I like taking photos of all my targets before I go home, and that would already be "done".  

The Raspberry Pi will save everything to a memory stick, so that's another option.  

Since we're dreaming, how about a digital red dot sight which shows everything instantly on a display, no parallax errors for not looking at it straight on, and maybe with the ability to record or broadcast?  I was just looking at a sight that supposedly does (some of) that....     not sure if it would even be legal.  It could be like a digital heads-up display, generated electronically.
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Post by mikemyers on 11/14/2017, 11:20 am

Maybe I can ask a related question here.  After all this discussion, I can see the advantage of buying one of these Pistol Boxes.  I've looked at several suppliers on the 'net, and think I know which appeal to me, but you guys know far more.  

Forgetting price, which brand(s) would be the better ones you might either want to buy for yourself, or recommend?

I guess what I'm describing is my own view of the ultimate gun box.
I'm assuming I would want to carry the following in it:

  • two or three guns aimed downrange (22, 38, and/or 45)
  • hearing muffs
  • tools
  • magazines (magnetic strips)
  • magazine loader
  • ammunition
  • room for at least two pair of glasses
  • a place for paper, pencil, shooting diary (small), 
  • targets?????
  • scope and mount
  • brass catcher?????
  • stapler and staples
  • a space for odds and ends

  • other things you guys have found invaluable, that I haven't thought of
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Post by Tim:H11 on 11/14/2017, 12:11 pm

mikemyers wrote:Maybe I can ask a related question here.  After all this discussion, I can see the advantage of buying one of these Pistol Boxes.  I've looked at several suppliers on the 'net, and think I know which appeal to me, but you guys know far more.  

Forgetting price, which brand(s) would be the better ones you might either want to buy for yourself, or recommend?

I guess what I'm describing is my own view of the ultimate gun box.
I'm assuming I would want to carry the following in it:

  • two or three guns aimed downrange (22, 38, and/or 45)
  • hearing muffs
  • tools
  • magazines (magnetic strips)
  • magazine loader
  • ammunition
  • room for at least two pair of glasses
  • a place for paper, pencil, shooting diary (small), 
  • targets?????
  • scope and mount
  • brass catcher?????
  • stapler and staples
  • a space for odds and ends

  • other things you guys have found invaluable, that I haven't thought of



I think you will find that most gun boxes are built with these things already in mind. Strong Case seems to be a very popular box. I had one and I liked it plenty but I wanted something else. Gun-ho is a capable piece of equipment and again I used to have one of those too for a brief time. I personally am very attached to the old Pachmayr style but they don't hold dot sighted guns and so I have ordered a case from Greg at Precision Pistol Boxes. They are built very close to the Pachmayr cases but are taller to accept dot sighted guns. They have plenty of room for everything you may or may not need. Most cases all have about the same amount of room in them. The people who make them know what you'll be carrying roughly. Many of the makers are shooters too. 

Really it's not who makes the case but how big the case is. That's the reason I switched from case to case. All my cases were used until I ordered one from Greg. And each case I tried was a different size. Now, Greg builds them per your request and how you need it. He has a lot of options from the smallest box for a limited shooter or indoor league thing to the biggest box holding five guns for just about anything you might shoot.
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Post by mikemyers on 11/14/2017, 10:10 pm

Thanks; one limiting factor is the size of my trunk.  It's a Mazda MX-5, and trunk space was not an objective when they designed it.

How many weeks/months/years does it take him to build a custom box?
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Post by Greg Walloch on 11/14/2017, 10:30 pm

Mike,

I’m on here.  Lead time is about two weeks or less.

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Post by Tim:H11 on 11/14/2017, 10:48 pm

mikemyers wrote:Thanks; one limiting factor is the size of my trunk.  It's a Mazda MX-5, and trunk space was not an objective when they designed it.

How many weeks/months/years does it take him to build a custom box?

As much as I’ve enjoyed my fathers MX5 when he had one it’s not friendly to toteing gear around. Front seat is more useable than the trunk. I don’t see a pistol boxing going in the trunk of a Miata no matter the year of design.
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Post by mikemyers on 11/14/2017, 10:53 pm

Nice to meet you, Greg!

I was looking at this:
http://www.precisionpistolbox.com/apps/webstore/products/show/3174061
...but it needs to fit into the trunk of a 2012 Mazda MX-5.  Unless I cut a hole in the trunk lid, I'm sure it isn't going to close.  I expect to have at least one 1911 and a M-41, with scopes.  Since I don't return from India until mid-January, there is no rush.

If I remember correctly, you or someone else makes a "horizontal" box.  The front seat is not an option for me.  This is why I didn't buy a box two years ago.
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Post by Tim:H11 on 11/15/2017, 5:39 am

Buy a cheap truck along with a pistol box! lol!
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Post by Chris Miceli on 11/15/2017, 5:59 am

Mango uses a Pelican 1610 with gunbox and scope mounted. A few Army reserve guys use the aluminum horizontal boxes set up similarly.   Here is a horizontal 2 gun box. 
http://www.precisionpistolbox.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2229140


Most people tend to load way to much into the box and be comes this big heavy thing. Keep what you need in the box, transport the rest in a duffle. Most shooter i know don't even carry their pistols in the gun box.
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Post by Greg Walloch on 11/15/2017, 6:22 am

Mike,

We can design a box that’ll fit in the Mazda.  My personal 3-Gun box is only 12” tall.  

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Post by mikemyers on 11/15/2017, 8:50 am

Greg, can you post a photo of your personal box?
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Post by Greg Walloch on 11/15/2017, 11:22 am

The photo I posted is of a 3-Gun Ultra Compact.  It weighs just over 7 pounds empty and stands just over 12” tall.  I have an identical 2-Gun that I often use as well.  

On the door is an NG 20x33 on a Jones Mount, brass bag on the left exterior, double mag caddy for my aluminum Marvel mags on the left interior, oil and rosin holder on the drawer bottom.  Under the drawer is a 3/4” deep area where I keep extra mags, ECI, cleaning rod, etc..

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