When owning a firearm, you owe it to yourself to make sure that you’re being a responsible gun owner. Not only should you be responsible for your own safety, but also for the safety of any people that may be in your house, be it children, friends, or family. While most people have enough common sense to stay away from a gun if they don’t have knowledge of how to handle it, others maybe sneak around and fine your firearm out of just curiousity whether you want them to or not.
In addition to the safety issues that you may face at home, there is also more focus being put on gun owners as far as laws and the so called “gun control” ideas being tossed around. With those items in process, it’s even more important that gun owners take the extra step to secure their firearms in case there are specific laws put in place that require you to own a gun safe in order to be allowed to own a gun by law.
For example, in the state of California, as of January 1, 2002 firearms may not be sold, transferred, or manufactured unless they are accompanied by a DOJ-approved safety device. While,others states may not be nearly as strict at the moment, there is definitely a real possibility that in the near future, other states will enact similar restrictions on the sales of firearms.
So, how do you because a responsible gun owner? First, make sure that you take classes on how to handle a firearm. Even if you feel that you may be experienced, it’s incredibly important to make absolutely sure that you’re handling it correctly. Second, purchase a gun safe to store your guns. The last thing that you want is to have someone break into your home and get a hold of your gun, or even worse, have a friend or child get their hands on it and have an accident. In 2010, there were 606 deaths caused by gun accidents, and from 2005-2010 there were 3,800 deaths from unintentional shootings just in the US alone.
Now, when you are looking to purchase a gun safe, there are some items to keep in mind: size, flexibility, gauge of the body steel, locking bolts, and the type of lock. These items are the most important pieces to check on gun safe reviews to make sure that you are purchasing the correct gun safe for yourself.
First, the size of the gun safe is going to be affected by your gun collection, the size of your living situation, and where you would like to store the safe. If you have a large and expensive gun collection you’re going to want to invest in a more expensive gun safe, for example, Browning or Liberty. They have larger safe capacities and allow a great deal of flexibility with interior shelving for storage as well as door organizers to allow you even more space. If you just own a few guns, then you can go with a cheaper, less expensive alternative, and maybe go with a Stack-On gun cabinet or a Barska biometric safe, but make sure that pay attention to the review that you’re reading because that should help you make sure it’s the correct safe. Next, you have to make sure that you are able to store the gun safe in your living situation. For example, a Browning gun safe can often exceed over 1000 lbs, so you need to make sure your house or apartment can structurally handle a larger safe, otherwise lower gauge steel gun cabinets would be the way to go. Finally, if you want a gun safe that you can easily and quickly access, then you may need to get a smaller bedside gun safe, just for a handgun in case you need it in the time of an emergency. In addition to that, there are some single storage long gun or shotgun safes that you could hide in a closet or the corner of a room, depending on if you want to have the safe hidden or not.
Second, make sure that the safe is going to do what you want it to do. One of the things to keep in mind, you’re investing, often, several hundreds or even thousands of dollars into a gun safe. As an investment that you’re making, it’s important to make sure that you have some flexibility for storage in the gun safe. Some items to look for is removable shelving, or even adjustable shelving that you can find in many Browning safes. They have their AXIS shelving which allows owners to move around the shelving pieces inside to allow you several storage options. For example, while you may only own a few guns currently, but you plan on purchasing more, it may be a good idea to invest in a safe with adjustable interior design to allow you to get use out of the extra space right now. You would be able to store jewelry, gun accessories, ammo, important documents, or really, anything you may want. Then once you purchase additional guns, you can change the interior setup to allow for those to be stored. A flexible interior design is incredibly important to keep in mind for gun storage options.
Next, the thicker the gauge of steel the harder it is to break into the safe through drilling and prying. While many safes do add specific security measures to prevent prying and drilling, if you can afford a higher end safe with a lower gauge of steel, it may be worth the price. Keep in mind that the lower the gauge the better, so 16 gauge would be a little worse than 14 gauge. Essentially the gauge is the thickness of the steel sheets that make up the body of the safe as well as the door. One thing to keep in mind is the thicker the steel, the heavier the safe will way, and that is why you see gun cabinets weighing a couple hundred pounds where heavy duty gun safes can often weigh several thousand. Now, if you’re just worried about keeping the gun out of the hands of children, then you should be fine with a higher gauge steel gun safe or cabinet, but if you have many long guns that are valuable, then definitely look into a safe with the thicker steel.
Consequently, the higher end you go on the gun safe, the more locking bolts that you will end up having on the gun safe. Locking bolts are similar to deadbolt locks that you can find on doors, except they’re much larger, and they’re one of the most important aspects of the safe. The locking bolts are one of the primary measures to prevent a burglar from prying open your safe. You will find safes with 4 locking bolts, and you will find high end safes with 20-30 locking bolts, but keep in mind that the bolts on the safe, the more expensive it will be.
Finally, determine what type of lock you want installed on the safe. There are normally three types of lock options you can look for: combination, electronic, and biometric. Combination locks can either be the typical old school dial locks you see on typical safes, or it can be the manual number locks found on some lock boxes. These are the slowest of the access methods into the safe so I would suggest not using a safe with a combination lock if you’re interested in a quick access safe. The second option is an electronic lock. While the electronic lock still requires a combination to enter, it is normally a simple electronic keypad where you enter the numbers to unlock the safe. Although, this isn’t the fastest access, it will be quicker than a standard manual combination lock. The final option is the biometric finger print lock. The biometric lock is the fastest access method, but there are some important things to keep in mind about the lock. If it is ran on batteries you absolutely need to change them regularly, otherwise you may get a false negative when you swipe your finger. In additional to changing the batteries, you want to keep the scanner clean as a dirty scanner could also cause possible issues when accessing the gun safe. Even with the extra maintenance, the benefits of using a fingerprint lock is that it is the fastest access, and there is no need to remember a password.
At last, gun safety goes beyond just understanding how to use a gun. It’s important to property store your gun and with the information above, I hope that you will be able to find the correct gun storage that will meet your needs. It’s a very good idea to depend on gun safe reviews because many reviews will highlight good aspects as well as bad aspects of the gun safe.
Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders. http://blackmanwithagun.com