Besides the potential for harm, if you love guns and have a valuable collection, you certainly want to keep them safe. No one can ever predict when a house fire can occur – it can be the result of an electrical failure, falling asleep while smoking, or even a lightning strike – however it happens, fire can rip through a home within minutes. In such an emergency, the primary concern will be to get out fast. Rather than simply leaving your gun collection to fate, a fireproof gun safe can make sure that your prized firearms will survive most house fires.
If you’re a proud gun owner, that won’t scare away burglars—it entices them. A gun is stolen roughly every two minutes in the U.S., so homeowners should be sure to always lock up their guns. NRA bumper stickers on a car or Smith & Wesson signs on a house advertise that there are lots of guns to steal.
A Wide Range Of Choices
Whether your collection includes everything from pistols through shotguns and rifles, there is a home gun safe that will exactly fit your needs.
• Freestanding gun safes are available in what might be termed the ‘standard’ type or in a fireproof design. Depending on the model, fireproof gun safes can withstand temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Wall safes are those that are fitted with walls and can be concealed behind the drapery, pictures, or other decorative elements. While you will not be able to keep a rifle in one of these, they are great for storing pistols safely, along with other valuables.
• Some floor safes are actually large enough to accommodate short to medium length rifles and shotguns. These safes can be fitted between joists or embedded in concrete, which also renders them fireproof. Once installed, the safe can be hidden beneath carpeting.
• Biometric safes do not rely upon tumblers or keys to unlock, but rather on your own fingerprints. Available either for pistols or full-sized guns, these safes represent the apex of modern safety technology.
Assess Your Needs
Most gun safes will represent a significant investment in themselves, so find the safe, or safes, that will best fulfill your needs. Many gun safes are designed to keep rifles and shotguns safe and are somewhat sizeable articles of furniture themselves. Even if you only own a set of pistols, in all probability you will be building a gun collection over time, so a safe to house your future firearms will not only provide a secure place for your present arms but for those that you may acquire later. Gun safes can also be used to store important documents such as deeds, wills, and insurance policies. Fireproof safes will be useful in this capacity for protecting this vital information as well as your guns.
Those living in or near high crime areas will definitely need to protect their firearms from theft. Besides money and other small, portable valuables, thieves often take guns when they clean out a house. Your gun safe will prevent the loss of not only your monetary investment but also make sure that you and your family are not deprived of protection until you can replace your guns.