Which Gun Safe Do You Need?

To hear some people tell it, firearms leap off the nightstand, fully loaded and with the safety off, and then thrust themselves into peoples' hands and force them to go off the deep end. Fortunately, they don't. They are tools that can mean the difference between life and death for your family. Since they are so important to home security, you keep them properly stored in a gun safe.

Gun safes come in many different styles. A handgun or two for personal defense might rest well in a small, portable safe. A small arsenal will require a bit more space. Here are a few types of gun safes.

Handgun safes

Handgun safes, or pistol safes, are small safes designed to keep a pistol nearby but easy to get to quickly and quietly. They slide neatly under a bed to keep out of sight of curious children, and some are available with a biometric lock, requiring a specific person's handprint to open up. Also, while most people buy a handgun safe for a single handgun, varieties are available that can hold multiple handguns. These safes are very portable, so they're easy to get out of the house in the event of a fire or other disaster.

Rifle safes

Rifle safes are powerfully built to keep your arsenal secure against burglary and other unauthorized entry. Because the door is the heaviest part of the safe, many owners have them bolted to the floor to keep an empty safe from tipping when it's opened. They're not very concealable, nor are they meant to be. They will, however, put the fear of God into your daughter's boyfriend. Just something to think about.


A gun vault is a walk-in closet for your guns. It's the ultimate in security for your guns, and some vaults double as a safe-room in the home for pretty much any contingency be it a break-in or a natural disaster.

How safe is your safe?

Keeping your guns from falling into the wrong hands is straightforward enough. Keeping them safe during a fire is another matter. Liberty Safes are tested to an external temperature of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit with ratings based on how long it takes to reach an internal temperature of 350F. If you're worried about ammunition at those temperatures, just remember that the lead part would melt at 327 degrees leaving primers to do nothing but flash and pop. According to the TV show "Mythbusters", they had to get temperatures to well over 400 degrees to get them to go off.

If you'd like to see more about how Liberty Safes handle fires, consider that the 2007 wildfire in San Diego hit temperatures exceeding 2000F. Not many safes survived that extreme, but every Liberty Safe in that blaze did. Watch this video of the opening of one of those safes to see how well it withstood going above and beyond the call of duty.

In conclusion

Nothing beats a gun safe for protecting that which will protect you. Whether you just need a handy place to keep your personal protection in the event of the unthinkable, or if you want a secure place to keep your prize collection of hunting and sporting rifles, safety is paramount. As Winter Haven's official Liberty Safe dealer, we can set you up with what you need. Contact us or visit our showroom today!

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