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30 May 2017

This video demonstrates the superior quality, strength, and engineering, of a Liberty Safe over its competitors. Don’t trust the protection of your valuables to any safe. Choose the best; choose a Liberty.

You can now own a Liberty Safe for as low as $15 DOLLARS A MONTH! Peace of mind, lifetime warranty, and in-home delivery service that is unmatched in the industry. When you do buy a Liberty Safe, buy bigger. You end up putting more inside your Liberty than you ever thought possible.

Buy a Liberty now.  We also offer financing. http://www.LibertySafeLasVegas.com — Home of The Best Built Safes on the Planet. Go there now!

2 Mar 2017
Rhino metals goes hollywood

The Ironworks safe series by Rhino Metals will be making it’s Hollywood debut in the new motion picture movie The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Ferrell and Poehler play two parents who’ve squandered their daughter’s college fund.

With their daughter graduating from high school and looking forward to college there’s only one thing to do; start an illegal casino in the basement. Ferrell and his friends use the Irownworks PSIW 1818 personal safe, seen in the photo below, to house their cash made at their casino.
Rhino metals goes hollywood

If you like Will Farrell movies you won’t be disappointed with this new Warner Bros. release set to open June 30.  Be sure to visit our store to see our full line of Rhino Metals products including the Ironworks series safes used in the movie.

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16 Feb 2017
gun suppressors

The Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367) is a bill that will remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check.

The Hearing Protection Act would change the federal treatment of gun suppressors, making it easier for gun owners to protect their hearing. Instead of the current complicated process the purchasers would have to pass the same instant NICS background check used during the sale of long guns not machine guns. Law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while anyone with a rejected background check would be barred from suppressor purchases.

The National Firearms Act of 1934, federally regulated suppressors so prospective buyers have been sending in a Form 4 application to the ATF, paying the $200 per suppressor transfer tax, and waiting months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. The Hearing Protection Act would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers and refund the tax to anyone who paid the tax after October 22, 2015.

The Hearing Protection Act has gained considerable support since it was introduced in 2015. There have been over 135,000 emails sent directly to legislators from this website www.HearingProtectionAct.com.

“Reaching 100 cosponsors in the House clearly shows that the HPA has a tremendous amount of support, but there is still a lot of work to be done to get it to the President’s desk,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association.

“We are working very hard with Representatives Duncan and Carter, and Senator Crapo to turn this legislation into law as quickly as possible; however, it’s going to take time. As we continue our push to move this bill through the legislative process, we commend the 109 legislators in the House and Senate who have signed on in support of this common sense legislation to make the recreational shooting and hunting experiences safer for generations to come.”

Considering the length of time it takes for a bill to be passed into law, there could still be a considerable amount of time that passes before it becomes law. Let’s consider that process in detail with the following graphic that explains the steps of any bill becoming law.

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1 Dec 2016
fireproof safe

A fireproof safe can also be a lifesaver when it comes to protecting your most valued possessions and important papers. Bank safe deposit boxes may seem like a reliable and secure option when storing valuables. Cameras, security guards, and tons of steel can make this seem like a viable option but exactly how secure and convenient are safe deposit boxes?

Did you know that items stored in bank safe deposit boxes aren’t insured by the FDIC? As stated in their consumer news, “Plus, cash that’s not in a deposit account isn’t protected by FDIC insurance.” So this means that any cash you have stored in the safe deposit box that’s not deposited into an account is uninsured as is any other valuables or paperwork.

Items like passports, wills, and extra keys are not only uninsured but also inaccessible during certain hours. For these reasons, a fireproof safe is an excellent option when it comes to storing your valuables. The following items are just a few to be considered when storing items in your safe:

