Gun safes can certainly come in all shapes or sizes but, more often than not, they are big. While bigger usually means better in the world of gun safes but it also typically means heavier. One of the greatest challenges of owning a rifle safe can be moving it. While you can certainly pay for professional service this might not always be an option or it might not fit in your budget. Fortunately there are some clever ways to move a heavy safe with little more than some ingenuity and manpower. Here we’ll look at some basic guidelines for transporting a large safe and some important safety guidelines to keep in mind.
The first step to moving your safe will be to create a plan and assess the challenges ahead of you. Stairs, inclines, and other obstacles need to be noted and planned for. Where you are moving your safe to, whether another location in your house or out to a truck, will require very different strategies. Begin by clearing a path and taking measurements for doorways and other obstacles in your path. If you plan to move it by vehicle it is important to know the weight of your safe as well as the carrying capacity of the vehicle and plan a means for raising the safe into the vehicle.
Next, you will empty the safe of all its contents before you start moving it. If possible, it is also best to remove the door of the safe. A lot of time the safe door will be proportionally heavier than the other parts of the safe and relatively easy to remove. Some fireproof safes include walls of sheetrock that can also be easily removed to lessen the weight of the safe for the purpose of moving.
Moving the safe can often be done with simple tools. A common method is to use steel pipes or rods to roll your safe with relative ease. You will also need a method of getting your safe onto the track of pipes. This can be accomplished with wooden shims inserted under the safe and sheer manpower to tilt the safe up. This method may not be as effective on thick carpets. If available, a hydraulic hard cart will always make the job easier.
The cardinal rule for safely transporting your safe up and down stairs or raising it onto a truck is that everyone involved should always have a clear place to jump to should the safe topple. Always have a well thought out plan for any emergency situations that should arise. Moving a large home safe is no easy task and can be quite dangerous if you don’t have the proper preparation and tools to do it safely.
Since its foundation in 1981 the Mesa Safe Company has been providing high quality safes for nearly all facets of your security needs. Though offering a very diversified selection of products, Mesa Safes have quickly become a favorite for gun owners due to the quality and integrity of their MBF line of gun cabinets. This reputation has been hard-earned through consistent use of high quality materials, modern engineering, and excellent quality control and customer service. Here we’ll look into what sets the Mesa Safe Company apart from some of the competition.
The Mesa Safe Company was founded in 1981 by George L. Vicente. With humble beginnings in the locksmith trade at the age of 16, Mesa Safes continues to be run by George Vicente with the same passion and expertise for safes that only a lifetime of dedication can achieve. Years spent breaking into safes (legally of course) make for a strong and logical foundation to know what it takes to build safes as secure as they can be. Since its inception Mesa Safes have quickly become industry leaders and earned a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship.
MBF Gun Cabinets
These are some of the most coveted rifles safes on the market and for good reason. There are three safes of varying sizes in this line with similar specs and a sleek design. Interior space ranges from 8 cubic feet in the MBF 5922e to 23 cubic feet in the MBF 7236e. Each of these safes is built with an all steel construction, 12 gauge body, and 1-hour fire rating up to 1750 F. These are the perfect combination of burglar and fire safe that you need to keep your guns secure.
- Electronic locking system with drill resistant hard-plate.
- Heavy duty steel hinges.
- Drop tested up to 2 floors.
- Solid ½ inch steel door.
- 4 pre drilled anchor holes.
- Fully upholstered interior with adjustable shelving.
- 5-spoke brass handle.
- 1 ½ inch diameter live locking bolts.
- Intumescent fire seal.
The MBF line is a well design line of rifle cabinets with a no nonsense approach to security and design. This combined with the history and dedication of Mesa Safes makes it a great pickup for anyone serious about security.
The Sun Welding H48 Home Gun Safe is a uniquely inexpensive full size fire rated rifle safe. Despite its low price at a bit over $900, this safe makes no concessions to build quality or materials and even comes with a full lifetime warranty. Additionally, Sun Welding safes are unique in that they are only manufactured in the United States. Here we’ll look a bit more into some of the features that this safe can offer as well important specifications you’ll need to know.
- Outside: 48.00” H x 21.00” W x 20.00” D
- Inside: 46.50” H x 16.50” W x 12.50” D
- Interior: 5.55 cubic feet
- Weight: 388 pounds
As you can see this is a large safe that is best suited to long guns. At it’s price it still qualifies as a budget safe but it does offer some substantial burglar and fire protection regardless. This safe comes with a ¼” thick door and 10 gauge solid steel body with drill resistant hardened plating. Additionally this safe utilizes a unibody construction with continuous welds.
The burglar rating for this safe is the CDOJ (though it surpasses these standards) which stands for the California Department of Justice construction standard. This means that it is lawfully entitled to hold firearms. Additionally it means that it uses a lock that is encased in drill resistant hardened steel. Also, in order to attain the CDOJ it must have at least 3 steel locking bolts of at least ½” in length (this safe has 6). Lastly it is required to have protected door hinges to protect against prying or the removal of the door. Additionally burglar protection for this safe includes 2 independent re-lockers.
