Anyone with guns should protect their 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.This is possible only with a quality gun safe.Below are the major considerations you should make before 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’re concerned about fire, buy a safe rated for extended high temperatures.If your main problem is theft, you should get a heavy gauge steel safe that has multiple locking bolts, making it very difficult to steal out of 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. Draw bolts are large steel pins that lock the door to the rest of the safe.Bigger and more would mean your guns are safer.
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
Electronic locks open quickly to give you access to your guns when you need one 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
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 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. Some higher end safes offers you different configurations to choose from.If you want to put many of guns in there, choose the maximum number of racks and shelves. With some safes, you get a gun rack or hooks on the door’s back side. It can all boil down to how much you’re happy to spend.
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