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US Small Arms Storage Racks

Floor Mounted Racks

Floor Mounted Arms Racks consisted of either steel, or steel and wood. These racks were usually located within the sleeping area of the old wooden barracks; sometimes in the center aisle, sometimes in a corner. I remember our M14's in Basic Training at Fort Dix in January of 1964 being locked in one of these massively heavy arms racks.

After being assigned to the 82d in July 1964 all our M14's were locked in an arms room in wall mounted racks. There must be many variations of wall mounted racks today due to the adoption of many different M16 type rifles throughout the services.

This subject brings up "Rack Numbers". A rack number was a number painted/taped, or engraved (never should have happened, was never allowed) on a stock. The number indicated the slot in an arms rack assigned for storage of that particular rifle. There often was a list of which rifle serial numbers went into which slots. It made things a lot simpler to return all rifles to their allocated slots. An open slot meant a missing rifle.

Notice most M14 stocks on the market have no rack number. Sure some do, but the percentage is quite low. Within the Army weapons cards made rack numbering on rifles obsolete. By the late 1950's/early 1960's the system got easier and better.

Those serving will remember they had a "Weapons Card". The card was a small Department of the Army form carried in the wallet. The card had provisions for Name and Rank, Unit, Type of Rifle, and Serial Number of rifle assigned to the soldier.

The system was simple. You had to give your weapons card to the unit armorer in order to remove your rifle from the arms room. The unit armorer then placed your weapons card in your slot within the rack until you returned your rifle. Most units also placed a rack number on the card for ease of transfer and return.

The rule was you had to have either the weapons card or rifle in your possession at all times. If a rifle was missing and the unit armorer had your weapons card, it meant only one thing. You lost it and would pay Uncle Sam to purchase another. If, as rarely happened, the rifle was missing from the arms room and you had your weapons card in your possession, the investigation would start on the arms room security and procedures to find the stolen weapon. This system was Army wide and probably was different in the other services. Now when you see a rack number on an M14 stock there is a good chance the rifle was from one of the other services.

Below are racks used with garrison from the 1920's through the 1960's. ENJOY!!!

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M1

Small Arms racks M1

FSN as of 1963 1005-653-4807, Ord. Part Number 6534807
Secures 20 M1 Rifles, probable development mid to late 1930's

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M1A1

Small Arms Racks M1A1

FSN 1095-776-0043, Ord. Part No. 8426354
Secures 20 M1 or M14 Rifles
Probable development 1957 thru 1960

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M2

Small Arms Racks M2

FSN 1095-653-6789, Ord. Part No. 6536789
Secures 10 M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifles
Probable development mid to late 1930's

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M3A1

Small Arms Racks M3A1

FSN 1095-776-0044, Ord. Part No. 8426355
Secures 20 M1 or M14 Rifles, and 10 each 1911A1 Pistols
Probable development is the same time as the M1A1

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M4

Small Arms Racks M4

FSN 1095-714-0329, Ord. Part No. 7140329
Secures 20 M1 Carbines
Probable period of development 1943

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M7

Small Arms Racks M7

FSN 1095-840-7182, Ord. Part No. 8407142
Secures 20 M3A1 Sub-Machine Guns
Probable period of development 1945.
I have one designed in the 1970's which holds only five SMG's.

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M1920

Small Arms Racks_M1920

FSN 1095-650-7549, Ord. Part Number 6507459
Secures 20 1903/1903A3 Rifles
Period of development, 1920's???

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M1920 as Modified

Small Arms Racks M1920 as Modified Example 1

FSN 1095-650-7543, Ord. Part No. 6507543
Secures 80 each 1911A1 Pistols
This was standard issue with MP companies as their reliance on pistols
was much heavier than other TO&E units.

Rack, Storage Small Arms, M1920 as Modified

Small Arms Racks M1920 as Modified Example 2

FSN 1095-650-7459, Ord. Part No. 6507459
Secures 20 1903/1903A3 Rifles and 20 1911 Pistols

Wall Mounted Racks

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M11

Small Arms Racks M11

FSN 1095-897-8755, Ord. Part No. 8429990
Secures 20 M1 or M14 Rifles
Period of development 1957 thru 1960

Rack, Small Arms Storage, M11 with Adapters

Small Arms Racks M11 with Adapters

FSN 1095-086-7888, Ord. Part No. 8426852 with one adapter
Secures 10 M1 or M14, and 10 Carbines
FSN 1095-086-7889, Ord. Part No. 8426853 with two adapters
Secures 20 M1 Carbines Only

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