A lot of gun safety tips from the ‘60s won’t work now. Back then, guns were just like the everyday knives that had their store and no one had to speak more than once about proper handling of any firearm.
There’s no perfect gun storage solution for everyone but there’s something like the golden rule of gun safety, unauthorized persons shouldn’t have access to the guns.
But before you know which solution would work for you, you’d need to examine yourself and how much you’re willing to spend. It’s 2017, and the devices today are even doing more than preventing that unauthorized access.
Let’s get to it, here are three storage options you can try.
1. Trigger Locks
The name makes it easier to understand the function. It simply locks the trigger. You don’t want someone without your permission being able to load your gun and most manufacturers are including this feature in their products. The locks come in different forms.
And just so you don’t end up being harmed by a storage device, trigger locks shouldn’t be placed on guns already armed with ammunitions because they come into direct contact with the trigger. The locks work by clamping down the trigger, but if they aren’t available, just any padlock would do.
You can get a decent trigger lock for $15, but depending on your county, you can even get it for free. Some communities with high rates of accidental or unauthorized discharge run programs encouraging firearm owners to get these locks at reduced prices. The only downside to getting a trigger lock is that there’s really no mechanism in place to prevent firearm theft.
2. Gun Cases
You can get them at any nearby sporting goods store and they come in different forms and strengths. It’d be quite surprising not to get one for your gun at the store. Fabric sleeves and plastic are some of the materials you’d come across.
These materials are used to protect the gun from any wear and tear. If you take part in shooting events, there’s no way you’d be allowed to carry your gun in the open from your home to the event so these cases come in handy. You should get a case that comes with provisions for ordinary padlocks to keep the guns out of the reach of children.
But they also don’t prevent theft, they’re quite portable so anyone can take them away once their location is known. The durability of the case depends on the material used. Soft fabric and plastic just can’t withstand the wear and tear that these cases are likely to encounter.
3. Sturdy Boxes and Security Cases
The manufacturers of this safe are in a constant tech battle. Everyone’s trying to embed in its own piece, modern programs that add more features to the everyday safe. The portable cases come with anti-theft protection.
There’s really no ideal price, it all depends on the features a box has, but you can expect prices to start at $50. And there are some products you should look at. The MV500 is portable and can even be put in a drawer. It has an electronic keypad that permits firearm removal in even complete darkness. Some others have a fingerprint scanner that allows access in as little as two seconds.
And some manufacturers provide heavy duty metallic cases and high-security locks. Some cases come with accessories that attach them to a car trunk or a wall. You should look around for the latest technologies in the industry and go only for dealers that include them.
General Things To Look For When Buying A Safe
So you’ve seen three ways you can keep your guns safe, here are some things to consider before getting a safe.
1. Safe Size
If you’re going for a large safe, it’s going to more expensive. So be sure this is what you want. You should look at everything that’d get into the safe to get your ideal safe size.
Include all the accessories and even magazines too. When you get those dimensions, get a safe that’s a bit larger so it’d compensate for any future purchases you may make.
2. Steel Thickness
It’s a good measure of how durable your case would be. When you’re dealing with steel, a steel thickness score of 10 is thicker than one of 11.
3. Fire Rating
It’s not something you’d wish on anyone, but it does happen, so you’d have to plan for it. Some gun safes are sold with a fire rating. You’d have to compare different fire ratings so you get a figure that you can work with.
Now let’s look at those gun safety tips.
8 Tips for Gun Safety in Your Home
1. Watch your gun’s muzzle. It should be pointed in a direction that won’t harm anyone if the trigger is accidentally pulled.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger. If it’s not time to shoot, don’t mess with that trigger.
3. Don’t store a loaded gun. You don’t know whose hands may be on it the next time, so make sure you unload after each use.
4. Read the manual. There’s a reason why the manufacturer spent time writing so much technical information. If there’s something you don’t understand, a firearm is the wrong tool to learn on the job so check the manual.
5. Get a safe. Or at least a trigger lock. You should get a safe that prevents theft and physical damage to your gun. And if you can, get a different safe for your bullets.
6. Educate your children on the dangers of those firearms. Trust me, some kids think it’s no different from their toy guns. It’s your duty to let them know the guns can kill when not handled properly.
7. If you’re hunting or taking part in any competition, you should clean your gun daily to avoid rust formation.
8. Don’t keep it carelessly. If you’re out in the field, and maybe you took your kids hunting, your eyes should be on that gun. If that’s a bit difficult to do, you should get something that fastens it to your belt.
No gun was made to last forever, but follow this guide so it can serve you for long.