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Growing Up in Shooting Sports

Not everyone grows up, instantly loving the things their families do. As you start to become your own person you may or may not find joy in all of the family traditions, and that is okay. But sometimes, you find that you do actually love the things that you were once hesitant of.

Here’s a story of just that. One of the GunVault employees decided to open up and share her story about how she got into shooting sports. If you’re nervous about going to the range for the first time, thinking about taking the sport up as a passion, or just want to hear a good story about a fellow shooter, keep reading!

“Growing up I was surrounded by loving parents and siblings who enjoyed anything that involved the outdoors.  We would frequently go camping, hiking and partake in fishing. One of the hobbies my family enjoyed was shooting. But for me, this was one I was always unsure about. I tried to talk myself out of all the hunting and shooting range trips whenever possible at a young age, using excuses like homework and school events. However, with having such a strong father-daughter bond my father never brought my excuses.

My family was very involved in the sports shooting industry. We would attend many competitions where men and women from all over the country would compete. This mesmerized me but frightened me at the same time. As I got older and came into my own, I started to reminisce on the times with my family at the competitions and how excited everyone was. I thought to myself if this is something that is so important to my family, why not make them happy and just finally try it. Little did I know, this would bring me much more happiness than I could have ever thought.

I decided to take a chance and meet my family at the range to watch one of their competitions. While there, I started to spark a conversation with a woman who works at the range about costs, available range times and instructors. She was so relatable, and her story made me feel so comfortable that I signed up to meet her at the range the very next day. I left excited. The feeling of the unknown didn’t scare me anymore it was exhilarating.

Showing up the next day at the range with no one around, just me, the instructor and three different firearms was surreal. I remember the women who was instructing me offering me pointers, different ways to stand and hold the firearms for better comfort and control. I always thought that once you knew how to shoot, you were set and no more work was needed. However, I quickly learned that this is not the case, practice makes perfect. The more I practiced the more comfortable I felt about handling the firearms no matter where I was.

Now six years later, I am still an avid shooter. I take the time to go to the range at least once a week for about an hour to practice. I’ve built a close-knit friend group in the community, both men and women. These are not just friends at the range but ones who have become part of the family. We celebrate holiday, stand by each other in hard times, and celebrate the good things in life, all together. All from a bond built from shooting.

Today I partake in three-gun competitions where I not only compete but instruct others exactly the same way I was instructed six years ago. Shooting sports have become a part of me in so many ways. I love shooting sports because I not only know how to see a gun and not be frightened but I know now how to protect myself.

I hope by sharing my story I can inspire others to embrace the sport and develop a love for it as deep as I did.

See you at the range!”

Getting a Firearm as a Gift

What to Do with Your First Gun

With the holidays a thing of recent past, you may have received a gift you just don’t know what to do with, such as a firearm. If this is you don’t panic. A firearm is a precious gift and we want to share with you the ways to not fear your firearm but to understand it.

Rules of Gun Safety

First things first, enroll in your local gun safety course. This could be through a local shooting range, NRA or even your state game and fish department. This is the most beneficial way for you to feel comfortable with your firearm. Who knows, you could even meet others who have the same interests as you!

In the meantime, you should know the basics:

  • Always treat your firearm as it is loaded
  • Never point your firearm at something you are not willing to destroy
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
  • Always know what is behind your target

Choose the Right Gun Safe

This could not be more important. You will want to select a gun safe based on the size of your firearm and its purpose. Most guns will come with a cable lock of some sort but you should also have a reliable safe if you have a gun in the home, especially if you have children in your home. If you have a handgun consider  GunVault. We have a wide variety of safes to fit your needs. Our line up includes both biometric and digital safes, safes for the home and for on the go.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best way to learn is through continuous practice.

Start by setting goals for yourself. It is the first of the year after all so make yourself a New Year’s resolution in relation to your firearm. Maybe that’s you planning to go to the range once a week for the next three months. Or you want to learn how to trap shoot, so signing up for a course would be helpful. There are so many resources at your fingertips through your local shooting ranges or NRA chapters that the opportunities are endless for you to succeed in your goal. Shooting skills won’t come overnight so be sure you continue to practice.

Always remember, be safe with your firearm and don’t be afraid of it. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hit the target every time.

Holiday Gift Guide

When it comes to gift giving we’ve got you covered. We know it can it be overwhelming finding the perfect gift for each person in your life, so we have put together a Holiday Gift Guide to put your mind at ease.

SpeedVault Biometric

This quick access gun safe is made for the Bond hero in your life. With a sleek design and discreet feel, our fingerprint safe is the ideal gift for anyone that wants to safely, and secretively, store a weapon in their home or office. You think the characters in your favorite action scene are alert and responsive? Wait until you see our biometric fingerprint scanner in combination with the gravity-led dropdown door!

