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The Top 4 Reasons NOT to buy a Gun Safe for Sale at a Big Box Store

The Top 4 Reasons NOT to buy a Gun Safe for Sale at a Big Box Store

Gun Safes for Sale at big box stores are more often, than not, designed and manufactured to meet the pricing demands that the big box stores require to compete with other big box stores as well as other online retailers. Little attention is paid to quality of construction, steel thickness, inner steel liners, number and size of locking bolts, lock, and such accessories as Electric Outlets, USB Ports, Dehumidifiers and Interior Lighting kits. While you may think you are getting a good buy because you have compared prices based on the size of the safe, you should consider the following reasons NOT...

by Larry Schneider


Why Bolt Down a Gun Safe?

Why Bolt Down a Gun Safe?

Before we tackle the reason why to bolt down a gun safe let's take a look at where to place the gun safe. Location is vitally important. The safe industry has, for many years, recommended that a gun safe should either be placed in a closet, a basement or in a garage. Many safe professionals have made this recommendation because safes have not blended well with the home's interior decor. MERIK Safe has made an effort to create more attractive and appealing looking safes. The benefit in doing so is that the if the gun safe was in a more accessible...

by Larry Schneider


Why Quality is Important when Buying a Gun Safe

Why Quality is Important when Buying a Gun Safe

There is no question that we all want to get the "Biggest Bang for our Bucks", but when performing our due diligence when shopping for a gun safe "Cheap" is hardly ever better.  There is no doubt that gun owners know and want to keep their firearms away from criminals, children and/or untrained hands. Accidents happen.  There should also be no doubt that the gun safe should be placed in a location that will provide fast access to your firearms should the need quickly arise.  A quality gun safe should have both an adequate amount of steel to create a secure...

by Larry Schneider


How to Install a Floor Safe in a Concrete Floor

How to Move a Safe

How to Move a Safe

How To Move a Safe? Caution: If you do not have experience moving items that are as heavy as the safe you are about to purchase or have purchased we recommend that you have a professional safe mover handle this project for you. Should you wish to move the safe yourself please have the following safe moving equipment and/or tools that will make the job easier and safer: 6 - Thick moving blankets (Can be rented at UHaul or most any tool rental store). Pallet Jack having a 5,000 lb capacity, or a Refrigerator Dolly if the safe is under...

by Lawrence Schneider


Do you think you need a gun safe?

Do you think you need a gun safe?

If you own a Gun or a Rifle... YOU NEED A GUN SAFE.

by Larry Schneider


You always seem to get what you pay for.

You always seem to get what you pay for.

Do your homework and research the gun safe specs that you will need to protect your valuables to give you that ever so elusive PEACE OF MIND! 

by Lawrence Schneider


14 gauge and 16 gauge steel used to construct gun safes are insufficient to combat today’s savvy and well equipped criminal

14 gauge and 16 gauge steel used to construct gun safes are insufficient to combat today’s savvy and well equipped criminal

14 gauge and 16 gauge steel used to construct gun safeare insufficient to combat today’s savvy and well equipped criminal

by Larry Schneider


Do you know who is delivering your safe?

Do you know who is delivering your safe?

Do you know who is delivering your safe? Make sure they are licensed, bonded and carry insurance...just in case.

by Larry Schneider


Why is a high velocity steel grinder the biggest threat to a cheap gun safe or gun cabinet?

Why is a high velocity steel grinder the biggest threat to a cheap gun safe or gun cabinet?

Substandard gun safes and gun cabinets refers to a gun cabinet passed on or sold as a gun safe. Do you think all gun safes are secure merely because they are advertised as being a high quality safe? What is the contents value of the items you intend on storing in a safe? Most of the safe break-ins are done quickly with the use of a pry bar that forces the door open or a portable high velocity steel grinder that cuts quickly through the side walls of inexpensive safes which are usually constructed with steel measuring 14 gauge to as little as 20 gauge. A high velocity...

by Larry Schneider


The neccessity for transparency when buying a safe

The neccessity for transparency when buying a safe

Merik is a company that prides itself in being transparent. Merik has a philosophy that an informed customer is its best customer. 

by Larry Schneider


Will more gun safe locking bolts mean the gun safe is more secure?

Will more gun safe locking bolts mean the gun safe is more secure?

Will more gun safe locking bolts mean the gun safe is more secure? The answer is clearly YES, the greater the number of locking bolts around the safe or vault door reduces the possibility of the door being pried open. In addition,  the bolts having a larger the diameter further reduces the possibility of the door being forced open.

by Larry Schneider


Simply the Best Guide to selecting a Jewelry Safe or Jewelry Vault

Simply the Best Guide to selecting a Jewelry Safe or Jewelry Vault

The vast majority of buyers are not familiar with jewelry safe or jewelry vault ratings. Why is it important? You should always ask your insurance broker for guidance on content value and insurability before buying a jewlry safe or jewelry vault, because their recommendations may result in significant reductions in your insurance premiums by having a U.L. Listed TL Vault.

by Larry Schneider


Why are you thinking about buying that gun safe?

Why are you thinking about buying that gun safe?

Why are you thinking about buying that gun safe? Did you like the pretty color? Was it within your budget? Were you attracted to the cool looking gun safe handle? Was it a convenient size to meet your current storage needs? Did you just leave it to the salesperson to make a recommendation for you? Was it on sale at your local big box store? Did they promise that if you don't like it you can just return it? Was it only 300 pounds and you figured you could move it yourself? We urge you to spend 30 minutes with a trained...

by Larry Schneider


What is a bolt detent system in a gun safe or gun vault?

What is a bolt detent system in a gun safe or gun vault?

Bolt Detent...what is it? Most people don't have a clue what a bolt detent system is or what it actually does. In short... a bolt detent system is usually a spring loaded device found inside the door of a safe. The device will not allow the person operating the safe to extend the bolts while the door is open. This is to protect the finish on the safe, especially important if one has an expensive high gloss finish on the safe. If your safe doesn’t have a bolt detent system, then accidentally closing your safe door with the bolts extended can be a painful,...

by Larry Schneider

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The Top 4 Reasons NOT to buy a Gun Safe for Sale at a Big Box Store
Why Bolt Down a Gun Safe?
Why Quality is Important when Buying a Gun Safe
How to Install a Floor Safe in a Concrete Floor
How to Move a Safe
Do you think you need a gun safe?