Protect Yourself and Loved Ones, Lock Up Your Guns

Imagine the heartache upon discovering that your gun safe has been broken into and your gun has been stolen.  Or maybe you don’t have a safe but your gun is missing as a result of an intruder entering your house.  Even worse what if a child finds an unattended gun. The heartache is what happens when the weapon is no longer under your control.  Do they injure themselves or do they injure someone else as a result of your not having stored your gun properly?  These are all questions gun owners have to ask themselves.

Whatever your reason for owning a gun you require a safe way of storing it.  Gun safes have been around for quite a while but there are a variety of them on the market and they are not all the same.

Depending on where you live gun storage may be a legal requirement but, even if it isn't, it’s the responsible thing to do.  The laws vary by state or country; some even require firearms to be stored in a separate location from the ammunition.

So what do you look for in a quality gun safe?  First consider what is your purpose for owning a gun.  Is it for personal safely, target practice, hunting or maybe you’re a collector?  The purpose may determine the value of the weapon and the measures you will take to protect it.

Are you transporting it to and from a gun shooting range or is it permanently locked up at home?

If you're using a firearm safe in your home it should be hidden from view and attached or mounted to something permanent.  The cabinet or safe should always be locked and you or a significant other only should know the locking mechanism or code. The type of locking mechanism determines how quickly it can be opened in the case of an emergency or how easily an intruder could compromise it. 

Safes have a fire rating because a house fire could take down the whole place within an hour.  The safe protects that gun. The rating is determined by measuring the internal temperatures that can be maintained without damage to the guns contained in the insulated safe.  There are no federal regulations determining the exact fire rating.  Steel thickness is another feature of a gun safe.  Thicker and heavier is better in thwarting a potential theft.

Generally speaking bigger is better when it comes to a firearm safe.  If you decide to increase your gun collection or decide to store additional family valuables, you won’t need to purchase a second safe.  So whatever size you think you need you’ll probably want to go one step bigger.

A portable case has some of the same safety and security recommendations as a home unit.  Whether it is for a pistol or a rifle with a scope, a high-density foam interior cradles your firearm and protects the gun from the elements.  The outer shell should be made of a high quality, impact and crush proof material.  Consider whether you might be taking a gun on a trip as some cases are already rated for airline baggage.

Remember, lock up your guns in a good quality safe and for transporting them purchase a good pistol case or long rifle case.

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