Some additional features of this safe include pre-drilled mounting holes and an optional access point for powering an electric dehumidifier. The Sun Welding H48 gun safe is rated for 1 hour of fire protection and automatically expanding intumescent seals.
This safe is customizable in a number of aspects. The hinges and door can be situated for either left or right handed users. While it does come standard with a dial combination lock it can be upgraded to a digital lock. Additionally the fire protection can be upgraded from the standard 60 minutes to 90 or even 120 minutes.
Lastly this safe comes with a lifetime warranty and is a pure American made safe. It’s not flashy (though it doesn’t look bad) but it’ll get the job done for a very reasonable price.
When it comes to maximizing space in your gun safe it’s all about organization. Due to the sometimes cumbersome dimensions of firearms (notably long guns), organizational tools are going to go a long way to helping you get the most out of the space you have. There are a lot of options available depending on what you’re looking for and they might even let you delay the size upgrade on your safe that you’ve been dreading. Here we’ll look at some creative and unique ways that you can organize your gun safe and your guns.
Back of the Door
One of the most underutilized places in a safe is the back of the door. Thankfully there are a number of different accessories available to help you utilize this space to its fullest potential. The most common is a simple hanging rack with various pockets and pouches for storing pistols, ammunition, or other accessories. Another cool accessory that also utilizes the space on the back of your safe’s door is the velcro gun holster. These are generally designed to hold pistols and are attached to the back of your safes door with velcro. It’s a nice option for storing handguns that you regularly use. Lastly, one cool idea to help you store ammunition is the use of magnetic strips that can be attached to the back door of your safe.
This is a unique accessory that can help you organize your long guns to get the most out of the space you have. The basic idea is a rod that fits down the bore of your rifle and extends vertically to hold your rifle upright against the roof of the safe. This is both a nice option for organizational purposes but can also improve your management of space. When your guns are leaning upon one another in a haphazard way you are wasting space and complicating your storage space. You’d be surprised how rifle rods open up your safe and allow you to store additional long guns.
Pistol Racks and Hangers
There’s a number of options when it comes to storing numerous handguns. The most common are simple pistol racks that will let you neatly organize and store your handguns in a simple and efficient fashion. The basic idea is a slotted box with space for usually 4-5 pistols. Another interesting option are hangers that can hold your handguns. These are best utilized after installing a rod across the top of your gun safe. It’s a great way to use the upper portion of your safe that would otherwise be sitting empty.
Boxes and Drawers
Lastly, as with any gun owner, you probably have more accessories and ammunition than actual guns. It’s a great idea to get organized with small boxes or drawers that you can keep in your safe to reduce the clutter and put everything in its right place. You might find that you have more space than you realized once you clean up the clutter.
Are you looking for a safe and unique way to store your firearms? Don’t have the space for a conventional gun safe? What if you could safely store all of your firearms, firearm accessories and other valuables under your bed? In fact, what if you could turn the entire base of your bed into a gun safe? Bed bunkers are convenient, secure, hidden, and make for a spacious and secure home safe option. This fantastic idea has recently become a reality and a favorite for gun enthusiasts willing to go the distance for gun safety and home security all in one. Here we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of the bed bunker and just maybe it’s the right choice for your needs.
One of the greatest perks of the bed bunker is the sheer amount of space that it can offer. Bed bunkers come in twin, queen, and king sizes each with different capacities. To put this in perspective a king bed bunker has two compartments each with a size of 75” x 26” x 10”. This means that you have over 22 cubic feet of storage space. This is enough to comfortably fit over thirty rifles, seventy handguns, and more. To put it simply space will likely no longer be an issue for your valuables should you opt for a bed bunker.
Should you choose to keep firearms in your bed bunker for home security you have the perfect setup for home security and self defense. A bed bunker is the safest way to keep firearms in close proximity while you sleep. You can roll out of bed and be armed in moments in the case of an emergency or home invasion. You will literally be sleeping on top of a pile of guns, every home burglar’s nightmare.
The bed bunker makes no concessions in terms of security. Each compartment has two locks. The walls are made from 10 gauge steel and the doors are ¼ “ steel. It has a backup internal hinge to prevent compromise. The doors are equipped with a heat sensitive fire gasket that will expand to seal the door in order to protect the contents from fire and water damage. Additionally, it’s hidden. This is an often overlooked security perk but it’s hard to crack a safe if you can’t find it.
The single downside of the bed bunker is the price. That is somewhat to be expected as it is a high quality piece of luxury equipment. It may not be for everybody but if you have the means and enough valuables to warrant a safe of this size the bed bunker may be a great option for you and your home.
Biometric locking mechanisms are quickly becoming a favorite for gun owners. There are numerous perks to this kind of locking mechanism that really outshine the competition for your home gun safe. The main perk is the quick and easy access that can be granted with a fingerprint scanning lock. This kind of locking mechanism is best suited for gun owners that keep their firearm in a safe for purposes of home security. Biometric locking mechanisms can be outfitted on any kind of safe; and are even in recent years being used for laptop computers and automobiles.