MicroVault Biometric

For the traveler in your life, our MicroVault Biometric Pistol Safe is one of a kind. Ideally for the on the go person, the MicroVault gun safe comes with a steel security cable, allowing for easy attachment to just about any fixed object to ensure safekeeping. The high-strength lock and precise fittings make it virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools.

NanoVault 300

Do you have a jet-setter that is close to you? Maybe for business or maybe for pleasure? We have the perfect, small firearm safe that not only falls within TSA regulations but is compact enough to be placed in a bag, briefcase or under a vehicle seat. This is ideal for home, travel or concealed-weapon permit holders. As always, if traveling with a firearm always visit for all firearm-related air travel requirements.

MultiVault Biometric

Our MultiVault Biometric safe is perfect for the home protector. During stressful situations gaining quick access to your safe is imperative. With the MultiVault Biometric, there is no frustration of remembering a code, as you simply use your fingerprint to open up the safe quickly and quietly. This safe is the smartest and fastest way to store your handguns or valuables.

So, are you ready to pull the trigger and purchase a new GunVault for yourself or someone close to you? Be sure to check out the holiday deals from our retailers!

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Gun Range Safety

Whether you have a new gun or ammo that you can’t wait to try, or maybe it’s your weekly hobby. Going to the shooting range should always be a safe and fun experience. Every range comes with their own set of rules but there are three standard rules that are always applicable when it comes to gun safety and the shooting range.

  1. Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction and away from others
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot
  3. Keep the gun unloaded until you’re ready to use the firearm

If this is your first time at the shooting range, it’s important to introduce yourself to the Range Safety Officer (RSO). Be sure to tell your RSO that it is your first time at the range, this will allow them to tell you what you need to know before you set up your gear and inform you of any rules that the range has. It’s imperative that you learn the commands used at your range. Compliance with the RSO is mandatory and will keep you and others safe.

Two of the most common range commands are Ceasefire and Commence Firing.

  1. Ceasefires are used whenever all shooting must stop, regardless of reason. There should be no handling of firearms when this is called. Anyone in the shooting range can call a ceasefire. If you aren’t sure if you should call a ceasefire or not, call it! It is better to be safe than sorry. Some possible reasons for you or the RSO to call this would be if someone has accidentally walked too close to the firing area, if someone in the range has become ill, or if it’s time to change or retrieve targets.
  2. Commence Firingis the command given that tells the range attendees that it’s safe to shoot.

Always keep in mind that you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those around you. If you see that someone isn’t following the rules, you should leave the range and tell the RSO what is going on. Other courteous shooting range manners include not shooting at posts, supports or target frames as they’re expensive to replace as well as leaving the gun range better than you found it. This means cleaning up your firing station or any trash you may see lying around. A fun day at the shooting range happens when you and others put safety and courtesy first!



How To Clean Your Gun

How To Clean Your Gun

Proper inspection and cleaning of your gun will keep it functioning smoothly and firing safely. Due to the small explosion in the chamber every time the trigger gets pulled, residue and sediment get left on the inside of the barrel, which makes it imperative that you take the time to clean it regularly in order to avoid dangerous malfunctions. You should be cleaning your gun after every time you fire it, and especially after a target practice where you fired lots of rounds.

Remember to always clean your gun in a well-ventilated area. Not only does the solvent and lubricant smell foul, but the fumes are noxious and can make you sick so it’s good to have a place with good air circulation when cleaning your guns. Once you have a good place chosen to clean your guns, next is the cleaning tools–aka cleaning kit. Whether you have purchased a pre-assembled cleaning kit from a sporting goods store or you assemble it individually, you will need a few key things in your cleaning supplies.

What you need:

  • Cleaning solvent
  • Lubricant or gun oil
  • A bore brush
  • Cleaning rod
  • A patch holder and patches
  • Flashlight
  • A nylon cleaning brush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Microfiber cloths for polishing

Once you have all of your supplies ready, disassembling your gun before cleaning it is a must–although it is rarely necessary to take a pistol completely apart for anything other than repairs. Only disassemble the gun as much as the manufacturer recommends, check the owner’s manual for instructions to prepare the gun for cleaning. Once you have completed that, you are ready to clean your gun.

Step 1: Cleaning the barrel with the cleaning rod and patches.

Working from the back of the bore if you can, soak the bore (or inside of the barrel) using a cleaning rod, patch holder, and the right size cotton patches for your gun. If you are unable to work from the back of the bore, use a muzzle guard–this keeps the cleaning rod from banging against the muzzle, which can cause your gun to malfunction.

–To thoroughly clean the barrel out, push a solvent soaked patch through the bore until it exits the other end and remove the patch. Don’t pull the patch back through because that will redeposit all the gunk you just cleaned off.

Step 2: Alternate the bore brush and patches.

