Responsible gun owners understand the importance of proper gun safety. This includes treating all guns as if they are loaded, keeping the muzzle pointed away from non-targets, and leaving your finger off of the trigger until the moment you are ready to fire.
Another important component of proper gun safety involves the treatment of firearms when they are not in use. Trigger, chamber, and cable locks, along with proper gun disassembly can help to prevent any dangerous use of a firearm. Gun safes are another way for weapon owners to protect their firearms and ensure that they cannot be accessed by unwanted individuals.
There are many different types of gun safes that exist, offering varying degrees of storage capacity and protection levels for gun owners. Let’s look at some of them.
Handgun and Pistol Safes
Safes for handguns and pistols are designed to be compact, fitting easily underneath a bed or in a nightstand drawer. Because most handguns are owned for the purpose of protection against home intrusion, ease and speed of access is of great importance. Gun safe manufacturers like GunVault and Valueguard have taken these factors into consideration and created some of the most effective handgun safes on the market today.
GunVault specializes in handgun safes, offering a full line of small and secure pistol cases, including the NanoVault, MiniVault, and MicroVault. With quick access a priority for handgun owners, GunVault has also developed the SpeedVault series, which is designed specifically for speedy gun access. Valueguard carries similar products, including multiple handgun safe models that are designed to easily fit in a household drawer. These drawer safes can hold one of more handguns, providing a discrete gun protection option.
Rifle and Shotgun Safes
Because of the size of weapons they are designed to hold, gun safes for rifles and shotguns are not as discrete as their handgun safe counterparts, and can weigh upwards of 200 lbs. Storage space and heavy-duty protection are valued over speed of access with rifle safes, which is characterized by leading full-size safe manufacturers like Liberty and Amsec. Gun safes made by these and other manufacturers will normally feature high-gauge solid steel construction, multiple layers of fire insulating material, internal storage compartments for ammo and pistols, and a combination of bolt locks to keep the contents completely secure.
Additional Gun Safe Details
When is comes to gun safety today, both handgun and rifle safes are more technologically advanced than their predecessors. For instance, standard key locks and combination locks have given way to digital keypads and biometric lock. Gun safes with digital keypads have the advantage of being key-less, which eliminates the possibility of losing a key or having it stolen. Biometric locks take gun safe access a step further, utilizing advanced fingerprint recognition in order for the safe to be opened. Gun safes featuring biometric locking capabilities are the most secure option available.
Temperature and humidity are also of concern when it comes to gun safes. Gun safes usually come with a fire rating, which is used to indicate how long a safe can endure a given temperature while still maintaining an internal temperature of no more than 350F. For example, a gun safe with a fire rating of 1,200F for 30 minutes can maintain an internal temperature of no more than 350F for 30 minutes when exposed to a fire of 1,200F. Humidity is another concern when it comes to gun storage since moisture can lead to rust and other damaging consequences for your firearms. In order to keep the humidity in their gun safes at an acceptable level (around 50%), most gun owners choose to install a dehumidifier in their handgun and rifle safes.