The “Rubik Goldberg Magazine Gizmo”
I recently purchased one of the new Harbor Freight Long Gun Cases on Sale for $99.99. It is a great case and comes with very dense pre-cut pick and pluck foam. If you are like me though, you both love and hate the stuff. It’s a lot easier than cutting foam, but you have to work within those pre-defined squares and you must leave ample room between items or the foam starts breaking apart. As a result, you waste a lot of space.
I decided to configure the case to pretty much hold everything for a day of shooting. After I got the guns placed, I started squeezing in magazines and that’s where I hit a wall. I needed to fit three 17 round mags for the S2K in a space of roughly 3 by 4 inches. No problem if they will fit upright as shown in Figure 1, but the case is a touch too shallow and when closed presses too hard on the mags for my comfort. There is no way they will fit horizontally, so they have to go diagonally, but that also is impossible in that space. I needed to get creative and think inside the foam where I could not normally see.
Enter the Kaizan 3 dimensional block solution a/k/a the Rubik Goldberg Magazine Gizmo. I simply removed a block of the foam in the designated area and then started thinking three dimensionally. What you see in Figure 2 is the result. Three small pieces of Kaizan foam cut and glued together in the proper orientation will allow three S2K magazines to interlace diagonally together into that small space. I then slid the Gizmo into the slot I had cut for it with the result shown in Figures 3 & 4. That’s all my great idea is. Three pieces of Kaizan foam, cut and glued together. But MAN does it save space! And you could just continue the row. Imagine the number of magazines you could squeeze into just 3 by 18 inches.
Important Note: Ignore the darker thin pieces of foam. Those are spacers made of craft foam. I had to use those because the Kaizan foam I had available was only 7/8 inch thick and my mags were a bit thicker. If your foam is the proper thickness you will not need such spacers; just three simple pieces of foam just slightly thicker than your mags.
The right middle photo shows the difference in height between upright and diagonal with comparable padding under the upright magazine.