Gun Accidents in Florida Double the National Average

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health, 4 out of every 10 people who are rushed to a Florida hospital or emergency room with a nonfatal wound were shot by accident. It’s not armed robbers or gangs who send the largest percentage of gunshot survivors to emergency rooms in Florida – its people who accidentally shoot themselves or someone else.

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What makes this so important is that this problem is far bigger than it is anywhere else in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida gun accidents have been double the national average for the past three years. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has received a massive amount of attention, as 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by a single gunman. It’s important to understand that gunshots actually hurt more people every year than they kill.

According to a recent article and the AHCA, Florida hospitals and emergency rooms last year chalked up more than $57 million in charges for accidental-gunshot survivors, according to AHCA. The average accidental-gunshot patient admitted to a hospital required $85,024 in care, according to the agency, and half of that was borne by government providers such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Many cases include minors who illegally carry guns, violating the state’s ban on minors possessing a gun. While it’s not clear how many households in Florida have guns, it is a fact that offers are finding and seizing a large amount of stolen guns from Florida homes. In order to reduce access to loaded firearms, Florida officials urge families to store firearms safely in secure gun safes.

Sportsman Steel Safes offers various types of gun safes for sale in order to protect your guns from falling into the wrong hands. We currently have free shipping for the remainder of 2013 and we’ll tell you why these types of gun safes are the choice of government agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security.

Redefining What Fire Resistance Material is for Gun Safes

Many gun safes are made with flame resistant material that’s similar to drywall.  Composed mostly of sheetrock, this drywall-like material can’t withstand the kind of heat magnesium-oxide can.  Magnesium-oxide, the chemical bond responsible for the incredible fire resistant material Sportsman Steel and Pentagon Safe now uses, lasts about 5 times longer than standard sheetrock and 3 times longer than Type X sheetrock.

In the event of a fire, the steel that composes the external part of a safe is the first line of defense.  What the fire-resistant layer beneath it does is serve as a second line of defense between your stored guns and the blazing fire.  If a safe were made without fire resistant material, your most beloved guns would be destroyed very quickly.

In a video made by JetProducts, the company behind the new fire resistant material, a Burn Through Test is conducted.  In the test, a 6,000-degree metal tip flame is used to test the fire resistance of 12mm standard sheetrock, 15mm Type X sheetrock, and Jetboard – the official name of the new material used by Sportsman.  At the end of the test, the results confirm that Jetboard is more reliable than its competitors.  Before the metal tip burns a hole through the three materials, the standard sheetrock lasts 15 seconds, the Type X sheetrock 23 seconds, and the Jetboard 74 seconds.

Watch the Burn Through Test here.

In addition to using the new JetBoard in our gun safes, we also take advantage of the board’s fire resistant qualities when we manufacture our vault doors and safe rooms.

To get a good idea of just how amazing this JetBoard is, it’s worth comparing the temperature of the metal flame tip used in the Burn Through Test and the average temperature of a burning house.  In the Burn Through Test, the flame was 6,000 degrees; in the average house fire, flames reach around 1,200 degrees – still destructive, but 5 times cooler than the flame used in the video.

What this means is that, outside of testing conditions, JetBoard can withstand fire for an extremely long time compared to drywall-like fire resistant materials.

If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing new material, learn more about JetBoard here or give us a call today at 800-266-7150.  Also note that you can add JetBoard to any safe or vault offered by Sportsman Steel Safes.

We’re always happy to explain to you why JetBoard is on the cutting edge of fire protection and why buying guns safes made with this fire resistant material is the only real choice when it comes to responsible gun protection.

Responsible Gun Owners Buy Gun Safes

Articles surface everyday about the many dangers of guns, and how this country should reduce the amount of guns in the hands of Americans.


No matter where you stand on this topic, one thing is certain: if all guns were locked in a safe, there would be less accidents and high school shootings.

A study was done a few years ago that revealed shooting sprees where teenagers were involved, was the product of a family member not having their weapons locked up. The troubled teen found the unsecured weapon and the rest is history. This horrible history could have been avoided if the gun owners would have locked up their weapons in a gun safe.

Most responsible gun owners do buy gun safes. And congrats to them for being responsible. I wish the Press would talk about locking up guns, rather than focusing on gun laws or the great divide between gun owners and non-gun owners. If every gun in America was locked up, I’d bet 70% of gun accidents and random shootings would be avoided.

What are you thoughts? Leave us a comment below.

Gun Safe Buying Tip: Buy Next Largest Size – Here’s Why:

The biggest problem with buying a gun safe is people don’t buy one big enough. You want to save money so you purchase a safe too small, not realizing you’ll have the safe for the rest of your life.

You think you’ll store six guns with a few hand guns and ammo. Then before you know it, you’re packing paperwork, jewelry, cash, cameras, photo albums and everything under the sun in your safe. Then you’re back on the phone buying another gun safe a year later.

So the trick is… find the safe you want and buy the next size up. You’ll never be disappointed. Take a look at this WALK-IN GUN SAFE. It’s 10 times larger than the biggest gun safe and only $7999.

