If you have a collection of guns, you need to protect your investment. Being a gun owner, you have the responsibility to keep your guns away from people without knowledge regarding gun safety, most especially kids.You can do this only by investing in a good gun safe.Here are the main considerations for buying a gun safe:
1. Your specific 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 you want to protect your guns against fire, get a safe rated for extended high temperatures.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 is also less expensive and lighter in weight. Large steel pins called draw bolts lock the door to the rest of the safe.Your guns are safer when your pins are larger and greater in number.
3. Fire rating
Fire-resistant safes can often hold up to 1200? F temperature for up to 30 minutes, which is the minimum standardA pricier one may be rated at 1200? F for 100 minutes max.Another factor to consider is the response time of your local fire department.In addition, pick a safe that has a fire seal as smoke can also damage the guns inside.
Electronic locks can be opened quickly so you get instant access to your guns for self defense.Mechanical dial locks though are much simpler and typically 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 advantage of external hinges is the door can be opened a full 180 degrees.The door’s weight is around 30-50% of the safe’s entire weight, so this can be a factor when the safe has to be transported.
To know how many guns you can put in a safe, cut in half the number of guns the manufacturer says you can. With some of the elite safes, you can choose various configurations.If you want to put many of guns in there, choose the maximum number of racks and shelves. With some models, you get hooks or an entire gun rack on the back side of the door. It can all boil down to how much you’re happy to spend.
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