Where Do You Start Shopping for a Gun Safe?

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past several weeks, you're well aware of the ongoing debates regarding tighter gun control laws. With constant reminders from news reports and social media, you may be giving some thought to your own personal gun safety. One of the simplest and most effective ways to boost the protection of yourself and your household is through the purchase and utilization of gun safes. 

Why should I buy a gun safe?

There are many reasons to secure your gun in a safe, the primary benefit being safety. As a responsible gun owner, it's your duty to ensure that your weapons are locked up in such a way that your children are unable to access them and cause harm to themselves or others. A gun safe will also prevent thieves (including your own children or friends of your children) from removing the gun from your home and threatening the lives of others with your weapon. Lastly, your guns are an investment that needs to be protected. Whether there is a fire, flood, or earthquake, you want to ensure that you weapons are in a protected encasement. 

Where can I buy a gun safe?

Department stores like Sears, home improvement retailers such as Lowes, and sporting goods facilities like Big 5 will all offer some kind of a selection of gun safes. Be mindful, however, that your choices at these types of stores will be limited. If you are looking for a safe that includes all of the features that you deem necessary and that has the look that you desire, your best bet is to visit a security showroom.

What features should I look for when choosing a gun safe?
What it comes to safety, not all gun safes are created equal. If you are truly serious about protecting your weapons and your family, there are several features that you should insist upon when purchasing a safe for your guns such as:

  • Safety Specs - A gun safe may look big and heavy, but that doesn't necessarily guarantee security. Heavy-gauge steel, for example will be far more resistant to cutting and drilling than a light 12 or 14-gauge steel. For optimum results, you should purchase a safe with a minimum of 10-gauge steel, although 8-gauge is best. 
  • UL Rating - Your safe should have an RSC (Residential Security Container) or higher rating by UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
  • Tamper Safeguards - The best safes will include features like extra armor or other safety devices to defeat attempted break-ins or drilling. One excellent safeguard to look for is a re-locking device. Relockers are hardened pins that are activated when the safe is tampered with and are unable to be retracted without hours of drilling. 
  • Fire Resistance - As mentioned previously, your safe is also a great way to protect your weapons investment. Although truly fire resistant safes are more expensive, they are ultimately worth the investment. 
  • Other Considerations - You may also want to think about the size of your gun safe. Do you plan on growing your gun collection? Buying a safe that is bigger than you need is smart. Do you plan to display your gun safe? Look for one that is aesthetically appealing and can blend with your decor.

Ultimately, your safe should make you feel secure. Happy shopping!