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Finally! A Kid-safe and Crook-proof Gun Cabinet

Dec 2, 2008

Arthur, ILL.— According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, more than 40 percent of American adults own firearms. The four million more they buy each year add to growing concerns about theft and child tampering.

A small company in Arthur, Ill. offers an unusual solution to the problem.

GunSafe makes custom hardwood cabinets that let owners enjoy the beauty of their favorite guns while greatly reducing the fear that burglars and children will have access to them.

Special dimple-key door locks are virtually unpickable. The cabinets feature two steel bars encased in fittings of rectangular hardwood to make theft or tampering unlikely. The same door key unlocks the removable top bar and fits a steel safe in the cabinet base.

The guns remain safely locked even if someone breaks the door glass. Disassembly of any firearm is not possible, thanks to a clear panel of polycarbonate that spans the cabinet's lower section.

Finger-tap lighting features allow owners to create mood or spotlight their gun collection.

GunSafe artisans handcraft six- and 12-gun cabinets as well as specialty pieces for collections large and small. Some clients, for example, want to showcase an individual firearm. Others have family heirlooms or rare collections of rifles or shotguns they wish to display.

Still, others want a secure cabinet for their favorite pistols, bows or knives.

“Very few cabinets are the same,” said William Schlabach, GunSafe owner. “Most of our customers want to make a personal statement; after all, the guns they own say a lot about their personality and taste.”

Some people prefer a stand-alone cabinet. Others wish to incorporate the piece into entertainment centers, bookcases and other furniture motifs, styles, colors and woods.

Dr. James Campbell, an orthodontist from Panama City, Fla., ordered custom-deluxe cabinets for a huge trophy room with mounts for more than 100 big-game animals. GunSafe provided a pair of eight-gun cabinets and one six-gun horizontal cabinet for Dr. Campbell's favorite rifles and shotguns.

To match the cypress walls of the trophy room, company artisans used alder for the cabinets and then applied a clear finish.

“They got it right,” Dr. Campbell said. “These cabinets speak for themselves. Guests talk more about them than the trophy deer above the cabinets.”

Oak, cherry, maple and mahogany are popular hardwood choices. Hickory, alder, walnut and even exotic species such as rosewood are also available. Styles of glass, hardware, shelving, hand scrollwork and finishes abound.

GunSafe custom-builds its cabinets according to supplied specifications. The company will also suggest designs and amenities.

For example, attorney Barry Elkins of Baton Rouge, La., wanted a lockable chest of drawers he could keep in his bedroom, away from his young children. He and Schlabach sent sketches back and forth until agreeing on a functional design that allowed Elkins to lock all seven drawers at once.

“The cherry cabinet that GunSafe provided is a fine piece of furniture,” he said. “It's exactly what I was looking for.”

Some gun owners wish to display their guns with the barrels pointing down. Others want leather-tucked gunstock protectors or request special lighting. Combination rifle/pistol cabinets, specialty shelves and lockable storage areas are other examples of custom design.

Owner initials, nameplates and family crests provide unique touches.

“Like a precious work of art, many gun owners want their possessions out to view and enjoy,” Schlabach said. “They can't do that if they're tucked away in a steel safe.”

“Our goal is to let people admire their guns while making them as safe and secure as possible.”

For more information, call 877-448-6723 or go to