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Old 11-29-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Need a good handgun safe I can easily access during the night if needed

I don't know if this is in the correct thread category, so please bear with me. I am looking for a handgun safe to keep on the night stand that can be quickly and easily accessed if needed. Ever since my 12 year old daughter was a toddler, my wife and I haven't had any guns which are not kept in the safe downstairs. I feel better if I know I have a chance of protecting my family, should the situation present itself. The only thing I have now is a hickory stick under my side of the bed. Does anyone know of a handgun safe that is actually accessible very quickly, yet will still keep my 12 year old daughter out for her safety. I am teaching her the basics of firearms safety and she has been shooting with me at the range, but I still can't trust her to handle a handgun. She still hasn't shot a handgun. Hope to teach her soon. I would like to be able to protect my family, but would rather die than risk anything happening to my daughter if she got a hold of my revolver and accidently shot herself. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 11-29-2010, 12:51 AM   #2
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Default Sorry Everyone...Just Found Related Threads

Sorry to waste everyone's time. I just found the threads related to handgun safes. I am relatively new to the forum and will investigate a little more before posting questions in the future.

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No problem. I have a Gun Vault. Keyed and touch pad. I feel it is quite safe. It is battery powered and will alarm you when the batteries are getting low so it will open even in a power failure. I keep the keys in the lock box in the bank so no one can come across them in the house.

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Here's what I have.

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I mounted a finger touch lock, single gun safe to the back of my nightstand. It is out of the way, out of sight, and the exact level that I naturally reach for. It did not require any practice to enter, since the position is natural. The door opens toward the bed, against the nightstand, and it is naturally in the right hand for use.

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No problem. I have a Gun Vault. Keyed and touch pad. I feel it is quite safe. It is battery powered and will alarm you when the batteries are getting low so it will open even in a power failure. I keep the keys in the lock box in the bank so no one can come across them in the house.

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Just keep in mind that gun vaults are not high security containers. A prying screwdriver will gain access. However you would know due to the telltale signs. If they made a heavier duty model I would probably buy it to replace mine. Make sure it as cabled to a heavy object to avoid someone just carrying it away and opening it on their own time. The best defense for a gun vault is to make it as inconspicuous as possible, hidden when not needed. If I got a good one, I would probably put a brick in this one just to act as a decoy. Typical burglaries are not planned or executed by professionals. Any thing to slow them down or frustrate them will work in your favor. Gun vaults should be 8 gauge steel, or 1/4" plate, but instead are typically 12 gauge or thinner. Mounting one with a cable works in your favor because they are not fixed and provide little leverage to work against.

They had a TV show about a burglar that would break into home to demonstrate how easily he could find valuable items. But apparently people are creatures of habit, and not very good at hiding things. You know no one would ever look in your shoes for a wallet or valuables on the beach...

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We've got a couple of these in our bedroom:



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Just keep in mind that gun vaults are not high security containers. A prying screwdriver will gain access. However you would know due to the telltale signs. If they made a heavier duty model I would probably buy it to replace mine. Make sure it as cabled to a heavy object to avoid someone just carrying it away and opening it on their own time. The best defense for a gun vault is to make it as inconspicuous as possible, hidden when not needed. If I got a good one, I would probably put a brick in this one just to act as a decoy. Typical burglaries are not planned or executed by professionals. Any thing to slow them down or frustrate them will work in your favor. Gun vaults should be 8 gauge steel, or 1/4" plate, but instead are typically 12 gauge or thinner. Mounting one with a cable works in your favor because they are not fixed and provide little leverage to work against.

They had a TV show about a burglar that would break into home to demonstrate how easily he could find valuable items. But apparently people are creatures of habit, and not very good at hiding things. You know no one would ever look in your shoes for a wallet or valuables on the beach...
I agree that a screwdriver will get into most handgun boxes with relative ease since the most common ones are only constructed of 16GA material. Not all that are available are made this flimsy. Mine is 3/16" (7GA) and it does make a big difference as it wont deform near as easy. Just look at the physical weight of the different ones available.

As far as the cable goes, a multi-tool or wire cutters will cut that cable in about 1 second. I saw online this morning where a guy had his gun stolen that was locked in a small box with a cable. He said they cut the cable with a knife!

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