This will thoroughly scrub the barrel. Remove the patch holder and attach the bore brush, run the bore brush back and forth along the full length of the bore 3-4 times to loosen any debris. Then, reattach the patch holder and run solvent soaked cotton patches through the bore, removing them when they have exited the front. Continue repeating this process until a patch comes out clean. We recommend running one more dry patch through to dry it out and inspect closely for any missed build-up.

Step 3: Lubricate the barrel.

Attach the cotton mop to the cleaning rod and apply a few drops of gun conditioner or lubricant to the cotton mop. Run the cotton mop through the bore to leave a light coating of gun oil on the inside.

Step 4: Use solvent to clean and lubricate the action.

Apply solvent to the gun brush and brush all parts of the action, make sure to wipe them dry with a clean cloth. Next, lightly lubricate the moving parts of the action (a light coating helps prevent rust, a heavy coating attracts debris).

And, voila! You are finished! Now just make sure to wipe down the rest of your gun! We recommend a luster cloth (a flannel cloth that comes pretreated with a silicon lubricant), this will remove any leftover debris as well as add shine! Although if you don’t have a particular cloth designated for cleaning your gun(s), old shirts and socks work really well too.

Facts about the Second Amendment

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We learned them in grade school, but we don’t give the Bill of Rights much consideration and how it affects us today. Consider the Second Amendment, for example. You might know that the amendment protects our right to bear arms, but do you know why it was created or when? Probably not. Looking to test your knowledge on the second amendment? Take our quiz and see how much you really know!

Here are some facts so you can spruce up what you know about the second amendment:

  • There has been some controversy over whether or not individuals should have the right to bear arms even if they are not in service to the nation (i.e. in the army), but, in 2001, the federal court ruled that individuals can indeed “privately possess” their own firearms.
  • James Madison was the primary author of the Bill of Rights and was known as the “Father of the Constitution” because of his extensive work in creating it and writing papers to encourage its ratification.
  • The Bill of Rights was drafted in 1789
  • The Second Amendment was largely included originally because there was no trained army and the nation depended on the aptitude of its citizens when the time for war came.
  • John Adams began the establishment of a trained militia when he created the professional navy.

Our country is governed by a document that is over two hundred years old, and still it functions. And, thanks to the Bill of Rights, we are able to maintain our ways of life. As responsible citizens, we should know important facts about the Constitution and its amendments.

For all those who exercise the right to bear arms, be sure that you are taking proper care of your firearms by storing them in a secured gun safe. Have any questions or looking for the reliable safe to protect your family? Contact GunVault today!

Understanding Common Gun Malfunctions

Guns, like any other piece of mechanical equipment, are prone to malfunction. Guns are susceptible to jamming or misfiring–both defined as a partial or complete failure of the gun to function as designed. These malfunctions can be temporary, harmless events or dangerous instances where injury occurs and the gun is permanently damaged. Understanding common firearm malfunctions and why these situations occur is an important aspect of gun ownership. Improper maintenance and user negligence are the two principal reasons for gun malfunctions, and these malfunctions can be grouped into two types: mechanical malfunctions and cartridge malfunctions. Here are a few of the most common ways in which guns malfunction.

Dud Rounds


This is a common reason for misfires in guns of any variety. Basically, dud rounds consist of a failure to discharge due to malfunctions in the primer or powder. This malfunction causes the round to fail to discharge from the gun. These are typically fairly minor forms of malfunction in guns and require that the round be removed. Always dispose of the dud round since it can still pose a risk if reused.

Incomplete Discharge


Incomplete discharges occur when the round fails to exit the gun barrel and becomes lodged inside of it. These malfunctions are some of the most dangerous since the gun could actually explode. When the round does not carry enough force to fully exit the gun, the discharge is considered incomplete. Additional rounds that are fired when this occurs can strike the lodged round and cause a total weapon failure. This could ultimately injure the shooter or those in the vicinity. Incomplete discharges can occur as a result of any obstruction in the barrel, round or otherwise.

Delayed Discharge


When there is a delay in the triggering action of the gun and the ignition of the propellant, delayed discharges can occur. These malfunctions are risky and can easily lead to accidents if handled improperly or by an inexperienced shooter. Guns that fail to fire but haven’t totally malfunctioned should be treated as delayed discharges. Keep the gun pointed downrange for a couple minutes before removing and disposing the round. There is a risk that the round could explode outside of the gun and cause injuries from fragmentation.

Failure to Feed and Eject


These are each common malfunctions that can damage a weapon or potentially lead to injury. A failure to feed occurs when round is not fed into the firing chamber. A failure to eject occurs when the empty cartridge or the fired round fails to clear the ejection port of the gun. This often occurs in self-loading, semi-automatic pistols where the cartridge becomes lodged in the slide of the gun. These can be mechanical malfunctions or a result of negligence in cleaning, inspecting, and loading a gun.

