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    I'm getting a little frustrated at coming home and just throwing my duty belt on the floor cause I have no place to put it. How do you guys store your gear? I have a shelf above my desk that I throw my gun, cuffs, and badge on, but that's about it.

    A couple options I am throwing around are a plastic bin that I can slide under my bed, or mounting a hook to the wall in the closet and hanging the belt there. I tend to leave all my gear on the belt so it's heavy. I've tried using a dresser drawer before, but my dresser isn't really big enough and the drawers aren't deep or high enough.

    Finally, I've always read that body armor needs to be kept flat - so I slide it under my bed on the floor. What would really go wrong if I hung up the armor on a hanger? It's in an external carrier, so I'm wondering if the extra support it gets from the carrier would help negate any sort of damage from hanging it up?
    Last edited by ShepXD; 09-09-2009, 05:47 PM.

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    I keep all of my gear in my locker. I don't hang my belt because it is so heavy. I just coil it up and put it on the bottom of my locker.

    I hang my vest, which is in an outer vest carrier on a hanger with my shirts. Nothing wrong with hanging your vest.


    I think the plastic bin is your best bet.


    Why do you bring all your gear home? No lockers at work?
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    • #3
      Many of us with take home cars go on-duty as we pull out of our driveways, and don't get to the office until well into our shifts.

      I'm in plain clothes, so I don't need to keep a duty belt anywhere but in my assigned vehicle. I paut my pistol and some other things in my gun safe.
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      • #4
        Buy two plastic hangers and run them through the buckle, then hang it in the closet. You could use metal hangers if you take your radio and gun off the belt.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by HEDP View Post
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          I keep all of my gear in my locker. I don't hang my belt because it is so heavy. I just coil it up and put it on the bottom of my locker.

          I hang my vest, which is in an outer vest carrier on a hanger with my shirts. Nothing wrong with hanging your vest.


          I think the plastic bin is your best bet.


          Why do you bring all your gear home? No lockers at work?
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          Completely wrong info here. Check your vest's manufacturer information. They specifically tell you that your vest should be stored flat, to keep it from beginning to "curl" up at the bottom. Something to do with the weight of the vest itself and the material pushing down on each other.
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          • #6
            When I get home......duty belt keepers, knives, pens, notepad and keys go in a small plastic container I keep on a shelf next to my dresser.

            Radio goes in the charger on top of my dresser.

            Flashlight comes out of the holster and in the charger also on the dresser.

            Glock's and Taser go in the gun safe bolted to the floor and in the closet.

            Pretty much empty duty belt gets hung on a heavy duty hook meant to hold bikes (got it at home depot).

            Body armor (also an external carrier) get's thrown flat on an empty shelf in my closet or I lay it down on the treadmill belt in the corner of my bedroom.

            BTW, the closet also get's locked up, usually.

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            • #7
              I bought one of those red vinyl covered hooks that people use to hang their bikes in the garage. I have that in my closet and just hang the whole belt on it. I take out the radio for charging, but everything else stays on the belt. The room that holds my gear is locked and only I go on there.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by towncop View Post
                Completely wrong info here. Check your vest's manufacturer information. They specifically tell you that your vest should be stored flat, to keep it from beginning to "curl" up at the bottom. Something to do with the weight of the vest itself and the material pushing down on each other.




                Then what's this?





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                I'm sure some shouldn't be hung, but most can be.



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                • #9
                  My nylon belt is Uncle Mike's, and it came with a sort of rigid loop that clips into the buckle allowing it to hang easily. I put a brass hook in the wall of the same closet, and from that hangs my leather duty belt which is a Don Hume and has a small hole built into it so that it can hang in such a fashion. My hats are both in hat presses which I slide into these neat plastic, zippered bags that sets of high quality bed sheets come in. My two sets of body armor are hanging from thick hangars. Also in there are my uniforms, BDUs, jackets, baseball caps, winter gloves, and so forth. I guess I'm lucky I just have a closet to spare for such things. Prior to living here I kept the duty belts and vest hung up behind the bedroom door and the unfiroms all stuck in with regular clothes. That was cramped. All my brass and pocket stuff just lay on the dresser with a drawer of the dresser being designated for other uniform items and miscellaneous pistols.

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                  • #10
                    We don't have any locker facility. We dress at home and are basically on duty as we leave our driveway.

                    I am in the process of converting a closet in the spare bedroom into a "Gear Closet". It's a double bifold door closet big anough to put a small dresser in one side (I picked up a cheap one at WalMart) that will allow me to store my pistol vault/ supplies/ brass/etc. and to be able to lay my vest on top alongside my radio and flashlight chargers. Then to the other side I will have room for all my hanging stuff (uniforms/training clothes/jackets/and anything else on a hanger. Training and duty boots, as well as, Class A shiny shoes on the floor below hanging clothes and hats on the shelf above. I am replacing the existing closet door hardware with a set that locks for extra security.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by readyornot View Post
                      We don't have any locker facility. We dress at home and are basically on duty as we leave our driveway.

                      I am in the process of converting a closet in the spare bedroom into a "Gear Closet". It's a double bifold door closet big anough to put a small dresser in one side (I picked up a cheap one at WalMart) that will allow me to store my pistol vault/ supplies/ brass/etc. and to be able to lay my vest on top alongside my radio and flashlight chargers. Then to the other side I will have room for all my hanging stuff (uniforms/training clothes/jackets/and anything else on a hanger. Training and duty boots, as well as, Class A shiny shoes on the floor below hanging clothes and hats on the shelf above. I am replacing the existing closet door hardware with a set that locks for extra security.


                      Do you all have take home cars?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HEDP View Post



                        Then what's this?



                        It's actually a wet suit/dry suit/BCD hanger... UK stands for Underwater Kinetics.

                        But I also hang mine on a heavy duty hanger. hehe
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Resq14 View Post
                          It's actually a wet suit/dry suit/BCD hanger... UK stands for Underwater Kinetics.

                          But I also hang mine on a heavy duty hanger. hehe


                          Well, hangers can be used to hang an assortment of clothing.


                          lol



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                          • #14
                            Also your vest's shoulder straps tend to stretch downward when hangin

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nycmike87 View Post
                              Also your vest's shoulder straps tend to stretch downward when hangin



                              He said his is in an external carrier, which usually isn't a stretch material, so it should be fine.

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