If you won guns, you should protect your investment. As a gun owner, you are responsible for keeping those guns out of the hands of people who know nothing about gun safety, especially children.You can do this only by investing in a good gun safe.Here are the main considerations for 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 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 is good, but an even heavier gauge steel is the best.A higher gauge is also cheaper and more lightweight. 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
Most fire-resistant safes hold up to the minimum standard of 1200? F temperature for up to 30 minutes.A pricier one may be rated at 1200? F for 100 minutes max.Consider your local fire department’s response time as well.Aside from that, find safe with a fire seal as smoke can also be damaging to the guns inside.
4. Locking mechanism
It’s very easy to open electronic locks, allowing you to access your guns quickly for self-defense.However, mechanical dial locks are simpler and often hassle-free.The best choice for home defense might be a small bedside safe that unlocks with a thumbprint scan.
5. Hinge location
Internal hinge manufacturers say they are harder to defeat, but gun owners with safes that use external hinges claim it’s not even an issue, provided the safe is well constructed overall. One major advantage of external hinges is that you can open the door 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.
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 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 may all come down to your budget.
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