In an area known as Santa Rosa, California, the Santa Rosa Tubbs Fire similarly devastated acres of residential areas. Civilians lost everything to the flames and could only evacuate or stand by helplessly as the fires ripped their homes, possessions and lives away from them.
In Santa Rosa, California, one homeowner and his gun safe became the exception.
Terry Andreasen, a local locksmith in the area, provided assistance to residents, opening charred and heat-warped gun safes after a wildfire that destroyed so many homes in Santa Rosa, on October 8, 2017. Andreasen opened over 40 safes during the wildfire season, but only one safe got his attention.
It was a Champion Safe from the 2005 Crown Series, and when Andreasen opened it, he found that a few items had been charred, but almost all of the safe’s contents were in-tact and largely unharmed.
The wildfire that spread through Santa Rosa, California burned 36,000 acres and approximately 5,300 structures at an estimated temperature of 2,250-2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
For two days, the home and the safe were unreachable by fire crews. For two days, the Champion safe sat in the scorching heat, and though the heat seals began to warp, the overall structure of the safe withstood the odds.
That, at the very least, allowed the homeowner to find some semblance of relief among the ashes.
For years, California has experienced a widespread problem with wildfires. In 2017, the wildfires crossed into suburban areas, causing more devastation than in previous years. Reports of the Napa Valley, Santa Rosa and other areas throughout California being set ablaze rocked the nation. These fires have only emphasized the issues the West Coast is facing concerning wildfires. Fire insurance and other security measures were often neglected up to this point, widely being seen as a homeowner novelties. West Coast residents who regarded wildfires as an unlikely tragedy were rendered helpless as scorching flames devoured whole neighborhoods in a matter of minutes.
Those who choose to protect their assets with a Champion safe know their fireproof gun safes are built to be the best safes for the worst conditions. Every safe is constructed with the hope that it will never be tested, but also with the durability and quality to withstand nearly any tragedy.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the wildfires and by other disasters around the nation. It is because of those disasters that we will continue to build exceptional safes from high-quality materials to provide homeowners with peace of mind when they need it the most.
In the market for a gun safe? If so, then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options available to you. From different locking mechanisms and sizes to various steel gauge options and everything in between, it’s sometimes difficult to know what to look for in your ideal safe.
Here at Champion Safe Co., quality and safety are our top priorities and have been since we were founded back in 1999. Today, we’re proud to have the reputation of making the #1 quality gun safe brand in America—and for a number of reasons.
Keeping your gun collection safe and secure is important for all gun owners. With a 48 gun capacity gun safe from Champion Safe, you have the ability to store and organize as many as 48 long guns in a single safe location. Our line of 48 gun safes features velour interiors that are conveniently adjustable to accommodate all gun collections with barrel rests to allow storage of firearms with scopes. Every safe comes with a choice of mechanical dial locks or electronic locks built by the leading gun safe lock manufacturers.
Champion Safe’s Wide Range of 48 Gun Capacity Models
While most people know Ernest Hemingway for his landmark works of the 20th century, such as The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms, he had a wide variety of interests that he liked to share with his friends. One of his friends, A.E. Hotchner, described a picture that he and Ernest Hemingway took back when they were children. This picture showed Ernest carrying a rifle at around five or six years of age. In fact, Hemingway’s mother stated that his father taught Ernest how to shoot around age two and could capably handle a pistol at age four. This unique and lesser-known passion has carried over into the industry today.
Hemingway’s Firearms Passion
Because Hemingway was so passionate about firearms from a young age, this passion spilled over into his writing. During his high school years, he was a member of the firearms club with his classmates. When he turned 18, he joined the military and served his country. While he wasn’t overseas, he hunted a variety of animals such as bears, deer, and elk on the American frontier. He also traveled on a variety of safaris, well-represented in his work. He worked hard to maintain his skills with firearms until the day he died.
The Chronicles of War
Hemingway served his country during World War I and worked as a reporter during World War II. This, combined with the passions described above, obviously meant that Hemingway led an action-packed life. There are over a thousand photographs of Hemingway’s time both overseas and abroad, including some photographs of Hemingway hitting small targets with his variety of firearms, such as cigarettes from people’s mouths.
