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GET A SAFE
I know, it seems expensive, but it’s worth it! It helps make sure criminals don’t get your guns. This is good for you, good for society and good for gun rights. Also get a safe that’s at least twice as big as you’d expect you’d ever need. It will fill up quick.
So now you own a safe big enough to hold your long guns and you filled it with guns, papers and valuables…but…are you really using it right? Here is a summary of information I cobbled together from various sources on the internet (so it must be true!). This is not a discussion about what style/brand of safe to buy. I hope this provokes a bit of thought – additions and feedback welcome.
More than 99% of all robberies in homes with a locked gun sized safe (400lbs or larger) resulted in no loss of the contents inside the safe. The majority of the fraction left was people who stole the entire safe (mostly due to not being bolted down). Less than 0.05% were successfully broken into on location at the home or were removed when properly bolted.
Most common attack methods on safes are (in order of most to least common)
- Attempted theft of entire safe
- Pry bar attack on door
- Fire ax to side of safe
- Cutting side/back with diamond saw
- Cutting torch
Most common damage to safe (ordered most to least common)
- Hammered removal of dial or keypad
- Pry marks/bent metal around door edges
- Side/back damage
SAFE LOCATIONS BEST PRACTICES
- Out of sight from exterior windows and doors.
- Away from public or entertaining spaces such as kitchens and living rooms.
- If safe is visible from outside the house, face it so contents cannot be seen when it is open.
- Downstairs locations are ideal to lower heat from house fires. (heat goes up…unless its an inferno and the whole house comes down…)
- Rule of thumb – the bigger the hassle to get it to that spot – the harder it will be to steal. The more stairs they have to carry it up or doorways and corners they have to navigate, the less likely it will be stolen.
- The cheaper the safe, the smaller the space you should choose to locate it. This is to minimize attack options on the thinner metal on the sides and back.
BOLTING BEST PRACTICES
- Ideal – concrete floor (…duh)
- For ground floor locations over a crawl space – Drill ¼ pilot hole through pre-made holes in safe bottom. Glue a 2×6 boards to underside of the floor. Nail board ends to the support beams on each side so the pilot holes are centered. Using larger drill bit to drill all the way through flooring and 2×6. Fasten using 2 large washers and long round head bolts (aka timber bolts).
- For upstairs locations with standard home flooring – Open ceiling under safe location and do the same as #2 above.
- If bolting to floor is not an option, but the safe can be located in a small closet – Buy a piece of metal plate 3/8 to 1/2inch thick large enough to fit entire floor area of closet. Bolt the safe to the plate using round head bolts. Safe cannot be removed due to the oversize metal square bolted to bottom – at worst it can be tipped over onto its face through the doorway. (this method is difficult and requires 2-3 people to implement and floor must be strong enough to support this increased weight)
Note: Bolting can be successfully negated on elevated safes (i.e. with legs) by cutting the bolt between the safe and the floor with a hacksaw. Consider this when buying a safe.
ITEM STORAGE BEST PRACTICES
- Store breakables on bottom shelf if you safe is not bolted down. Most unbolted safes are knocked over at some point during the robbery attempt.
- Put most valuable objects on very bottom shelf. Most attempts to pry/cut/torch/chop into a safe are performed near the top of the safe between waist and chest high.
- If you have large amounts of ammo, store it at the top of safe. A top heavy safe is more unwieldy to steal than a bottom heavy safe.
- Use metal cash boxes inside safe to hold cash and important papers – they will provide an additional 10-30 minutes of fire protection, plus it requires taking much more time to cut/torch a much larger hole so they can be removed. (contents are a pita to get out while the box is inside the safe unless it’s a vertically spacious shelf). Store jewelry and watches separately the same way.
- Use a dehumidifier to prevent rust. There are many plug in models for less than $100 and less effective/less costly ones for cheaper.
- Do not put a gun into the safe that is a dramatically different temperature physically – condensation can form and cause rust.
