Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again. If you are thinking about buying a safe, read this first. Even if you do not have children in the house, it is to your benefit to own a gun safe. Controlling access to your firearms is a fundamental part of gun safety, and in fact gun accidents are being used against gun owners in an attempt to take away their Second Amendment rights. By owning a gun safe that can prevent tragedies from occurring, you can do your part to help maintain our access to the firearms that are our constitutional right.
What Size Do You Need?
Many people aren’t sure what size they need, but safes can be costly, so when you are making an investment like this it’s best to get the biggest one that is within your budget. Many people regret not going larger later on when their needs change and they have to go through the hassle of selling their existing safe and buying a new one. Gun safes can easily weigh hundreds of pounds, and if you can avoid the trouble of arranging to transport one later on by simply buying a larger one to begin with, it is well worth any extra costs involved.
What Are Security Ratings?
Safe security ratings are subjective, and imported safes may not be accurately labeled to reflect their true rating, so it’s always best to check with a knowledgeable professional before you choose the rating that is best for your needs. Essentially the ratings are as follows: a safe with an RSC rating is for holding up to $5K in content value because it has passed a five-minute attack test, a B-Rated safe would be for up to $10K in content value, a C-Rated safe would be up to $30K, and there are higher ratings that are intended to hold up to $1M, which can withstand a 30-minute torch or tool attack on all sides.
Do You Need a Fireproof Safe?
In 2014 there were 1,298,000 accidental fires in the US, and that number was actually down 23% from the previous year. While there are many steps you can take to prevent fires, the truth is sometimes accidents happen, and that is why fire ratings should be one of your top considerations when choosing a gun safe. It is recommended that you purchase a safe that has a 1 hour fire rating, because a rating lower than this will not be sufficient to protect your firearms and other valuables in the even the worst should happen. Like the security rating, when it comes to the fireproof rating, it is always best to go with the highest rating that you can afford.
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