Visible Storage for Historic Weapons
A training classroom that’s also an armory
This U.S. military base is one of the Army’s largest training sites, and it has entire campuses to train soldiers in a variety of specialties. Ordnance trainees, for instance, learn about the latest technological advances as well as historic weaponry and associated equipment.
In the past, historic weapons were stored in several different locations. Now a new facility consolidates the weapons in order to improve preservation conditions, save time, and enhance the educational experience for the 8,000-10,000 ordnance soldiers who visit the facility for training every year.
When designing the facility, one of the staff’s primary goals was to create a weapons classroom. Because the military doesn’t distinguish between active and historic weapons, the classroom’s weapons storage system had to comply with all regulations for active armories, which include fully securing the weapons.
The training center’s staff called on the local Spacesaver consultant for assistance, and he devised a creative solution to provide visibility as well as security. He used Spacesaver’s UWR® (Universal Weapons Rack) Storage System to fit the space and accommodate all the weapons. Then he designed 4-Post shelving units to enclose the racks, and he added frame doors with glass windows and locks. An LED lighting system operated by a single switch completed the design.
The resulting “cabinets” offer secure visible storage for a variety of historic weapons. When a group of trainees is scheduled to attend class in the room, staff open the UWR® doors, secure the glass doors, and flip on the lights to promote full visibility into the cabinets. After a training session, the UWR® doors are closed and locked to fulfill security requirements.
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