Tips for Gun Owners

Home/Tips for Gun Owners

Types of Ammunition

Ammunition can be an intimidating subject if you are not knowledgeable in the firearm department. Selecting the right ammunition for your firearms whether for hunting or personal defense is an important decision. Having the proper ammunition is necessary to keeping your firearm safe while having optimal performance. This topic can be overwhelming and confusing but we have simplified it for you.

Ammunition is general indicated in a measurement. The United States commercial market uses a U.S standard measurement while most of the world uses a metric system. The measurements in metric are almost always a “diameter to length” ratio. For example: 5.56x45mm is 5.56mm wide and 45mm long. Shotshells are measured in “gauge”, with a lower number being a larger in diameter. For Example: A typical 12 gauge shell is 70mm long, which works out to be 2½”.

Parts of a Cartridge

A cartridge is made up of four components: case, primer, powder/propellant, and projectile.

  1. Case
    The case is typically made from brass, nickel, or steel.
  2. Primer
    This is the ignition for the propellent, see the round dimple on the base of the cartridge.
  3. Powder/Propellant
    This is the gunpowder.
  4. Projectile
    This is the only part of the cartridge that is the actual bullet.

Types of Bullets

Bullets come in a variety of types that are used for different purposes. Each bullet is commonly referred to by it’s suffixed acronym making The different types of bullets are listed and pictured below.

  • Lead Round Nose (LRN)
  • Wad Cutter (WC)
  • Semi Wad Cutter (SWC)
  • Semi-Jacketed (SJ)
  • Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
  • Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP)
  • Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP)
  • Special (RCBD)

Along with the most common bullets there are a few additional types to consider:

Soft Point (SP): The tip of this bullet is exposed lead.
Armor Piercing (AP): The core is composed of alloy instead of lead.
Boat Tail (BT): The rear end of the cartridge is tapered to stabilize the projectile in flight.
Boat Tail Hollow Point (BTHP): This is a combination of the boat tail and hollow point features.

If you are new to owning firearms don’t hesitate to ask questions when purchasing your ammunition. Unless you have a fairly uncommon firearm, it should be simple to get the ammo you need. Just as it’s important to use the right ammunition for your firearms, it’s also important to store your gun in a safe place. For more information on ammunition or gun safes contact GunVault at 800-242-1055 or online.

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.

Best Places to Conceal Your Concealed Weapon

If you are the owner of both a gun and a concealed weapons permit, you may be wondering where the best locations are to conceal your weapon while on the go. Since most state laws mandate that your weapon be concealed if it is on your person, thinking about the best places to conceal the weapon is important to remain both comfortable and in compliance with the law. Often backpacks and handbags are the ideal places to conceal a weapon, but there are good places on your person to carry a weapon as well. The most important thing to consider when carrying a concealed weapon is, of course, to keep it concealed, but you also want to keep the weapon accessible. Here are a few effective places to keep your weapon while in transit.

Ankle Holsters

Carrying a weapon around your ankle is a great place to conceal the gun while still preserving easy access. Ankle holsters are virtually unnoticeable and effectively hide your gun from view. The primary downside to these types of holsters is that you are limited in the size of gun you can carry. Smaller caliber guns that fit easily around the ankle are the most plausible options for concealed weapons in this area.

Shoulder Holsters

Shoulder holsters are a great option to conceal a weapon beneath a jacket or coat. These types of holsters typically allow you to carry a larger caliber gun since the holsters can come in larger sizes and accommodate more space than ankle holsters. These types of holsters may be more noticeable than holsters elsewhere on the body, but can usually be effectively concealed beneath the right type of clothing.


Concealing your weapon in a backpack is a good way to keep it hidden during transport. While you sacrifice some accessibility in the backpack, the gun is effectively stowed and guarded. Having a dedicated compartment to keep the gun during transport will also help ensure that the gun is safe and undisturbed as you move about. Security is always a top concern when you keep a gun in a backpack since there is a greater chance of loss or theft than if the gun remains on your person. Because of this risk, it is important to keep the backpack on you at all times. Often, concealing a gun in a backpack eliminates the risk of the gun becoming visible through clothing or detaching from your person.

When your firearm is not on your body be sure to store it in a secure place, a gun safe. GunVault offers a wide variety of quick access biometric safes to keep your gun and family safe. Call GunVault today at 800-242-1055 or visit us online.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags:  •  •  • 

3 Tips for Your First Trip to the Gun Range

For those attending the shooting range for the first time, the prospect may seem daunting. Don’t be intiminated by those who seem to know it all, these simple tips can help you feel like an expert, even on your first trip to the gun range.

The Rules of Safety

gun holding a gun at the gun range

Go into the gun range with confidence, but not a disregard for safety. Make sure safety is always a top priority when going into the gun range. No matter how experienced you feel you are, never let your confidence get in the way of safety. There are a few main rules of safety that must be observed at all times:

  • Treat the gun as if it is always loaded. Even if you are confident there is nothing in the chamber, treat the gun as if it could go off. Too many accidents happen from an overconfidence that the gun is not in a position to shoot at any given moment.
  • Only point the gun down range. You should never point a firearm at anything you aren’t willing to shoot. While you are at the gun range, always be aware of where it is pointed, and what is in that direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. You should have your sights on target and everything else aligned before touching the trigger.
  • Wear your protective gear. It may seem silly to those new to firearms, but safety glasses and earplugs are essential. always wear these while you are on the range. It doesn’t matter if you are shooting or just observing, you must wear eye and ear protection.

