Locked Up

Firearm Vaults Worth A Closer Look

Firepower - - CONTENTS - TEXT & PHO­TOS BY JOHN SCOTT

What­ever you want to call it—a gun­room, gun vault, safe room, ar­mory or even man-cave—a room packed full of firearms and equip­ment is a sight that brings com­plete joy to any gun en­thu­si­ast. In fact, we’d ven­ture to say that there aren’t many things that can bring such a broad smile to one’s face than a well-out­fit­ted room full of guns and gear.

Wel­come to a new de­part­ment in World of Fire­power that we call Locked Up. This de­part­ment will show­case some of the best stocked and decked-out rooms and gun safes that any gun afi­cionado would be proud to call his or her own. We’ll ex­am­ine rooms of all sizes, from those owned by movie stu­dio prop houses like the one shown here, to the safes of pri­vate cit­i­zens with ex­pan­sive per­sonal col­lec­tions. Some of the col­lec­tions might be full of un­ob­ta­nium while oth­ers serve as in­spi­ra­tional and at­tain­able goals for those want­ing to cre­ate and cul­ti­vate an ar­mory of their own.

The safe room you see here is just one of the in­cred­i­ble weapons rooms at In­de­pen­dent Stu­dio Ser­vices (ISS), a prop house ser­vic­ing the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try for 40 years. Their in­ven­tory in­cludes more than 15,000 arms from a wide range of eras. If a movie or tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion re­quires guns, it’s more than likely they come to ISS to get out­fit­ted.

If you’ve seen Amer­i­can Sniper, Lone Sur­vivor, Sons of Anar­chy, 13 Hours, West­world, Let­ters from Iwo Jima, 24, Sui­cide Squad, Trans­form­ers, CSI, or even Pi­rates of the Caribbean, you have al­ready seen their work. From flint­locks to mini­guns and mor­tars to rocket launch­ers, In­de­pen­dent Stu­dio Ser­vices has it cov­ered. Hell, they even have an M1 Abrams tank sit­ting on their lot.

Their ex­per­tise doesn’t end with sup­ply­ing firearms for pro­duc­tions. They also have on­set ar­mor­ers to keep guns up and run­ning and per­son­nel that can pro­vide tech­ni­cal ad­vice and firearms in­struc­tion. ISS also cus­tom builds and mod­i­fies weapons for pro­duc­tions look­ing for some­thing spe­cial. Mal’s pis­tol from Fire­fly? It was built by the ex­perts at ISS. Cap­tain Amer­ica’s Shield? Sure, it’s not a gun, but it’s awe­some none­the­less and was also crafted at ISS.

If you hap­pen find your­self in need of a few—or few thou­sand—firearms for a pro­duc­tion, you now know who to call. For more about ISS or to in­quire about their ser­vices, check them out at is­sprops.com. In the mean­time, let’s bask in the glory of this safe room and ogle the eye candy.

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