By Rob Curtis
Security is not absolute, and even the best gun safe can’t provide absolute protection against unauthorized entry. Given the time and tools to do the job, determined attackers will find a way into your gun safe. All you’re doing is holding them off long enough that they might be scared off by the sound of your car in the driveway or approaching sirens.
So the first thing to understand when buying a gun safe is that you’re buying time, not impenetrability. Similarly, a safe’s ability to resist fire is not absolute. Fire protection is measured in the duration of sustained heat a safe can be expected to withstand. Looking at the extremes of firearm security. Options range from cable and trigger locks all the way up to walk-in vaults that protect a collection against fire and sophisticated burglary. While gun safes are pretty low tech, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some innovation happening in the industry.
In addition, there is a new line with flat locking bars in place of traditional round bolts. The bars are about six times stronger on pretests than the bolts used on other entry-level safes. The bars’ added surface area provides greater contact, increasing strength.
The military has used similar rectangular bars, and that’s why we call them military style locking bars. “If you own, or plan on owning, more than a couple of firearms, it makes sense to store them in a dedicated safe. Hiding guns from kids doesn’t work; trigger locks don’t secure guns (only the trigger); and cable locks are easily cut.
Contact the licensed experts at Godby Safe & Lock for all of your gun safe needs.