Know What You Need

handguns at the gun range

When you check in, a staff member will most likely ask you what you need. This person will be knowledgeable, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Some of the things the staff will most likely ask you before you head out to the range include:  

  • Have you shot here before? This is a chance for you to identify yourself as a first time shooter. Familiarize yourself with the rules of this range.
  • Do you have eye and ear protection? Often times you will have the option to purchase these at the gun range if you have forgotten.
  • What are you shooting? Sometimes ranges have separate areas for those shooting pistols compared to those shooting rifles. There’s a chance they may want to inspect your ammo as well.
  • Do you need anything else? This includes, ammo and targets. Make sure you have what you need before entering the range.

Go With Someone Experienced

outdoor gun range

If possible, go with a friend who has experience at the gun range your first time. Having someone there to show you the ropes will be beneficial, and can increase your confidence there. Attending the gun range for the first time may seem overwhelming, but these tips can help make it easier. Following the rules of safety, knowing what you need, and going with someone experienced can all make your first trip to the gun range a better experience.

Best Ways to Keep Your Family Safe from Guns

kid learning gun safety

Don’t hide guns, lock them up in a safe

This is incredibly important for a variety of reasons. The first is if you have children in your home. Kids like to get into things, that’s just the way they are and with guns unprotected in the home this could result in dangerous situations. Many people will educate their children on gun safety and feel comfortable having guns unlocked around their home. This leads to the next big reason they need to be locked up, visitors. If you have company over that is not educated on guns they need to be secured in a safe. Your children may be educated on gun safety but there is no guarantee that other children are. Depending on the people who are in and out of your home; relatives, housekeepers, neighbors, etc. makes it vital that your guns remain secure from them. Keep the keys to the safe hidden in a place that cannot be reached by children. If there is a combo to be entered do not give it to anyone unless they have your full trust or firearm training.

Educate your children

When educating your children about guns, take the topic seriously, they will react to the gravity in your voice. Firearms real or fake fascinate young boys and girls. Children typically play with fake guns which makes teaching them about the difference between real and pretend vital. It is important to teach them when they are young that guns are not toys, they can be dangerous. It is also important to show your children how to act with guns by being a role model; lock up your guns when home, practice safe gun handling, and always take the topic seriously. By starting their education at a young age your children will be better prepared if a situation ever arises. Once you feel they are old enough, practice gun safety and training with them as well. They will be less likely to sneak into your things or mishandle guns if they have been demystified. The first and most crucial lesson to teach them is the four steps to take if they see a gun:

1. Stop what you are doing.
2. Do not touch the gun.
3. Leave the area you are in.
4. Tell an adult right away.

Protecting our families is one of the primary reasons we purchase firearms, don’t let accidents happen in your home. Make sure you take the necessary actions of locking up your gun when it is not being used or on you, and teaching your children about gun safety. For any questions about vaults or help choosing one that is right for your family, feel free to call us at (800) 242-1055.

Common Gun Lingo | Infographic

Common Gun Lingo | Infographic

For anyone who is new to gun culture, we’ve covered the gun lingo basics in this infographic.

Becoming a part of gun culture can be exciting but it is important to also stay safe. Are you a new gun owner? Make sure that you have a reliable place to store your gun when you are not using it. We offer a variety of size gun safes that are can suit any firearm. Contact GunVault today online or at (800) 242-1055 if you have any questions about gun safes.

How Well Do You Know Your Handguns?


Ruger SR9C
Taurus SLIM
Beretta 92
SIG P250

Springfield XDS
SIG P250
Hi-Point CF380
Springfield XDM

Walther P38
Mauser C-96
Nambu Type 14
Mauser C-96
Nambu Type 14
Walther P38

 Kahr PM9
Beretta 92
SIG P250
Beretta Nano

 Ruger SP101
Ruger Super Redhawk
Ruger Super Blackhawk
Bisley Ruger Vaquero

 Glock 42
Glock 22 Gen4
Glock 19
Glock 26 Gen4

1836 Colt Paterson
1858 Remington
Colt Army
Colt Dragoon
Ruger Super Blackhawk
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Colt Detective Special
Colt Python

Desert Eagle .50
Springfield XDS
Remington 1911
Walther CCP

Kahr CM9
Kahr PM9
Beretta Nano
Glock 26

Beretta Nano
Walther CCP
Kahr CM9
Taurus PT111-SS

Hi-Point CF380
Beretta Nano
Taurus PT111-SS
SIG P250

Browning Hi-Power
Remington 1911
SIG P226
Desert Eagle .50

Ruger SP101
Ruger Super Redhawk
Bisley Ruger Vaquero
Ruger Super Blackhawk
Taurus Tracker
Colt Diamondback
Colt Python
Colt King Cobra

Charter Bulldog
Colt Detective Special
Colt Python
Ruger LCR
Beretta Nano
Kahr CM9
Colt Mustang XSP
Hi-Point CF380
Kahr CM9
Walther CCP
Glock 32
Kahr PM9
Taurus Judge
Charter Bulldog
Smith & Wesson Model 327
Taurus Raging Judge Magnum

2 Reasons To Take A Gun On The Trail

You may spend every weekend hiking different trails and never experience any dangers, but that doesn’t mean they are nonexistent and never happen. With so much unknown in the world, it is safe to say you never know what–or who–you will encounter.