  1. fireproof safeCash!!! It’s still king, and always good to have some on tap for emergency situations. Valuable jewelry and/or coins. While cash can be deposited into a banking account to gain interest, it’s also inaccessible during possible hours of need.
  2. Legal documents! Important documents like living wills and powers of attorney. In an emergency, access to documents like these can spare stress and anxiety saving much needed time when seconds count.
  3. Health care proxies and contact information. Who knows where this information disappears to when there’s an emergency.
  4. Pharmaceutical contact information, a list of family doctors, and prescribed medication used on a regular basis.
  5. Speaking of wills, if you are designated the executor in a will and it’s stored in a bank safe deposit box, the box it typically sealed when the box’s owner passes.
  6. Other documents like original social security cards, original birth certificates, and passports should also be kept in a fireproof safe for retrieval in times of need.
  7. Important documents related to retirement and bank accounts, outstanding debts and creditor information are also a great idea to keep in a fireproof safe.
  8. Titles to your vehicles and extra keys are also helpful to have handle in an emergency.
  9. Insurance policies for your property and your agents contact information. If you have to file a claim at an odd hour, you will need easy access to these documents.
  10. Family photos saved to external hard drives or CDs are not only valuable; they’re irreplaceable. When storing magnetic media like hards drives, be sure the safe you choose will protect your data. In these cases, you may need to opt for a fireproof data/media safe that provides a higher level of protection from fire.

Lastly, in addition to storing your valuable items in a fireproof safe, you should also consider placing paper items like cash, birth certificates, etc. in a waterproof ziplock bag then placing that inside a fireproof bag. This will give an added measure of protection from fire or the fireman’s water hose should them have to extinguish a fire in the area of your safe.

Click here to read more about fireproof safes and their classifications.

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5 Oct 2016
ft bullseye

Las Vegas, NV – (NevadaSafes.com)- The Meprolight FT Bullseye pistol sight is the first of it’s kind and will change the way shooters acquire their targets increasing response time and accuracy. Milliseconds count in real-time situations and this pistol sight puts shooters on target faster.

The Meprolight FT Bullseye micro optic pistol sight utilizes technology from the best of the worlds of fiber optics, tritium and red dot sights. When red dot sights were introduced they radically changed the way shooters acquired their targets but one drawback was their bulky design. This extra bulk made it challenging to pair a pistol with the perfect holster and sometimes created the problem of sight-snagging on clothing or the holster itself.

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With the Meprolight FT Bullseye pistol sight it’s simple. It has a circle and a dot, and when those are lined up the shooter is on target. It has a super slim low-profile design on the rear sight that’s accurate in day or night conditions. This technology is sure to shorten the sight picture acquisition time and change the game the way red dot sights did in the past.

Tritium fiber optic sights have been around for some time but the Meprolight FT Bullseye pistol sight takes it to another level by removing the front sight all together. The tritium has a 12 year shelf-life and the fiber optic tubes are enclosed in a hard shell to protect them from any breakage that might happen if the pistol is dropped on the sight. The Meprolight FT Bullseye sights come in red and green and at this time and are available for Glock’s and Springfield’s only at this time and currently retail for $199.

This reduction in sight picture acquisition also increases the shooters situational awareness because they spend less time lining up rear sight to front sight to target and back. This is great news for competitions shooters, gun enthusiasts and those who carry for self defense.

For more information on these sights visit, http://www.themakogroup.com/ftbullseye.

26 Sep 2016
liberty safes las vegas

The safe. These timeless machines are some of the toughest around. How do 21st century safes keep thieves out and even protect your valuable from a raging house fire?

More than 500 super strong parts work together. The outer shell is a sandwich of ultra-tough steel and slabs of ground up rock fireproofed to 1,200 degrees. 26 hardened steel bolts clamp the door deep into the sidewalls and a lock with 1.2 million possible combinations gives easy access if you know the code.

The secret to what makes the safe so strong is the way engineers make its steel skin.

In this 300,000 square foot Utah factory that these Liberty safes begin life as 9 ton rolls of coiled up steel. It’s 5 times thicker than the steel used on car body work, and incredibly tough. Workers must wrestle this super strong steel into a precision formed box. It’s a mighty engineering challenge.

Watch this episode of the Science Channel: Machines How They Work

6 Jul 2016
ar-15 reviews

The AR-15 is one of the most popular and versatile semi-automatic rifles
on the market and here are 10 Ar-15 reviews that prove it.

