Today owning and collecting firearms and participating in the shooting sports is more popular than ever and owners are eager to learn all they can about the best gun safes available for responsible home and workplace storage of their firearms. Whether you keep one handgun for home defense, a pistol in the car for protection while traveling, or your family enjoys hunting together and owns quite a collection of firearms, you have the same need – the best gun safe for the money in which to store your weapon(s).
The Best Gun Safes Are Made By Quality Companies
The best gun safes are made, of course, by the best safe manufacturing companies and there are many excellent ones available today from which to choose. Cannon, Liberty, Zanotti Armor, Pendleton, Fort Knox, Gardall, War Dog Safe Company, Winchester, GunVault and Sentry are all fine safe manufacturers. The manner in which you choose to store your guns will depend on whether you have young children in your home and whether or not you need instant or frequent access to them. Assess your needs and do an inventory of your firearms and accessories so you will know what to look for when you shop for the best gun safes in your price range.
Not All Gun Safes Weigh 500 Pounds
An excellent all-purpose small gun safe that holds not only a full-sized pistol but spare magazines is the 9G Products Imprint Micro. This safe only weighs 15 pounds so it can be portable. It comes with five mounting holes and mounting hardware for ease of installation if you prefer to keep it in a fixed position in a closet or elsewhere in your home. This safe also has room for a flashlight and some documents if you choose to store valuables in it. Made of rugged steel construction, it has a biometric lock that holds up to 15 fingerprints and uses a nine volt battery. It also utilizes a spring-loaded door with a key back-up. For a small safe, it is one of the best gun safes around for its versatility in the number of places it can be appropriately used. Imprint Micro is proven to work well in homes, offices, hotel rooms while traveling, schools, law enforcement situations, health care providers and locker rooms.
Some Lightweight Safes Can Be Moved By One Person
It seems strange to use the phrase small gun safe when talking about one for rifles, but as safes for long guns go, the SentrySafe Model G-4211 is a small safe compared to most rifle safes because it holds just fourteen guns for a low and reasonable cost. This is however, an excellent safe for hunters/collectors who are young and/or just starting in the sport. It fits in the back of an SUV and can be handled on an appliance dolly with straps by just one person. The Model G-4211 has an excellent+ dial combination lock while the Model G-4311 has a digital lock.
Remember That Your Gun Collection Will Probably Grow
One of the best gun safes at the mid to high end of the safe price range is the War Dog Platinum Model. When shopping for your best gun safe for the money, remember that you are not shopping only for the collection you have today. If you do not want to have to constantly upgrade your safe, you must shop for the collection you want to have ten or more years from now. A gun safe is a major purchase and should be chosen to accommodate the growth in firearms you anticipate over time, much as you purchase your home or vehicle to accommodate a growing family. The Platinum Model is a “drawer style” safe that fits under the bed or covertly in the back of an SUV. It features an electronic lock with a biometric keypad and 14-gauge steel construction with a hardened drill plate attached. The door is one half inch thick. It has convenient interior illumination, holds over thirty guns and has a limited lifetime warranty.
Premium Protection Is Worth Every Penny You Spend
The Liberty National Series Magnum 56 is in the top of the price range and well-worth the money. It has internal ball bearing hinges, which help alleviate pressure from its locking mechanism and its accompanying slip-clutch technology so that it always operates smoothly. Mechanical locks are standard but D-Drive Electronic Locks are available as an option. Constructed of heavy-duty eight-gauge steel, it comes with two and one-half hour fire protection rating and a limited lifetime warranty. Standard accessories for the Magnum 56 are an Electrical Outlet Kit, Clearview LEDs-Wand Light Kit, 12 inch Dry Rod Dehumidifier, Cool Pocket for Documents, Quick Zip Pockets, Draw Holsters, Choke Holders, and an Accessory Door Panel. This safe can hold up to 56 guns – you can even keep an ultrasonic gun cleaner in it if you like.
Sleep Easy At Night When Your Safe Is Protecting Your Guns
Sometimes you may find that the best gun safe for the money may not have every feature you would like. You can always add some features, such as lights, drawers, pouches and dehumidifiers yourself if needed. Fire-lining is important and it’s always worth your consideration. Palusol sealant helps block moisture when applied around the door of the safe at home and rope lights can be added easily and inexpensivley to the safe’s interior for illumination and convenience. If a small gun safe is all you can really afford right now, then start with that and save for a bigger safe later. The best gun safes are well-worth the money and they’ll make sure you sleep a LOT better at night. . .how much is sound sleep worth to you?