If you possess guns you probably thought many times about the best way to store them in the house. One of the best options is purchasing a gun safe, however there’s really a great variety of them and you need to consider many features before purchasing it. Levels of security are also different and here we are going to have a look at the choices you have. In case you have children or adolescents in your house you need to take additional precautions, however you also need to be able to reach the gun in the safe promptly in case of emergency.
While shopping for a gun safe you need to ask yourself a few questions. How many guns am I going to store? What kind of locking mechanism do I want in my safe? Do I need the safe to be fireproof or waterproof? Where am I going to place it? How much money am I going to spend? Do I need removable shelves in it?
Most gun safes offer a mechanical lock. It’s one of the most reasonable options in terms of price and durability. Popular electronic locks have a tendency to break very fast, so you need to make sure yours is UL rated. If it’s not, most probably it comes from China and has a really poor quality. In case money isn’t a problem you can consider a biometric grade lock for your gun safe. It only will open if it recognizes the authorized user’s fingerprints, the structure of retina or iris, or the shape of the hand or face. Retinal scanner is better than fingerprint-based one, because fingers can get cut or burnt easily, however it’s pricey too. These make less noise than the ones with mechanical locks, allowing you to get the gun silently in the emergency situation. Many models offer two or even three types of locking, which is very helpful in case one of them stops functioning properly.
Another measure of precaution to think about is fire-resistance. Don’t assume that fire can never happen to you, as each year there are more than 400 000 residential fires in the USA. The purpose of fireproof safes is to protect the weapon from high temperatures or actual fire. They are rated by the time they can withstand fire, ranging from half-hour to four hours. Small fireproof safes that can store one-two guns start from $50 and offer protection for about half-hour. If that’s not enough you need to look for a heavy one with thick steel doors and walls. Sheet-rock and ceramic wool blanketing are most common materials used for fireproof safes.
As you can see, you have many choices regarding biometric fireproof gun safes. Most popular brands available on the market include SentrySafe, Stack-On, Paragon and others. Before making up your mind, go online and read comments and ratings left by other customers, especially those recommended by qualified gunsmiths. You also have to pay attention to the manufacturer’s warranty policy in case some parts need replacement or if a safe stops functioning right.