March 5, 2016

What to look for when buying a Gun Safe

With all the gun safe varieties out there, which one is the right one for you?

When it comes to firearms and ammunition storage, safety is imperative and should never be compromised. You want to be sure that you are buying real security, and not the illusion of security. Here are a few things to consider next time you are buying a gun safe, so that you know what you are buying is as secure as advertised.

Door Gap

door gap

The most common way of attacking a gun safe is to jam a pry bar in-between the door and the frame, and put in every effort to pry it open. The smaller the door gap between these two areas, the harder it is to get a pry bar in there. When choosing a gun safe, make sure to have minimal door gap

Bolt Rigidity

bolt rigidity

Bolt rigidity is not just about how thick the bolts are, the locking mechanism also comes into play.
The thinner the steel used in the locking mechanism, the greater the chance the bolts can be pried loose. When a gun safe is subject to pry attack, the bolts won’t bend, but what the bolt is to attached could give way. This is one of the most important aspects of pry resistance.

Door Construction

There are various ways to construct a door for a gun safe, but the two most common methods are composite doors, and plate steel doors.
A composite door is made up of steel that surrounds some type of fire insulation. On the cheaper gun safes, thinner steel is used on the door, with more insulation, giving the illusion that the door is stronger than it actually is.
A better type of composite door construction has thicker steel on one side of the door, giving you increased security.
A plate steel door uses a full sheet of thick steel for the door, with the insulation material behind that. This is one of the strongest doors and offers the greatest security.
Both methods can provide good security for your gun safe but the important question to ask is how much steel has been used the construction of your gun safe door.

Door construction

Door Frame

The door frame of the gun safe is what the bolts hook behind when the door is locked. The thinner the steel, the more flexible it becomes, and the more your gun safe could be vulnerable to a pry attack. The steel used should be thick enough that it won’t bend during a pry attack.

You get what you pay for

The reason that some gun safes are cheaper than others is because of what has gone into making them. It’s not just about how many guns can be stored or about how big the safe is. Buying a gun safe should be viewed as an investment. Consider what you will store in your gun safe and how valuable these items are to you. This will help you determine how much you should spend on protecting them.

Safes Direct offers competitively priced options across a wide range of gun safes. Catering for everyone. From the first time single handgun owner all the way through to the dedicated collectors. If you are thinking about buying a gun safe, have a look at our range of gun safes, or speak to one of our experts. Let us help you find what you are looking for to keep your valuables safe

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