You would never consider leaving your toddler alone in a room with a tiger, would you? Unfortunately, some firearm owners do something similar when they keep their guns in accessible storage areas around the house: every gun is a potentially lethal weapon, and you never know when little curious fingers might pull the trigger.
Responsible gun owners take every possible precaution when it comes to storing their firearms: some store them completely disassembled while others choose to use gun safes instead. A safe is a more practical option: but how do you know which type is right for you? Here are three quick tips.
- Get the right size: If you are a hunter, you’ll need to get a safe that can accommodate your firearms’ length. These types of security containers usually come in floor and wall models, so the choice is yours. Most people opt for a floor model that can accommodate from six to 20 guns depending on the size selected. If you have a single handgun, a small table-top model is perfectly adequate.
- Security features: The number one reason for having a safe in the first place is security, so always go for a model that offers complete peace of mind through solid, durable construction. An optimally-designed safe will be impenetrable with common hand tools and will be constructed from high-gauge steel. Note: there is a real difference between a gun safe and a gun case: for complete security, avoid storage equipment that features a glass front.
- Access options: The ease with which you want to access your firearms depends both on the purpose of your firearms as well as personal preference. For example, if you keep a handgun in the house to protect against intruders, you may want to buy a safe with biometric fingerprint recognition technology; whereas if you use your guns for hunting, a combination lock may work just fine. The main types of access options include:
- Combination locks
- Key locks
- Touch pads
- Biometric fingerprint recognition
Gun safes help protect what you value most: your family’s well-being.