Tips for Buying a Gun Safe

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Choose the Right Gun Safe with These Helpful Tips from Alford Safe and Lock

Having a quality gun safe to store your firearms is essential for both you and your family’s safety. Gun safes come in so many sizes, styles, and features that it can be overwhelming to choose which one is the best option for your needs. At Alford Safe and Lock, we want to ensure that the gun safe you buy for your firearms is the right one for you and your security needs.

Have a General Idea of the Safe Capacity That You Will Need

The number of guns, accessories, and any other items you want to lock away in your safe will help you get a general idea of what size your safe will need to be. With the capacity in mind, be aware that you will more than likely need a safe that is one size bigger than you are expecting. After all, you don’t want to risk buying a safe that will not securely fit your guns, ammo, and any other items you want to put inside.

Even if you are unsure of everything you plan to put in your safe, start with the number of guns you are looking to store. From there, our technicians at the store can help you narrow down your options.

Picture of gun safe

Decide Where the Gun Safe Will Go

Having an idea of where you want to keep your gun safe helps us determine which gun safe and size would be best for your home. In other words, do you want your safe proudly displayed or hidden from sight? If you want to keep your safe hidden from view, we generally recommend making room in your closet or somewhere that offers the same amount of privacy.

Once you decide where you want it to go, you’ll have an idea of how much room you have for your safe. This will help you get a better idea of the gun safe size that your home will provide you.

Check the Fire Rating

When it comes to storing firearms, the fire rating of your safe is just as important as the anti-theft features. However, not everyone needs the highest fire-resistant rating available. One factor that will determine the fire rating you need will be where you live. The farther away you live from the fire station, the higher the fire rating you will need for your safe. So, gun owners who live in rural areas generally need a higher fire rating than owners who live in urban areas.

Keep in mind, there is no such thing as a fireproof safe. Fire ratings tell you how long your safe can withstand a certain temperature for a set amount of time. For more information, read our previous blog about fire-rated safes.

Burglary Protection Features

Burglars generally smash and grab so that they can flee the scene as soon as possible. When you buy a high-quality gun safe, you won’t have to worry about this method. Our gun safes at Alford Safe and Lock are heavy enough to prevent thieves from stealing the safe. And with a 35-foot drop rating, you don’t have to worry about burglars smashing your safe open. To keep your items extra secure, our safes also have relock mechanisms to prevent thieves from breaking the lock or drilling inside.

Keypad on front of gun safe.

Decide What Type of Lock You Want to Use

The two types of gun safe lock options we offer are electronic keypad locks and dial combination locks. Both lock types offer you the security that you need to keep your firearms protected. Most customers, however, prefer the keypad option as it allows them to quickly get into their safe when they need to. There is no difference in security between the two options – it all depends on your personal preference. We do not recommend having a fingerprint lock as they are not effective unless it is a military-grade scanner.

Be Prepared to Make an Investment for a Quality Gun Safe

The most important component of buying a safe, especially a gun safe, is being ready to invest in one that is built to last. Our store only offers high-quality safes that are designed with the customers’ security in mind. Our trained technicians are also readily available to help you choose the right gun safe for your needs.

For more information about our quality gun safes, visit Alford Safe and Lock or give us a call today.

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