Are you Buying a Gun Safe in the Asheville-Hendersonville Area?
Safety and the proper storage of firearms are the highest priorities when it comes to responsible gun ownership. As a gun owner, you don’t want your firearms to fall into the wrong hands. There are many storage options and ways of locking up a firearm, but by far the most secure is a gun safe. Gun safes are childproof, burglar resistant and fire resistant, and will give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to carefully storing your firearms. When purchasing a gun safe, here are 3 things you need to know.
Gun Safes vs. Cabinets – They Are Not Created Equal
Safely storing your guns means making certain they are protected from getting into the wrong hands. You may also want to consider a gun safe that can provide some protection from the heat of a fire. A gun cabinet does not adequately provide either. When buying a gun safe, here are 3 things you need to know:
1. How thick is the metal?
Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) sets certain standards for burglary-resistant safes. These standards can be confusing to the person who wants to purchase the right kind of gun safe. At American Eagle Locksmith, we recommend purchasing a gun safe with a 1.5” thick steel-plated door along with 1” thick steel-plated body.
2. What type of locking mechanism does it have?
Gun safes can have a key, fingerprint biometric, electronic or mechanical locking mechanism. There are pros and cons to each type of locking mechanism. For example, mechanical locks will give you 24/7 access to your guns, but they also need to be manually relocked every time the safe is opened. Electronic safes are easier and quicker to open, but they are also prone to lockouts in the event of a power failure. Fortunately, most of the safes we carry with digital keypad or electronic keypads have either a battery back-up or emergency key backup. The professionals at American Eagle Locksmith, in Fletcher, North Carolina, can help you select a safe with a locking mechanism that best suits your needs.
3. What is the fire rating of the gun safe?
If making certain your guns are protected in the event of a fire is important to you, you’ll want to consider a gun safe that is fire resistant. When purchasing a fire resistant safe, it’s important to remember that no safe is truly “fireproof.” Again, Underwriter’s Laboratories has identified certain standards for fire endurance ratings. We’ll be happy to explain all the different ratings and ways fire-resistant safes are constructed so you can select the one best-suited for you. Here is a little chart on the fire proof ratings of our American Securities gun safes.
Let American Eagle Locksmith Help You Buy the Right Gun Safe
The locksmiths at American Eagle Locksmith have been in the business of providing mobile lock and key services for over 35 years. We carry a number of high-quality personal and gun safes in our Fletcher, NC, retail location and can assist you in selecting the right gun safe for your needs and budget. Once you purchase your safe, we are always available to provide mobile and emergency service 7 days a week.
Remember, always… lock it up!
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