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    Storage Solutions Review

    Please use this thread to discuss about our Storage Solutions review, as it appears in our E-zine.
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    A quick thought regarding the so-called "live hinges" referred to in the article: avoid them like the plague!

    I have had innumerable small containers with such hinges fail, and I have also seen more important containers with such hinges fail. Case 1 came to me in a failed condition. A number of years ago I saw an ad for a .22 LR conversion top end for the Argentinean FM Hi-Power. .22 conversions for 1911s aren't hard to find, but one for a Hi-Power is a rare bird indeed, so I bought one. It arrived neatly packed in a plastic case ... with a live hinge that was completely separated. My solution was to head over the Lowe's home center and buy a length of piano hinge. I cut off a piece of hinge of the appropriate length, drilled a few holes, and bolted the hinge to the two halves of the case. Problem solved, better than new.

    More recently, in the course of making some repairs around the house, I pulled out an 18-volt, battery operated circular saw. I bought it about 15 years ago, but I rarely use it and I doubt the case had been opened more than half a dozen times (if that). Nonetheless, I took it off the shelf, opened the blow-molded plastic case ... and the live hinge separated instantly. I repaired it using a length of the same piano hinge I had cut down for use on the Hi-Power conversion kit. With the Hi-Power case, though, the case was single wall construction so I was able to use machine screws, with nuts on the inside. The saw case has a molded interior, so the screws attaching the hinge went into the void between the inner and outer shells. That meant I had to use wood screws. It's together, but only time will tell whether it will hold up to use. This repair was made only yesterday, so it's much to soon to make any assessment on longevity.

    The short version is that I do not like or trust live hinges. Plastic, by its nature, becomes brittle and less flexible as it ages. It's only a matter of time before any such live hinge just gives up and stops acting like a hinge. Considering that you can find cases with real hinges for virtually the same price as the ones with live hinges, in my opinion buying a case with a live hinge is a waste of money. The only exception might be if you're selling a gun that doesn't have a case, and you want to include a case to sweeten the deal a bit. It won't add to the selling price, but at least it gives a prospective buyer something to carry the gun home in.
    Hawkmoon
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