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17 May 2016
biometric gun safe

When the goal of owning a firearm is protection, the speed at which you access it becomes just as important as storing it safely when it’s not in use. Gun safes provide an added layer of protection with gun ownership that protects family members and prevents theft. Biometric gun safe locks are the latest technological advances among safe manufacturers offering quick secure access to firearms or valuables.

When we think of home or office safes, the iconic large-dial combination lock types of safes is what may come to mind first, but the days of the cannonball safe are gone. Since we sit on the cutting edge of technology, the evolutionary path of safe technology is also seeing great benefits from today’s technology pool. Some of the biggest advancements in safe technology have come from the improvements made with locking mechanisms as safe manufacturers now offer biometric locking mechanisms as an option when purchasing a safe.

Biometric Gun Safe Anatomy

biometric gun safeThe term biometric refers to an automated user-identification method using physical traits. These physical identification traits include fingerprints, the iris, face, veins in the hand, signatures, thermograms, and voiceprints. Biometrics are more secure than traditional methods because they are more difficult to steal. Even before the days of CSI, detectives dusted crime scenes for fingerprints left behind as a means of identification.

As you know, everyone has a unique fingerprint, but with so many unique combinations for fingerprints, how do biometric gun safe locks work? Within each fingerprint are unique identifiers called minutiae points or the major features of a fingerprint. The biometric lock has a template stored in it’s database that matches these points onto their template and assigns a code to your print. Since this technology pulls from a digital database, it’s possible to store more than one fingerprint, and some have the capacity to hold up to 100 unique fingerprints. It’s a good idea to store more than just one of your own fingerprints and/or maybe more than one person’s print. If something happened to you, who else besides a locksmith would be able to open the safe?

The Good, The Bad, and The Biometric

The good news with biometric locks is no more lost or forgotten passwords. Another advantage of biometric mechanisms is the compact size needed for the touchpad and the low cost to produced them, making them optimal for small or large devices. The scanning surface for fingerprint biometrics is just over one half inch. The other obvious advantage of biometric lock is speed. With just one swipe of your finger it’s possible to gain access to a safe’s contents. Many people may have no need to quickly access their jewelry or important documents, but when it comes to home security, begin able to quickly retrieve a firearm could mean a great deal.

The disadvantages of biometric gun safes are minimal but definitely worth mentioning, one of which is smearing. If the identifying finger gets sweaty or wet, this will negatively impact the device’s ability to correctly match the fingerprint pattern denying access to an excited user.

About one third of American households own a firearm, keep yourself and your family safe with the responsible storage, and quick access provided by a biometric gun safe.

Check out this Biometric Gun Safe in Action:

Looking for more information on the technology behind biometric gun safes, visit our page of Biometric Safes

5 Apr 2016
tsa approved gun travel

Flying with guns is not illegal, nor should you feel awkward when doing so. As long as you adhere to the specific guidelines put in place by the TSA and your airline, you will have no problem flying with your guns. Most major airlines support the TSA’s guidelines for traveling with guns on domestic flights.

Whether you’re a competition shooter or just traveling to an unfamiliar place and need an added layer of protection, traveling with your firearm is a simple process as long as you are TSA approved.

Firearms

  • When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
  • Call you airline a head of time and tell them what you plan to do. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply. Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.
  • Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
  • Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.

Ammunition

  • Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm. Read the requirements governing the transport of ammunition in checked baggage as defined by 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).
  • Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm.
  • Most airlines will allow up to 11 pounds of ammunition but again, check with your airline of choice to be sure you’re in compliance and still remain under their weight limit for checked bags.

UPDATED 1-11-16

Here is a copy of one airlines Firearms Declaration tag to be stored with your firearm for TSA approved gun travel:

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Please enjoy this short TSA video

27 Jan 2016
las vegas gun safes
25 Jan 2016
las vegas philanthropy

Nevada Safes makes charitable contributions to both charities and organizations in the spirit of giving back to others. This donation check was presented to Mr. Don Turner, President of the NVFAC, Nevada Firearms Coalition. One of the NVFAC’s main objectives is to be the statewide association promoting the ownership and safe use of firearms for self-defense, competition, recreation and hunting. They also safeguard the rights of the citizens of Nevada to keep and bear arms in accordance with the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Nevada.

In addition to the NVFAC, Nevada Safes also makes regular contributions to A Home 4 Spot animal rescue, the Alzheimer’s Association, the ASPCA, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the One Fight Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project, the NRA, the Nevada Firearms Coalition, and Project Childsafe.