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Types of Gun Sights

Iron and optical sights are used on firearms, telescopes, and crossbows to increase aim. Within firearms, there are different types of sights depending on the weapon you are using. Become familiar with these for the firearm of your choice. Learning these different types of sights will give you a better understanding of how they function, and how to best utilize them when using your firearm.

Simple Sights

These types of sights are more basic than other sights that may be used. They are the sights referred to as iron sights. In most cases, they will consist of two parts, a front aiming piece that is lined up with another at the rear. These types of sights are common with handguns, although they are also present on rifles as well.


When used on firearms, this type of sight will generally be created by two rugged metal parts. Although they are normally built into the firearm, they can be adjusted or fixed when factors such as elevation, target speed, and wind speed are relevant. There are two different types, open sight and closed sight, both of which take time to master.

Optical Sights

These types of sights are more advanced, using optics to allow the user to see a magnified image of the target. This also includes a reticle, which is the target crosshairs that many people have come to associate with what a sight is. These crosshairs are used to indicate exactly where the firearm is lined up, and the target you are shooting. Within the classification of optical sights, there are two main groups:

  • Telescopic sights – these have a graphic image pattern reticle placed in a position that gives the most optimal aim. These are used on firearms, as well as surveying equipment and some bigger telescopes.


  • Reflector sights – these will be non-magnifying sight that shows an aiming point over the target. The idea behind this sight first originated from an Irish optical designer in 1900, and progressed from there. They were heavily used in World War II and the technology only further progressed over time making this a more viable option.


Find out which sight works best for your needs, and invest in a firearm that uses it. There are many different types when it comes to firearm sights, especially those that are optical. Learn the differences in your weapon before making any major decisions. By doing this, you can learn how to better use these sights to improve your accuracy. For more questions or to purchase a reliable safe contact GunVault at (800) 242-1055.

Tips For Long Term Gun Storage

The days of burying your guns are over my friends, hiding your firearms off-site is useless if there is an emergency and downgrades the quality of your gun. In this day and age there are ways to store your guns that keep you and your family safe while maintaining the integrity of your firearms. When it comes to proper storage the most important things is preparation and where you store it. There are three main reasons proper long term gun storage is important:
1. Protecting family, keeping guns stored securely so children cannot access them.
2. Protecting guns, keeping them nice.
3. Keeping them secure from thieves but available in case of break-ins.

Pretreat your Firearms

1. Break Down Your Gun as much as you can.
2. Keep Gun Decocked this relieves tension in the springs and other parts of the gun.
3. Remove All Fingerprints from the gun. Residue left behind can affect the quality of the gun over time.
4. Clean Your Gun Completely. Copper, lead and plastic will all attract moisture so cleaning your gun with an ammonia-free cleaner will help keep it dry.
5. Thoroughly Clean Out The Bore of your gun and then apply a very thin layer of lubrication. Also apply a thin layer to other exposed metal on the gun. This creates a thin coating that protects and seals the surface while in storage.
6. Treat Wood Stocks With Wax to prevent any swelling or cracking from occurring. Don’t forget to wax the inside of the stock, it’s all important!

**Continue to check your stored firearms periodically, especially if living in a humid climate. Be sure to re-oil if necessary.

Pretreat your Storage Area

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have a safe and reliable storage area. A Gun Vault is a great storage option that will protect and secure your firearms. Here are storage tips to avoid and actions to take.
1. Gun Safe this is the most secure option for storing your guns while keeping them readily accessible. Protected interior keeps your firearm from rust, dirt, and moisture if stored properly. Safe can be opened by key, code, or fingerprints.
2. Use a Silicon-Treated Gun Sock the silicon protects your firearm from rust and moisture getting in while the thick fabric protects against any scratches and dirt.
3. Gun Storage Bags protect your gun from rust, dust and corrosion for years.
4. Use Desiccant or a Dehumidifier inside of the gun storage location to prevent moisture from rusting and cracking your guns.
5. Store your long guns barrel down so no oil can seep into the stock or other parts of the gun.
1. Sheep-Skin Lined Cases these attract moisture which can cause the rusting process to begin within 24 hours. Not only does moisture create rust but with too much exposure it can cause your stock to crack.
2. Gun’s Original Box or any cardboard box, these become very weak over time and alert anyone and everyone of what is being stored. Similar to the sheep-skin these also attract moisture and threaten the longevity and quality of your gun.

If you’re ready to switch to a safe, more secure, and easily accessible method of gun storage consider a Gun Vault safe today.

Call Today (800) 242-1055 or contact Gun Vault online.

