If you have guns in your home, you need to ensure that they are stored properly. A gun safe doesn't only prevent children or criminals from accessing your cache of weapons; the safe can protect your guns themselves from sustaining any serious damage.
Investing in a gun safe can be challenging. There are many different makes and models available on the market, and the first-time safe-buyer can struggle to determine which features will pay off over time.
There are three primary features you can focus on when shopping for a gun safe. These features will ensure maximum protection for any firearms you choose to store.
1. Security Rating
The first thing that you want to look for when evaluating gun safes is the security rating. Quality safes will be evaluated by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The UL is an independent testing facility that certifies the safety of a variety of products.
Security ratings are assigned to safes based on the amount of time they are able to withstand tampering. Skilled safe-cracking experts will attempt to break into a safe for a period of five, fifteen, or thirty minutes. Delaying access to your gun safe should be enough to deter criminals from trying to break in.
The UL rating will be listed on a gun safe as RSC (which means the safe has withstood five minutes of intense attempts at cracking), TL-15 (withstood 15 minutes of tampering), or TL-30 (withstood 30 minutes of tampering). Make sure the gun safe you purchase has a UL security rating, and invest in the highest security rating you can afford.
As you shop for a new gun safe, you will see many affordable gun safes that are nothing more than metal boxes. These cheap safes are usually made from thin metal sheeting that can be penetrated using just a hammer and a screwdriver.
For maximum protection, you need a gun safe that features a sturdy construction. Look for walls that are made from high-end stainless steel that is thick enough to prevent easy access to the safe. Make sure the gun safe you purchase has an inflexible door with a reinforced steel plate.
A well-constructed gun safe might be more expensive, but it will end up providing better protection for your firearms in the long run.
3. Fire Resistance
The final feature that you should pay close attention to when evaluating gun safes is the fire-resistant capabilities of each model. Just because a safe made from steel that will not allow flames to come into contact with the contents of the safe doesn't mean that your belongings will be protected.
Temperatures inside a safe can elevate quickly during a fire. No safe is able to withstand extended exposure to fire, but many safes are rated to remain structurally sound for a set period of time. The average home or business fire can be put out quickly, so a safe that is rated as being fire resistant for at least an hour will protect your guns against fire damage.
You should also check to ensure that the safe you purchase has a fire seal installed around the door. This seal prevents smoke from penetrating your safe during a fire, and it can act as a barrier against moisture on a daily basis to protect your guns from rust and corrosion.
Purchasing a gun safe is important when it comes to storing your firearms properly. At Bruck Safe Company, we have the knowledge and experience needed to help you find the right gun safe for your home. Give us a call to hear about the affordable options available to you if you are ready to invest in a gun safe.