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Special features you’ll want your new gun safe to have
Purchasing a new gun safe can be a bit of a headache and hassle – especially if you haven't had to go through the process of finding the right gun safe option for your particular needs in the past.
However, every single responsible firearm owner out there knows just how valuable their gun safe is going to be now and in the future. Not only is the right gun safe going to keep your firearms protected, but they will also grant you instant access to them in the event of an emergency where they will be called into action.
Hopefully you'll never have to worry about either of the above scenarios, but it still pays to invest in the best gun safe on the market for your needs – and looking at the special features below will help you determine exactly what that particular set up is.
Multiple locking mechanisms
Though biometric and digital locking mechanisms are all the rage right now (and they certainly have a whole host of performance benefits you will appreciate), you're going to want to make sure that you are purchasing a gun safe that has multiple locking mechanisms available.
Not only is it a smart idea to have a biometricfingerprint scanning gun safe in the home for easy and instant access (without having to worry about misplaced keys), but you need to make sure that the same gun safe comes with a digital passcode set up, a traditional key set up, or a combination lock – or any mixture of those extra options.
Your gun safe is only as strong as its weakest link, and having multiple locking mechanisms will grant you extra levels of security you would never have been able to enjoy otherwise.
There is a lot to be said about fireproof gun safes and waterproof gun safes, and it's almost crazy not to invest in this extra capability.
Not only have the prices on waterproof/fireproof gun safe options dropped through the floor in the past few years, but being able to keep your firearms, ammunition, and valuables safe in the event of a catastrophic emergency like this is well worth the extra investment you'll be asked to pay.
Obviously, you'll want to look into waterproof/fireproof gun safes that offer high levels of protection that will serve you well in real-life scenarios and situations – waterproofing up to 50 feet or so should be more than enough and a fireproof rating of two half hours or longer gives you the confidence you need moving forward.
Definitely spend the extra money on waterproof/fireproof gun safe options, there's absolutely no reason not to.
All steel construction
The next thing that you're going to want to look into is that your particular gun safe that you want to purchase uses all-steel construction, with very few exceptions.
If you are purchasing a wall cabinet for a walk-in style gun safe, something that is going to be mobile for the overwhelming majority of its lifetime, there's no reason whatsoever not to purchase the most massive gauge steel option you can afford for that extra layer of protection.
At the same time, few firearm owners want to purchase an all steel (heavy gauge) portable gun safe that will spend time at the range or in your vehicle (car gun safe)– as lugging that monstrosity around isn't exactly an exciting prospect. You're going to need to balance performance, capability, and security with weight here, and it's going to be a judgment call.
Simplified form factor
The less moving parts your gun safe has, the better off you'll be, especially when It comes to making sure that your safe stay secure around-the-clock and for the duration of its lifetime. Extra moving parts mean extra components that can prevent failure in an emergency, and exposed features give criminals another kind of leverage they need to gain access to the interior.
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Ammunition shelves and utility storage
The last special feature that we are going to touch on is maybe the most useful, as ammunition shelves and utility storage options will give you the extra boost you need to verify some of the more expensive gun safe products available. Storage capacity in a gun safe is always going to be at a premium, so having these built-in features will make your gun safe all the more usable.