SAFE COMBO BEST PRACTICES
A touch pad can be coated with different things to reveal which keys are frequently used. From there a savvy burglar can make a few educated guesses before being locked out for several minutes. You should clean your keypad regularly.
- Use 6 or more digits that are not a phone number and doesn’t form a word
- One repetitive number is ok. e.g 567784.
- Do not use multiple repetitive numbers. E.g 588774 – these have a slightly higher probability of being guessed if they know what keys are being used. (don’t ask me why – I ain’t a math guy)
- Do not end the code in 0 (zero) this is the most common last digit.
- Do not start your code with 1 since this is the most common starting digit
- Second most common starting digit is 0 due to the usage of birth dates (e.g. 031475) as codes…don’t do that.
Lastly, doing all of the above is not help whatsoever if you leave the bypass key where it can be found. The contents of your safe is only as secure as your bypass key.
Below you will find a comprehensive list of gun-grabber legislation currently under consideration in the House and Senate. Please remember to contact your representatives ASAP and tell them not to support any of these attempts to infringe upon our second amendment rights.
HR 21: NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 34: Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 117: Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 137: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 138: Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 141: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 142: Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 226: Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act. Referred to the Ways and Means committee.
HR 227: Buyback Our Safety Act. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 236: Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act of 2013. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 238: Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act. Referred to the Judicary committee.
HR 329: To amend the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to encourage States to provide records to the National Instant Background Check System.
HR 404: To enhance criminal penalties for straw purchasers of firearms.
S22: A bill to establish background check procedures for gun shows.
S33: A bill to prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.
S34: A bill to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.
S35: A bill to require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.
S54: A bill to increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking. (“trafficking = “private sales”)
Strange bill, not sure of the intent:
HR 339: To require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to make video recordings of the examination and testing of firearms and ammunition, and for other purposes.
A bill to support:
A CALL TO ACTION
I do not know how many of you are aware but NY is on the verge of becoming the first state to increase the laws/tighten the laws regarding firearms. Now, You may think that you don’t have the firearms they are referring to, or you think you are not involved, but you are.
Every NY resident is affected by this new law. Crime WILL go up. YOU will be at an increased risk of becoming a victim. That is unacceptable.
Gun owner or not, you, as a NY resident are affected. All legal gun owners are potentially criminals now with the new law. The so called ‘Assault Rifle’ determination has changed to effectively include ALL AR-15 style rifles, which are used in sporting events, and for self defense. Even some hunting rifles or shotguns can be determined to be bad. The new 7 round magazine capacity limit is senseless and mere possession of one that contains more than 7 will be a Felony.
There are some issues with they way a mental health issue is reported and handled.
ANY ammunition sale will now be subject to a NICS check AND recorded. (BATF forbids such records)
Also, the way this new law was made violated a number of basic constitutional procedures and rights, not to mention the whole process of forming a law.
I urge you to do a few things.
First: read the actual text of the law. Educate yourself and know what it says.
Then, start informing everyone you know about this. Pass along the link to them as well. Be informed, have aplan of attack. Do it the right way so that you have an effect on this.
Now, go here to educate yourselves on some other details:
Also, read the following:
Someone is starting to take action:
Lawyer : Jim Tresmond, Attorney in Buffalo, New York. Attorney phone is 716.202.4301
Successfully represented clients in the past on Second Amendment issues in NYS Supreme Court. This case is pro-bono for all the gun owners of New York. According to Mr. Tresmond the new ban is illegal as it is an ex-facto law taking away previously owned property and he intends to file this action in Federal Court.
We are looking for as many as possible to add to CLASS ACTION CASE:
SEND Your Name and EMAIL ADDRESS and phone number to:
WE ARE COLLECTING AS MANY AS POSSIBLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!!
If you sat back and thought: “nah, this can’t happen here” You were wrong. It IS happening.
Contact your state and local representative and talk to them about it. Some food for thought: they swore an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States and NY State. if they voted yes, they just violated that oath.
