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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!

The History of Firearms in Law Enforcement

A means of defense and a way to enforce the law have always been an important part of being a policeman. Take a look back at the history of firearms in the different factions of law enforcement, and how it has changed over the years. Compared to the advanced firearms that are used today, the earliest forms of weapons seem too simple to have been of much use.

Moves to Standardize

Right until the end of the 19th century, police weapons in the United States were in no way standardized. Instead of issuing each officer a firearm, they were required to use whatever weapons they happened to personally own. Because of this, there was a wide assortment of weapons used including shotguns, revolvers, and muskets. During this time there wasn’t a budget for not only weapons, but the training as well.

The first city to standardize the weapons used by their law enforcement was New York City. In 1896 Theodore Roosevelt was the police commissioner who made the change. He recognized that by standardizing the weapons used, he could do the same to both the ammunition and training, thus making it easier for officers to get the tools they needed. With this in mind he invested in 4,500 Colt Police Revolvers.

City to City

Today the weapons in the police force are not standardized all across the board, but differ between the different entities. Each city’s or faction’s law enforcement will have different weapons in their use. Most of these are Glock pistols which are semi-automatic, short recoil operated, and polymer-framed. The move towards other factions becoming standardized began in the early 1900s.

Each region seems to choose different calibers. In the Northern United States it is more likely you will see the .38 Special, while in the South, it is much more common for larger caliber revolvers to be used by law enforcement.

Each decade seemed to bring more changes of what was popular. As firearm technology improved, preferences changed. In the 1960s semi-automatic pistols gained popularity across police forces in the United States. This is especially important for police officers in urban areas where crime rates are higher, giving them more firepower than before.

Over the years the weapons used by police officers have changed. These changes have been dictated by safety, ease of training, and use. As firearm technology improves, changes will be made within cities as to which guns are used in different situations.

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.

Biometric Safes vs Combination Safes

 

Biometric technology has been advancing steadily in the past couple of years, taking the place of some other common means of security and convenience. The safe is just one of these places biometrics is making an impact. Take a look at how biometric safes and combination safes differ, and what this means for you in terms of which safe to invest in.

Accessibility

While most biometric safes also have an option for key or combination lock, we will look only at the biometric part of the safe in comparison with these other popular types of safes. The first and most obvious difference in the biometric safe is the way it can be accessed. A biometric safe will use your fingerprint to open. This technology recognizes your unique fingerprint and opens the safe once it has been scanned. The safe’s technology can recognize a number of different fingerprints, allowing you to choose who enters your safe. With a lock or combination, those with a key or knowledge of the combination can enter the safe.

Cost

Because the technology is still being developed and improved, biometric safes are currently more expensive than the other two. This too depends on the size and durability of the safe. This cost difference may remain the same because the biometric safe offers a more advanced protection. This secure means of keeping others out will also be a means of never getting yourself locked out.

Security

One of the most important things to consider with a safe is how fast you can access your firearm. In an emergency situation, this very well could be a matter of life and death. A biometric safe will give you faster access than any other safe as all you need is your finger to open it. In a situation where stress may be a great factor, this is the obvious best option.

The idea of who can access the safe is important to consider as well. With a combination lock, some may have the ability to crack it. With a key, misplacing can give people direct access. A biometric lock gives you the chance to designate exactly who you want to have access. Only those who have scanned their finger under your direction can open a biometric safe, keeping your belongings better protected.

Take into account all factors before choosing the best type of safe for you. In addition to cost, look into the security it will bring, and the ease of use.

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.

Gun Storage for Recreational Vehicles

When you travel with your guns, you need a safe place to store them–for both legal and practical reasons. Gun safes are the most effective way in which to store guns in any environment–recreational vehicles included. If you travel with guns by way of recreational vehicles like campers, boats, and ATVs, you need an effective way of securing them. In many ways, storing guns in vehicles is more vulnerable than storing guns at home. The risk of theft increases with valuables stored in vehicles and many of the same and some additional safety concerns apply. For RVs and boats, guns should be secured as they would be in a house–inside a locking safe or vault. Here are some tips for some of the best ways to store guns in somewhat less conventional places.

Secure Locations

While gun storage in recreational vehicles is inherently more vulnerable than storage in homes, locating a secure place within the vehicle is the first step toward securing it appropriately. For campers, boats, and other large trailers, there should be plenty of storage options for your guns. The best option is to locate a cupboard or closet where you can install a dedicated gun safe. Guns simply left out in the open in a drawer or closet are not secure–even if they are unloaded with a trigger lock. Locks can easily be broken and guns stolen or tampered with, so locate a secure, relatively hidden place and buy a safe for your guns.

Quality Safes

The quality of the safe will reflect the security of your guns. Of course, keeping your guns in a safe–no matter the quality–is always better than leaving them unsecured. For vehicles, look for a heavily reinforced steel safe with good locking mechanisms. For small safes for secure transport in most vehicles, consider choosing a safe with a bio-metric lock. Most safes should be anchored to the floor to provide more comprehensive security, but in a vehicle this may not always be an option. In boats and RVs, you can bolt the safe to the floor if you have the space, but in smaller vehicles, you may have to take other measures to secure your guns.

Metal Gun Cases

These are the cheaper, more portable versions of gun safes. If you are tight on space in a vehicle, consider purchasing a metal gun case. These don’t offer the same level of security as larger, reinforced gun safes, but they are secure containers for guns. These cases come with a variety of locks–key, combination, or bio-metric. Many gun cases also come with mounting capabilities to better secure the case in a fixed location. Since these storage units are easier to breach or steal, it is a good idea to conceal the gun case within a closet or cabinet in your recreational vehicle. Legally speaking, in most places, these gun cases are the only lawful way to transport your weapons, and for quick and easy storage and transport, these cases are great options.

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!

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

ACTIONS:
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.
ACTIONS:
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.
AVOID:
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.