 

#1 Ar-15 Review: Lewis Machine & Tool SLK8

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Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) took the conventional AR and made it even better when it created a monolithic upper (and received the patent) that manufactures the upper receiver and forend into one solid part. Then, it built a quick-change barrel system that allows us to swap calibers by removing two large screws.
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#2 AR-15 Review: Salient Arms International Tier 1 AR-15

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Salient Arms does not fall into that category. The Tier 1 rifle I tested is easily the most unique and custom AR I’ve ever handled. I’ve never seen an AR where so many surfaces and components have been touched or massaged to improve the classic Stoner design. The only stock parts I found on the rifle were the forward assist, receiver extension assembly and takedown pins.
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#3 AR-15 Review: Diamondback DB-15

ar-15 reviewsI spent an afternoon with the DB-15 pistol, my first ever with an AR-style pistol. For the benefit of other first-time AR-style pistol shooters, I discovered that I had the most success shooting the pistol with my support hand on the forend and my firing hand on the pistol grip. I also tried both hands on the pistol grip, but I found that my accuracy and comfort diminished using this technique. The DB-15 pistol comes with a short, 7½-inch barrel and a pistol-length gas system. Read review

 

#4 AR-15 Review: Rock River Arms X-Series

ar-15 reviewsRock River Arms has been in the AR business since 1996, which makes it ancient in the AR world. Back when Mark and Chuck Larson were building ARs in a small building on the banks of the Rock River in central Illinois, only a handful of companies produced ARs, unlike today. In the years since, they landed numerous LE contracts (including the DEA) and have acquired a strong following of loyal customers. Read review

 

#5 AR-15 Review: LWRC M6-IC-SPR

ar-15 reviewsThe M6-IC-SPR should be an appropriate name describing the next generation of the LWRC wonder guns. The “M6” indicates that the model is based on the company’s equivalent to the U.S. military’s SOPMOD M4. Fundamentally, this rifle is a standard carbine available in various barrel lengths. Although M6s have been chambered in either 5.56 NATO or 6.8 SPC, this one is only available in 5.56 NATO — for now. Read review

 

#6 AR-15 Review: Core-15 Tac III Rifle

ar-15 reviewsThe AR-15 was, to a great extent, designed to be manufactured as a precision-machined industrial product. Many of the parts in it are simple industrial fasteners, and even the big parts were designed with the idea of modern industrial processes. That is why we see firms making ARs that are not traditional firearms makers, but instead have a background of precision manufacture. Core 15 machines uppers and lowers from forgings in-house. Read review

 

#7 AR-15 Review: Special Ops Tactical Hanson 14.5

ar-15 reviewsI opted for the Special Ops Tactical (SOT) 141⁄2-inch Hanson Shoulderless Profile. That’s a mouthful. It has a 141⁄2-inch stainless steel barrel with a permanently attached YHM Phantom flash hider, bringing total length to 16 inches. Man, that’s long. More on the barrel later. Support hand and accessories reside on a 12.6-inch free-floated rail, of SOT’s design. The flattop upper receiver sits on a Mil-Spec lower and is machined from 7075-T6 aluminum. Read review

 

#8 AR-15 Review: .223 vs 5.56: What’s the Problem?

ar-15 reviewsAmmo is not ammo. And when doing a .223 vs 5.56 comparison, while the loads are almost identical, they are not the same. To know why, we have to go back to the beginning. The early 1960s were an interesting time. The returning GIs from WWII and Korea had a decade to get things the way they liked. Two tastes they acquired during that time were varmint shooting and benchrest.Varmint shooting was simple.  Read review

 

#9 AR-15 Review: Rock River Arms LAR-8 Elite Operator

ar-15 reviewsThe first thing you notice upon assembly is that you have a stout yet maneuverable rifle in your hands. True it is heavier than a .223 version, but it is well balanced and easy to handle. Adjust the buttstock to your liking and the rifle comes up naturally and easily. An especially nice touch is the “half-quad” handguard. Sure, when you say “half-quad” you might think of just two rails, but don’t worry, it has all four that run half the length of the handguard; from the gas block back. Read review

 

#10 AR-15 Review: 6 Facts About AR-15 Gas Impingement Vs. Piston

ar-15 reviewsNow, here’s the good news. The unmatched modularity of the AR allows you to, in a way, have your cake and eat it, too. As someone who tests and reviews guns for a variety of firearms periodicals, I’ve had the opportunity to test versions of both the gas impingement and piston-driven ARs. Here are my factual discoveries. Read review

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

9 Mar 2016
burglary safes

Burglary Safes are among the many types of safes that provide protection from forced-entry attempts by burglars using tools such as cutting torches, power tools, explosives, chemicals and other common hand tools. Burglary safes are designed to thwart each of these type of attacks by carefully selecting materials and construction techniques best suited for the type of protection needed.

