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Review of Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest by Lockdown Vault Accessories

A Handy Item, But a Bit Overpriced

About.com Rating 3.5 Star Rating

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Front view of the Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest.

Front view of the Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest.

Photo courtesy of Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.
The Bottom Line

The Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest by Lockdown Vault Accessories is what you might call a very basic item - and it certainly is that. A notched thing for propping your long guns so they don't fall over; folks have been making such things for a heck of a long time.

This one uses plastic, rubber, magnets, and attractive styling to set itself apart, but in the end it's still another notched doo-hickey for keeping your guns upright.

Pros

  • Magnets secure it to the outside of your safe, vault, or steel gun cabinet.
  • Rubber backing on the magnets helps reduce scratching, although the plastic may be able to slightly scratch your safe's finish.
  • Portion where the gun barrels sit is rubber-coated to help protect the gun and prevent it from slipping.
  • Looks good.
Rear view of the Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest.

Rear view of the Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest.

Photo courtesy of Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.
Cons

  • Made in China
  • It's pretty blonky for what it is (takes up more room than necessary).
  • Only provides space for three guns, though it's more than ten inches long.
Description

  • Magnetic barrel rest which you can place on a steel surface, so you'll have a steady place to prop a rifle or shotgun.
  • Made of plastic, with overmolded rubber on the portion where the guns rest.
  • 10.25 inches long; 3 inches tall at its highest point.
  • Black plastic is painted dull silver on the outer side.
  • Molded-in "hex nuts" on face are plated to look like chrome.
  • One-year warranty.

A Simple Product for a Simple Job

Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest, installed on the side of a safe.

Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest, installed on the side of a safe.

Photo courtesy of Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.
There's not a whole lot to be said about the Lockdown Magnetic Barrel Rest. It's a simple molded plastic product that has magnets built into its back side.

While most of its back is hollowed out, two of the hollows are sealed up with rubber on the exterior. The two magnets are inside of those areas.

When placed against the side of a steel-sided gun safe, vault, or cabinet, the magnets pull it against the steel, holding it in place and creating a place for you to prop a few guns - as many as three of them.

The rubber behind the magnets is a good lick, but there are still portions of the plastic that lie against your safe's finish, and if you are finicky about scratches on your vault (I'm not), you might need to add a little tape or felt or something to run interference between this and your safe, to prevent scratches.

Some rubber coating provides a cushioned surface for your guns to lie against.

This thing takes up a lot of real estate for what it is, and space is at a premium in many homes (including mine). I feel this could have been made to accommodate 4 or maybe even 5 guns in its same length, and could have been greatly improved if it had also been designed with an eye towards daisy-chaining them (installing series of them side-by-side) to provide for propping a larger number of guns.

I also see maximum markup on this product, which is currently listed at $17.99 on Battenfeld's website. That is far more than this product costs to produce, and considerably more than it is worth. In my view, a more practical, less flashy, and lower-priced version of this product would offer much more value and appeal to gun owners.

I certainly won't throw this thing away anytime soon - and it does provide a small amount of usefulness when I need a place to prop some guns - but if I had paid $18 (or even $9) for it, I would feel ripped off.

- Russ Chastain

Disclosure: A review sample was provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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