Guns aren’t trophies or family pictures that you want everyone to see. If you’re a family man, then you definitely don’t want your children to see your guns, much more play with them. That’s why a hidden gun safe is very popular among gun enthusiasts particularly those who have families.
According to a gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, there were around 265 children who picked up a gun and shot someone accidentally in 2015. Worse, 83 of those cases resulted in deaths. Out of that number, 41 involved the shooters themselves.
These scary numbers underline the importance of having a gun safe that is inconspicuously placed in a part of the house. The best gun safe is one that is covert and away from the attention of people, especially from thieves who could end up using your weapon against you and your family.
Installing a gun safe isn’t really that easy. For one, you will need another person or two to help you in transporting the gun safe to the exact location where you intend to set it up.
More importantly, you should find a good place where you can access your gun during emergencies. The place should be discreet enough so that your children won’t be able to find your weapons.
But we’ll aid you in installing a hidden gun safe by giving you a step-by-step guide:
1.Decide the exact place to install the gun safe
The first step in mounting a gun safe, whether it is a bedside gun safe or a wall gun safe, is to decide on the place where you want to install it.
You can have it installed in a wall, in the basement, or under your bed. Wherever you want it to be mounted, make sure that the area will let you open and close the safe with ease.
If you’re still not sure of where to install the hidden gun safe, there are several ideas that you can toy with. One is behind fake electrical outlets.
You can also put it inside the front door, but the door must be thick enough for this purpose.
2. Determine the type of gun safe you want.
You must also decide on the type of safe you want. Do you prefer an old-fashioned, heavy safe? Or do you prefer a digital type? Regardless of the type of gun safe you place in your home or office.
You must stick to your decision. Because once the safe is in place, you may not afford to change it because of the expenses, and two, the time it would take to do so.
Here’s one tip to remember in shopping for a gun safe that you intend to place inconspicuously. It should be a safe that adapts well with its environment, and which does not stick out like a sore thumb.
3. Cut a hole in the wall or the floor where you intend to mount the safe.
Ensure that there are no beams and support structures that will be affected by the gun safe. There should also be no wiring or plumbing behind the place, as you don’t want to break something as you try to hide your firearms.
4. After cutting the required openings, place the safe in position.
Cement it. Check the safe and ensure that it is stable and easy to open or access. It should also fit well in the place where you installed it.
5. Secure the gun safe with an extra heavy chain to an immovable structure in the building.
This would give you peace of mind that the safe won’t be easily stolen. You can also use wall mounting or floor mounting features to prevent the gun safe from being stolen.
6. Finally, install an alarm or CCTV around the gun safe as an extra safety feature.
These devices would alert you to any movement or be tampering with the safe.
The bottom line is that you must be able to find a spot first that other people, particularly burglars, won’t be able to suspect as being the place where your guns are stored.
You may have the best biometric gun safe in the world, but if you don’t place it in a strategic and discreet place, then it may not be serving its purpose well.