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Gun Safety

For this article, we’re going to step away from reloading brass and look briefly at gun safety. Too often, guns are left unsecured inside the home, making it easy for children to see it and want to play with it. What makes this worse is when the ammo is stored in the same location of the gun.

If you’re like me, you begin teaching your children about gun safety early on. In fact, you’ve probably even brought them in the shop with you and allowed them to watch on as you reload brass. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so; children need to be taught at an early age to respect the power of the weapon and the severity of it’s misuse.

Children will be children and want to explore. That’s why following some basic steps will ensure your firearms and children are safe.

Store in a specially made gun safe

A gun in the home is the ultimate defense against intruders. Having your firearm in just any safe will prevent you from gaining access to your firearm in the case of an emergency. That’s why many gun safe companies have begun to manufacture specially designed safes that are designed with the intent of providing quick access.

Many of these safes use biometrics, such as fingerprint scanning, that allow you to bypass the keycode in the even of an emergency. Also, they open with a second, all but removing the delay between you and your weapon.

The downside of biometrics

As with any new technology, there’s always a bad side. Biometric controls require a constant flow of electricity to operate. Now, many will have an on-board battery backup that allows for use in the event of power grid failure. However, they only last so long. The way to avoid being locked out of your own safe is to have a key override feature.

The downside to this? There’s a key for you to keep track of and away from your children.

Multi-gun safes

Not all of your firearms are intended for home defense. That’s why you will likely have a multi-gun safe for storing your rifles and other firearms. These, however, seldom have biometric features because it would make them nearly unaffordable. They do have keypad features, however, that offer a slightly increased security.

The key to keeping your children out of these is to never tell them the combination. Just be sure you have a key-override and keep the key stored somewhere they can’t find it. The reason for this is most of these safes will lock it out after a number of failed attempts at the code.

Gun Cabinets of Yesteryear

We’ve all got them; gun cabinets passed down from our grandfather’s grandfather that has become a family heirloom. Many of these are more for decoration than safety and have no security features whatsoever. These should be used solely for decoration, unless you added a locking mechanism that can not be hacked.

Safety Bullets

Perhaps not an entirely new concept is the idea of using a safety bullet in your firearm. Essentially, a safety bullet is just a dummy bullet that allows you to keep your firearm loaded and the first round being unusable. The idea behind this is should a child gain access to your firearm, or should there be an accidental discharge, the first round won’t fire. And, without the first round firing, the gun won’t cycle the next round without the shooter’s help.

Remember, gun safety is the number one priority of gun ownership. Be smart and responsible whenever dealing with firearms.