A burglary safe will deter burglaries by preventing unskilled burglars and delaying the skilled ones. While no safe is completely burglar-proof, when combined with other security measures such as intrusion alarms, a burglary safe can significantly increase the chances of a burglar being apprehended or fleeing before the job is done.

Burglary safes provide protection based on time and the tool used to break into the safe. The more tools the safe can protect against, the higher the burglary rating of the safe. Burglary safes are classified using safe ratings based on their construction and performance.

Burglary Safe Ratings and Their Meanings:

Construction Ratings:

Construction ratings rank safes based on the types and thicknesses of materials used. These ratings were developed by the insurance industry and are most commonly termed B-rated and C-rated.

Performance Ratings:

Performance ratings are developed by independent testing laboratories. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the United States, performs their tests based on a written standard called UL 687 which sets the standard that safes have to conform to in order to earn a UL rating. UL 687 rates its safes by the types of burglary tools used and the amount of time they resist attack using an alphanumeric code such as “UL TL-15” or “UL TL-30”.

B Class Burglary Safes

B-Classification / Good Protection

The “B” burglary resistive classification is an industry construction and performance rating. This type of construction rating was established by the insurance industry to develop a standard that will indicate the degree of protection a safe will provide against an attempted burglary attack.

Construction Specifications

Steel doors less than 1″ thick and steel body less than 1/2″ thick.

C Class Burglary Safes

C-Classification / Better Protection

The “C” burglary resistive classification is an industry construction and performance rating. This type of construction rating was established by the insurance industry to develop a standard that will indicate the degree of protection a safe will provide against an attempted burglary attack.

Construction Specifications

Steel doors at least 1″ thick and steel body at least 1/2″ thick.

UL RSC Burglary Safes

burglary safesU.L. Label — Burglary Classification RSC:

Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a limited degree of protection against attack by common mechanical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements

* U.L. listed Group II combination lock or Type 1 electronic lock.

* Door material equivalent to at least 3/16″ open hearth steel.

* Body walls of material equivalent to at least  12 gauge open hearth steel.

Performance Requirements

The door successfully resist entry for a net working time of 5 minutes when attacked against rigorous prying, drilling, punching, chiseling, and tampering attacks by UL technicians.

UL TL-15 Burglary Safes

burglary safesU.L. Label — Burglary Classification TL-15: Best Protection:
Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a maximum door protection against attack by common mechanical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements
• U.L. listed Group 2M, 1, 1R combination lock or Type 1 electronic lock
• 750 lbs. minimum or comes with instructions for anchoring in a larger safe, concrete blocks or on the premises where used.
• Body walls of material equivalent to at least 1″ open hearth steel with a minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
• Walls fastened in a manner equivalent to continuous ¼” penetration weld of open hearth steel with minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
• One hole ¼” or less, to accommodate electrical conductors arranged to have no direct view of the door or locking mechanism.

Performance Requirements
The door successfully resist entry* for a net working time of 15 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinding points, carbide drills and pressure applying devices or mechanisms.

* Entry means for: Opening the door or making a 6 square inch opening entirely through the door or front face

UL TL-30 Burglary Safes

burglary safesU.L. Label — Burglary Classification TL-30: Superior Protection

Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a maximum door protection against attack by common mechanical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements

  • U.L. listed Group 2M, 1, 1R combination lock or Type 1 electronic lock
  • 750 lbs. minimum or comes with instructions for anchoring in a larger safe, concrete blocks or on the premises where used.
  • Body walls of material equivalent to at least 1″ open hearth steel with a minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
  • Walls fastened in a manner equivalent to continuous ¼” penetration weld of open hearth steel with minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
  • One hole ¼” or less, to accommodate electrical conductors arranged to have no direct view of the door or locking mechanism.

