Never will you encounter a subject more likely to spark controversy. Well there’s 9mm vs 45, but everyone knows 10mm is King. So what’s Earl’s version of the best way to store firearms? Well I’ll tell you, but first I’m going to tell you what works for me may not work for you. You know the risks associated with owning firearms, how much of that risk you’re willing to tolerate is up to you.
When I had my house built I was facing the very real possibility of a home invasion because I was dealing with a violent stalker who had already tried on several occasions to “get someone to take care of me and my family.” So my guns had to be secure but some had to be immediately accessible 24/7 I also had a pre-teen in the house. This meant the idea of just keeping the gun in a high place was out. Personally I’ve never been a fan of that anyway. Especially once the little munchkins start walking. My earliest solution prior to that house was an electronic combination trigger lock that released very quickly and was easy to use day or night. But I didn’t have a stalker then either.
So my solution for keeping a gun secure but accessible during waking hours was simple. Wear the gun. Yes, that means I wear street clothes until I go to bed, but it is secure and accessible. Also if I needed the gun I didn’t have to try and get to it. So what about at night? For this I turned to GunVault I tried a biometric safe, but it would only open on the first try 40% of the time. So I went with a digital safe, specifically the MicroVault. Now if I had a bed frame or night stand I didn’t mind putting holes in I would recommend a SpeedVault. The benefit of this product is if you kept your bedroom door locked at night like I did you could leave the vault open and if you needed to secure the gun, you just close it. If your bedroom door is open for Nighttime munchkin traffic you could just keep it closed. The vaults open quickly when you input the code.
Now some may be saying “that’s not quick enough!” Remember when I said I’d had the house built? The exterior door frames were reinforced and ground floor windows coated with an antishatter coating from ShatterGard. I had dogs (including a guard dog), an alarm and even the master bedroom door was a solid core door in a reinforced frame and an exterior door lock. Anyone trying to get in the house was going to make a lot of noise doing so. I could access my gun in seconds, getting through the doors or windows would take longer than that.
Now for the next issue theft prevention. Solutions I have seen in use range from a door with a lock on it, to a 2,500 pound steel safe (put that in your home without adequate support and you will regret it). I found out the floors in my house would have a hard time holding a 90 gallon fish tank (which coincidentally had a similar weight to the safe and the guns I was planning on putting in it). So an actual safe was out. So I opted for a steel residential security cabinet (RSC), two locked doors and some misdirection.
Spend some time learning how thieves work and you’ll find the first place they go for valuables is the Master Bedroom. However, if they find a locked door that’s as good as a neon sign that reads “Valuables Inside.” So besides the alarm in my house that not only makes a racket and notifies the authorities I put a lock on all the bedroom doors and a lock on the walk-in closet that was not in my Master bedroom, but did have the RSC inside. Now they don’t know which door to choose and will likely still go to the master. Then they have to get through the reinforced door and find out there’s not much of value inside. Pretty good chance at this point they’re leaving. If not the rest of the doors are reinforced as well. Basically they’re going to have a bad time.
This secures my non-carry guns from theft as well as any curious munchkins. You might think my measures are a bit extreme, but remember I didn’t just have to worry about to whom it may concern issues. I had a specific threat that not only was threatening my life, but also knew there were valuables like guns in my house and hung out with people who would have loved to get them to make a quick buck.
So what works for you? That’s for you to decide. Personally I prefer a gun not in my possession be behind at least one lock. Especially if young ones are around.