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Is A Gun Safe Necessary?

A lot of people ponder if a gun safe is an absolute necessity. Is it? In truth, having one isn't necessary like food, water and shelter are necessary.

However, what is necessary is safe gun storage, and there is no better implement of gun storage than a gun safe. It's not that other methods won't work or aren't as safe, but none work as well. Here are three reasons why you should consider one.

Safe Gun Storage Is Not Easily Accessed

gun safes can not be accessed easily

A gun safe is the king of safe gun storage, bar none and with no serious contenders for the crown. Whether it's a handgun safe or a full-size standing safe, there is no other method of storage that prevents access as well.

Part of how a safe prevents access by other parties is that they are a theft deterrent. Your average house thief can make off with a lockbox easily enough. They don't weigh much, the lock is not exactly heavy duty and the sides aren't the thickest steel. Heck, there are videos on YouTube that show you how to get into them in less than a minute.

Most thieves don't have the time nor the resources necessary to make off with an actual safe, never mind break into one; they're too heavy and if bolted to something, it isn't going anywhere. Let's say you couldn't get through a lockbox lock; a few minutes with a cutting wheel and an angle grinder will get it open. Not so with a safe of good quality.

Furthermore, a gun safe with a good locking mechanism will only be accessible by the person who controls the access. If one lacks the combination, there's no getting in.

The latter is much more important for those who have small children in the home. A huge number of shooting accidents involving children, such as those where a child fires a gun thinking it wasn't real or while playing, are preventable - simply by locking firearms away safely.

Gun Safes Are Fireproof

a fireproof gun safe can protect your things

Another reason that gun safes are a worthy consideration is that many of them are, unlike many other storage mediums, fireproof. If your home burns down, the safe will keep any firearms or other valuables (plenty of people store more than their guns in their gun safe) safe from the flames.

A number of safe companies pride themselves on these qualities, which you'll find on their websites and social media accounts. Liberty is just one of many companies, just like Our Gun Belts proudly makes their uber-tough wares here in America, which is why a lot of people prefer to patronize them, along with the high quality of their products.

Since it's a good idea to keep firearms and also ammunition out of fire (because bullets will go off if subjected to high heat) this makes a gun safe a very good investment in case of a fire in one's home. A number of people have found their safe and contents intact after house fires.

In the event of a house fire, dodging bullets and knowing that you have a gun collection to replace is the last thing you'll want to worry about.

Strongest Type of Gun Storage

Another thing proper gun storage should do is keep the contents safe from harm caused by jostling, getting knocked about and otherwise. A gun safe will accomplish this better than most other types of storage.

Granted, there are other ways to safely store guns that aren't a safe and that will likewise keep a gun safe in this manner. For instance, airline rated cases - such as a Pelican case or case of that style - can keep a firearm from being jostled too much. Likewise, a solid strongbox can do the same job, as can much of the "gun furniture" with storage compartments that are in vogue lately.

Keeping guns safe from excessive movement is a must for several reasons. First, there is such a thing as a drop fire. Most modern firearms have drop safety mechanisms to prevent it, but not all do and older guns certainly don't. A good jolt can cause a loaded gun to discharge.

Another reason is to safeguard long gun optics. Granted, this is partially to protect the investment itself (Swarofzky glass does NOT come cheap) but also to prevent a scope from getting knocked.

Hunters everywhere are familiar with this one. Prior to deer or elk season, a rifle is perfectly dialed in, but once afield, one takes a shot...and misses despite the crosshairs being right where they should be. A common culprit is a scope that's been knocked out of alignment. One way to prevent it? Store said implement of game getting in a safe, where it won't be disturbed. Guns with intricate finishes can likewise be protected this way.

So do you need a gun safe? Maybe not "need" per se...but it's a darn good idea.

Sam Hoober  

About The Author

Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.

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