Aside from the initial purchase of your firearm one of the most important buying decisions you can make is the choice of one of many available
Gun Safes on the market. There is a lot of debate about which is the most reliable, which has the best features, and which one can truly protect your belongings from intruders. This article is in no way intended to point you to a specific product, because as you will learn there may not be a perfect answer, it is instead intended to help you understand better what you need to look for.

One of the most important things to know when searching out what Gun Safes are the best is to realize what exactly they are truly designed for, and what specifically they are not. It is a common misconception that gun safes, or any safe for that matter, are designed to keep intruders from getting to your valuables. The reality is these are actually created to be deterrents. There has never been a safe created that cannot be cracked into if the expert has enough time. The key is to be so strong that the criminal will have to take too much time to open it. This will either be long enough to get them caught, or they will give up and leave out of fear that they will be.

It is important to know that its not the fact that the added features are ineffective, it is just that they are only as effective and useful as they serve the need of prolonging the expert from getting inside. The true indicator, and the one element that you should look for, is the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) rating.

The UL rating has become the industry standard in the effectiveness of a safe. These ratings indicate several factors, including how long it will take an expert to crack into it. The minimum standard is the basic Residential Security Container rating. This states that an expert is unable to gain access to the safe for a minimum of five minutes and is often found in most traditional home safes.

The general high standard is the TL-15 and TL-30 Burglary Classifications. The TL-15 indicates that a professional safe cracker was unable to open the safe, using home style generic tools, for at least 15 minutes. The TL-30 shows that the safe can withstand the same kind of attack, but for an extended 30 minutes.

Beyond these ratings the UL offers some classifications regarding safe thickness; however it should be known that the previously mentioned certifications are the most typical. It is rare that you will find other ratings on residential gun safes and if you do, it is a good idea to question why. There are some businesses and manufacturers that will imply that these signify special securities that are simply no different or better than other Gun Cabinets you may find on the market, and for a lower cost.

Ultimately the most important thing to understand is that it is not about the bells and whistles, it is about how long you can keep an intruder at bay. Don’t be misled by advertisers into thinking you need to spend more on something that may not be any more effective then the next gun safe. The key is to get informed about the products you are purchasing, and when all else fails check user reviews online.