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Gun owners who keep their firearms in their home should take every precaution to keep their weapon secure and well hidden. Guns safes are essential to every gun owner to protect from burglars and any children in the house.
Your gun safe should be well hidden but easily accessibly, which makes it tricky to choose the perfect place for it. Once you find a good place for your gun safe it’s recommended to mount it to a permanent structure of your home. Most gun safes usually have 4 predrilled holes for bolting the safe. Mounting your safe will make it more difficult for burglars to steal your gun safe and attempt to break in on their own time.
Before you mount your safe, there are few things that you will need to consider about the placement.
Keep it hidden
Your gun safe should not visible in plain sight. Make sure there are no windows that have direct sight of the gun safe from outside. Only you and the people you trust should know where your gun safe is hidden.
If you have children in your house, you should find somewhere high to mount your gun safe. It’s recommended to keep your weapons hidden about 5ft. if you have children in the house.
Away from fire risks
Some areas of your home have a higher risk of fire than others. You should avoid keeping your gun safe in your kitchen, or any room with a fireplace. Gun safes with fire protection can only protect your gun for a certain period of time. Most affordable gun safes on the market will not have any fire rating.
Finding an area that is well hidden but easily accessible can be difficult. There should not be any obstacles or anything blocking access to your safe. In times of danger, you will not have time to move things around. If you plan to mount your gun safe in the closet, make sure nothing is blocking the access door or unlocking system. People often mount their safe in the closet and block the entrance with clothes. To avoid this, plan out the perfect position for easy access to the safe door.
Moisture is the killer of guns. Make sure you do not mount your gun safe in an area with high humidity. Take precaution when placing your gun safe in the basement. Basements are usually an area of higher humidity than the rest of your home. Any area without proper climate control, such as a garage, has risk of humidity.
To reduce moisture in your gun safe, look into purchasing a dehumidifier. Most dehumidifiers will use a silica gel to absorb moisture in the safe (silica is the same material used in shoes and other garments to absorb moisture).
Mounting your gun safe
Mounting your gun safe to a concrete slab will give you the best protection against theft. If mounted properly, prying a safe from a concrete wall or floor is very difficult. To properly mount your gun safe, you should should a hammer drill. If you do not own one, you can rent a hammer drill at your local hardware store – this will make your life much easier. Use the hammer drill to drive concrete anchors into the concrete.
If you are mounting your gun safe to wooden floors, make sure you are drilling into the floor joist and not just the plywood. The floor joists are the beams that run across the floor that the plywood sits on. The floor joist will make it more difficult to pry off the gun safe.
When mounting your safe, make sure you do not have a gap between the floor/wall and the gun safe. Any extra space can be used to pry the safe off with a pry tool.
Top places to mount your gun safe
Your bedroom is one of the most convenient places to keep your gun safe. Mounting a gun safe in a corner of a bedroom closet works great. Your safe should be free of obstacles, so make sure there aren’t clothes or anything else blocking your safe. Quick access to your gun safe is very important.
You should only consider mounting your safe in the basement if it is climate controlled and tested for humidity. Basements and garages usually have concrete slab floors which makes it ideal for mounting. The basement also makes it difficult for thieves to carry heavy steel safes up the basements stairs.
If you have an office in you house, it’s a great place to hide your safe. For people who work from home or their own office, it’s probably a place you spend a lot of time. Mounting the gun safe under your office desk keeps it concealed and gives you quick access.