Safely Buying Safes…Do’s and Don’ts
Top 5 Advices to Buy a Gun Safe
A Gun Safe is an investment for life and special thought needs to be given when buying one. This article will help you to avoid costly mistakes that will affect you after the purchase if not taken into consideration.
Buy Bigger Than You Think – Firearm owners are passionate about their guns and many have a growing collection. If you belong to this category the size of the gun safe you buy should be a decisive factor. It’s not merely about reading the specifications provided by the gun safe manufacturer, which would tell you, for example, that the safe has capacity for 35 rifles; because remember that you might also want to protect other types of items, like laptops, jewelry, documents, collectibles, which would occupy space. Gun Capacity as provided by the manufacturer refers to the highest amount of guns fitting in the safe with nothing in it, so think about what else are you are planning to put in the safe, as well as if you expect your collection to grow.
Get The Right Lock For You – The three basic types of safe locks are: Combination, Electronic, and Biometric; and you should take the time to decide which is best suited for you. As a gun safe marketer, I get the same question asked everyday by customers. Is an electronic lock as secure as a combination lock? and the answer is “absolutely yes” because the security mechanism of a lock is completely independent of the opening trigger system; so the decision should really boil down to “what is practical.” Some people just can’t bring themselves to trust something electronic, or love the mystique of a combination lock, but when it’s about ease of use there is nothing like an electronic lock; just put the code in and it’s open, that’s it. There are different types of electronic locks; the main brand in the market is Sergeant & Greenleaf (S&G). An electronic lock that will not lock automatically when closing the door would be ideal for days in which you are using the safe a lot (the D-Drive in S&G). And then you have the biometric lock option, which opens upon the touch of one of one of your fingers, the next level of practicality, but at the same time they are expensive to add.
Include Accessories – Some accessories are a must when owning a gun safe. Yes, sometimes they add to the price but without them you won’t get too far and many of them are inexpensive, like these for example: Anchoring kit for securing the safe to the ground, Electrical Outlet Kit to provide power to all the devices needing it, and the Dehumidifier to protect the guns from the rust produced by humidity. Then on the more expensive side you have the: Accessory Door Panel for storing ammunition, handguns, and media files (special pocket); Jewelry Drawer for all your wife’s treasures, and the Media Cooler which is a small media safe to further protect digital files. From all of the above in my opinion the most indispensable ones are the anchoring kit, the electrical outlet kit, and the dehumidifier. When you buy middle and higher end models many of them include accessories so clarify which ones are included and which ones are not.
If Needed, Contract In-Home Delivery – Gun Safes are heavy things, the weight ranging from 400 lbs to 1500 lbs and moving them without experience can cause damage to the safe or a serious injury to the mover. Nowadays it’s common to find free shipping or delivery to your curb side, and if you have the tools and friends to rescind of the delivery company for taking the gun into your house then proceed carefully and prepare in advance to achieve that task, but if that is not the case, pay the additional fee to get it where you want it because you might be saving yourself a big headache.
Buy Quality – A gun safe is supposed to work when it’s supposed to work. If your house is broken into, and with a simple ax, the burglar is able to break apart the door of your gun safe, you will end up losing your valuables, losing the safe, and very probably you will be in the hands of a company with an unreliable gun safe warranty. The previous scenario is entirely possible with many of the gun safes out there made to save money with the thickness of the steel, just to use one example. I will not hide the fact that I have a predilection for American Made Gun Safes because they have a much higher standard of quality than China or Mexico Gun Safes, and if you are out there for a bargain you can find a great deal even if you stick with gun safes made in the USA. You will get better steel, true fire protection, and reliable warranties; and as important you will help keep the money home.
Moises Szarf is the Online Marketing Manager for Liberty Safes USA (www.LibertySafesUSA.com) one of the leading providers of Liberty Safes. He is specializes in Gun Safes, and specially American Made Gun Safes. He also runs a blog for his company called Gun Safes and More.
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