Imagine the scenario of a home intruder late at night in your suburban home and in your moment of panic you cannot properly enter your combination safe in a timely manner or you fumble with your digital keypad and the automatic lock down goes into effect. With a biometric finger scanner you have the quickest and easiest way to access your gun safe in case of a home emergency requiring self defense for you and your family.
The additional perks of a biometric fingerprint scanning mechanism is that it can be programmed to read a variety of fingerprints including those of your family as well. In the past these have been at times untrustworthy and inaccurate but with advancements in technology these scanners are quickly becoming incredibly reliable. Biometric locking mechanisms are quickly coming to represent the pinnacle of avant-garde home security.
Furthermore it is possible for those seeking additional security to pair a biometric lock with a digital keypad. This allows for additional security and a wide range of customizable options. Also, biometric locks are not solely limited to fingerprint scanning but can also include retinal scanning, voice recognition, or even face recognition. For the purposes of a gun safe, fingerprint scanning is likely the quickest and most accurate of the bunch but there are many options to choose from.
Bear in mind the perks of a biometric locking mechanism when you plan to purchase your next home gun safe. The ease of access it provides could be the difference between a thwarted robbery or a dangerous situation for your family.
There is so much to know about safes, it would be hard to tell you all there is in just one blog post. Rather I like to think that if you are a reader of the Safe Gun Safes blog you gather quite a bit of information and have become a more knowledgeable safe owner or buyer. Here are some visual descriptions of different kinds of safes we’ve talked about to help give you a better idea of what we’re talking about!This is a FIRE safe. It gives FIRE protection and is engineered and insulated to protect its contents against HEAT. It is NOT designed to keep out an experienced burglar.
This is a BURGLARY RESISTANT safe.
It is engineered and constructed to protect cash and valuables against experience burglars. It gives little protection against heat.
This is a COMBINATION (COMPOSITE) safe
It gives both burglary and fire protection. The outer material is metal and the inner layer is a special composite material that provides both burglary and fire resistance.
This is an INSULATED VAULT door. It gives similar protection to that of a fire safe but is somewhat limited in it’s degree of burglary protection.
For many large-game hunters the medium to large caliber rifle is the instrument of choice. Usually, most hunters start to collect a range of rifles, each tuned for a specific task. Recently, I was caught by surprise by a few friends who have started hunting with large caliber handguns. I was extremely anxious to ask the obvious questions like recoil, ammunition options, accuracy, cost, and unique challenges that handgun hunting proposes.
The first consideration in handgun hunting is the challenge of being able to get within an acceptable distance to your game and then to be able to deliver a clean and accurate shot. The next big issue is choosing an appropriate caliber pistol and purchasing ammunition with the appropriate grain. Now here is the one statement that all handgun hunters have told me, “you need to practice year-around, you don’t just sight your pistol in and then go out hunting.”
Again, you need to talk to a professional handgun hunter about the unique requirements for each type of game hunting before purchasing your new large caliber handgun. All the experts I talked to emphasized that large game requires a large caliber handgun like a 44 revolver or even stepping up to the rather astounding Smith & Wesson Model S&W500. If you are curious about these large caliber handguns, then I suggest you also read a few articles from one of the major gun magazines like; Gunblast.com or Handgunhunt.com.
Well, Christmas is over and hopefully you enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and are now relaxed and ready for New Years. Surprising enough, this Christmas morning a record numbers of gun enthusiast found a new gun under the Christmas tree. The FBI reports that background checks to buy guns are up more than 30-percent. The true sales numbers for the Christmas season are not in yet, but November alone saw a request for 1.53 million federal background checks.
It appears that holiday shopper prefer the Colts and AR-15s to most other guns. Most gun enthusiast attribute this trend to an increase in people concerned about self defense. A recent broadcast on Eyewitness News 12 reported one gun company stating the following; “I’ve had little old ladies come in… and buy them for all the men in the family,” he said. “Across the board, we used to sell to men, adult men, ages 18 to 45. Now we’re advertising to everybody.”
So now you have your new gun and you might have already hit the practice range and are ready to store the gun until next week. A lot of gun enthusiast already own a great gun safe, but just in case you haven’t purchased your gun safe yet… please come visit us and let us fit the perfect gun safe to your new gun.
There are hunters who believe that the precision of the single-shot rifle defines the experience of hunting. Somehow the the single-shot rifle helps project a presence of accuracy and confidence. I truly appreciate the sportsmanship of the single-shot rifle, but I also appreciate the aesthetics of these fine instruments.
My friends who exclusively pack a single-shot rifle for hunting also belong to the American Single Shot Rifle Association (ASSRA). The American Single Shot Rifle Association (ASSRA) was founded in 1948 as an organization that promotes the responsible use, study and preservation of single-shot rifles. These include original and reproduction arms from the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as rifles of more current design.
On the ASSRA website you will not find testimonials about the art of single-shot hunting, but you will find dozens of links to historical articles about single-shot rifles and a great knowledge-base of facts about specific rifles. Generally, the topics relate to single-shot rifles, their current uses, their history, the accouterment and craftsmanship connected with them, cartridges and handloading techniques related to them , or events which include them. You will also find topics centered on single-shot gunsmithing, “how-to” articles, authoritative research, etc.