OK, maybe we're freaks - but we enjoy having a rifle or gun available in whatever room we're in. You can never be too vigilant and you never know when that extra layer of comfort will come in handy. But Bernie got a little tired of propping his shotgun/rifle against a wall, only to have it fall over. And I got a little tired of all the scuffed walls his shotgun/rifle inflicted. So Bernie called on Tex to help him come up with a Personal Defense Stand to allow him to feel secure in his home - both from threatening intruders or critters in the yard, and his angry wife.
This is a view of the Personal Defense Stand from the side. There are a few things to notice here. First of all, notice the cute scull head on top - it's a gear shift knob Bernie picked up at the local auto store. Purely decorative and something Bernie takes issue with me calling "cute", but it kind of finishes it off nicely, doesn't it? Also notice (from the top down) the first protruding hook on the back of it - that will hold a holster. The second "hook" you see is actually the top notch where the barrel of the shotgun/rifle sits. The one on the very bottom, barely above the legs, is where the butt sits.
This is a front view. It started as 1/2 inch round steal stock. The main body of it is about 3 feet tall - could be taller depending on your requirements. That first hook that holds the hoster on the back is about 4 1/2 inches long - it's constructed of a straight rod about 3 1/2 inches long, with a 1 1/2 inch rod welded at a slight angle.
Here is a view from the top down. You can see that in the front, the barrel holder is a piece of rod about 4 1/2 inches, bent in a U shape and welded on. The piece at the bottom that holds the butt of the shotgun/rifle is actually 3 pieces welded together - the 2 long, straight pieces are about 5 inches long, with the center/end piece being about 2 1/2 and it's bent in a slight U shape downwards in the middle. Notice the legs - because Bernie had a requirement to hold both a shotgun/rifle and a holster, the weight distribution was crucial (shotgun/rifle leans and puts weight towards the back, and the holster puts weight on the back). The legs are 4 pieces welded together at right angles - the front legs are 6 1/2 inches and the back legs are 10 inches
This is a picture from the side holding a shotgun. See how it leans to the back? That's why it's important to make the back of the legs longer than the front. It holds everything from the little "Home Defender" shotgun in this picture, to a .3030 deer rifle to the 12 gauge field shotgun.
This is a sideview with the "Home Defender" and a holster holding a .44 Magnum - Ruger Redhawk.. Perfectly balanced!
This is a front view with the Personal Defense Stand fully loaded. I think you could use that cute little skull as a hat stand, but mentioning that gets me a big hairy eye roll from Bernie. He feels the skull represents eternal vigilance with it's eyes always open. That's just cute - I don't care who you are!