When considering gun safes the term ‘best’ can easily be replaced with ‘safest’ or ‘most secure’, as, simply put, a safe that is the ‘safest’ is the best. There are various elements that help increase a safe’s security and this article will intend to address the most common ones.
Solid Steel Construction
The best safes will be of a solid steel construction, with additional composite clad lining if fireproofing is needed. Cheaper safes will use a lower density (higher gauge) steel to save on cost and will often use fireboard or drywall instead of composite cladding, as these are cheaper materials but offer less protection from fire. The thicker the density of the steel and the thicker the walls and doors of the safe, the harder it is for a burglar to drill into it. Also steel of a greater density and thickness will offer more protection from fire.
Standards of fireproofing are constantly rising and now the best safes available on the market can stand temperatures of up to eighteen hundred degrees Fahrenheit for an incredible two and a half hours. A quality safe will have its fireproofing verified by Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.); the most highly respected testing laboratory in the United States.
U.L. are also the industry standard when it comes to security testing for safes. There are a variety of labels that U.L. can apply to a safe to demonstrate how safe it is, but the best safes will have a U.L label Class TXTL-60, meaning that the safe is able to withstand an attack from burglars for at least sixty minutes on all of its sides with a range of tools and explosives. It is rare to find a gun safe with a rating of this class, unless custom built. The highest U.L. label currently giving to a production model safe is a Class TL-30 granted to AMSEC’s RF6528 high-security safe, which means that the safe is able to withstand an attack from burglars for at least thirty minutes with a range of tools.
The best lock for a safe is currently a biometric lock. The advantages it has over other locks are that only the registered users can gain access to the safe, as well as the fact that because it only requires the user to place their fingerprint onto the scanner to unlock it, the speed with which the safe can be opened is significantly increased as well as the chance of human error being reduced.
Overall, the best gun safe is one that suits your needs. A safe is an investment and you should remember that saving money in the short term may cost you in the long term. It would, however, be pointless to spend thousands of dollars on a safe that will only ever store a few cheap guns.