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I want to hang a Centennial ‘66 above my Norman Rockwell Stagecoach print. I’m looking for a wall mount that’s literally invisible. I’m thinking something that you can see very little of the mount but is still secure. Anyone have anything like this? I want the rifle to look like it’s just suspended there. Pictures would be awesome. Thanks

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I’ve not seen a wall mount like you envision but I have a suggestion based on a photography aid I have seen.  

The rifle is suspended in a horizontal position by a clear polymer cylinder inserted into the muzzle, the cylinder being reinforced internally with a coaxial steel rod. The protruding  end of the cylinder is secured to a steel wall plate by a bolt inserted and secured  transversely through the side of the protruding portion of the cylinder and its coaxial steel rod,  the opposite end of the bolt being threaded into the face of the wall plate.

If the leverage created by the length and weight of the rifle is too great, a minimal, clear polymer wall bracket could be crafted to support the butt of the rifle. 

This fixture would have to be designed and constructed. The nature and dimensions of the components should be determined by someone with the necessary mechanical engineering knowledge to compute the stresses to be imposed on the muzzle fixture by the weight and length of the rifle. Lest the rifle wind up on the floor!

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I’ve not seen a wall mount like you envision but I have a suggestion based on a photography aid I have seen.  

The rifle is suspended in a horizontal position by a clear polymer cylinder inserted into the muzzle, the cylinder being reinforced internally with a coaxial steel rod. The protruding  end of the cylinder is secured to a steel wall plate by a bolt inserted and secured  transversely through the side of the protruding portion of the cylinder and its coaxial steel rod,  the opposite end of the bolt being threaded into the face of the wall plate.

If the leverage created by the length and weight of the rifle is too great, a minimal, clear polymer wall bracket could be crafted to support the butt of the rifle. 

This fixture would have to be designed and constructed. The nature and dimensions of the components should be determined by someone with the necessary mechanical engineering knowledge to compute the stresses to be imposed on the muzzle fixture by the weight and length of the rifle. Lest the rifle wind up on the floor!

  

Wow Bill. I was thinking of something a little less complicated Kiss  Sounds like engineering challenge. My wife thought, hanging plant hooks in the ceiling and fishing line. Sounds a little hokey to me.

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I made a wall mount for the family heirloom 11 ga muzzle loader.  It isn’t invisible, but looks good to me.  I welded old horse shoes together (from our farm picked up out of the fields).  One is flat against the wall and nailed into a stud.  The other is welded so its perpendicular to the wall (both with the U faced up as for luck).   Painted black and split black fuel line over the inside of the one shoe to protect the gun.  Rather appropo to the gun and what it represents.  Might be something like that would do you well.  My take at least.  Tim

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I made a wall mount for the family heirloom 11 ga muzzle loader.  It isn’t invisible, but looks good to me.  I welded old horse shoes together (from our farm picked up out of the fields).  One is flat against the wall and nailed into a stud.  The other is welded so its perpendicular to the wall (both with the U faced up as for luck).   Painted black and split black fuel line over the inside of the one shoe to protect the gun.  Rather appropo to the gun and what it represents.  Might be something like that would do you well.  My take at least.  Tim

  

Thanks Tim, those do look nice. I’ve seen a few different versions but a little bigger then i want.

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Something like this (clear acrylic plastic) is about the least obtrusive wall mount I can think of…  As long as the screws attaching it to the wall are painted the same color as the wall itself, I would imagine it would be pretty “invisible”…  I’m not 100% sure that acrylic plastic is the strongest material (tends to break at the glued seams), but if the display is in a “low traffic” area (not likely to get bumped) it would probably be fine.

https://acrylicdisplayuk.co.uk/products/gun-rack-wall-mount-brackets-x-1-pair-clear-perspex-acrylic

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I’ve worked with acrylic in my shop and, in 3/8″ thickness, it’s pretty stout. However, I think any glue joint ought to be mechanically reinforced with screws. I’d also want to select the glue carefully and go for max bonding strength rather than quick set. 

And I wouldn’t trust the assembly with any gun that would lose half its value if scratched or bruised in a fall. 

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Just throwing out some ideas.

I have used this companies products in a variety of custom displays. You might be able to devise a creative interesting minimalist solution with one of these systems.

Not trying to over sell it. I’ve just had good results. Down side is some of it can be a bit expensive.

https://mbs-standoffs.com/

Just a couple of quick thoughts. Perhaps a cable art hanging set-up that holds both the rifle and art piece. You could match the color of the components to the color of the wall. Or maybe a wall mount option with just a stand-off rod sticking out.  You could have a small up turned 90 at the end and put a non-slip surface on the stud.  

There’s a lot to take in with all of the options. I go out of my way to look on-line for photos of how these products can be used. It really helps visualize possible ideas. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Good luck. Let us see how it turned out when you’re done.

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