Hammer Follow and Slamfire


When the firing mechanism of a gun functions faster than designed, a hammer follow occurs. This occurs when the hammer follows the bolt and pin in battery as a result of the disconnector. A slamfire occurs when a round is unintendedly discharged as it is being loaded into the chamber. This is a dangerous malfunction since the round discharges while being loaded. Carefully inspecting and maintaining your gun and ammunition and exercising care when loading and firing the gun are critical for safety and avoiding preventable mechanical malfunctions.

Best Places to put a Gun Safe in Your Home

For those who keep a firearm in the home, it is critical to keep it inside a safe, no matter if you have kids or not. This will protect everyone in the home from mistakes that could cost more than they are worth. Be sure to keep any of these weapons in an appropriate safe.

Many people use handguns for personal protection. For these, a GunVault is the perfect place to store the weapon, keeping it secure yet easy to access. Take a look at some of the best places in the home to keep these items.

The Bedroom

There are many reasons to keep your gun safe inside your bedroom. This may be the most out of the way room of the house, where not many visitors will come. Keep your most valuable items here. GunVault has a range of small to medium sized firearm safes and valuable safes that fit perfectly into the bedroom. For your larger guns, we suggest a large rifle safe from one of our sister companies, Cannon Safe or Stack-On.

For those smaller weapons, there are drawer vaults that can be placed in your nightstand. These can be equipped with biometric technology, making them easy to access even in emergency situations.

The Car

While your car is parked either in a garage or carport in your home, it is critical to keep it safe from others, or even potential car thieves. Invest in a gun safe that will not only hide your firearm, but keep it safe from those who may try and take it. There are safes that use security cables to tie the safe down to the passenger chair. Even if somebody does break into your car, they will not be able to open or remove the safe, keeping it protected.

The Home Office

Situated right on the side of the desk for your home office, a SpeedVault can be placed, giving you easy access to your handgun in emergency situations. The sleek design and easy to access biometric system makes it one of the easiest handguns to open. Keep your weapon in this secure yet convenient location to keep your home safe.

There are a few key places that gun safes should be in your home. Make sure to keep any weapons in the home secure and put away. At GunVault, we have a wide selection from those using biometric technology, to the most secure safes to use in the car. These can protect your home further than almost anything, keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.

If you have any questions or interest in a safe to protect your firearms contact GunVault at (800)-242-1055 or reach us online.

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 Properly Storing Ammo

Proper ammunition storage is as important as properly storing the guns that fire it. The care and maintenance of your ammunition will, in part, determine the functioning of your gun. Neglecting to safeguard ammunition is not only a waste of money, it can be hazardous as the likelihood of malfunction and serious deterioration increases. Just like proper weapon maintenance ensures proper functioning, properly storing and maintaining your ammo will help ensure weapon functionality. Taking basic steps to store your ammo is the right conditions will help preserve it and keep it in good order when it comes time to use it in a gun. Here are a few ammo storage tips.

Humidity Control


Humid temperatures can be a primary cause of deterioration of ammunition. Excessive moisture reacting with brass casings and primer can lead to corrosion and the ammo being rendered unsafe to fire. When storing ammo, make sure that humidity levels are low. Storing ammo in an airtight ammo can be a good option if you have large quantities susceptible to trapped humidity in packaging. Keeping your ammo stored in a gun safe uncovered for a few days can help extract excess moisture and prime it. Make sure there is no moisture in ammo cans before sealing and storing the ammo. For long term storage, consider using a dehumidifier and desiccant packets to keep the ammo in good condition.

Label & Rotate Ammo


When you purchase ammo, label it in containers with the date of purchase. When selecting ammo for use, be sure to use the oldest ammo first to keep the stock rotating efficiently. For optimal performance try to keep ammo stores as fresh as possible. To avoid having to deal with the storage of large quantities of ammo, buy less, date the containers, and use the oldest ammo first. Another housekeeping detail for ammo storage is to mark all of the containers with the caliber of ammo in order to keep different calibers separate. This is meant for safety and effective organization of your ammo supplies. Finally, perform seasonal ammo checks to verify that the ammo is in good condition and replace any that appears deficient.

Secure Storage


Treat the storage of your ammo like you treat the storage of your guns. Keeping ammo in a secure gun safe environment will ensure that the ammo is protected from tampering and from humidity. Many gun vaults are temperature controlled environments and ideal places to keep ammo. Be sure to use an air tight ammo can for increased temperature control. The same precautions and responsibilities that come with being a gun owner extend to ammunition. Keeping live ammo under lock and away from children, pets, and harsh environments is an exercise is responsible ownership.

For a safe place to store your ammunition or firearms contact GunVault to find the perfect fit. We offer a variety of gun safes and are here ready to answer any of your questions. Give us a call today at (800) 242-1055 to secure your valuable items!

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