Being a responsible gun owner, you must make sure that you keep your firearms at the safe place. In order to protect your family members from accidents, it is indeed important for you to get a good fireproof gun safe to store all your guns. If you are a new gun owner and you intend to buy a gun safe, here are some practical tips you should apply before you make your purchasing decision.
To be frank, a gun safe is not cheap. However, since you need it to store your firearms and bullets, you should invest some money to get a good one. During your selection process, you are advised to pay more attention on 5 areas as follow:
• The quality of the safe
Having high quality safe is important. You are advised to insure on solid steel when you are shopping around. There are many reputable companies which provide good products, such as Browning, Liberty, Sentry, Remington, Winchester, etc. It will be ideal if you can look for products which are manufactured by these companies. Here is a good rule of thumb for you. Any safe you invest MUST carry a UL RSC (Underwriters Laboratories "Residential Security Container").
• The size of the safe
How many guns do you have? How many firearms do you plan to add in the near future? You need to take the total number of your firearms into consideration before you determine the size of the safe. If the quantity of your firearms is big, you are recommended to choose a gun safe that is large enough to store your firearms and ammunition for both current and future use.
• Type of lock required
Different fireproof gun safes come with different locking mechanisms such as digital, mechanical, biometric, fingerprint recognition, and so on. You need to ask yourself which type of lock you prefer. Which level of security are you looking for? Please bear in mind that the more secured a gun safe is, the more expensive it is.
• What level of fire and impact protection do you need?
In general, gun safes are rated for 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 3 hours of burn time. For those safes which can withstand higher temperatures for a longer period of time, the costs of getting them are higher. You need to do some research to find out what type of fire protection is the most suitable for your firearms.
• What special features do you need?
The gun safe you are looking for is a fireproof one. Beside, do you need it to be water proof as well? Is burglar rating important for you? You are reminded to get a safe which suits your needs most.
You may spend much time in choosing a fireproof gun safe. Do not worry. It is normal. Careful selection is required so that you can prevent unforeseen accidents in the future. You must keep in mind that life is the most precious thing in the world. Do not get a cheap safe with poor fire protection.