Proper firearm safety techniques should be used at all times. ALWAYS be sure to keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction, and have the safety on until ready to shoot. Before hanging your firearm on the hanger, be sure that the chamber is clear and the safety is on. Always keep your firearms stored in a safe and locked location.
Be sure to wear all listed safety gear when listed. Exercise caution when using a grinder or polishing wheel and always make sure to follow the warnings and safety instructions on any equipment you may use.
• Safety glasses
• Long pants and sleeves
• Closed-toed shoes
This set of instructions intends to show readers how to construct their own pistol hanger to help keep their handguns accessible and organized in their gun safe.
•One 3/16 in diameter x 3 ft steel rod ($2.98)
• Two #10 rubber end caps ($0.40)
• One can of Plasti-Dip ($6)
• Channel locks
Step 1: Cut Rod to Size
Place the rod securely in the vice.
Using a hacksaw, cut the rod to a length of 20 inches. After cutting, you may want to use a grinder or deburr wheel to remove any burrs or sharp edges on the rod.
Step 2: Mark Bending Points
From the other end of the rod, measure and mark 4 inches and 4 7/8 inches in from end. These bending points will form the part of the hanger that will grip the shelf.
Step 3: Making the First Bend
Step 4: Bending Continued
Step 5: Bending the Opposite Rod End
Step 6: Bending Continued
Using a hammer, lightly tap at the edge of the vice to start a bend in the desired location. This will allow you to get a bend point started in the desired location.
Once the rod has bent as far as the vice will allow it, re-position the rod in the vice as shown. After re-clamping the rod, complete the 90° angle.
Step 7: Completed Bends
Step 8: Applying Coating
After allowing the hanger to dry (an hour or so should be okay), flip the hanger and coat the other side.
You may want to repeat this step again and apply a second coating.
Step 9: Apply Rubber End Caps
(Note: Check to be sure that the caps fit snugly. They should stick very well, especially after applying the Plasti-Dip. If you want, put some glue inside the cap before applying it for safe measure.)
Step 10: Final Adjustments
Enjoy your homemade pistol hanger!
NOTE: You may want to customize the dimensions of your hanger based on your shelf size and the size and barrel length of the firearm you will be hanging. Play around with different sizes until you find the one that best fits you!
Article By: Arthur Williamson, Normondo Harris, Kendrick Adams, Mike Coyne, and Damon Ward