Buying a gun safe is the first step towards securing your assets and firearms. However, you cannot just enter a store and buy one because that would be reckless. Instead, you should take many factors into consideration before reaching your decision.
One of the basic things you should have in mind when buying a safe is the price. Nicer safes do cost an extra buck, but given the levels of security and quality they offer, they will spare you from a lot of stressful moments.
Here are some other things you should take into consideration:
Safes come in all sizes and shapes, and the same things apply to their walls. Here, the following rule applies: The thicker the wall, the better it is. Here, we have to return to the price issue because thicker walls cost an extra dollar, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In addition, it is worth mentioning that you should check whether the safe has any type of armor shield over the lock box. This detail is especially important in cases of fire, where it can keep your assets safe even if heavy objects hit its surface.
Mechanical or Digital Lock Mechanisms
Over the course of time, mechanical lock mechanisms have proven to be the better choice over digital lock mechanisms. Electronic locks are considered as more complicated something could easily go wrong. One thing you should definitely check is whether the safe has a UL Goup II certification. If you want to buy a safe with a digital lock with the latest biometric technology, make sure that it is a UL Type I. It is also strongly advised that you don’t purchase cheap electronic locks which are known to have lesser quality and duration. In addition, if you decide to buy an electronic lock safe, keep changing your combinations in the keypad, or you will otherwise leave traces of the combinations with wear patterns.
Choose Fireproof Safes
It is strongly advised that you choose a UL Rating of at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit safe. Your fireproof gun safe should be able to endure an hour of extremely high temperatures in order to keep your valuables safe.
Make sure you buy the safe of the right size for you. Take into consideration the fact that if you only have a pistol at the time of the purchase, it doesn’t mean that you won’t purchase a handgun later in time, so make sure you don’t buy a safe that is too small for anything else except for pistols. The extra storage space can easily be filled with jewelry and other valuables.