Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cheap Gun Safes Get Opened By Paperclips

We’ve been saying this for years. Cheap gun safes could burn you in the long run… with fire and theft!

open-gun-safe-with-paperclipThree guys tried to break into three popular online gun safes and discovered something wild: They could break into these safes with household items such as screwdrivers, knives and paperclips. This means a teen could break into his father’s safe and potential hurt himself or someone else.

And we have the same problem with cheap fireproof gun safes online. Many are only 20-30 min fire rated. But the average fire is 30-45 minutes. That means many gun safes won’t last in a fire.

So think twice before buying a low price gun safe. Spending a few hundred dollars more could be the difference between saving your family heirlooms and being left with ashes. Or worse.

Check out this Wired article for videos on how easy it is for a small child to open a cheap safe.

5 Reasons Why a Medium-Sized Gun Safe is Right for You

The roadblock many people encounter when looking for gun safes is size.

Do I buy a small, medium, or large gun safe?  Will I buy more guns in the future and, thereby, require more storage space?  Is it smart to store my home protection guns with my sport guns in an attempt to save money with a smaller-sized safe?

These are questions that arise when you come face-to-face with the flat and hard glossy fronts of multiple gun safes.  First, the smaller one seems like the right choice, then the larger one does.  It’s a frustrating back-and-forth that clouds the best choice.  However, making the wrong purchase decision is avoidable.

To avoid it, what you have to do is contemplate and answer the following question: What size gun safe is right for me?

ALWAYS answer this question before you begin your search for a high quality safe.

To help you answer it, we’re going to focus on the medium-sized gun safe.  By listing 5 key reasons why a medium-sized safe is the right size for some people, we’ll help you narrow down your search.  This will help you determine if this size is right for you as much as it will help you determine if one isn’t.

  1. You have fewer than 17 long guns and 50 pistols.  If you have, or are close to having, this exact amount of guns, the medium-sized gun safe may be too small – especially if you plan on storing ammo in the safe as well. If this is the case, you may want to consider a large gun safe.  However, if you have under the amount of long guns and pistols listed, the medium-sized safe is a good choice.
  2. You have around 10 long guns, a lot of ammo and under 30 pistols.  When buying a gun safe, you always need to account for the amount of ammo you want to store.  Ammo takes up a good amount of space and, consequently, takes away from additional gun storage space.  This is why it’s recommended that heavy ammo keepers interested in a medium-sized gun safe have a less amount of guns than mentioned in point #1.
  3. You want to consolidate the storage of your hunting rifles and hand guns.  If have less than 17 long guns and less than 50 hand guns and have been storing each type in separate safes, the medium safe may be right for you.  Having one gun safe instead of two or more will simplify your gun storage solution and make it more secure.  It will also save you time.
  4. You have filled a big gun safe but your gun purchase rate is decreasing.  If you already have a big gun safe, it may be a waste of space and money to invest in a new one.  For instance, if you once bought a new gun every other week to fill your big gun safe, but, since then, your purchase rate has decreased, you probably don’t need another big gun safe.  A medium-sized safe may suffice.
  5. You’re a “medium-time” hunter and hand-gun collector.  You’re not small-time and you’re not big-time (even though your accuracy is).  Instead, you’re “medium-time,” in terms of gun collection and ownership.  For instance, you like hunting, but you don’t go every day.  Having less than 10 long guns is good enough for you.  Also, you like to target shoot, but you only do it on the weekends.  You have around 20-30 hand guns and that’s more than enough.  If this sounds anything like you, the medium-sized gun safe may be the way to go.

For these 5 tips, Sportsman Steel Safes used its medium sized gun safe – “The Special Forces” – as a reference.

Special Gun Rights For Those Who Own Safes

With Congress attempting to take away gun owner’s rights, one of our customers made a great suggestion. While doing research, he concluded many accidental gun deaths and high school shootings were due to gun owners not locking up their weapons. You know the story… troubled kid gets a hold of his step dad’s pistol and a nightmare ensues. So our customer thought, “I’ll do my part and buy a gun safe.”

So we started thinking… why don’t gun safe owners have more gun rights than citizens who don’t lock up their weapons? It makes perfect sense! If no one has access to your weapons, the likelihood of an accident is greatly reduced. It’s the responsible thing to do. Weapons are dangerous in the hands of people without experience using them.

What do you think—do you think that gun safe owners should have more gun rights than citizens who do not? Let us know in the comments below!

Special Forces Gun Safe by Sportsman Steel Safes

Also, if you have some time take a look at these New York Times articles that touch on many gun law issues we thought were interesting.


Keep Your Home Protection Guns Legal with a Small Gun Safe: California’s AB 231 and AB 500 Gun Laws

Image of: California Republic flag with bear on grass.

Regardless about where you stand on gun laws, there’s a reality we all have to face as gun owners living in the state of California: the state is passing a series of laws that require you to store your guns in a safe.  These laws mainly apply to gun owners living with children and anyone else without a gun license.

One gun bill signed into law, AB 231, is an extension of the existing law that makes parents liable for actions of their children when they stray from home with a gun.  With AB 231, children no longer have to gain access to guns for a parent to be held liable.  Under the new law, if a gun is in any place that’s accessible to children, the parent who owns the gun is breaking the law.  Essentially, you’re breaking the law even if your child doesn’t touch the gun that’s in an “accessible” location.

This bill does not require you to buy a gun safe.  It’s primarily a warning that says “Keep your gun out of your children’s reach, or else.”  Bill AB 500, on the other hand, DOES require you to buy a gun safe.

According to’ Overview of 2013 California Gun Legislation, “AB 500 requires any gun owner residing with a person who is prohibited from owning firearms under state or federal law to either: 1) keep the firearm within a locked container, locked gun safe, locked trunk, locked with a locking device, or disabled by a firearm safety device; or 2) carry the firearm on his or her person.”

Note: Bill AB 231 and AB 500 take effect early 2014.

These bills, specifically AB 500, give California gun owners living with children or “prohibited” people a choice: buy a gun safe or something else like a locked trunk or container.

The reason we suggest you buy a small gun safe is because small gun safes are best for home protection.  Most likely, if you’re a hunter or gun collector, you already have a safe in your basement or elsewhere for your guns.  But what you probably don’t have is a small gun safe to store the guns you use to protect your family – shotguns, handguns, etc.  These guns are most likely located in your bedroom or a closet.  They give you peace of mind and allow you to protect your family.

With a small gun safe from Sportsman Steel Safes, you can keep your home protection guns legal in a safe, stylish and easily accessible way.  Our state-of-the-art safes are built from the finest materials and impenetrable to date.

Even if you don’t agree with the new bills, it’s important to keep yourself out of legal trouble.  Dealing with unnecessary legality issues due to disagreement is just a waste of time.  As a respectable and responsible gun owner, you know better.  Therefore, try looking at the positives of buying a gun safe.

With one of our small gun safes, your home protection guns will always be secure when you’re not at home.  If you ever worried about burglars stealing your guns in the past, that worry is no longer an issue.  The gun safes from Sportsman Steel Safes have a 33-year track record of never being drilled open, defeated, or penetrated.  Plus, if you’re worried about accessibility issues, our gun safes quickly open and readily present your guns. Protecting your home and family at a moment’s notice will never be a problem.

If you have any questions about our small gun safes, please contact us online or call 800-266-7150.