What To Consider When Purchasing A Gun Safe

Posted on: 1 April 2016

Whether you have children or not, it is always better to be a safe gun owner. This means purchasing a gun safe to store the gun in. Naturally, there are a lot of factors to consider to guarantee you purchase the best safe for your needs.

How Much Are You Storing in the Safe?

Make a list of every gun you own. You should also add guns you want to buy in the near future. Don't forget any guns you may have asked for as a present from your parents or significant other. Then, you need to include any mounted accessories you have such as rings, scopes, bipods, and fore-ends. Unmounted accessories such as spare magazines, trips, and bipods are just as important as you will likely want to store the accessories with the gun.

Do you want to store other valuables inside of the safe as well? If so, create a list of those valuables too. You should also think about if you want a smaller waterproof and fireproof safe to stick your valuables in that you want to put inside of the gun safe.

With all of this information written down, you should be able to figure out how much space you need your gun safe to have. This will help narrow the search as it is always better to have a gun safe that is too big than one that is too small.

Should You Consider a Wall Safe?

Wall safes are not the best options for highly valuable items because the only protection a wall safe provides is concealment. Thanks to the safe's design, it can be easy to just cut the wall around the safe and take a whole block of the wall should a thief find your concealed wall safe. Then, the burglar can worry about how to open the safe later. However, a wall safe might be a good option for storing your guns, as it will keep your guns concealed from small children.

Fire Resistant is Not Enough

Keep in mind, a safe is still going to heat up when it is in a house fire. Even though the fire cannot penetrate the safe, it can still melt what is inside. If you are storing CDs, DVDS, photos, or other family mementos with your guns, you should look into a media safe. This safe is going to control the temperature inside of the safe and prevent condensation from building up.

As you can see, there are a lot of tricky factors to consider when purchasing a gun safe. Talk to a professional from a company like Legal Locksmith about which safe would be best for your guns.