Besides for the cost of a safe, the second most common deciding issue when picking out a gun safe is the size of the safe. How do you figure out what size safe you need? What size safe will fit your current guns? What size safe will fit future guns that you add to your collection? While these questions certainly require some information about the types and sizes of your guns. For example, if you have a long-rifle collection, a safe that fits 10 long guns may be able to fit up to 30 pistols and handguns. It’s important to read the size as outlined in the description before making a purchase (and remember to clarify whether you are looking at the size of the outside of the safe or the effective size of the inside of the safe.
The biggest surprise to me with regards to the size of gun safes is that often people discover that they want to use their gun safe for more than just guns. Because safes are expensive and take up significant space in your home, we’ve found that once people purchase a safe they want to use it for the safe keeping of all their valuables. A multi-purpose safe is really important to be able to accommodate both burglar and fire-related safe keeping. Additionally, if you make a decision on the size of your current stock of guns if may find that you acquire additional guns in the future and that you’d like to keep other valuables in the safe with your firearms. For example, consider getting enough space to add in a portfolio of important documents like birth and marriage certificates, home deeds, insurance information and whatnot. Additionally, you may want to make sure there is enough room for a jewelry box to keep your small valuables in.
Have you ever bought an expensive safe only to discover that it isn’t big enough for you to fit all your important documents, valuables, and firearms? It’s an important decision that you should make only once, with proper planning and forethought.
Today we are both cursed and blessed with so many choices in our lives. You can choose to go to the movies, to the theatre, to your child’s play; you can choose to eat burgers, Chinese food, or Indian food; you can choose to work in finance, retail or marketing. In a world full of choices, deciding the best choice can be pretty complicated. Even in the home security industry, there are tons of choices for you to make when deciding what safe is the best to purchase. For example, let’s say you’ve already picked out the best size, the best brand, and the best fire rating for your new safe, you’ve still got to decide if you want a manual dial lock or an electronic keypad lock. I thought that in this crazy world full of opinions, we’d break down this decision for you to make it a little easier.
Manual Dial Lock
Electronic Keypad Lock
Speed of access
Ease of access
Must remember pattern/direction
Can access in dark (on some models)
Easier for “older” eyes
Grid pattern quicker than dial
spin lock to secure
when door is closed
noise (some can be muted)
Keypad can show wear pattern
impossible, may come out of adjustment
False entry lockout
three to four unsuccessful attempts, safe locks
None, unless in need of adjustment
years or more
more expensive than dial
That’s good, isn’t it? Do you have a better idea of what you want to buy now? I hope we could be of help to you!!
We’re all about taking major precautions when it comes to gun safety. Gun violence and accidental gun deaths and injury are incredibly stupid and completely preventable. Having a good gun safe is just one part of a good, holistic, gun safety protocol. There are essentially four very simple rules that can prevent 99% of all gun accidents.
Assume your gun is always loaded
Never point a gun at something you aren’t ready to shoot
Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
Be sure of your target and backstop.
This video goes over these rules along with some of the stories that can happen when you don’t observe these very simple rules.
Most of you probably already have a fairly good idea how to store guns safely because here you are at SafeGunSafes.com, but we thought that it never hurts to have a friendly reminder all in one place.
Gun safes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and price ranges (just browse our lineup to safes to check that out). Get the safe that fits your gun storage needs, budget, and other requirements. We have tons of info on our site for helping you make the right decision when it comes to buying the right gun safe.
Trigger locks are an easy and inexpensive way to disable a firearm. Store your guns with trigger locks in your gun safe to keep them doubly away from harm.
Take a few extra steps to make the firearm temporarily unfireable such as by taking the bolt out and storing it separately, taking the cylinder out and storing it separately; disassembling the gun and storing the parts separately.
ALWAYS store your weapons and their ammo separately. This is INCREDIBLY important because a gun without ammo is just a big metal mechanical device; a gun with ammo is a killing machine.
Do you have any tips for safely storing a firearm? We’d love to know what tricks you’ve come up with to keep your family safe from your firearms.
One of the first things you should learn when you are learning how to shoot and when you are considering purchasing a handgun is how to take it apart. This is important not only for fully understanding your new weapon but also in order to effectively clean and store your firearm. Check out this video to get an idea of how to take apart a 9mm handgun. Guns are different and you should also defer to your local gun shop experts to teach you how to take apart your gun.
Wow! This is incredible. I absolutely do not claim to be a gunsmither but I know quite a few of you are out there. Guns are seriously complicated mechanisms with interlocking parts and dozens of individual components. I recently saw this image and it got me thinking about how so many people overlook the complexity and incredible craftsmanship that goes into creating a firearm.
Take a moment and look at all these pieces that are individually smithed—not to mention, think about the inventive people who first came up with the designs for early firearms. It’s truly a testament to human innovation to be able to put something together like this.
What do you think? Are you ever in awe of something like the firearm? I’m sure there are engineers out there who understand these complex mechanism but I surely am not one of them. I’m just so appreciative of the innovation that has gone in to creating these machines.