Guns are an important tool for hunting, farming and wilderness survival. When used correctly by experienced owners who respect their destructive potential, guns can be stored safely and securely in the home. However, ensuring that your weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands, whether they be home intruders or young children, is an important responsibility of all device owners. Some States even mandate that you store your guns in a safe or secure cabinet. As a result, if you own firearms, you are wise to consider buying a gun safe.[table id=9 /]
Key considerations before you buy.
Before the purchase of a gun safe, it’s good to have an awareness of the various features you should be high-quality. You need to consider the number and type of weapons you want to store in the home and the level of accessibility that you require. You might also want to consider concealed and disguised cases; what could be more secure than something that can’t be seen? Finally, you will want to think about the locking mechanism and durability of the safe.
At the most basic level, preppers ought to consider trigger locks and secure carrying cases for their firearms. Trigger locks are cheap guards that fit over the trigger of a pistol, shotgun or rifle, locked in place with a key, preventing anyone but the owner from firing the weapon. However, neither trigger locks nor carrying cases will stop an intruder from simply taking or removing the firearm, even if they can’t shoot it. Also, if you lose the key, your sufficient becomes inaccessible. While they have their uses, these essential security tools are best used in combination with a high-quality gun safe.
Manual and Digital Lock Safes
These traditional gun safes are secure and reliable, although the input mechanisms to unlock them can be inconvenient if you need to access your firearms quickly. One of the best digital lock gun safes on the market is the Mesa Safe MBF6032E 14 Cubic Foot 30 Rifle Gun Safe with Digital Lock. This large safe will pose a significant challenge to any burglar or intruder seeking unauthorized access to your firearms; the 1-inch diameter deadbolts and hinges will resist all be the most brutal attempts to force entry. The safe’s weight (it’s about 670 pounds) means that, even if you don’t securely bolt it, it won’t be going anywhere fast. The digital display is clear, reliable and straightforward to set up. The Mesa Safe also protects your weapons from fire damage for up to an hour; meaning that if the worst happens to your property you’ll know the contents of the safe will be unharmed and usable upon retrieval. Obviously, there is no such thing as an entirely fireproof gun safe, but this insulation offers additional peace of mind.
Some preppers might be concerned about their gun safe’s digital keypad becoming inoperable without a power source. Preppers looking for a cheaper combination style safe will want to consider the Stack-On FS-14-MG-C 14-Gun Fire Resistant Safe. The combination lock is sturdy and reliable, although be aware that you can’t change this; the manufacturer sets the combination.
The safe is compact, but its lighter weight means that you will want to attach it to the floor securely. Its smaller size means that if you own a large number (i.e. more than 7 or 8) of shotguns and scoped rifles, this might not be sufficient enough for your needs.
For handgun owners looking for a small, discrete manual combination safe, the Gunvault GV1000S Mini Vault Standard Gun Safe is the way to go. This durable safe has simple to follow setup instructions can be easily secreted around the house, allowing for convenient access. If not secured, it is portable and can be taken with you if you are traveling. Be aware, though, the battery life isn’t great on the digital keypad variant of this model.
Biometric Gun Safes
Gun safe manufacturers are taking advantage of recent progress in fingerprint recognition technology to personalize access to owners’ firearms. Through recognizing a pre-programmed selection of fingerprints, these safes allow for faster access than the manual or digital safes recommended above. However, there are some negatives to biometric gun safes; they tend to be more expensive, and they require a power source to drive the biometric reading technology – no power means to access to your firearms. Some users have reported concerns about the reliability of the biometric readers on cheaper gun safes, too.
The BARSKA Biometric Safe is a compact gun safe with a two steel deadbolt locking mechanism. Users can register up to 30 fingerprints; users report that the fingerprint reader is reliable and that the gun safe offers owners rapid access to their secured firearms; a real plus for the security conscious prepper. Be aware, though; this gun safe has no fire insulation. BARSKA also offer a larger model which is an excellent choice for survival enthusiasts on a budget.
Gunvault offers a highly rated small biometric gun safe. The Gunvault MicroVault XL MVB1000 Biometric is a premium gun safe that offers rapid access to the stored handguns inside. Unlike most biometric safes, the Gunvault requires the owners’ whole hand print, rather than just one fingerprint. This significantly reduces the chance of the biometric reader failing and falsely allowing unauthorized access to a burglar or intruder.
Also recommended is the GunVault SV500 SpeedVault Handgun Safe, which is available with either biometric or a digital keypad locking system. This gun safe is designed to covertly conceal a single handgun within easy reach of the owner; for example, it could be mounted to the side of your desk for extremely quick access in the event of an emergency. This gun safe offers the owner real flexibility and peace of mind, allowing you to keep a firearm both close at hand and secure in the home at the same time. Keep an eye on the battery life; as the safe is designed to be discrete, there are no flashing lights or beeps when the power is running out. You will want to periodically check the device to ensure that it is always powered up and ready to use.