Hold them accountable!
Here’s a link to email them: (Link provided via Ruger) http://www.ruger.com/micros/advocacy/takeAction.html
There are other resources. Use them all and make yourself heard.
THIS WILL NOT STOP OR GET FIXED UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
January 19 is being called Guns Across America and Gun Appreciation Day. Here’s a link to one sort of event.
Basically, you need to do something now before you are unable to – later.
The majority of gun owners have been in panic mode for the last week stockpiling ammo, magazines and guns. Many have expressed their opinions in great articles directed at other pro 2nd amendment citizens but it’s time to make our voice heard and take an active approach in fighting for our 2nd amendment rights by contacting our elected representatives. I listed a sample letter/email below, please modify it to fit your needs.
Here are websites with contact info for your representatives, senators and the White House
If you don’t want to write in then at a minimum donate to:
Sample Letter/Email Below
Subject: Protect the 2nd Amendment
I vote in every election and donate and support my local candidates. I want you to know that I support no change to the 2nd Amendment as it stands and I do not want you to support any further gun legislation restricting ownership of any type of firearm. This is a very important matter to me.
John Q. Public
123 Mocking Bird Lane
Anywhere, WA 12345
Haley Strategic has bundled their lineup of training targets into a single zip file for free download. These are the same targets used in the Travis Haley Adaptive Handgun video. Now you can use them too. You get Twister Drill, Lucky Charms and Shift Gears from HSP as well as The Practical Shooting Academy’s Trigger Stripe. You can’t beat the price – FREE.
Certain Walther PK380 pistols manufactured between May and September 2012 could allow rounds to be discharged when the trigger is pulled despite the safety being engaged.
During an internal quality review, Carl Walther GmbH has identified a condition that may exist in certain PK380 pistols which may permit a round to be discharged if the trigger is pulled, despite engagement of the manual safety. Walther has found that engagement of the manual safety may not prevent firing of a chambered round when the trigger is pulled.
This recall applies to Walther PK380, .380 ACP pistols manufactured by Carl Walther GmbH from May through September 2012, which have a serial number range from PK101201 to PK112155.
STOP USING YOUR PISTOL AND RETURN IT TO WALTHERAMERICA AT ONCE.
Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol until we have an opportunity to inspect it to make certain that there is no condition which will allow the pistol to discharge with the safety engaged.
To facilitate the inspection and repair, if necessary, of your pistol, please contact Waltheramerica’s customer service department at 1-800-713-0356 to receive instructions and a call tag for the return of your pistol to Waltheramerica.
Additional information will be posted on Waltheramerica.com. If you have any questions about this recall, please contact Waltheramerica at 1-800-713-0356.
How many times have you turned on the TV and seen a horrific story of a child having shot his friend while playing or a troubled teen bringing a weapon to school and taking his anger out on his classmates? In today’s world, this is scarily becoming more and more of a prevalent news story, but when it comes to stories like this, who’s really to blame? It’s the parents or other adults who think that a shoebox in the closet or a case under the bed is “good enough” to keep their guns safe from anyone who might come looking for it.
When I was young, I knew my father kept a gun in the house and I knew exactly where it was, too. Top shelf in the closet on the left in an old shoebox, ammo was in his sock drawer in the back on the right. Of course, he also taught me how dangerous guns were and how important that it was only to be used by him for safety purposes. Having a gun in the house scared me as a kid, but as an adult I know I sleep safer knowing I have a gun in case of an intruder in my home.
With my son growing up, I’ve been doing my research and have gone a step further than my father did teaching me. Of course my son will know about the dangers of firearms and their safety precautions, but I’m also looking at gun safes from www.gunsafesstore.com to make sure he doesn’t become a tragedy on the elven o’clock news. If you have a gun, especially if you have children in your home, consider purchasing gun safes for them if only to keep your kids safe from the potential tragedy of a firearms accident.