A dilemma for many of us is how to keep a personal weapon accessible if we need it, yet safely hidden from prying eyes. Here in my own household we have a safe but keeping our weapon of choice locked up is not going to help us if there is a middle of the night intruder and we can not get to it. The compromise, and not a very good one, has been to keep our accessible firearm a drawer in the nightstand.
When Minutemen Cabinets came to me a couple of months ago and told me about their “bookshelf” cabinet, I became excited. This could possibly be the answer I had been looking for – namely a nicely finished wooden shelf that matched my décor and allowed me to hide a firearm in plain sight.
Since that time, Minutemen Cabinets has become a sponsor of this website and additionally, has offered to provide one lucky Backdoor Survival reader with a Minutemen Concealed Storage Cabinet of their own in a fantastic new giveaway.
I will get to the details of the giveaway in a moment but first let me tell you about the cabinet.
Minutemen Concealed Storage Cabinets for Firearms and Valuables
Minutemen Cabinets look like bookshelves. They include a completely hidden set of latches, locks and hinges that when activated, reveal a drop down box. Inside the box is a light as well as a foam insert that can be custom fitted to your firearm.
The included foam insert was easy to configure. First we traced our weapon with a sharpie, then cut the foam away with a knife.
As you can see, in our 21” cabinet there was room for two personal weapons.
The way you open the cabinet is with a magnetic key. It is a bit tricky to use at first (okay, a lot tricky for a dunce like me), but once you figure out where to place the key, a quick squeeze to the shelf itself will open it up. The there are two keys so that you have a spare, always a good thing.
Installation is easy but is best done using two people. All of the hardware is included along with instructions for pre-drilling the holes to match up with the studs in your wall. Note that the load capacity of the 21″ concealed storage cabinet is 20 pounds. I found that even when fully loaded, the shelf did not budge – no doubt a credit to my two good-looking installers!
I could go on abut the cabinet but honestly, the best thing to do is to pop on over to the Minutemen Cabinets website and check out the specifications of the various models they offer. Each comes in a variety of finishes and if my review unit is any indication, the finish work is going to be as nice as a piece of high quality furniture.
Is the Minutemen Cabinet a Gun Safe?
No. Minutemen Cabinets are not a replacement for a gun safe. What they are is a “hide in plain sight” option for firearms and valuables offering quick and easy access. Personally, I believe this is a much better solution than a nightstand where it is easy to leave the house and forget it is there.
The Giveaway – Win a Minutemen Cabinet
To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours. The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”. After that, each option you select represents an additional entry. There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.
Update: This giveaway if open to our friends in Canada as well as the US.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
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The Final Word
It has always bothered me that we had two handguns sitting next to the bed, basically out in the open. To have an easy-to-access storage solution is a godsend. Now that I have practiced using the electronic key (Shelly never did have a problem), I can get to the items stored in the Minutemen Cabinet in just the few seconds it takes me to walk over and open it up.
At night, we go to the cabinet, remove our handgun of choice, and leave it by the bed until the morning when we tuck it safely away again in the cabinet.
Let me close with a quote by Samuel Adams that is prominently displayed on the Minutemen Cabinet website.
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”
I know you will be impressed by the workmanship of a Minuteman Cabinet. Please do visit their website, and, of course, enter the giveaway!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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