Gun Safes are an essential tool for any responsible gun owner. With weapons stored in these secret and nigh-impenetrable containers, the chances of the weapon being fired for all the wrong reasons will be greatly reduced. But how does one exactly store their weapons in a safe in an effective matter? How does one use the safe effectively to reduce gun-related incidents? Below are a few tips to keep in mind in when storing your firearms in the safe.
1. Get the Right Safe
There are a lot of gun safes out there for you to choose from and each is designed specifically for a gun owner’s needs. If you happen to own just a single handgun, you are better off with a hand-carried handgun safe. Small and lightweight, these safes allow you to store your weapon quickly and carry it to any place you go.
If you happen to own multiple handguns and long-barreled guns like rifles, it is recommended that you invest in a cabinet-sized gun safe. These safes are designed to store larger weapons easily while maximizing the available space. They also have the added bonus of allowing you to store other valuables aside from your personal firepower.
2. Lock the Trigger
Before putting any kind of weapon inside gun safes, it is highly recommended that you should attach a trigger lock on its firing mechanism. A trigger lock is designed to keep the weapon in a permanently open position which means that they cannot be fired by any means possible. Like a regular padlock, the only way to release the trigger lock is through a key which you shall keep in another undisclosed place.
The trigger lock acts as a second line of defense in the event that safety of the gun safe has been compromised. Even if the gun was stolen, the trigger lock renders it inoperable and useless to the one who stole it. Trigger locks are relatively cheap and can work with almost all types of firearms.
3. Disable the Firing Mechanism
There are quite a lot of ways to make a gun temporarily unusable aside from trigger locks before they are stored in gun safes. The most popular method for larger weapons like rifles is to strip them down to several parts prior to storing them. Long barreled weapons are designed to be disassembled easily for cleaning and replacements. In the case of the rifles, you can remove the firing bolt and barrel and store them on a separate compartment. For handguns, they can also be stripped down to its basic components like firing chamber, trigger and magazine.
4. Final Precautions
Aside from stripping the weapon, you must also make sure that there is no extra bullet lodged inside the firing chamber. A knowledgeable thief can easily re-assemble the weapon and use it immediately if there are bullets inside. This extra measure will ensure that the gun is no more dangerous than a hammer.
Once there are no bullets inside the chamber, you must then store the ammunition on a separate location. It is a good idea to invest in gun safes specifically designed for storing ammunition in this manner. Depending on the locking mechanism, it might also be best that you store the key in a secret location and limit its access to no one else but you.
For combination locks and electronic keypads, make sure to limit the information of the right sequence down to a select few. If you happen to own a biometric safe, the chances of the safe being opened by unauthorized personnel is zero. With the gun effectively disabled and the gun safe sealed, you can expect that gun-related incidents in your home will be avoided.