Storage of a firearm in the home is very important. Here are some options for keeping your firearms safe and secure.
Owning a firearm, in addition to being an American right, is a great responsibility. There are many things that need to be done in order to keep ourselves and others safe. When a firearm is kept in the home, it needs to be kept securely. Homeowners should ensure unauthorized people do not have access to their firearms, whether they be friends, criminals or children.
Storage systems range from those that are extremely inexpensive (free) to those that are extremely expensive. Depending on your needs, what you want to achieve and how much security you need, you can find a good storage solution for every firearm. Today, the many storage choices available to the average firearms owner include everything from the basic gun lock to the most tactical operator storage. Here are a few options.
The best word in the English language, free, is something we all can relate to. While normally you get what you pay for, there is actually a pretty good method for securing a firearm that is free. These are the cable-style locks that you thread through the chamber and magazine well of an autoloader or open the cylinder of a revolver to use.
These locks keep the firearm open and won't allow any ammo to be loaded. Project Childsafe offers these locks for free. These are the same kind of locks that usually come in the case when buying a brand-new firearm. While they may not be the best option for tactical storage, combining them with a small padlock on the outside of the firearm case can help to secure them from little hands.
If you are looking for more a little more secure storage but would like to keep it simple, there are many options available. For instance, a simple steel storage cabinet made to fit a certain number of guns could fit the bill. The more popular styles include the storage cabinets from Stack-On.
These cabinets are made of steel, can be bolted down to both the floor and the wall, and come with keys to securely lock the doors. There are many other options out there for simple storage. You can even repurpose a small valuables safe for your firearms if you have one sitting around. Not only does this keep firearms secure and out of the hands of little ones, but it also helps prevent theft.
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For something secure but a little more tactical, an electronic/biometric safe is a good option. The idea behind this kind of storage is that it offers a secure place to keep firearms hidden from children and potential thieves, but allows quick access for home defense.
In fact, these safes are usually recommended for storing home-defense weapons. They work by storing the firearm under lock and key. When the firearm is needed, the user can either enter a combination into the electronic keypad, scan their fingerprint on the print reader or swipe a bracelet/ID card past a reader.
There are many manufacturers providing these storage solutions. GunVault, Hornady and Stack-On are some of the most popular and well-known brands offering these storage options. These can be acquired for moderate cost, but the benefits of safe storage and quick access are worth it.
Finally, there is the storage option roughly equivalent to a bank vault. These are the gun safes most gun owners will buy to store their collections in for the maximum security they can afford. These are usually the big floor safes made by Cannon, Pendleton, Fort Knox and many other manufacturers.
These are usually the hardest to break into, are too heavy to move and come with some sort of a fireproof rating to protect the contents from fire. They come with vault-style bolt locks, electronic/biometric locks and combination locks. These are also usually the most expensive to purchase, but will provide storage for years to come.
As you can see, there are many solutions for safely storing your firearms in the home. Keeping your firearms secured from little hands and educating your family are the best ways to make sure your children and others in your household remain safe around your firearms.