Anyone with guns should protect their investment. As a gun owner, part of your responsibility is to keep those guns out of the reach of individuals who don’t know a thing about gun safety, most especially children.This is possible only with a quality gun safe.Below are the major considerations you should make before buying a gun safe:
1. Your goal
If your goal is just to keep the guns away from your kids, it may be enough to get a locking metal cabinet.If your concern is fire, find a safe that is made to withstand high temperatures for an extended period.If theft is your primary concern, what you need is a heavy gauge steel safe (with many locking bolts), which is extremely hard to remove from your home.
2. Thickness gauge
With steel, a smaller gauge number means a thicker material.Twelve-gauge steel is very common with cheaper safes.Ten-gauge steel will be good, but heavier gauge steel is going to be much better.A higher gauge also means the cost will be lower and the weight lighter. What lock the door to the rest of the safe are large steel pins known as draw bolts.Your guns are safer when your pins are larger and greater in number.
3. Fire rating
Most fire-resistant safes can withstand a 1200? F temperature for up to 30 minutes, the minimum standard.A pricier one may be rated at 1200? F for 100 minutes max.Your local fire department’s response time will be a factor to consider.Aside from that, find safe with a fire seal as smoke can also be damaging to the guns inside.
It’s very easy to open electronic locks, allowing you to access your guns quickly for self-defense.But mechanical dial locks are usually simpler and trouble-free.Your best choice for home defense may be a small bedside safe that you can open with a quick scan of your thumbprint.
5. Hinge location
Makers of internal hinges say these are harder for burglars to defeat, while those that use external hinges claim it’s not an issue as long as the safe is generally well-constructed. One key advantage of external hinges is they allow the door to be opened 180 degrees. The door’s weight is between 30-50% of the entire weight of the safe, so this could be a factor if you have to transport the safe.
The rule of thumb is, if the safe manufacturer says you can put this many guns, cut that in half and that’s the number you can actually store inside. With some of the premium brand safes, you can pick different configurations.If you have plenty of guns to put inside, go for the highest number of racks and shelves. Some models come with hooks or a gun rack on the back side of the door. It can all boil down to how much you’re happy to spend.
A Beginners Guide To Safes
Smart Tips For Uncovering Guns