In the United States, people have the right to purchase guns but with that right comes along the obligation to keep them safe against unintended use and out of reach of criminals. Surprisingly enough, most people still overlook the importance of gun safes. However, it is one of the best investments you can possibly have if you own a firearm and statistics actually prove that you do need one. Think for a moment about the consequences of what happens if . . .
. . . your children discover a loaded gun and play with it
. . . a thief breaks into your house, finds your guns and either steals them or, worse uses them against you and your family
. . . a fire breaks out. The fire department are called and ammo explodes injuring or killing a fire officer who was helping douse the flames.
Now you see why it’s important to own not just a gun safe but a well made one that will resist the attempts of burglars to open it and resist fire.
Reasons why you must have a gun safe
Theft- Numerous cases of gun theft are reported on a daily basis and in some instances, nothing else is stolen. Sometimes teenagers discover the gun in the house, sneak in and take it leaving the owner to find out their gun is missing after it is involved in a crime, which could bring a lot of implication to the owner. Regardless of where you live, you are not an exemption from theft, a gun safe is your best bet that you will not lose the gun to the wrong hands.
Disaster- In case of a fire, there really is no way the first thing you think about is the gun, which goes to any other disaster. There are fire and waterproof gun safes available in the market.
Peace of mind- Whatever kind of safe you choose, you will have peace of mind because you will always be aware of where the gun is.
So how do you choose the one?
When making this decision, there are factors that you need to consider, because this will be a onetime investment, make sure you understand everything before you make a purchase. Be sure to read reviews of the best gun safes in various price ranges. You’ll find that gun safes under $500 are a whole different quality than those over $2000. There are other factors as well as price to condiser when buying a gun safe.
How big a gun safe should you have?
Here you just need common sense. The first thing you need to think about is the number of guns you have and how much it would cost you to replace them. Then you have to decide if you want to increase the number of the collection in the future and in that case, you should buy a safe bigger than what you need now. Of course, you should consider the fact that you can use that safe to store other family valuable items and it will not even cost you a fraction of your gun collection worth.
What gauge steel should the body and door be made of?
The construction is very important. The door is very important because it is the first point of attack in case of thieves, which is why most safes have doors have thicker steel than the body. For maximum protection, buy a safe with (1/4”) to (1/2”) inch thick doors made of plate steel. Steel is quite expensive but so are the valuables you want to protect so don’t sacrifice security with a light weight safe with no quality steel protection.
In general, a ten gauge steel plate should be the minimum used to construct the safe walls but there are different gauges varying from fourteen to three. The thicker the safe the harder it will be for burglars to cut through but you should also keep in mind that the thicker it will be the heaver it will be as well.
A safe requires to have a strong exterior so that it does not break in the event that the wall gives way in a fire or if something heavy was to fall on it. Now, the weak link in safe construction is normally the welds and you should look for safes made with continuous welds instead of stitch welds.
Most experts advice that the features of rotary combination dial locks are more reliable for gun safes. They tend to be more durable and with less hassle than the digital clock locks.
External and internal hinges
Internal hinges do give the safe an enhanced look in terms of modern appearance but they give as much protection as external hinges do. However, if you would like the safe door to open wider the external hinges would be more convenient. On a more important perspective, a safe door that has external hinges come with locking bolts on the hinge side and when the hinges are opened through force, the door will remain locked in place due to the locking bolts.
If possible, your safe should be anchored in place with fasteners. Keep in mind that the safe will be heavy and much more so after you load it, still, if burglars show up with a pallet and a pallet jack then weight will not be an issue. They will remove your safe from the wall and carry the whole thing to open at a different place. For this reason, get a safe wit pre-dilled anchor holes.
Adding fire resistance to your gun safe is a factor you need to consider because statistics have shown that guns are more likely to be damaged in fire than stolen. What are the odds that there will be a fire, don’t take that risk because you will probably lose so much more than the guns, spend some extra cash and have it fire resistant.
Fire generates a lot of smoke and the water used to put hat fire out will generate just as much steam. All this will damage your gun s in no time in the events that the safe has no door seals. Make sure that your safe is not only fire proof but water and smoke proof as well so that there are no damages regardless of the situation.
Buying a gun safe is an investment, one that will safeguard a lot of your important items in your home or office and the amount you spend on it depends on the value of the things you intend to keep inside. Make sure you get a well-constructed safe with all the features that suit you in order to make sure that you do not lose anything valuable in the case of a break in or even a fire.