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.
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.
I have friends who survived a massive wildfire and tell stories of returning home to nothing more than a pile of ash. Wikipedia states the following information about wildfires: “Even before the flames of a wildfire arrive at a particular location, heat transfer from the wildfire front warms the air to 800 °C (1,470 °F), which pre-heats and dries flammable materials, causing materials to ignite faster and allowing the fire to spread faster.” The 2007 California wildfires were reported reaching temperatures of 2000°F. In the case of the wildfire my friends survived, they reported that their guns were destroyed or never found.
How do you determine the fire rating that you want your gun safe to provide? Who conducts these fire rating tests? We come back to our friends at Underwriters Laboratories who provide testing for safes and different fire scenarios. Here is a small excerpt from the ul.com website: “Clad head-to-toe in protective gear, the professional technicians at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) place a personal safe – that could contain irreplaceable documents, cash and personal records – into a furnace chamber for 30 minutes to evaluate if the assets within the safe would get damaged. If nothing is damaged, the technicians increase both the temperature and humidity in the furnace and heat the safe.” Normally, UL continues to increase the amount of time the test was conducted for: “a one-hour rating means that the safe can withstand 1,300-degree Fahrenheit heat for an hour while still protecting the contents of the safe.”
Another cool test UL runs on safes is an impact test. This test simulates a safe falling though multiple stories of a building — resulting from a fire that has weakened the structure. After the safe is heated to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a furnace, it’s raised three stories and dropped onto a pile of bricks. In order to meet the requirement, the safe can’t pop open.
You can purchase gun safes which are rated for 2.5 hours @ 1200-1400°F and I have found stories of gun safes surviving wildfires. It is up to you to determine what degree of fire protection you want your gun safe to provide. Talk to one of our experts and let us match a gun safe to your requirements.
When you start contemplating the purchase of your first gun safe you will shocked about all the security concepts that previously never crossed your mind. Are you protecting your guns from theft, fire, water, or children? How valuable are your guns? What measures would a thief utilize to gain access to your gun collection?
You can always talk to us about your security needs and you can do a drop of fun research on the Underwriters Laboratories website (www.ul.com). When you first get to the ul.com website, utilize the “Search UL” box on the left. Type in “gun safes” and click on the “Magnifying Glass”. My favorite article is “Ten things you did not know about UL’s safe testing”. In this article the UL team talks about using chisels, wenches, screwdrivers, power saws, cutting torches, crowbars, abrasive cutting wheels, jackhammers, even specified amounts of nitroglycerin” to simulate a safe attack. (note: I think I want a job at UL). The results of this specific range of tests are noted on some safes as the “Attack Resistance”. For example, a safe that bears a Class TRTL-15×6 rating should resist a hand tool and torch attack for a minimum of 15 minutes. A TRTL-30×6-rated safe, which would protect important documents or store money, should withstand an attack for 30 minutes. The ultimate safe rating — a TXTL60 — should withstand an hour’s worth of attack that includes the use of 8 ounces of nitroglycerin. (I like this test the best.)
I don’t think you need to withstand a nitroglycerin attack with your gun safe… but perhaps? In my next blog we can talk more about fire testing and rating standards.
When you read through the array of blogs about Gun Safe Beds you definitely come across a lot of people who see humor in these rather remarkable devices. Perhaps, if I did not come from a family that basically owns an arsenal I too might not understand the need for a gun safe bed. You might have a few rifles for large game hunting, a few for small game hunting, a few for waterfowl, a couple to keep the coyotes in check and then a few target practice rifles… before you know it you have a storage problem. Here is where the gun safe beds come into play… its out of sight … no additional space required… too heavy to carry away… and definitely dry. So, before you move to a new house or lose your girlfriend due to lack of space you should consider one of these devices. We can deliver your gun safe bed in any size you need.
We recently wrote about the NRA’s rules for Gun Safety here
, and now we have the NRA’s rules for safely storing a gun in your home and elsewhere. This is especially important to know about in preventing accidental gun violence – especially among minors and children.Take heed when reading this and remember to be careful. One step to make sure you take is to ensure that you have an adequate gun safe
in your home or office. There are simple and easy ways to avoid accidents – just make sure you take the necessary precautions so that something terrible doesn’t happen to you or your family.
When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:
- Know your target and what is beyond.
Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.
- Know how to use the gun safely.
Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun’s mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
- Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun’s general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun’s ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.
- Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
- Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.
- Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
- Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person’s particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.
- Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.
A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.
Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded.The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area