We all invest in things; consciously or not when we file down our checking account a little we expect it to work for us somehow. Whether it’s as minor as a new cast iron skillet that heats more evenly, or as crucial as a house or a vehicle we generally try to get ahead with each dollar we spend. Any given investment doesn’t stop with the initial payout either, a car needs oil changes, a house needs its shutters painted, and that cast iron needs seasoning.
With as much time and money that any worthwhile investment is going to continue to demand, we find it intuitive to protect them. After all, no one wants to be scratching their head while staring as a bit of broken glass where your car used to be, wishing they’d parked a couple blocks away and just walked or maybe payed a parking garage fee. If your car gets stolen, it’s a headache; fiscally, practically, and in all likelihood: Professionally. However, if your firearm is stolen you’re going to be adding heartache to that list. I don’t even need to mention keeping guns away from any junior members of the family in your home.
Unlike a stolen car, a stolen firearms isn’t likely to be fenced off to someone for scrap parts, or a cheap daily driver. Stolen guns unavoidably end up in the hands of people who can’t, or worse, planfully don’t acquire them legally. No one wants to have their nightstand Sig or under-the-mattress Mossberg in an evidence locker. This makes the firearm a bit unique among your investments, in that it’s a bit more of a compound deal beyond maintenance: You need to invest in some practical storage as well.
This is where it can get tricky. Now, most of the time we put our hands on a gun it’s being cleaned, taken out for some practice at the range, or maybe a day in the hunting field. Nonetheless, when we need that tool to act as a weapon, it needs to get into that role as quickly and cleanly as possible. Here is where the Smith&Wesson under the pillow seems more practical, and gun locks are left in the box you brought it home in. Admittedly, it’s hard if not impossible to argue that a loaded firearm feet away from your hands is quicker than one in a box, but I’d like to remind you of the 99.99% (hopefully 100%) of the time that gun is anything but a weapon. Within that window, while you’re away from home, it becomes a passive liability if it isn’t secure. So what are the way to go about eliminating this bit of anxiety?
A safe of course, but that’s about as vague as saying you live on the surface of a planet. There are a LOT of different types of safes with different methods of access and security features that could have you spending anywhere from fifty bucks to a down payment on a new condo. From where the safe is going to go to what goes in it, there is a sea of options out there: Wall safes, floor safes, combination safes, key safes, biometric safes, the list goes on.
The first step in deciding what you’re looking for in a safe is size, that alone is going to narrow your options tremendously. Some of us only have that nightstand pistol to secure, and the best option for that may just be a lightweight biometric safe that can rest in the exact same spot on the nightstand. Others may be looking for a more discreet place to house an heirloom Holland & Holland besides a simple cabinet.
This brings us to our next consideration: What’s the gun for? If it’s self defense, a five thousand lb. combo safe that could make your local banks vault blush is likely not a great option, in contrast very, very few people are going to be reaching for a .500 Nitro Express when they wake up to noises at 2 AM. Cost is another factor as well, but it’s one that needs to be behind the quality of the safe, after all, it’s a “safe” and it has to fill that role as much as the firearm within needs to be able to function and not just look like it works. In evaluating these factors, it’s key to remember that beyond the necessity of having an exclusive home for your firearm, you’re also securing an investment.