The first thing you should do when you’re looking to buy a gun safe is decide what you’re going to put in it. Just because it may be a gun safe does not mean you’ll only be storing guns inside of it. You may want to put ammo, cut add-ons or even important documents. Gun safes are often the strongest product in the security market due to the highly valuable firearms that they often hold.
Take your time on this step and really think about. You should always purchase a gun safe that is bigger than what you think you will need because you more than likely want to put something else in there when you get the safe in your home. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a new safe only to have it not be able to fit what you want. You are spending a lot of money on a product that is supposed to keep your assets safe, so make sure that it can fit all of those assets. Properly determining the worth of your stored assets will allow you to purchase a top rated gun safe for yourself.
Calculate the value of the items
If you are somebody that is only going to be storing a single rifle, then you have one asset to worry about. However, if you have a wide selection of firearms, then you’re going to want to document every single one of them. We strongly recommend that you always keep the receipts and other proof purchases stored away. This will help in any kind of theft or proving gun ownership to any kind of authority figure.
After you have documented all of your guns that will be going inside of the new safe, it is now time to think about how often you’ll be opening the safe. If you will be using it as a daily access type of thing, then you’re going to have a lower selection. This is because most people don’t have a lot of room in their basement or bedroom. If you’re going to be opening your safe only monthly or even less, then you don’t have to worry about finding a good hiding spot because you can store it far off – away from your home. You can even put it inside of a storage facility which can a couple miles away.
For something like quick access safes, where you will be quickly getting to your pistols you should probably be purchasing a singular pistol safe. This will help you stay organized and ensure that if somebody lays eyes on the pistol safe and steals it then only the pistol goes missing. You will not lose any of your other guns.
Pay attention to burglar ratings
Keep in mind when most safe manufacturers put the burglar ratings on the safes, they have only been tested to withstand a certain amount of force for a certain amount minutes. If the safe is certified to withstand 5 minutes of force, then then that means if the burglar has 6 minutes of access, they may be able to get access. This is something that you need to pay attention to.
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Size is everything
Another thing that you should be wary of is the fact that safe manufacturers will often list the external dimensions of a safe and not the internal. The internal dimension is the space that will determine how many guns you can fit inside of it. External dimensions are only helpful in giving you a ballpark figure of where you will be able to place a safe in your home.
We recommend that you physically measure the inside of the safe before buying it. This means that you should go down to a local safe manufacturer with a measuring tape and ask if you can take measurements. They will more than likely be happy as you represent a possible sale to them.
Last but not least, never forget to go big or go home. Anybody who owns a gun safe will tell you that they wish they would have bought something bigger. If it means you have to spend a couple hundred more dollars, it will be well worth it in the end.
That new set of binoculars or extra ammo you are going to pick up in the future will have to be stored somewhere. Of course, you can leave it out open, but don’t you want to put in the gun safe? If you do not have the space, then it will not fit in there. Make sure you compensate for future purchases and purchase a gun safe that is a lot larger than you originally need.