Cheap Saw vs. Expensive Gun Safe
Many have tried, few have failed. The reaction from those that test this theory is often “wow, that was surprisingly easy”.
Lack of True Security
The first thing many will look at when considering a gun safe is the gauge of steel used for the safe walls. While that is an understandable approach to take, that is an outdated way of thinking. Steel does not provide the level of security that is often being marketed. For a gun thief, there are plenty of tools that can help them break into a safe.
However, the biggest threat to your gun safe than the industry doesn’t want to address is a cheap carbide saw blade. A modern saw blade is capable of cutting through the steel used on most gun safes like butter. That’s right; one simple blade allows a thief to spend less time breaking in and more time to go through your stuff.
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Common Security Misconceptions
What the gun safe industry refuses to acknowledge is that any gun safe can be broken into. They often push the idea that you’re getting greater security because of stickers and labels. The UL rating for security does not consider the use of an inexpensive carbide saw blade. It’s these types of blades that will destroy your safe.
When addressing this issue, another common misconception is that the saw cutting the steel will create smoke. If you’re assuming conveniently placed smoke alarm will scare off a would-be thief, you’re mistaken. The apparent “smoke” is actually not smoke at all. What you’re often seeing when this is demonstrated is the dust from the drywall inside of your safe.
The drywall itself is another security concern that gun owners should be aware of. It is often assumed that the weight from these “safes” is due to the steel. That is incorrect. What you are often getting is thin steel that is then layered with drywall and carpeting. Once a thief has made their way through the steel, the drywall and carpeting are gone in under a minute along with your valuables.
So, how do you solve this problem? With a double, steel-walled cement filled gun safe. These safe have been on the market for some time but are often looked at as unpopular because they “don’t look pretty” and aren’t a showpiece. But the truth is, security should always come first when considering a gun safe. With a gun safe like the TRUE, security is the primary focus. This security is a function of steel and the cement composite.
Even if someone were to cut through the outer steel wall, once the saw blade hits the cement that blade is toast. Furthermore, if someone were to be successful in removing a section of steel, they would then have to work their way through 2.5” of cement and then another wall of steel. You now have time on your side whereas a residential security container disguised as a safe can be cut open in seconds.