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Price Equals Quality
In the most general terms; the more you spend on your gun safe, the greater the security of your weapons will be. Cheap gun safes are little more than visual deterrents, whereas expensive safes should secure your weapons from theft, fire, accidental damage and even natural disasters.
Bigger is Better
When considering the security of a gun safe take note of the thickness of its walls and doors. Generally, when it comes to gun safes, the thicker the better, however some gun safes are made to look thick but are in fact hollow or lined with cheap materials to increase their bulk. A good-quality safe should be made from solid steel. A safe’s weight is a good indicator of whether it is solid or a hollow imitation; solid steel is very heavy.
Fireboard versus Composite
The protection a safe will offer from fire depends upon the type of fire protection it has; a composite or composite clad safe will always be more fire-resistant than a fireboard safe. Fireboard is an inexpensive method of fire protection that many companies use to keep their production costs low. The main problem with fireboard is that it requires support beams to hold it together which act as excellent conductors transferring heat to the inside of a safe. Composite on the other hand, requires not support beams and offers additional protection from not only fire but theft.
Fire, Theft and Flood Proof?
It is expensive to produce a safe that is protected from fire, theft and flood, so often manufacturers will sacrifice an element of a safe’s security to reduce its production costs. When purchasing a safe ensure you are aware of what damage it can protect from.
Is your lock legit?
Many imported or foreign-made gun safes will have cheaply-made, untested and unsecure locks on them. When purchasing a safe ensure that the lock is a U.L. approved Group 2 lock or better. U.L. or Underwriters Laboratories are the most respected testing laboratory in the US.
Biometrics are the future
Conventional safe-locks require a code or key to ensure access, this system can be problematic if the code or key is lost or falls into the wrong hands. A biometric lock consists of a small scanner that will open the safe when presented with the correct fingerprint. As every fingerprint is unique only those registered to open the safe can get access to it.
Is the safe securely anchored?
Once purchased a gun safe needs to be securely anchored to a wall or, preferably, the floor. The stronger the anchor and the more bolts, the less chance there is of the entire safe being stolen. If anchoring to the floor, make sure that your floor is solid; plywood can be easily sawed through. If your floor is not solid try to anchor the safe to a foundation support beam. Finally, if anchoring the safe near a wall, ensure that the safe is either closer than eight inches to the wall or further than eighteen inches: this will prevent a thief from using a car jack to leverage the safe out of its anchor.
A gun safe is a fantastic investment and can be useful for storing any number of precious items, not just weapons. You may think that saving money is important but your security is more so. So when considering purchasing a gun safe, follow the above advice and you will find that your safety storage solutions are met and that all your most-treasured possessions are safe for years to come.