Factors to Consider When Deciding Which Gun to Take Camping

Going Camping? Deciding Which Gun to Bring

Going on a camping trip is a great way to appreciate the outdoors and enjoy some valuable recreation time. If you’re a gun owner, taking your guns with you camping is essential. If you are camping for a hunting trip, this is obvious. Even if you are just going out for a relaxing weekend, knowing which gun to take can improve your outdoor experience and, since you have a range of choices, why not? Deciding which gun to bring is largely a matter of what you plan on doing. If you are hunting, a higher caliber rifle is going to be necessary, but if you are just heading to the lake for a weekend, you may be content with a handgun.

Choosing a gun to bring with you on a camping trip is largely a matter of personal preference. If you are the type who wants to keep a 12-gauge shotgun on hand while venturing into the outdoors, so be it. For many gun owners, though, keeping a small side arm in a vehicle or on your person is preferable since they are easily concealed and do not take up much space. If you desire a larger gun, rifles can easily be stored on gun racks in vehicles and trailers and are versatile options for long range target practice.

Selecting the right gun or guns to take with you camping mostly comes down to what activities you are interested in doing. From hitting the gun range to firing off a few rounds in the desert, you never know when you’ll want or need your gun, so consider bringing a selection of two or three in different models and calibers. In addition to recreation, keeping a gun with you while camping can be a good security measure. Depending on where you go, keeping a gun may be important for survival in certain situations. Remote areas where bears or wolves frequent can necessitate a gun to scare away potential disturbances.

Protecting your camp is important in remote wilderness areas and could even be the difference between life and death or serious injury in the most dire situations. For the vast majority of camping trips, you will only be using your gun for recreation and will, hopefully, never have to use it for defense, but like any successful wilderness experience, going prepared is extremely important to comfort and well being.

Are Gun Locks Safe?

How Safe Are Gun Locks?

Gun locks are a popular way to secure guns by either blocking the trigger or obstructing the barrel and preventing ammunition from being loaded. Both trigger locks and cable locks are purported to be secure ways in which to store a firearm to prevent loading and firing. The important question, though, is how safe are these locks really? The principal behind gun locks is largely to keep children from loading and firing the gun. While responsible gun ownership means keeping firearms unloaded and stored in a quality safe with high grade locks or biometric security, cheap gun locks are often seen as acceptable forms of gun security outside of a safe. The reality is, however, that many gun locks can be easily broken or picked open.

Insecure Locks

Many cable locks can be easily cut with basic household tools like pliers and trigger locks can be easily picked with a screwdriver. The reality surrounding the manufacturing of many gun locks is such that they are simply not as secure as they appear. The Consumer Product Safety Commission even issued findings about deficiencies in Project ChildSafe cable locks, noting how easily they can be removed and recommending manufacturing more secure locks.

Not every gun lock on the market contains the same levels of vulnerability to breaches, but too many mass produced gun locks simply lack the manufacturing strength to impede access from simple tools, or even blunt force. Inexpensive, consumer gun locks often give more false security than legitimate gun protection. Design deficiencies and defects in many commercial locks have the potential to contribute to more gun tragedies if left unaddressed.

Better Gun Security

Responsible gun storage involves more than just attaching a trigger or cable lock to the weapon and calling it secure. If you own a gun or multiple guns, invest in a gun safe. Gun locks can be breached much easier than safes and a high quality locking safe is a much stronger deterrent than a gun lock. While the principle behind gun locks is not the problem, poor manufacturing is often what creates potentially dangerous situations when it comes to gun storage and overall security.

Better testing and higher quality materials for all gun locks could help prevent gun deaths resulting from children accessing and using weapons. Project ChildSafe leads efforts to help protect guns and keep children safe by providing gun safety locks and gun safety information, but more can be done to better secure gun locks of every variety from tampering by children through improved security standards. When considering a gun lock, look for a high quality lock that may cost a little more, but can better protect your weapon. As always, take more complete security measures and properly store guns in quality locking, or even biometric, gun safes.

GunsAmerica Praises GunVault’s AR-MagVault & BreechVault

GunsAmerica Praises GunVault’s AR-MagVault & BreechVault

In case you haven’t heard, GunsAmerica recently gave praise for two of GunVaults products:

  1. The AR-MagVault which is for AR-15 pattern rifles and
  2. The BreechVault, for semi-auto and pump shotguns.

The online article states, “GunVault, who you probably know from their biometric handgun safes, has recently introduced two products that take the place of those pesky cable locks for not a lot of money. If you aren’t locking your gun in a safe and you feel you need to provide a foolproof measure to keep your gun safe from firing, one of these might be for you. Neither can be eliminated with a $5 pair of bolt cutters from Wal-Mart, and one is even on sale for a few days more for $13.95.”

Read the complete article here: GunsAmerica.  Thank you GunsAmerica for this lovely article!

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