Not sure which safe is right for you? Give us a call: 1-800-266-7150.

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

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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.

Why You Don’t Buy Gun Safes from Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is great for simple things.  Toiletries, vitamins, holiday cards and motor oil.

One thing it’s not good for is theft-proof and fireproof gun safes.

Part of Wal-Mart’s branding strategy involves offering low prices on all of its products.  This approach works well for toothbrushes and toothpaste, but it doesn’t always extend these low prices to high quality products that are best of the best.

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The bottom line is: some products are just too good for Wal-Mart.  Nothing is too good for you – the shopper – but some things are too good for Wal-Mart’s market strategy.  Some of these things include the theft-proof and fireproof gun safes from Sportsman Steel Safes.

The Kind of Gun Safes Wal-Mart Sells

The most popular gun safe Wal-Mart offers customers isn’t popular among people who really care about keeping their guns safe.  Many gun owners mention that the popular Wal-Mart safes made by Stack-On are adequate for preventing home misuse but fall short during fires and acts of thievery.

A senior member of says about the Stack-On safes, “I have heard of thieves using a 4-1/2″ grinder to grind through the top corner of thin safes, then roll back the top like a sardine can, and take the guns out the top.” Since thievery is the exact thing you’re trying to prevent, these gun safes fail to deliver in the presence of a common crook with a common tool.

The senior member goes on to say that you should save up for a high quality gun safe and not waste your money on the kind of safes at Wal-Mart.  “The time you spend modifying a cheap safe could be put into overtime at work, or a second job to buy a better safe.”

If you read the thread on, you’ll see that many people use the safes they get from Wal-Mart to keep “the kiddies at bay.”  Gun owners recognize that they’re not intended to provide a strong defense against burglars and fire.  While many of them do succeed in preventing children’s access to guns, they fail in many other areas.  This is why it’s wise to save up for a gun safe that offers defense on several levels and lasts forever.

The Kind of Gun Safes We Sell

For 33 years, none of the doors on our gun safes have been drilled open, so if you’re worried about common thieves, worry no more.  In addition, our fireproof gun safes last longer in the heat of the moment than the safes of other leading manufacturers.  For longer lasting fireproofing, you can also get the 2300º ceramic fireproofing option.

Because our safes are burglar-proof and fireproof, they’re also child-proof.  If a burglar can’t get in, no child can get in either.  Our 2″ step door allows gun owners to sleep well at night, leave the home carefree and rest assured their guns are safe from criminals and careless child activity.

If you’re looking for an exceptional gun safe to protect your guns and family, a Sportsman Steel safe is what you need.

What Size Gun Safe Should I Buy?

Different people with different hobbies, interests, and careers require different gun safes.

First and foremost, the gun safe you buy should be well equipped to hold all the guns you currently own and ones you plan to buy in the future.  How do you know how many guns you’ll buy in the future?  Just take a look at what you’ve bought in the past.

On average, how many guns do you buy per year?  If you buy one or two, plan on buying a gun safe with 10-20 extra slots.  If you buy five or more, get a safe that with 20 or more extra slots.

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Ideally, you’ll want to get a big gun safe that holds 100+ guns if you’re someone who likes to keep your guns all in one place.  However, there’s always the option of diversifying your collection with more than one safe.  At the end of the day, it’s about what you like and feel most comfortable with.

Now we’re going to look at what gun safe is best for some different types of people.

Guns Safes for Professionals

The kind of professional we’re talking about is someone who carries a gun for their job.  This includes cops, detectives, government agents and military men.  All of these different people can also be hobbyists and collectors, but, here, we’re going to assume they aren’t.  Instead, we’re assuming that these professionals only carry the guns they’re issued in addition to old guns passed down from family and one or two additional firearms for target shooting.

Assuming this is the kind of professional we’re dealing with, a small gun safe that holds 8 guns would make the most sense.

Guns Safes for Hobbyists

Hobbyists are people who use guns for hunting, recreational target practice and non-lethal sport (skeet, trap, etc.).  Because their collection usually contains an equal amount of handguns and larger guns, they often require a medium-sized gun safe that holds anywhere from 20 to 40 guns or more.

At Sportsman Steel Safes, we have the best collection of gun safes to fit the needs of any type of hobbyist. Whether you’re a daily, weekly or monthly shooter, there’s a safe to meet your exact present and future requirements.

Next time you’re at your favorite shooting location, ask around and see what size gun safe other hobbyists have.  This will help you narrow down what size to buy.

Gun Safes for Collectors

Collectors are people who love shooting guns as much as they love buying them.  Many collectors find themselves in situations where they run out of gun storage space.  Because they buy so many guns per year, a small or medium-sized gun safe doesn’t fulfill their needs.

Depending on what type of gun (handgun, rifle, shotgun) the collector is most interested in, he or she will either need a large, extra large, or series of gun safes.

After considering what kind of gun owner you are, head over to our gun safe shop to find some of the finest gun safes ever manufactured.  Committed to impeccable quality and customer service, we’re here to help you with any of your firearm storage needs.  For assistance, contact our gun safe professionals online or call 800-266-7150.