A Small Safe Is The Perfect Spot For Your Handguns

The uncertain state of society means that most households now include handguns to be used for protection.  Whether or not you will actually ever need a handgun to protect your family and home, most people will feel more secure if they know that they will not be completely defenseless should their home be invaded.  However, there are a few things to consider when you have firearms in your home:  guns are the preferred target for burglars, and the possibility that accidents will occur, with the chance that a family member could be injured or killed.  The natural curiosity of children can cause them to handle pistols, often with tragic results.  In order to prevent both accidents and theft, it will be best to put your handguns into small safes to keep them out of the wrong hands.

Which Small Safe Will Be Best For You?

When you own handguns, you will definitely want to make certain that they are kept secure.  There can probably be considered to be several approaches to small safes for handguns, and it is quite possible that all of these options will be appropriate for you.
•    Small safes where pistols can be stored, but will not need to be accessed quickly.
•    Safes where you will want to be able to get at your handgun fast, such as when a burglary occurs when you are present.
•    Travelers often want to take handguns with them for protection, and small safes are available that allow them to do this safely.

Small Safe Options

There are quite a few options open for those who are looking for a small safe for their handguns.  Prices can range from very affordable to quite expensive, depending upon the model and level of security it offers.  However, regardless of which model, or models, you decide upon, you will know that you have taken a responsible step to protecting children from gun accidents and securing your firearms against theft.
•    Biometric gun safes are perfect if you want to get to your handgun quickly.  The swipe of a finger will open the safe instantly.  Biometric safes are the latest in safe evolution, and most of these small safes have predrilled holes for mounting.  An excellent small safe is the Imprint Biometric Pistol Safe.  This safe can be bolted to the floor or a shelf and will give you access to your pistol in seconds.
•    Walls safes are another good place to keep your handguns, but will not allow you the instantaneous access that a biometric safe will provide in most cases.  Wall safes are easy to conceal behind pictures or drapery, and will keep your safe basically invisible. The Paragon Flat Electronic Hidden Wall Safe gives you the choice of using a keypad or key to open it.   While most wall safes will not let you get into them instantly, the Viking Security Biometric Wall Safe will allow you to open your safe fast when you need to.
•    Free-standing small safes are another good option, and these can easily be fixed to floors, walls, or shelves with their mounting hardware.  Available as key, touchpad, combination, or biometric safes, these safes will give you the chance to store your handguns near your bed, your favorite seat in the living room, or wherever else you wish.  The Honeywell Medium Steel Security Safe provides nearly a cubic foot of storage space, so there’s plenty of room for your handguns and other valuable items.  This safe can be bolted down and uses a digital keypad.  Another very good small safe is the Stack-On PS-514 Personal Safe with Electronic Lock.  This safe will help to keep small fingers off your handguns, but still keep your pistols accessible to you.
•    If you travel a good deal and are worried about personal security, you will appreciate the Secure-It Handgun Storage Safe.  It will be easy to carry your favorite handgun along with you, without worry, when you use this small gun safe.  Tuck it under the seat of your vehicle or put it into a suitcase, briefcase, or even large handbag to make sure that you will be protected wherever you go.

Wall Safes Are Ideal For Handguns And Other Valuables

There are several reasons for installing a wall safe in your house or apartment.  The first, obviously, is to keep valuables as secure as possible from theft.  Home burglaries account for a significant amount of the crime committed in the United States every year – over 2 million break-ins occur per annum.  When thieves burglarize a home they are looking for money, guns, jewelry, and rare collectibles.  Putting these items in a drawer or under the mattress is the same as leaving them out on the coffee table with a sign on them that says, “Take me!”

Another concern, if you have handguns, is that children will find them and either harm themselves or others.  Young children as simply not able to comprehend a logical sequence of events, and their curiosity can often lead them into danger.  Even if you do not have children yourself, relatives and friends might well bring children along with them when they visit.  One of the best ways to protect your valuables and children is by installing a wall safe.  Concealing a wall safe behind a picture will add another layer of security.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

A child who sees a pistol lying on a bed stand might well be tempted to ‘play’ with it.  Small children might confuse a real gun with a toy gun, too, so making sure that the handgun is safely stored is important.  A wall safe is an ideal spot to put your handgun, there will be basically no way that any child, yours or someone else’s, will be able to get a hold of the gun.

Valuables, too, should be kept in a wall safe.  Although it is not recommended that you keep very valuable items, such as expensive jewelry, in a wall safe for a long period of time (use a safe deposit box at your bank), temporary storage is fine.  Important documents can also be kept in a wall safe.  When burglars break into a house, they want to be in and out as quickly as possible – even if they locate your wall safe, getting into it may simply take too much time.

There Is A Wide Range Of Wall Safes

As with most products, wall safes come in a range of prices and features.  The wall safe you choose should be the best you can afford for what you want to protect.  Remember that all wall safes will be installed between the wall studs, so be sure you know how far apart yours are.
•    Honeywell First Alert Wall Safe 2070AF.  This is a moderately priced wall safe that features hidden hinges and a recessed door (this makes it more difficult to using a prying instrument to force the safe).  A digital lock is backed up by a key in case of a power outage or you forget the combination.  A light goes on when the safe door is opened, and the shelf can be removed for storage of larger items.
•    Amsec West2114 Hidden Wall Safe.  The Amsec is a heavier duty wall safe than the Honeywell above, which is reflected in its price.  The interior of the safe is just over 20” high, and has a width of nearly 14” and a depth of almost 4”.  This wall safe is meant to provide a high degree of protection again burglary and features a door 3/16” thick.  The lock is digital, but a key is provided in case an emergency override is required.
•    Homak In-the-Wall Gun Safe.  This is a very reasonably priced and practical safe that will allow you to conceal your long guns inside the wall.  You will be able to store 3 guns in this safe.  The Homak is best situated behind drapery or a tall piece of furniture.  A closet is another sensible place to put this wall safe.  One advantage to this safe is that few thieves will expect long guns to be stored inside the wall.