The Guns He Carried
Hemingway used a variety of guns including a Browning Superposed. The Browning Superposed was:
- A Grade 1 gun with no engraving
- One of the first over-under shotguns made
- Introduced the single-select trigger on the stack-barrel
- It was the last firearm manufactured by Mr. Browning
Hemingway also used other guns including the Browning Automatic 5. The Browning Automatic 5 is:
- A shotgun that is operated by recoil
- It was one of the first semi-automatic shotguns to be successful
Hemingway also used a Winchester Model 21, a handful of Merkel over-unders, and the Colt Woodsman .22 pistol. In fact, there are many photos of him as a child using this Colt pistol. His favorite weapon was the Griffin and Howe .30-’06 Sprg. Sporting rifle. This was the gun that he would use on his African safaris and played a prominent role in his work. View Ernest Hemingway’s gun collection here.
The Gun Safe
Hemingway served overseas during World War I as a driver of an ambulance for the Italian military. Due to his bravery, he was awarded the Italian Silver Medal. During his service, he was injured and had to spend time in a hospital located in Milan. Shortly after this, Hemingway would marry Pauline Pfeiffer, his second marriage. When Pauline became pregnant, the couple moved back to the United States. They named their son Patrick and decided to take up residence in Key West, FL. As they got to know the local residents, they decided they wanted to stay in Key West.
In 1931, one of Hemingway’s relatives helped them purchase a house on Whitehead Street. In fact, this house is still standing today. Visitors can tour the house and view the gun safe that Hemingway used during his time in Key West. The gun safe sits in the same spot as it did since it’s delivery in 1935. The safe was manufactured by York Safe and Lock. The safe, along with the house, was a gift from Uncle Gus to Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Pauline. The safe is built with a lock made by Sargent and Greenleaf. If the name Sargent and Greenleaf sound familiar, it is because the same company still manufactures high-security locks, and are used on Champion Safes today.
Are you looking for a gun safe that can hold 24 long guns in a secure location? Champion Safe offers an array of 24 gun safes. These premier gun safes can hold up to 24 long guns. The interior of these 24 gun capacity safes features adjustable shelving and a plush velour interior. These 24 gun safes come with barrel rests that are appropriate for storing firearms and scopes.
All of the 24-Gun Gun Safes from Champion
Trophy Gun Safe Model TY-25
This is a top-of-the-line safe with an 11-gauge steel body that has been reinforced with a steel casement for utmost firearm protection. It also boasts a 1500°F 75-minute fire rating. It measures 31” x 60.25” x 24”.
Having a robust combination lock protecting your gun safe may make you feel more protected, but keep in mind that any combination lock can only be as secure as the person setting and remembering the combination allows it to be. A report conducted by Data Genetics found that almost one-fifth of all users resort to one of three four-digit combinations: “0000,” “1111” or “1234.” While it’s true that the combination for your safe needs to be easy for you to remember, making it so easy that an unwanted intruder could easily figure it out defeats the purpose of having a combination lock. With that said, here are some tips to follow when choosing your combination.
Please also remember that you must let Champion Safe know the new combination to your dial or electronic lock immediately after changing it or your risk losing your lock protection warranty coverage.
Choosing an Electronic Lock Gun Safe Combination
All of Champion Safe’s electronic locks allow for six-digit combinations that should be set by the owner as soon as possible. When choosing your electronic lock combination, following a few simple guidelines will help you avoid choosing a combination that is simple for a potential thief to figure out. Three types of combinations make bad choices: repeating digits such as “000000” or “232323,” sequential series such as “123456” or significant and easy-to-guess numbers such as birthdays or anniversaries. However, do keep in mind that you should choose a combination that is easy enough for you to remember that you won’t have trouble accessing your valuables when needed.
Choosing a Mechanical Dial Lock Gun Safe Combination
A bad dial lock combination is easier to define that a good one, so keep in mind a few things you should avoid when choosing your new dial lock combination. First, don’t pick numbers all ending in either “0” or “5”, such as “30 — 10 — 45.” Second, avoid picking a combination that follows a clear descending or ascending sequence, such as “21 — 35 — 56.” Third, make sure that you keep a ten-number difference between successive numbers in your combination; in other words, don’t pick a combination like “42 — 38 — 56.” Lastly, avoid using any number from 0 to 20 or from 95 to 99 for the last number in your combination as choosing one of these numbers can cause an error that keeps the lock from correctly locking.
If you don’t access your gun safe very frequently, there’s a good chance you may forget your combination at some point–or you may need someone else to access your safe when you’re not around. Place a copy of your combination in a secure location such as a physical lock box or in a password-secured app. Avoid using the same set of security numbers for multiple purposes, such as using your PIN number as your combination. Most importantly, if you believe that your combination may have been compromised for any reason, choose a new combination immediately. Click here to read “How to Change Your Lock Combination.”
