It’s important to have a secure location to store your gun collection and keep it safe from theft, unauthorized use, or destruction in the event of a fire or other unforeseen event. A good gun safe can help protect your firearms from all of those possibilities, but there are so many different options on the market that it can be difficult to choose which one to buy.

Here are some things to take into consideration:

Size

This is going to be based in part on the size and number of firearms you have. You will want to choose one that’s larger than you think you will need, both because it is likely that your collection will increase over time and you may also wish to store additional valuables in the safe along with your guns.

Style

Are you looking for a safe that can be built into a wall or floor and hidden? Do you need a freestanding safe that can be bolted down? Do you move often or stay in one place for a long time? These are all questions you will need to ask yourself in deciding the best style of safe for your needs.

Lock Type

The sophistication of the lock you choose will depend on the level of security and accessibility you need. These will range from standard combination locks to digital keypad locks, and the cost will increase as the lock becomes more elaborate. There are also concerns with battery life and potential electronic failure with digital locks, so do your homework before you make your choice.

Imperviousness

Since the goal of a safe is to keep its contents secure, make sure you look for one with the strength, durability, fire resistance and water resistance necessary to protect your valuable firearms and other items from any possible threat. Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listings for fire and impact ratings to help you compare.

ArmsCare Plus Firearms Insurance

A safe is helpful in protecting your firearms and accessories, but for additional peace of mind you should protect your property against direct physical loss, damage, fire and theft with ArmsCare Plus Firearms Insurance for NRA members. Your first $2,500 of coverage is free and you can add additional coverage for much less that you think: starting at just $65 a year for $6,500 in coverage.