What to Look for in a Gun Safe

If you own a firearm, there are many reasons why you should seriously consider investing in a quality gun safe to protect your loved ones.

Selecting and purchasing a gun locker is a considerable investment. Like other big buys, you should approach buying a safe as though it’s a lifetime purchase; because it is! A high-quality gun should last you a lifetime and more. So, as you shop around, it’s important to remember that not all gun safes are created equally or even offer the same advantages. Some gun safes are poorly made and do not live up to their claims. That’s where we come in — we’re here to help you know what exactly to look for in a gun safe.

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5 Things to Look for When Buying a Gun Safe

A Good Lock — There are a few options in terms of locks for your safety. Between combination, electronic, and biometric locks, there’s just about something for everyone. Keep in mind that each comes with advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • COMBINATION LOCKS: Many people love combo locks because they do not require batteries, they are low maintenance, and someone observing your combination sequence is a lot more tricky. However, these locks can be temperamental, are slow to open, and a locksmith is required to change the combination for you.
  • ELECTRONIC LOCKS: Electronic locks are cost-effective, quick, and easy to use, can integrate with your home security system, offer penalty lockouts, and are a prevalent choice. But, they do require battery changes.
  • BIOMETRIC LOCKS: A few advantages of biometric locks include quick access, flexibility, and ease (most biometric safes allow for several fingerprints). Unfortunately, biometric locks are not always 100% reliable (if your fingers are dirty or have a cut on them, the lock might not work), more expensive, and the technology is still relatively new.

Fire Safeguards — Most gun locker manufacturers have fire-resistant options. But keep in mind that fire ratings are not tested by just one outside source. Each manufacturer will hire out independent labs for their ratings which lleads to inconsistencies and conflicting reviews. Make sure to do your homework.

Size — One of the biggest complaints of previous gun safe buyers is that they do not purchase a big enough safe and wish they had bought a bigger one since firearm collections grow, and people often store other items besides guns inside the safe. When you’re looking for your perfect gun safe, think about your future, too. A decent rule of thumb is to select a safe that is one and a half to two times bigger than your current needs.

Corrosion Control — Moisture can become trapped inside your gun safe and cause all sorts of issues such as rust and corrosion. Make sure the gun locker you select has safeguards in place to protect your investments and keep them dry and in pristine condition. 

Storage Options — As previously mentioned, you’ll probably end up storing plenty of your belongings outside of your gun collection, such as important documents, jewelry, heirlooms, cash, and more. So, if you see yourself using your safe for such things, look into other storage options than just places to put your guns. Look for adjustable shelves, drawers, and a variety of slot sizes for all of your needs. 

Contact SUB M.O.A. Firearms

Investing in a quality gun safe is a great way to protect your firearm collection. For all of your firearm needs, contact the experts at SUB M.O.A. Firearms! Contact us today to learn more. We are proudly located in Henefer, Utah.