Many people in the country enjoy exercising their right to bear arms; however, this right also comes with great responsibility. It is important to make sure that the guns are properly secured for the safety of everyone around, especially if there are kids in the building. When it comes to owning guns in an apartment, here are some tips to ensure that the guns are secured safely.
Purchase a Gun Safe for the Apartment
To put it bluntly, gun safes are undoubtedly the safest and most secure option for storing guns. The average gun owner can afford a gun safe and even the cheapest models of gun safes have significant advantages over other methods of gun storage. When living in an apartment, keep in mind that gun safes are heavy. Some larger gun safes weigh thousands of pounds and can place a significant amount of stress on the top level of an apartment. Champion Safe Co offers smaller, high-security options for securing guns that offer the similar levels of security without damaging the top floor of an apartment building.
Some good options of smaller gun safes that would work well in an apartment include:
Bolt Down Gun Safes
While some gun safes are thousands of pounds, others are small enough to be carried away by criminals. Don’t consider these cheaper, lighter gun safes as protection against theft, fire, or other stresses. Bolt a gun safe to the floor and bolt it in a location far from the front door, such as the bedroom closet. While this is a place criminals would look, it will take time and effort to get the safe unbolted. Even a determined criminal knows the clock is ticking and won’t have time to access a gun safe that is bolted to the floor. For people concerned about damage to their apartment or rental property, it won’t take more than a little spackle to fix a wall or pulling back a little carpet to bolt it down. Then when the lease is up, fold down the carpet and glue it back down. If a gun safe is bolted down in a closet, your repair work won’t even have to be perfect.
Hide the Guns
Hiding the guns simply doesn’t offer the same security as a gun safe but it is better than nothing. False containers are common options and work well in fake food boxes hidden in the pantry. The pantry is not a common place for thieves to look. Most people create their own false container because the false containers available in stores look too fake. Others hide their guns in garment bags and hang them up in the closet amongst the other clothing
Pick a Smart Location
Avoid hiding guns in places that thieves will look such as bedroom drawers and mattresses. Some people will place their guns in a safe in the living room for easy access; however, keep in mind that lighter gun safes can be easily carried away. Ensure gun safes are bolted to the floor and turn the combination far from the correct dial to ensure people don’t gain easy access. Finally, do not hide the guns in places that are subject to extreme temperature because they can damage the gun and bullets causing them to work improperly or malfunction dangerously.
Other Suggestions to Protect Your Guns
Guns are just like any other valuable. They require intelligent care and protection. It may be wise to get renters insurance when living in an apartment. Renters insurance is generally pretty cheap and you can obtain coverage that protects the guns against damage. Take photographic evidence and document them carefully.
In addition, do not broadcast gun ownership to other people. Don’t hang up signs that might attract criminals to steal expensive guns, and use nondescript cases when moving the guns in and out of the apartment. This will prevent criminals from knowing that the guns are there and being tempted to steal them. Additionally, you can mark your guns with an engraving pen, as it is a lot harder to sell a gun with someone else’s name on it.
In case of an emergency, you always want to know that your gun is there and ready to protect you and your family. But you understand that in order to be there in that capacity, it must be maintained and kept safe from young or inexperienced hands — or those with less than noble intent. This balance between convenience and practicality is a challenge that all responsible gun owners face.
This takes proper planning and storage procedures. By having a plan you can have security, safety and proper function for your guns for years to come.
Possessing a firearm is an important responsibility, and having a well-built gun safe from Champion Safe Co. can keep your gun securely stored away from thieves or individuals who may not know how to operate a gun properly. Here are some common myths you should know about gun safes:
Gun Safe Myth 1: All Gun Safes Provide the Same Degree of Protection
The truth about gun safes is that they offer varying degrees of safety. The differences in safety can be due to the steel used to construct the safe, and the overall design. Gun safes that offer some of the highest levels of security usually are constructed of heavy-duty, American-made steel that meets strict standards established by the Underwriters Laboratories. Some manufacturers may use thin sheets of Chinese steel or other metal in the construction of their safes, resulting in safes that are much less durable and secure.
As many gun enthusiasts amass collections worth thousands of dollars, gun safes are becoming ever more popular. Choosing the right gun safe to meet your needs, however, can be difficult; gun safes come in a variety of different sizes and styles, and all safes are not created equally. As you begin your search for a safe for your gun collection, you will find that many gun safes are little more than thin metal cabinets and offer no protection from fire, humidity or burglary.