What to Look for in a Gun Safe

Many people never think of purchasing a gun safe until they have several guns lying around or when their kids find out where they hide their guns. Other than preventing gun accidents, people also buy safes because gun storage is not readily available. As such, if you want to protect your antiques against theft, it is prudent to invest in an excellent quality safe. Most gun safes are also fire proof; therefore, they can be used to store other valuables such as confidential documents. Different people buy gun safes for distinct reasons. However, before buying one, there are numerous factors you should consider.

Quality

Consider quality the most important aspect of a gun safe. With quality, you are looking at the following parameters: thickness of metal, construction, locking mechanism, and fire rating. The toughness of a safe is generally determined by the thickness of the steel used to construct it. Steel gauging is done in reverse; therefore, a 12-gauge steel is stronger than a 14-gauge steel. The thinner the steel used to construct the safe the easier a burglar will break into it.

In terms of fire rating, the best safes are those that are at least 1-hour fire rated. This means that they can withstand fire for at least an hour. Given that guns go off by themselves when exposed to extreme heat, this will save you the trouble of worrying about your safety if your safe was exposed to fire.

You can opt for either an electronic or mechanical locking system. The latter is cheaper. However, both offer plenty of security and are hard to determine unless you have the combination. You can learn more about quality safes by clicking here.

Size

People buy gun safes according to the number of guns they currently own. Wrong. Gun safes are known to shrink within a couple of months or years of buying them because many add to their gun collection over time. With this in mind, the rule of thumb is to buy a gun safe that fits double the number of guns you currently own.

Additionally, when looking at the size of a safe, you should not be looking at the external dimensions of the safe. Focus on the internal storage space of the safe instead since this is what tells you of the actual storage space the safe has. If you want to use the safe to store other valuables, the bigger the safe, the better.

Location

The best location for a gun safe is out of view of thieves and visitors. The weight of a safe greatly determines where it can be kept. Already assembled heavy and bulky safes are hard to fit in a wall and may be best placed on the floor in a room such as a basement or a closet with limited access. Pre-planning helps you choose the perfect location for your safe.

Warranty

Safe warranties vary. Some only cover specific parts of the safe while others cover the safe for a specific period. Lifetime warranties and those that cover the whole safe come with more expensive safes.