Responsible gun owners will have purchased a gun safe long before their first firearm ever made its way home. An essential facet of gun safety is the safe storage of our firearms, but there is more to purchasing a gun safe than simply finding the heaviest box that you can bolt to the floor. Read on to uncover some of the considerations to make before investing in your next (or first) gun safe for your home.

Size Matters

Just as parents tend to buy cars and houses based on how many kids they “plan” to have, you’ll want to invest in a gun safe that is big enough to hold all of your weapons, optics, ammunition, and other gun-related accessories - with plenty of room left over as your collection expands. Sure, you’ll have to work within the constraints of your home – and you might have to convince a spouse that the 48-gun behemoth is the right safe for your needs, but go bigger than you think you need.

Fire and Water Resistance

Many safes are nothing more than rugged, lockable steel boxes. While these are fine for many purposes, some of us want total protection for our valuable firearms and accessories. Safes are available on the market today that can withstand intense heat and soaking floods with ease. You’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of the various levels of protection, and it always makes sense to check your budget before you go shopping. More protection often equals more money.

Price

Yes, many of us teeter back and forth between a $100 safe and a $200 safe to protect $5,000 worth of guns. Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a ton to get a quality safe, but a bargain basement model is probably putting your weapons at greater risk of actual damage or theft.

Locking Systems

Standard combination locks are reliable and simple. Biometric locks or electronic keypads are more costly, but they do permit quicker access to your weapons. If your safe doubles as the storage vessel for your home defense weapon – invest in a safe that has a locking system that will allow easy, no-look access to your guns in the event of a break-in or violent episode.

Purchasing a Gun Safe is a Personal Decision

You know that you need one, but the prices vary wildly, the sizes can be intimidating, and the features can be confusing. When you’re ready to purchase, simply consult the knowledgeable individuals at your local, trusted gun store and you’ll be one step closer to selecting the gun safe that will meet the needs of you and your family for years to come.