Before we go on, it is important to first read your state’s laws about carrying a weapon as well as shooting an animal. Each state has open carry and concealed carry laws on the type of gun and/or rifle allowed, and even down to the age requirement of the shooter.

So why should you take a gun on the trail?

It’s never known what kind of stranger you will run into, especially in the woods. As harsh of a reality it may be; robbers, rapists, and murderers are everywhere, but a quiet hidden spot is great for any kind of predator.

Depending on where your trail is, although very rare you may meet a bear or a mountain lion. It’s important to remember that shooting animals on a hike can be against the law, know your state laws and prohibitions before taking your gun with you.

In the end, it does make sense to sometimes take your gun on your hike with you. Knowing when is what takes much attention and deliberation. Double-check the carry and concealed weapon laws in your state before you head out on your adventure!

3 Gun Courses To Consider Taking

Thinking about taking a gun course but not sure which route to go? The GunVault team compiled a list of 3 gun courses to consider taking. Read below for more.

1. NRA Defensive Pistol

This course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and confidently.

The NRA Defensive Pistol course focuses on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset. The goal of the course is for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and confidently. As a result of participating in this course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the following:

–How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling when carrying a concealed firearm

–Basic principles of concealment

–Differences between cover and concealment

–Drawing from the holster

–Levels of mental awareness

–Developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal protection

–Clearing common stoppages

–Use of pocket pistols

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the NRA Defensive Pistol certificate.

2. NRA Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Course

This course teaches beginning reloaders the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely reload shotgun shells.

The course is six hours and is conducted in a classroom. Each student is taught the following:

–Reloading safety

–Shotgun shell components

–How to use the reloading manual and reloading data, equipment, and the shotgun shell reloading process

Students will receive the NRA Guide to Reloading handbook, the Basic Reloading Student Exam, a course completion certificate, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, and a Course Evaluation form.

3. NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

This course is about teaching students the knowledge, skills, and attitude for avoiding dangerous confrontations as well as the safe, effective, and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.

The course is a prerequisite, for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection in The Home Course. Prospective participants may demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

Participants must understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, as well as know and observe not only the general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.

The course is divided into two levels. Level one is nine hours, offering the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Students will spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two–which is an additional five hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition learning advanced shooting skills. Time and ammunition requirements are at a minimum and may be exceeded.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and appropriate (level one/level two) course completion certificate(s).

For more NRA Instructors and Courses, visit:

The First 5 Rules of Safe Gun Handling

The First 5 Rules of Safe Gun Handling

Learning how to handle a gun is a useful skill that can be used in many capacities from fun target shooting to protecting yourself in a life threatening situation. Before anything else, you must learn the first five rules of safe gun handling, put together by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. These rules will prepare you to safely handle your gun no matter your situation.

Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Safe Direction

You should never point your firearm at something you aren’t planning on shooting. This includes everything from personal belongings, to close objects, from those standing around you to any buildings you may be near. This is one of the most basic, yet ignored rules of safety. If this rule was always followed, the number of accidental shootings would be significantly reduced. Do your part to prevent firearm accidents by always pointing your weapon in a safe direction.

Leave the Firearm Unloaded

The only time your firearm should be loaded is when you are using it. Load it once you get to the range, or shooting area. Once you are finished be sure to remove any remaining bullets, keeping the gun empty. It is essential when you store your weapons to ensure they don’t have bullets inside. This is good practice even for those who secure their valuables in a safe as an added precaution.

Don’t Rely on the Safety

While your safety should be on whenever the firearm is not in use, you should still treat it as though there is no safety. This includes the first rule of never pointing your firearm at another person. While the safety is designed to protect you, it is not immune to mechanical failure. In addition to putting on the safety until ready to shoot, you should keep your finger off the trigger until this time as well.

Know Your Target

No matter where you are shooting, be aware of what resides beyond it. Never shoot downhill. Be sure that there is nothing unseen your bullet can damage. Even a short .22 bullet can travel farther than you think, over a mile. Other more powerful bullets can travel over three miles. Make sure you are secure in where your bullet will end up if you miss your target.

The Right Ammo

It is essential to use only the right ammunition for your firearm. Make sure you read both the gun’s instruction manual, and the instructions on the ammunition boxes. This information must be taken seriously as the wrong ammunition can damage your weapon or deliver serious injury. Never use ammunition that has been submerged in water or otherwise damaged.

Follow these five rules of safe gun handling to better protect you and those around you when handling a firearm. Check back later on our blog to see the next five rules for safely handling a firearm.