By Dave Goetzinger
As readers effectively know, gun gross sales shot up when Covid-19 was declared a pandemic. People who had by no means thought-about shopping for firearms or the prepper way of life had been shopping for baggage of rice, medical provides, gasoline masks, freezers. Then they headed to the gun outlets, and after filling out their background checks and placing down deposits on new handguns, they went house and went on-line to buy handgun safes.
Quite just a few of them ended up at my website, HandgunSafeResearch.com. But the state of affairs was bleak. Visitors needed to understand how cheaply they may safe their weapons, having spent most of their remaining financial savings on weapons they hadn’t but fired.
They additionally needed to learn about making ready for house invasions. But I had no safes to suggest and that I wasn’t offering remedy for individuals who in all probability ought to have stopped binge-watching The Walking Dead throughout Lockdown.
What I did was hit up each maker of handgun safes I felt I might endorse and requested for a product to overview. These, mixed with a protected I beforehand examined, comprise a brief checklist of things I now call Handgun Safe Research Approved safes.
The safes beneath all have pre-drilled mounting holes and are proof against an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse). All are California DOJ accredited.
Fort Knox Original Pistol Box
I had already examined the Fort Knox Original Pistol Box and endorsed it previous to the outbreak. The Fort Knox Original Pistol Box has a particular powder-coat end referred to as “Silvervein,” and it incorporates a 5-button Simplex lock. The important options of the Original Pistol Box are the Simplex lock, its 10-gauge metal building, and the gasoline strut that supports the heavy lid. The protected additionally has “egg-crate” type foam lining the underside.
American Security (AMSEC) manufactures an identical box, additionally offered underneath the Stealth Tactical kind identify. AMSEC manufactures each safes. Because these are based mostly on the Fort Knox Original Pistol Box, I’m letting the Fort Knox pistol container be a stand-in for each of the AMSEC variations.
The solely important distinction between the bins is that within the AMSEC container, a metal plate covers the lock inside to forestall the lock from being knocked by. However, I’ve seen no proof on-line that that is prone to occur, and nobody has ever demonstrated that such an assault may very well be completed simply.
Titan Pistol Vault
The Titan Pistol Vault is a compact, strongly constructed handgun protected that additionally options the 5-button Simplex lock. In reality, the designer and proprietor of this product, Matt Miresmaili, as soon as labored for KABA, the corporate accountable for the unique 5-button Simplex lock design. Matt can also be a mechanical engineer, so he was capable of clear up all the safety issues lengthy earlier than going into manufacturing.
The Titan Pistol Vault comes with lots of parts that offers the proprietor a variety of mounting choices. In my video in regards to the machine, I reveal a quick-and-dirty set up underneath a desk. The machine can be mounted underneath a mattress on the body, on a headboard, or on a wall. In addition, the protected may be let go from its mount to perform as a conveyable case.
I used to be so impressed with the V-Line Brute that I positioned it on the high of my suggestions checklist on YouTube. A whole lot of thought went into its design, and the main points add as much as this being an distinctive handgun protected. This machine additionally depends on a Simplex lock for entry.
Made of 10-gauge metal, the Brute has a deep lid profile that covers the entrance and sides of the container, stopping somebody from gaining buy with a pry bar. The lid additionally has a deal with piece welded onto it that surrounds the faceplate of the lock, making it nearly not possible to pry on the lock.
Inside, the gasoline strut assists you when opening the lid, and the froth that traces the protected is perforated in order that the proprietor can customise the inside storage.
A Note About Simplex Locks
I’ve acquired extra questions on Simplex locks than some other matter pertaining to gun safes. So I recorded a sequence of movies that reply a lot of the questions folks ask. Ever surprise what number of mixtures are potential with a Simplex lock? The whole is 2,162, and you may be taught a easy option to calculate this in my video, How Many Combinations Are Possible With a Simplex Lock?
In my video, Can a Simplex Lock Be Opened With a Magnet?, I handle a widespread hearsay alleging that these locks are simply opened. In my video, The Simplex Lock Hidden Defense, I reveal how these locks are designed to forestall pressured entry. And lastly, I’ve recorded probably the most complete tutorial you’ll discover on use these locks: How To Change Your Simplex-Lock Combination.
Rhino Metals Longhorn Strongboxes
The Rhino Metals Longhorn Strongbox sequence consists of a few small safes that don’t function Simplex locks, although they are perfect for use as handgun safes. The first one I like to recommend is the LSB1014.
Like the opposite safes within the Longhorn sequence, this protected has an vintage type about it. The protected is vital locked, and for the common particular person the lock is sufficient. However, due to the way in which the protected is constructed, an individual who’s mechanically inclined and is aware of one thing about locks might substitute the lock with one thing else if wanted.
The different Rhino Metals protected I like to recommend is the LSB1818. This one is bigger and incorporates a Securam lock that’s powered by 9V battery. To function this, you enter an entry code on the entry pad, which sends energy to an digital bolt inside that in the end frees up the primary bolts within the door.
The protected is made with ample metal, and it has no extraneous holes an attacker would possibly exploit. But the primary motive I like to recommend this protected to preppers is which you can go online to Securam and order an entry pad that’s EMP resistant.
And that’s my present really helpful checklist. It’s a brief checklist that continues to develop. The safes aren’t low cost, however additionally they aren’t cheaply made.
Why do I counsel that preppers take into account these safes? Traffic to my site appears to rise and falls with the shifting tide of Covid-19 circumstances. Traffic additionally spikes following sure police-involved shootings, which the general public now expects to be adopted with violent protests and property destruction.
These info hold sending folks to gun outlets and from there to my website. By “people” I imply nearly all people. Visitors to my website are on private networks in addition to these of Senate places of work, the House of Representatives, US Courts, US Department of Justice, US Department of Defense, the White House, and municipal and college networks too quite a few to checklist.
My guests might not take into account themselves preppers, however their actions reveal that lots of Americans are making ready for grave eventualities, nonetheless doubtless or unlikely they might be.