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What things should I consider before buying a gun safe?

1. What level of security do you require? Are you safeguarding your valuables and/or firearms from professional thieves?  Are you just trying to keep your firearms out of your children's hands? 

2. How long will it take your local fire department to arrive and extinguish a fire in your home? Do you have a volunteer fire department that needs a little extra time to mobilize? Where is your fire station located? Are there fire hydrants near your home?

3. How often and how long are you away from your home? Do you travel often and for long periods of time? Is there someone home most of the time? Are you a working person away from home all day?

4. PLEASE prepare a detailed list of all items you would like to store in a safe. Consider the following possibilities:

  • Firearms - Long Guns,
  • Pistols,
  • Handguns,
  • SBR's,
  • Ammunition and Black Powder,
  • Archery Equipment,
  • Knife Collections,
  • Prescription Medications,
  • Jewelry and Diamonds,
  • Cash,
  • Passports,
  • Travel Tickets,
  • Deeds,
  • Contracts,
  • Stocks and Bonds,
  • Precious Metals - Gold and Silver,
  • Family Silverware,
  • Insurance Policies,
  • Stun Guns,
  • Keys,
  • Coin Collections,
  • Baseball and Football Card Collections,
  • Stamp Collections,
  • Computer Software,
  • Birth Certificates,
  • Laptop Computers,
  • Computer Discs,
  • Computer Memory Sticks,
  • iPods,
  • Diaries,
  • Rare Books,
  • Wine and Liquor,
  • Family Heirlooms,
  • Family Photos and Film Negatives,
  • Genealogy Records,
  • Wedding Photographs,
  • Business Records,
  • Baseball Memorabilia,
  • Art Collections,
  • Fishing Rods and Reels,
  • Antique Musical Instruments,
  • Comic Book Collections,
  • Tax Records,
  • etc...

5. How many long guns and handguns do you plan to safeguard in your safe? Are you planning to increase your gun collection? In addition to guns will you be storing ammunition in your safe?

6. What is the estimated value of all of the items you wish to safeguard in your safe? 

7. How long will it take to replace your valuables if stolen or destroyed in a fire?

8. How will I get the safe into my home or office? Do I have the ability to secure the safe to the floor or will I need an installer?

9. Where is the best location for a safe in my home? Garage, ground level or 2nd or 3rd story? Will the floor handle the weight of the safe and the contents?

10. What accessories will you need inside the safe, such as a door organizer, interior lighting, AC power supply and USB ports?

11. What type of Warranty do I need?


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