As an owner of a number of guns, both modern and vintage, I recently considered buying a gun safe to store them in and a place to store personal documents. In this article I will be discussing the good and bad points of buying one, and whether or not they are worth it.

Gun Safe Benefits

Security

Obviously the biggest point is to keep them secure so someone cannot steal them. Guns are not cheap as most people know, participially vintage weapons. Storing them in a glass cabinet is fine until someone breaks in.

Many gun safes are quite high tech now allowing you to even plug in power and ethernet cable. Many have a digital keypad lock so you don’t need to worry about losing a key. In addition they are usually made of thick steal, such as Liberty safes.

Gun Safes

Child Safety

Being a father of 2 kids, I am always concerned about their security, particularly as a result of these recent gun crimes. Not only the public shootings but also kids firing them by accident.

Locking them up in a gun safe however can give you peace of mind, along as they don’t know the combination that is.

Fireproof

Guns are not the only thing good for using a gun safe. Storing personal document and important files are another great benefit. Would you rather have your documents stored in a fireproof safe or a wooden desk when a fire occurs?

Gun Safe Drawbacks

Price

Most safes under $500 aren’t very good according to this review¬†here. I was also told my a gun safe expert to expect to pay at least $1000 for a decent one.

However I consider this investment. How much will it cost me if someone steals my guns or personal documents? Probably thousands.

Room

Lastly, many safes are quite large so storing them can be a pain. I have my currently in my garage bolted to the floor. If you don’t have one it can be hard finding the space for one in a house.

Conclusion

Overaal I think the benefits outweigh the negatives when it comes to buying a gun safe. Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_safe

http://americangunsafes.net

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