Performance Requirements

The door successfully resist entry* for a net working time of 30 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinding points, carbide drills and pressure applying devices or mechanisms, abrasive cutting wheels and power saws.

* Entry means for: Opening the door or making a 6 square inch opening entirely through the door or front face
Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a maximum door protection against attack by common mechanical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements

• U.L. listed Group 2M, 1, 1R combination lock or Type 1 electronic lock
• 750 lbs. minimum or comes with instructions for anchoring in a larger safe, concrete blocks or on the premises where used.
• Body walls of material equivalent to at least 1″ open hearth steel with a minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
• Walls fastened in a manner equivalent to continuous ¼” penetration weld of open hearth steel with minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
• One hole ¼” or less, to accommodate electrical conductors arranged to have no direct view of the door or locking mechanism.

Performance Requirements

The door successfully resist entry* for a net working time of 30 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinding points, carbide drills and pressure applying devices or mechanisms, abrasive cutting wheels and power saws.

* Entry means for:
Opening the door or making a 6 square inch opening entirely through the door or front face

UL TL-30×6  Rated Burglary Safes

burglary safesU.L. Label — Burglary Classification TL-30×6: Extreme Protection
Signifies a combination-locked safe designed to offer a maximum six-sided body and door protection against attack by common mechanical and electrical hand tools and any combination of these means.

Construction Requirements
• U.L. listed Group 2M, 1, 1R combination lock or Type 1 electronic lock
• 750 lbs. minimum or comes with instructions for anchoring in a larger safe, concrete blocks or on the premises where used.
• Body walls of material equivalent to at least 1″ open hearth steel with a minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
• Walls fastened in a manner equivalent to continuous ¼” penetration weld of open hearth steel with minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
• One hole ¼” or less, to accommodate electrical conductors arranged to have no direct view of the door or locking mechanism.

Performance Requirements
The body and door successfully resist entry* for a net working time of 30 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinding points, carbide drills and pressure applying devices or mechanisms, abrasive cutting wheels and power saws.

* Entry means for: Opening the door or making a 6 square inch opening entirely through the body, door or front face

Burglary Safes

Many people are shocked when they hear that some UL rated burglar safes can be penetrated in as little as sixteen minutes. Keep in mind that UL conducts its tests using expert safe crackers in a laboratory setting, and that these safe crackers study construction blueprints of each safe before they crack it. While a world-class burglar might be able to crack a TL-15 safe in 16 minutes, it would probably take the average burglar an hour or more, even if he was reasonably skilled. TL-30 and TL-60 safes are even more difficult to crack, putting them beyond the capabilities of all but the most professional of burglars.

22 Feb 2016

Purchasing a safe to protect your valuables in your home or commercial business is an important one. With so many brands and types of safes, which one is best for your needs? One that works! Poorly made safes only offer the illusion of protection but an incidence of theft or fire could be the worst way to learn this lesson. Purchasing a safe is an investment that will provide protection for many years and may even be passed along to other generations in your family. Watch this short video that dives deeper into inexpensive large-chain store bought safes, and why they should be avoided.

12 Feb 2016
fire rated safes

Updated 11-2-2016

When choosing the right safe for your home or commercial space, fire rated safes may be among those considered. The safe you choose should function according to your need. Fire rated safes provide fire protection classified by the amount of time your valuables will remain safe at certain temperatures.

30 years ago, we had about about 17 minutes to escape a house fire, today it’s down to about 3 to 4 minutes. Today, modern homes and offices are built with less expensive materials that are much more flammable and burn faster. If there’s a fire, you won’t have time to collect valuable items you may want to save AND the people you love. Modern home and office fires give you time to do one thing; GET OUT.

For this reason, many people choose to protect valuable or irreplaceable items by purchasing a fire rated safe. Not all safes are created equal and not all offer fire protection, so it’s important to know what you’re protecting to find  the type of safe that best suits your needs.

