Gun Safe FAQs
Most people always have a few nagging questions before buying a gun safe. They may seem like little things, but sometimes the answers to your questions can make which safe is best suited for your specific situation a lot easier to determine.
So that’s why I’ve created this article, answering some of our readers most pressing questions as best as I can.
And if you have a specific question that you don’t see answered here, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to this list. After all, chances are if you have a question, some one else probably does too.
1. Before I purchase a gun safe, what should I consider?
Typical factors that go into buying a gun safe is utility, quality, and cost.
What kind of firearms do you want the safe to hold? If you have smaller guns, such as pistols, you might want to go with a pistol safe. If you have rifles, or even a mix of different sized guns, you may want to obtain a larger, multi-gun safe.
Also, decide what kind of quality you’re looking for in a safe. Would you rather have a decent, well designed gun safe that sufficiently secures your firearms?
Perhaps you want gun safe that holds the strength of a bank vault. Regardless, you should check out two critical features of a gun safe’s quality: fire proofing and theft protection.
The former two characteristics attribute to your third consideration: price. Are you wanting to stick to a tighter budget, or do you have a bit of wiggle room in terms of how much you’re willing to spend?
2. How much does a gun safe cost?
The old phrase, “You get what you pay for” applies here. Gun safes can range from just under $500 to over $3,000. Obviously, in a perfect world, you would choose the higher-end option. However, a more realistic figure for the average household can be between $500 and $1,000 if you want decent quality.
3. Do fireproof and waterproof safes provide complete protection?
Waterproof and fireproof gun safes offer a level of protection that keeps your rifles, cash, documents, and other valuables from getting damaged by water, smoke, and heat. However, these types of safes do not prevent forced entry.
4. What is a fire rating?
A fire rating denotes how long the safe’s internal temperature lasts through a fire. This guarantees that the inside of the safe maintains an internal temperature of less than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
For example, a 30-minute fire rating allows the safe’s interior to stay at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or below, even if the exterior temperature is at 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. What type of fire rating is best?
If you are using the gun safe to also store documents and paper content, a fire rating of one-hour or more is recommended. Since there is no guarantee of when a fire will be doused, it is important to give your documents and firearms the best protection by allotting a one-hour window for the temperature to be restored to a reasonable level.
6. What type of lock should I choose for my safe?
In terms of safety and convenience, most people would choose a biometric lock. This lock stores your fingerprint information electronically, which allows you to swiftly unlock your safe with the swipe of a finger. The best part is, this lock prevents your “key” from being lost, forgotten, or stolen.
The combination lock is also preferred by many owners because it is user-friendly and secure. While you have the choice of using a numeric keypad or biometric fingerprint as your primary way of unlocking the safe, you could also use a normal key as a back-up option. This way, if you injure the finger designated to your biometric key, or if you misplace your passcode, the physical key still gives you access to your firearms.
7. What size gun safe do I need?
For a single pistol or hand gun, a small safe should be just fine—simple, yet effective. Alternatively, if you own a rifle, other large weapon, or a collection of firearms, check out a large floor safe that can accommodate everything you own.
8. When is it better to use wall safes?
Generally speaking, it’s not recommended. Since wall safes use thin gauge material, it would be easy for a burglar, or otherwise unwelcomed individual, to break into the safe. Cheap quality, as seen in wall safes, can be compromised with a simple saw or crowbar. It’s advised that if you do happen to purchase a wall safe, you should avoid placing any valuable items inside. In this case, a wall safe would be best only for the sake of upgrading the interior design of a room.
9. Where is the best place to store my safe?
If you don’t already have a burglar alarm system, it can be challenging to know the ideal location for storing your safe. There are a few factors you need to consider to know definitely where to put a gun safe.
Firstly, are you going to be committed to using the safe where you store it? If you invest your time and money into a gun safe, you want to make sure it gets used. Sometimes, if the location is hard to reach, you could have difficulty using the safe consistently.
Also, is the area in which you place it bright enough so that you can see the lock and the inside of the safe? Are there certain hazards around the safe which would discourage you from using it?
Your goal is to make the location well-hidden, not dangerous—especially for you as the owner. Try to place it somewhere away from children and animals, as well.
Plus, think about the size of your safe. If it is a modest hand gun safe, keeping it in your bedroom or office might not be a bad idea. However, if it’s a large, heavy safe, you should keep it in an area that has sturdy flooring to support it. Particularly when you want to anchor the safe to the ground, you would most likely need a room with concrete floors.
10. Why do I need to anchor my gun safe?
This is a highly-recommended step to gun safe ownership because it prevents burglars from moving it elsewhere while accessing the contents of the safe later on. It ultimately provides extra security and can be a protective measure if you have a safe constructed with cheaper materials. Usually,a gun safe comes with a hole on the bottom of the surface so that you can bolt it to the ground.