Offering protection against fire and theft, the Hunter HR26 safe from Browning has adjustable shelving for the storage of smaller valuables. Additionally, the safe is designed to store up to 29 firearms, and it even has a padded section to protect scopes mounted on stored rifles. The Hunter HR26 is also fire resistant for up to 90 minutes at temperatures of 1,680 degrees Fahrenheit.
Brown Safe’s high-end Estate series of safes includes the double-door model 7256, which can be highly customized to meet your most demanding needs. Jewelry racks, interchangeable drawer inserts, custom woods and the use of 0.5-inch ballistic steel armor are just some of the options available. Protection levels vary depending on the options selected. Multi-sensor alarms can also be added to the Estate unit for added security.
The FAST BOX Falcon has both horizontal (pictured) and vertical applications that allow for numerous key locations throughout your home. The FAST BOX Falcon is designed to mount beneath a bed (hardware included for metal bed frame). You may also bolt it to wooden bed frames or to the floor. Vertically, the FAST BOX Falcon stores two firearms with scope attached by adjusting the patented saddles; horizontally, it stores one firearm. You can bolt multiple safes together in a locker style to allow access of small-caliber firearms to some while securing larger firearms for other members of a family. The FAST BOX Falcon provides secure storage while maintaining fast access.
A specially designed pistol safe, the PBS-DigiSWIPE uses a fingerprint reader to give the owner fast access to the contents. The fingerprint-recognition window is located on the front panel of the safe. Each unit requires and is provided with a standard 9-volt battery that is located within the same panel under an easy-access cover. Nine-gauge steel helps protect the gun from any unauthorized access.
The Cannon Commander 43 safe is a versatile unit that is designed to protect both firearms and other valuables. Cannon includes interior power outlets, plus ethernet and USB ports. This allows the owner to set up a secure backup solution for computer data. Able to hold up to 36 firearms, the Commander 43 weighs 1,341 pounds and is resistant to temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 90 minutes total.
The SpeedVault SVB 500 is a vertically mounted handgun safe that works well under a desk or countertop to keep a lifesaving tool within quick reach. A fingerprint reader gives quick access to the contents. The SpeedVault SVB 500 features 18-gauge steel construction and can hold up to 120 fingerprint scans.
With thicker steel walls than many other handgun storage lockboxes, the Heavy Duty Handgun Safe uses 0.25-inch-thick steel and is made in the U.S.A. It has a carpeted interior to protect your pistol’s finish during storage. The unit features Sargent and Greenleaf locks and carries a lifetime warranty.
The Legacy Premier 53 safe can hold between 28 and 54 long guns, plus a lot of other valuables. Two 110-volt power outlets, ethernet and USB connections are included to power a dehumidifier and other accessories. The safe is rated for fire resistance up to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 2.5 hours.
If you need to protect important documents from fire and water damage but don’t have a lot of money to spend, the Guardian Storage Box is hard to beat. At only $79, the unit offers 20 minutes of fire protection at temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. The design is also stackable for easy storage.
Finding the correct balance between the safe storage of a handgun and being able to access it quickly in an emergency can be tough. The Hornady RAPiD Safe locks down a handgun, yet gives the owner immediate access through the use of RFID technology in a bracelet, key fob and card. This compact but rugged safe makes sure your handgun is always secure and ready to help you defend your home.
This rugged safe has UL quality ratings for both security and two hours of fire resistance at 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit. A plush interior is equally suited for jewelry and important documents. The 313-pound Model 1812/2 features one internal shelf and offers an electronic lock as an optional upgrade.
Heracles Research makes a number of unique safes, including the CouchBunker. This comfortable couch conceals a fire-rated safe under its cushions. As an upgrade, the cushions can be ordered with integral, bullet-resistant panels and used as portable shields in a home invasion. Fabrics and leathers can be matched to existing furnishings in the user’s home.
Having everything you need in an emergency in one place is ideal. Keep a safe in the home to secure your gear, weapons and important documents for quick access in any emergency. Set it up in a family friendly location and make sure those who need to gain access have all the proper codes and passkeys, which should not be obvious but not too hard to recall under stress. Choose a safe with adequate anti-theft capabilities as well as high fire-resistant qualities; look for good RSC and UL ratings when buying.
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STRONG BOX 101
There is no way to permanently secure your guns and other valuables from theft. Given enough time, a thief can break into even the most secure vault. The independent testing lab Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), however, offers a variety of tests to help consumers gauge the level of protection a locking container offers.
ANTI-THEFT TECH: For most consumer-grade products, the base level of protection is listing as a Residential Security Container (RSC). For higher-end products, additional UL ratings may be earned. For example, a TL-15 safe will offer 15 man-minutes of protection against hand and electric tool attacks. Additional ratings can indicate resistance to torch and explosive attacks.
Some companies choose not to have their products evaluated by UL. This does not mean the products are not secure. Some within the industry consider the RSC listing to be a weak standard and not worth the substantial cost of having testing done. A few companies keep their safe designs secret from even UL as an increased level of protection for clients.
FIGHT THE FLAME: Safes can be made fire resistant to protect the contents. However, there are wide variations on how safes are rated. Additionally, the contents will be affected differently depending on what the stored items are.
Typically, fire resistance will be shown as a time period at a specific external temperature. For example, a rating might be 90 minutes at 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The generally accepted standard is that the internal temperature will not go above 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help protect paper documents, as paper will not char until it reaches 405 degrees Fahrenheit. However, other items, including guns and computer media, may be damaged at temperatures below 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
For More Information
Browning Hunter HR26
Brown Safe Estate Model 7256
SecureIt FAST BOX Falcon
Cannon Commander 43
GunVault SpeedVault SVB 500
Sportsman Steel Safes Heavy Duty Handgun Safe
Winchester Safes Legacy Premier 53
Sentry Safe Guardian Storage Box
Hornady RAPiD Safe
Gardall Safe Corp. Model 1812/2
Heracles Research CouchBunker
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Winter 2016 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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