Fire Rated Safes: Fireboards vs Composites vs Ceramics

  • Fireboards: Most fire rated safes you will find are wrapped in a 1/4 – 5/8 inch thick layer of fireboard similar to dry wall. This fireboard contains moisture components that, when heated, releases moisture to protect the safes contents. More fireboard means longer protection from fire.
  • Composites: Other fire rated safes use a material called composite sandwiched between two layers of steel. Think of this composite as a kind of lightweight concrete the insulates and shields your contents from extreme temperatures and fire. Different manufacturers can sometimes have different names for proprietary materials they consider composite.
  • Ceramics: K-wool is another material used in fire rated safes. It’s a lightweight,  flexible and durable material made of long ceramic fibers. K-wool has a continuous use limit of 2300°F and a melting point of  3200°F. K-wool is very expensive so it’s as common for use in fire rated safes as fireboard and composite.

How are Fire Rated Safes Tested

We’ve all seen a label with the letters UL next to a rating for major electrical and household appliances. The UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, a global company that does third-party testing, certification, and auditing for commercial products. Intertek ETL is another testing and certification company providing similar services. Chances are you will find UL and ETL markings on many of your household devices and appliances.

Fire rated safes tested in laboratories are placed in a huge furnace with thermal couplings connected to a computer to record data. The furnace is heated to 1200°F in about 10 minutes and maintained at this minimum temperature throughout the duration of the test. As the temperature of the furnace is raised, the computer reads internal temperature changes and when the internal temperature hits 350°F the test is complete.

Normal house fires range between 800°F – 1200°F which is why the minimum furnace temperature during testing is set at 1200°F. Paper begins to discolor just above 350°F, scorches at 410°F, and burns at 451°F. Guns can withstand more heat but items like plastics and other items need to be considered carefully. The average house fire is extinguished in 20 minutes. Fire storms burning through neighborhoods average 2000°F and higher and can level an entire neighborhood in minutes.

It’s important to consider the melting and burning temperatures of the items you plan to store in the safe.

Not all safe manufacturer test are created equal nor are they all conducted in an independent laboratory. This is why product research on your part is important. Some manufacturer safes are “factory certified”, meaning all testing is done in-house without independent witnesses. You’ll want to know if your fire rated safe was tested inside a furnace or is the fire rating derived from the rating of the fireboard or composite alone. If the safe was tested inside a furnace, you’ll want to know how long it took for the furnace to reach 1200°F or the testing temperature. A fire rated safe with a one hour rating where the furnace took 40 minutes to heat up and was tested for only 20 minutes should not be given a one hour fire rating. You should also consider that heat rises so the placement of the heat couplings that read the internal temperatures are important as well.

The most important things to consider when buying a Fire Rated Safe:

  • What material is being used as the fire protection? Wall board or composite material?
  • How many layers or how thick is the fire wall?
  • Are all the susceptible spots protected with this fire protection? Door jambs, internal hinges? Walls, ceiling and floors?
  • How was this safe tested and rated?
  • What is the warranty, if there is one, on the safe in case of fire?

Your Home as Fuel

Studies show that modern houses and materials are more flammable than those of the past. Modern homes tend to provide us with just minutes to escape. Wood houses burn hotter than concrete homes and brick houses tend to burn hotter as brick absorbs more heat than concrete. The materials of the items we choose for furniture and other decorations can also affect the burning temperature and escape time considerably.

If you’re storing cash in a fire rated safe, you should definitely consider emergency response times and invest accordingly. If the items you store in a safe are at all worth the investment to protect them from fire, by all means spend it. If the stored items are fragile or even much more valuable than the safe itself, you should consider purchasing a “fire box” as well. These items will have an additional layer of fire protection, protecting them for an extended period of time at higher temperatures.

Be Sure Your Safe is Safe From Fire

When securing valuables, theft is often considered first, but fire is a constant threat as well. A fire rated safe could be the difference between the loss of important documents or valuables that could have been saved, and the sigh of relief you feel when returning to your fire-damaged residence to see your safe still standing.

Buying a fire rated safe or any other type of safe is a great investment. Stay informed and ask questions to be sure you have the right safe for your needs. You should also check with your insurance agent to see if any discounts are in order for having a fire rated safe in your home.

 

27 Jan 2016
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25 Jan 2016
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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.