Need a good handgun safe I can easily access during the night if needed

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by AirForceMissleman, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. AirForceMissleman

    AirForceMissleman New Member

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    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.
     
  2. AirForceMissleman

    AirForceMissleman New Member

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    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.
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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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.

    Multi-Gun Safes From GunVault
     
  4. FAS1

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  5. IXLR8

    IXLR8 New Member

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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.

    Just my 2 cents...
     
  6. dp509

    dp509 New Member

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    This is what I have also.
     
  7. IXLR8

    IXLR8 New Member

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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...:eek:
     
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  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The Havasu FNRA Committee picked this one to raffle at the upcomming local gun show. Model 33013. I believe they are really just to keep kids out.
    ADG Sports
     
  9. Cnynrat

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  10. FAS1

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    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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  11. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

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    Not trying to be rude or offensive in any way here, so if it come across that way I apologize. But, at 12 years old I would think your daughter would know better than to mess with any gun she found around the house, let alone in your bedroom. I would suggest keeping it in your bedside table or night stand and explaining to your family that you have it there and why. You say you have been teaching her the basics of firearm safety, seems to me that one of the top things about safety would be not messing around with my guns unless we are at a range and I'm supervising you. I just hate the thought of fumbling around in the night trying to get into a safe or get a gun lock opened when there's a bad guy in my house. My gun stays loaded and ready to pull the trigger at all times. The way I see it is this...if a bad guy comes in my house down stairs in the middle of the night, odds are I may not hear him enter right away, and I don't want to be killed while trying to get my gun unlocked, time is not your friend here...and any safe will slow down your reaction time, and no one has ever lost a fight because they were too prepared. Why not secure the gun when you're not going to be around to prevent accidents if she did decide to go against what you've taught her and mess with it? I'm assuming you're a military man by your screen name. I'm speaking from experience when I say I know there are times you're probably gone for extended periods. I would also ensure that your wife knows how to use a gun in case she needs to defend herself and your daughter while you're away. Again, I mean no offense here but still, I would suggest talking with your daughter, at 12 years old she should be smart enough to make the connection of what you're teaching her. If she has been taught to respect firearms and be safe with them then you should not have a problem explaining to her that it is important for you to be able to protect your family. Either way you go, be safe out there.
     
  12. Steve65

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    My bedroom box containing my 9mm is light steel with a 3 dial combo lock. It is not intended to defeat a thief, just to keep kids from getting into it. The Browning gun safe is to deter a thief.