Can your gun safe be cracked open? If you walk into your house and your gun safe is open and all your guns are gone can you convince your insurance company that they were stolen? Just a few minutes of time and you can arm yourself with enough information to select a gun safe that provides the security you need and that can stand up to most insurance inquiries.
Gun safes are usually protected by two types of locks: electronic and mechanical combination
Mechanical Combination locks have four basic security groups:
Group 1: A UL rating given to a mechanical combination lock able to withstand 20 man-hours of expert manipulation as well as other specifications listed in UL 768
Group 1R: A UL rating given to a mechanical combination lock equal to a group 1 lock which has the added feature of being X-Ray resistant, and which meets other requirements listed in UL publication 768
Group 2: A UL rating given to a mechanical combination lock able to withstand reasonable expert manipulation as well as other specifications listed in UL 768
Group 2M A UL rating given to a mechanical combination lock able to withstand 2 man-hours of expert manipulation as well as other specifications listed in UL 768
An electronic locks may incorporate various digital access control features, such as biometrics. Electronic locks usually provide advanced auditing and key control capabilities, but generally are not any more secure than traditional locks.
Type 2: A Residential Security Container (RSC) rating of TL-15 or TL-30. The ‘TL’ rating means the safe has been tested for a net working time for a specific number of minutes using high speed drills, saws and other sophisticated penetrating equipment.
Type 1: U.L. defines Type 1 Electronic locks as highly resistant to expert manipulation. It should be noted that there really isn’t much “manipulating” you can do with an electronic lock. There are no tumblers or wheel packs that could betray the combination. There are no mechanical auto-dialers that can run through the many thousands of combinations in a matter of days. In fact, on most locks, if you enter the wrong combination too many times the lock will disable itself for several minutes, making any kind of guesswork or systematic dialing attacks somewhat cumbersome. In addition, electronic locks are completely radiological proof, making them much cheaper equivalents to a Group 1R Combination lock (x-raying a electronic lock will reveal a circuit board…not very helpful in determining the combination). Type 1 Electronic locks are suitable for just about any safe, from simple RSC containers up to the most expensive U.L.-TL Rated safes.
Come in to your local gun safe store and compare the selection and prices of safes and locks. You will be surprised at how little it cost to step up to a higher security rated safe.