Floor Safes Can Keep Your Firearms And Valuables Invisible

Floor safes are used not only in homes, but also in offices and other business locations.  These are among the least detectable of safes, and in that respect offer a measure of security not found in wall safes or free standing gun safes.  However, it should be kept in mind that most floor safes offer relatively limited storage space, and most will only accommodate hand guns, although several models will allow you to keep some long guns in them.  As floor safes are typically concealed beneath carpeting or furniture, they are also less accessible to those who have installed them.  A floor safe is probably not the place to put a hand gun if you want to be able to reach it quickly.

How Floor Safes Offer Security

In addition to the fact that it will be nearly impossible for a burglar to find a floor safe, many models also give you some measure of fire protection usually not found in smaller safes.  The reason for this will depend in part upon the construction of the safe, but also about where it is situated.  Although floor safes can be fastened to the floor joists, the most secure method is to embed the safe in concrete.  This not only makes the safe impossible for a thief to remove (even if he somehow found the safe), but also makes the safe fireproof.  You should be aware, however, that these safes are not waterproof, and it is always wise to put the contents into sealable plastic bags or containers.

A Wider Variety Than You Might Expect

Floor safes are not just small chambers sunken into your floor, there is actually quite a range of styles and sizes.  In most cases, it will be possible to store not only jewelry and cash in one of these safes, but also pistols.  Longer floor safes are also available that will allow protection for rifles and shotguns.
•    The Amsec Super Brute B-1500 is a strong, reliable floor safe that is perfect for storing valuables at home or at a place of business.  The interior is large enough (approximately 11” by 13” by 9”) to hold a pistol or two as well as important documents and cash.  Although this safe is available with either a combination or electric lock, water could render the electric lock useless.
•    If you are looking for a floor safe that comes to you, you might consider installing the Protex Lifto-1414 Auto-Lift Floor Safe.  This is a battery operated floor safe that is designed to rise up from the floor to give you easy access to the contents.  The Protex Lifto gives you just under 1 cubic foot of storage space, and the removable shelf lets you store handguns and other valuables neatly.  A key is provided in case the digital lock is inoperable.
•    BedBunker floor safes are available in two models, the BedBunker FS-300 and the BedBunker GSCS-100.  The FS-300 is meant to be installed between floor joists, and is 36” wide by 14” deep and 10” high.  Short barreled rifles, as well as handguns will be easy to store in this floor safe.  For those with longer barreled firearms, the GSCS-100 is ideal.  This BedBunker has an outside width of 78”, so most rifles and shotguns will fit into this floor safe with no problem.  The GSCS-100 is meant to be embedded in concrete, rendering the safe impossible to remove and fireproof as well.

Home Safes For Guns Offer Protection And Security

Besides the potential for harm, if you love guns and have a valuable collection, you certain want to keep them safe.  No one can ever predict when a house fire can occur – it can be the result of an electrical failure, falling asleep while smoking, or even a lightning strike – however it happens, fire can rip through a home within minutes.  In such an emergency, the primary concern will be to get out fast.  Rather than simply leaving your gun collection to fate, a fireproof gun safe can make sure that your prized firearms will survive most house fires.

A Wide Range Of Choices

Whether your collection includes everything from pistols through shotguns and rifles, there is a home gun safe that will exactly fit your needs.
•    Free standing gun safes are available in what might be termed the ‘standard’ type or in a fireproof design.  Depending on the model, fireproof gun safes can withstand temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
•    Wall safes are those that are fitted into walls and can be concealed behind drapery, pictures, or other decorative elements.   While you will not be able to keep a rifle in one of these, they are great for storing pistols safely, along with other valuables.
•    Some floor safes are actually lare enough to accommodate short to medium length rifles and shotguns.  These safes can be fitted between joists or embedded in concrete, which also renders them fireproof.  Once installed, the safe can be hidden beneath carpeting.
•    Biometric safes do not rely upon tumblers or keys to unlock, but rather on your own fingerprints.  Available either for pistols or full-sized guns, these safes represent the apex of modern safe technology.

Assess Your Needs

Most gun safes will represent a significant investment in themselves, so find the safe, or safes, that will best fulfill your needs.  Many gun safes are designed to keep rifles and shotguns safe and are somewhat sizeable articles of furniture themselves.  Even if you only own a set of pistols, in all probability you will be building a gun collection over time, so a safe to house your future firearms will not only provide a secure place for your present arms, but for those that you may acquire later.  Gun safes can also be used to store important documents such as deeds, wills, and insurance policies.  Fireproof safes will be useful in this capacity for protecting this vital information as well as your guns.

Those living in or near high crime areas will definitely need to protect their firearms from theft.  Besides money and other small, portable valuables, thieves often take guns when they clean out a house.  Your gun safe will prevent the loss of not only your monetary investment, but also make sure that you and your family are not deprived of protection until you can replace your guns.