I just took delivery of my new safe that will be dedicated to rifle storage. The layout as shipped is less than useful if I ever want to actually access anything. How stacking rifles in rows three deep makes sense to anyone is a mystery.
Wondering what everyone has found that works well. I'm thinking that a "U" shaped layout may work well but thought I would solicit opinions from others before I start spending money.
I gutted my late brothers safe of all the shelves and carpet due to my parent's smoking, just could get the smell out. Covered the top with Velcro and bought all rifle rods. Built some small shelves to hold different lengths. It’s my rifle/shotgun safe.
The carousel type of racks have always looked good but I’m not sure how many they hold.
I used to have a method of storage in a safe that totally defied the numbers they advertised a safe would hold. Long guns & handguns. But to get to a particular gun was a circus of shuffling. One tip,,to add to John's suggestion above of a list,, is to store one row with the muzzle up, and the next row,, muzzle down. Also,, add a light inside the safe to help identify things easier. Another thing is to select the type of long gun for a row. Example; A row of shotguns is "smaller" as compared to a row of scoped rifles. Look at action designs,, and arrange them in a manner to where slim & trim goes on one row,, while the big & bulky goes on another row.
The carousel type of arrangement is great,, but it limits the numbers it can hold.
Removing bolts from bolt-actions is helpful, as well as inverting every other long-gun in a row and repeating the pattern inversely on the facing row. Be careful not to mix up bolts on like model/action-length rifles.</abbr>
It's time for a revolution in gun safe design. I don't like owning things just for the sake of owning them and like to USE what I have. For decades, I put up with not shooting certain guns because it was just such a hassle to dig them out.
Before I bought the safe I have now, my plan was to build one about 12" deep and twice as wide with two doors so I only had ONE row. One of the guys in the R&D shop was all set to help when the "ol' man" who ran the company retired and sold us off to a big European corporation and that ended "government jobs," which was a perk the company bestowed to keep people happy so they'd keep coming to work.
Rigby's in New York has a great setup in their vault. Each row holds the rifles vertical in a slide out. Like a drawer turned on its side. Open door, pull out slider, pick your gun. I guess someone handy at cabinetry wouldn't have a problem. Making an insert to go in a safe.