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For collectors of antique guns, a gun safe can be a great solution for keeping your items stored away safely. A safe will keep them out of the hands of children, but it can also prevent would-be thieves from stealing your valuable antiques. Here are a few things to look for when you begin shopping for a gun safe.
Look at the doors on each safe to see where the hinges are located. Exterior hinges can be cut or damaged to open the safe door. Interior hinges, on the other hand, can make it harder for a thief to pop the door off of your safe. You'll want to make sure that you keep the hinges well-oiled, however, as you also won't be able to pop the door off if the hinges are not working properly.
Most gun safes are constructed from steel, but the best safes will be made with thick steel. The thicker the steel used in the safe's construction, the harder it will be for someone to attempt to cut through the walls of the safe to get to your guns. Thick steel can also provide a bit of added protection in the event of a fire. This is important, as any ammunition you have stored with your antique guns is flammable, and extreme heat from a fire can cause the ammunition to ignite, which can cause damage to your antiques.
You'll obviously want your safe to have enough room for your existing collection, but you may want to choose a safe with an eye toward any antique firearms you may purchase in the future. For example, you may only collect antique handguns, which means you won't need a tall safe. However, if you decide to begin collecting muskets or shotguns in the future, you'll need to invest in a new safe. Choosing a safe that can accommodate a range of firearms now will prevent you from having to buy a new one in the near future.
There are several types of locking mechanisms you can choose from when buying a safe. A traditional dial safe is a classic option, but it can take a bit of time to get into the safe using this type of system. An electronic keypad can make it easier for you to get into the safe in an emergency. This is especially important if you are keeping any handguns for personal protection in the safe with your antique firearms. As you shop around, test out the different types of locks to see which one you are most comfortable using.
Once you have compared the different models, consider hiring a locksmith to help bolt the safe to the floor and to provide regular maintenance to keep your antique gun safe in great working condition.