Thursday, February 23, 2006

More on House Guns: Storage and Safety

Denise over at the Ten Ring mentions that if she had kids, her strategy on keeping a house gun would change. One thing that would change would need to be storage.

Everybody today is excited about trigger locks. Aside from the fact that most trigger locks can be defeated with hammer and screwdriver, and some will let the gun fire anyway, they do not stop anyone from walking off with the firearm. They will also keep you away from your defense when you need it.

For my money, safes are much better storage medium. The can be secured in place, and the big ones are too heavy for your average burglar to move anyway. They can also protect against fire.

The problem of course is how to get at a weapon quickly in time of need. If it is in keysa safe, how long will it take you to open the safe? Well of course the market has taken care of that. Several are available that will open in a few seconds.

I like the Gun Vault, but I don't like the fact that the lock is electronic and requires either battery power or AC power to unlock. (The battery will be dead and the power out on the night you need your weapon.) I like the fact that the key pad (see photo) can be found in the middle of the night to unlock the thing.

For those of you have to have every latest technical gadget, there is the BioVault which uses the latest in biometric recognition to open only for people with the right knoxfingerprints. More issues of electrical power.

I would want a non-electrical option, something with a mechanical lock, like the Handgun Box, or the Fort Knox Pistol Box that can still be opened in the dark in a very short time, should you need access to a firearm.

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