Buying Gun Safes: How Do You Pick the Right One?

gun safeAnyone who owns a gun, or a collection of it, needs to protect them by putting them in gun safes.These metal containers allow a gun owner to exercise their responsibility of keeping the guns safe from unauthorized access.While these safes keep the guns away from the reach of children, it does not hamper the gun owner’s access to the guns in case they need to use them.This means that buying a safe is an important decision every gun owner should make.To pick the safe that will fit your needs and budget, a few factors should be considered.


Your choice of safe should depend on your purpose.For instance, if you just intend to keep the firearms away from children when not in use, it is best to pick a simple locking cabinet.Though cheaper, the locks in these gun safes are strong enough to keep guns away from curious children.

If you are concerned that a fire will break out at home and your guns are still inside, the best option would be a safe with a high fire rating as they are made of materials that can withstand extremely high temperatures. If your concern is to prevent thieves from breaking into your safe with their tools, your best option would be a safe made of heavy steel gauge.Gun safes of these materials are known for being too hard to break open and too heavy to move anywhere.These safes are considered to be tool-proof.

Locking Mechanism

locking mechanismEach gun safe has its own locking mechanism and this poses several advantages and disadvantages for users. Electronic locks and fingerprint scanners are considered the best in the market today as they can immediately provide access to the contents of the safe in just the push of a button. In the event that you need to quickly arm yourself to protect yourself against an attacker, these locks are the best.However, they do tend to require regular charging and maintenance in order to work properly.

Mechanical locks are another great option as they can release the locking pins without posing a lot of trouble for their users. In addition, the highest quality mechanical locks in the market can make gun safes useful for several decades and require little to no maintenance at all. However, they do tend to be slower than their electronic counterparts when it comes to releasing the locks and providing access to the owner. Despite that, both locks are recommended for use in both residential and commercial spaces.

Storage Space

Gun safes have varying storage areas which determines what kind of weapons (and how many) they can store in the safe. To get the right storage space, it is best to determine what kind of weapons you need to store along with their ammo. For instance, smaller firearms like handguns and machine pistols require a small and, if applicable, hand-carried gun safe for storage. A safe with a gun rack would also be recommended if you happen to own more than one light firearm.

Larger weapons like shotguns, hunting rifles and assault rifles, on the other hand, require a tall gun safe for storage. Standing as tall as a cabinet, these safes allow a user to store a fully-assembled weapon from stock to barrel.For those concerned with break-ins, the large storage spacemeans they need not disassemble their guns to store it. Also, some safes have “secret” storage spaces which allow for more storage options for their owners. With these features, it will all come down to whether you need to store a single weapon or an entire armory of it.