As a responsible gun owner, one of the most important things you can do is to ensure that your firearms are safely secured in a gun safe. Not only does it protect your guns from theft, but it also keeps them out of the hands of children and unauthorized individuals.
However, with so many different gun safes on the market, finding the right one that meets your specific needs can be challenging. C2 Tactical in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona, carries numerous types and sizes of gun safes from the leading brands. We have everything from car safes to hidden-in-sight models to full-size vaults and more. You can even shop for gun safes on our online store!
Here are some key factors to consider when choosing a gun safe.
Gun Safe Sizes
The first thing to consider is the size of the gun safe. You want to ensure it’s large enough to fit all your firearms and other valuables you want to store. However, you also don’t want to get a safe that’s too big, as it can be challenging to find a suitable location to place it. Long rifles and shotguns will require more space than a single handgun. Even a few handguns need less space than a single long weapon.
Consider where you plan to use your safe: in the car or boat, in a closet at home, hidden inside furniture or a wall, or out in the open in your man cave. This will also dictate how much you plan to store in the safe. Portable safes typically secure a firearm on the go and require little space for other items (perhaps a single extra magazine). Larger, fixed safes can store ammunition and accessories.
The locking mechanism is another critical factor to consider. Several types of locks are available, including key locks, combination locks, digital locks, and biometric locks. Each has advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the one that works best for you is essential.
Portable safes for the car or boat need quicker access, so a digital or biometric locking mechanism is optimal. Even a home safe designed to secure your ready-protection firearm needs fast access. More traditional key or combination locks are better for securing firearms you don’t plan to use often or immediately, as well as extra ammunition and accessories.
Another essential factor to consider is the fire rating of the gun safe. Fire can quickly destroy your firearms, so choosing a safe that can withstand high temperatures for an extended period is essential. Look for safes that have a fire rating of at least 30 minutes.
The construction of the gun safe is also crucial. You want to choose a safe made from high-quality materials, such as steel. The door should be thick and sturdy, and the hinges should be securely attached to the safe. Many safes designed for portability and fast access have spring-loaded doors to help you get to your gun quickly.
Of course, you’ll want to consider the price of the gun safe. Budget is always a consideration, and while you don’t want to skimp on quality, you also don’t want to spend more than necessary. Shop for gun safes that offer the features you need at a price you can afford. The C2 Tactical team is happy to help you comparison shop and select the best safe for your budget and needs.
Remember, a gun safe isn’t just a purchase – it’s an investment in the safety of your firearms and your family. Contact us at C2 Tactical or drop by either of our locations for more assistance.