Many gun owners have their hearts in the right place, but due to deceptive marketing and general lack information, they’re making misguided decisions in a noble attempt to improve their home security situation.  Only a fool would disagree that if you have firearms in the house, it is important to keep them out of the reach of those not privy to their casual access (children, irresponsible friends, an angry spouse…).   Generally there are two solutions offered for securing firearms – a gun cabinet or a gun safe – they are not synonymous.  It’s up to you to decide which one best fits your needs.

A gun cabinet is a simple storage solution usually constructed from either steel sheeting or wood.  Steel tends to offer slightly better security, but in my opinion, it’s a lot uglier than a custom crafted wooden gun cabinet.  If you want a place to keep your cheap gun collection and nothing else [expensive] – a place where your children won’t have access, your best bet is to invest in a Stack-On or Homak gun cabinet.  If you want to show off your collection in style, you may want to consider something like a wooden Scout cabinet, or possibly even a custom build from a local wood worker.  In either case, I’d strongly advise against storing anything of real value in a gun cabinet, unless it’s well insured and easily replaceable.  The simple fact is, a determined crook or blazing fire will destroy it in a heartbeat.

A gun safe on the other hand, provides the security that a gun cabinet can only dream of.  The sky is the limit to the amount of security a gun safe can offer.  There are some high end models that can keep a band of professional safe crackers at bay for hours at a time, while maintaining the constitution to withstand 1400 degree F flames for three hours.  The only downside, however, is that a safe like the aforementioned may run you the same price as a luxury automobile.  There are, of course, plenty of more affordable safes, usually flirting within the $1K-5K price range depending on your desired features.  Ideally, you’ll want to look for a gun safe that weighs at least 750 lbs, is made with 10 gauge steel, and possesses a locking system in the UL Group II (Underwriters Laboratories – highly respectable security testing agency).

Ultimately, before making the decision on which of the two to go with, you need to first take a careful assessment of not only your spending allowance, but the value of the contents that you want to protect.  I’m confident you’ll make the right choice.

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