ARTEMIS ARMED

THANKS TO TAC­TI­CAL WALLS, HAV­ING GUNS IN YOUR HOME DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T HAVE A STYLISH HOME.

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YOUR HOUSE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A MAN CAVE

I love guns. I’m not shy about it. I’m ac­tu­ally pretty proud of it. I ad­mire the crafts­man­ship and the art that are part of a firearm.

I re­ally never care about hav­ing my guns on my couch, be­cause I prac­tice and dry-fire, but some peo­ple do. I get it: Some peo­ple don’t want their house to look like their goal is dom­i­nat­ing at the next world shoot. They want to keep their guns in a safe or out of plain sight and per­haps

in­vite the neigh­bors in with­out wor­ry­ing about scan­ning the area for firearms first.

But many gun stor­age op­tions look ei­ther rus­tic or tac­ti­cal, which is fine for many of us; how­ever, some peo­ple want their dé­cor to have a more re­fined look.

Then, I dis­cov­ered the non-man cave, to­tally nor­mal, prac­ti­cally Martha Ste­wart-ap­proved end ta­ble from Tac­ti­cal Walls.

GUNS, GUNS EV­ERY­WHERE—AND NOT A PLACE TO SET MY DRINK

This ta­ble solved two prob­lems for me. First, we have an old farm­house. The lay­out be­ing what it is, and with my hus­band be­ing a cop, I like the idea of hav­ing a firearm handy. My dilemma has been that if I’m dry-fire prac­tic­ing with my com­pe­ti­tion gun, I’m not go­ing to have a firearm with live ammo sit­ting out. The so­lu­tion? Stow the firearm in a pur­pose-built, stylish Tac­ti­cal Walls (Tac­ti­calWalls.com) end ta­ble that doesn’t scream, “Man cave!”

Sec­ond, I need a place to set things—such as those bills I have to re­mem­ber to pay or my glass of vodka as I wind down at the end of the day or try to write some­thing for my ed­i­tor. This ta­ble is a per­fect height for next to the couch and serves per­fectly in its role as an end ta­ble.

What makes this ta­ble re­ally cool is the hid­den com­part­ment you can cus­tom­ize to fit your guns. The se­cret com­part­ment drops down via an RFID chip reader to al­low you ac­cess to your gun with­out need­ing a key.

EASY TO AS­SEM­BLE

The di­rec­tions were clear and very sim­ple; in fact, I had my 13- and 18-year-olds as­sem­ble it for me. It even came pre­pro­grammed. We read the di­rec­tions sev­eral times prior to in­stalling the bat­ter­ies and clos­ing the drop-down door to make sure all was good. But this was so sim­ple, it re­ally wasn’t any­thing you couldn’t do in 15 min­utes. When you cut the foam to fit your guns, I ad­vise you to trace your gun with a marker first and then cut the foam to fit. I skipped the trac­ing and went straight for the cut­ting ... and prob­a­bly could have done bet­ter. To make it eas­ier for me to grab my pis­tol and mags, I cut the area around the pis­tol grip large enough to get my fin­gers around the gun, and I also cut it so a shal­low “cush­ion” could be put back into the bot­tom of the cut-out area so my mags and pis­tol were not coun­ter­sunk.

The RFID chip reader comes with two cards to al­low ac­cess.

PLAIN-JANE TAC­TI­CAL

One of the great things about this ta­ble is that you can bring

YOUR IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER AL­TER EGO WOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE THIS LIT­TLE TA­BLE. IT’S STYLISH, AND THE LACK OF ANY TAC­TI­CAL DE­TAILS MAKES IT LOOK LIKE A STAN­DARD FUR­NI­TURE STORE END TA­BLE.

it into just about any room, and it will fit the dé­cor. The fin­ish on the one I have is satin black, but other col­ors are avail­able. The de­sign is sim­ple—even a lit­tle “plain-Jane.” How­ever, not look­ing too “trendy” adds to its ver­sa­til­ity, and it won’t look dated down the road. This is re­ally a nice piece of fur­ni­ture, and it makes me want a Tac­ti­cal Walls shelf (this com­pany makes some pretty cool-look­ing shelves, too).

If I could change any­thing with this ta­ble, I would make a model that is nar­row and rec­tan­gu­lar in shape for peo­ple who want a small end ta­ble and not a square. Nev­er­the­less, whether you want to hide a gun or pa­per­work, this ta­ble is an op­tion that re­quires very lit­tle ef­fort on your part to put it into play.

UP YOUR DEC­O­RAT­ING GAME

Your in­te­rior de­signer al­ter ego would be proud to have this lit­tle ta­ble. It’s stylish, and the lack of any tac­ti­cal de­tails makes it look like a stan­dard fur­ni­ture store end ta­ble. You can also in­dulge in hav­ing your guns handy with­out the neigh­bors

know­ing they’re right there in your liv­ing room.

“Hid­den in plain sight” is one of the ways to hide some­thing well, and this piece accomplishes that task. GW

“HID­DEN IN PLAIN SIGHT” IS ONE OF THE WAYS TO HIDE SOME­THING WELL, AND THIS PIECE ACCOMPLISHES THAT TASK.

A sim­ple tap with the card, and the drawer drops down. As the door drops, the slide­out comes down to­ward you. I

Two RFID cards come pre-pro­grammed for easy use.

The Tac­ti­cal Walls end ta­ble is a good­look­ing, well-built, func­tional ad­di­tion to your home dé­cor. And it hides your guns in plain view for fast ac­cess.

There’s room for a pis­tol and sev­eral mags in­side. The speed that the drawer slides out can be ad­justed via a knob.

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