by James Forrester
Keep Guns Safe
When buying a gun safe, you may come across safes made with American or Chinese steel. Don’t be swayed by the cheap prices or fake guarantees; Chinese steel isn’t worth your time or money. In actuality, Chinese steel has several vulnerabilities that American steel does not.
1. American Steel is 3 Times Stronger than Chinese
Although the exact difference may vary, American gun safe steel is generally three times stronger than its Chinese counterpart. This means that it’s less likely to be broken into and it will last longer since its structural integrity is much more reliable.
When looking for reliable gun safes, you want to go for the highest quality steel possible. The clear winner is American when looking purely at steel strength.
2. American Steel Has Lower Oxidation Levels
In addition to its higher overall strength, American steel has lower oxidation levels than Chinese steel. This means that American steel is less likely to rust over time and it will degrade much more slowly than the competition.
A safe that degrades more slowly is one that you can rely on for many more years than a cheap safe made of subpar steel. Your gun safe should serve you for at least several years before you start to look for a replacement.
A gun safe that doesn’t oxidize very quickly, like one made with American steel, can also safely be stored outside without worrying about its quality dipping over time. This opens up more storage options and allows you to keep your guns in your garage if your in-home storage space is at a premium.
3. American Steel is Tamper-Resistant
Gun safes are supposed to be secure, right? American steel is the way to go, since this kind of steel is much more tamper-resistant than Chinese steel.
Burglars will often go for guns if they ever break into your home when you’re not around. Guns are valuable and can be pawned for significant cash. But a gun safe that resists tampering and is hard to break into will help to keep your firearms safe from all but the most determined criminals.
4. American Steel is Often 8 Times Thicker
In addition to its higher strength, American steel is also eight times thicker on average than Chinese steel. This means that even particularly industrious burglars won’t be able to cut through your gun safe and get to the guns in any speedy amount of time.
Basically, a gun safe that has steel as thick as American is much more secure than a safe with steel that can be easily cut through. Thick steel means that there’s really only one way to get inside: the door.
5. American Steel is Made with the Environment in Mind
Finally, American steel is usually made by companies that are bound by strict environmental regulations to reduce pollution and protect the environment. While this doesn’t directly affect the quality of your gun safe, it does help protect the planet that we all live in.
By contrast, Chinese steel is often made with no regard for other people. Many folks don’t feel right purchasing steel from companies that have such a disregard for the environment.
All in all, American steel has so many advantages compared to Chinese steel that the decision is a no-brainer. When you are looking for the best gun safe for your needs, go for one made with American steel over Chinese. The best gun safes are made with this stuff!
The political atmosphere is on fire right now. While new laws and bills are being created, proposed and passed every single day, a new steel tariff has been established here in the U.S. As everyone entertains a strong opinion on today’s topics, the reverberations of this tariff can be felt across the globe.
As lawmakers sit down to discuss the tariff and its implications further, Champion Safe would like to explore just what this tariff would mean for gun safe and firearm owners across the U.S.
According to The Washington Post, the Trump Administration recently imposed a tariff on steel and aluminum imports in an attempt to not only stimulate further business for the steel and aluminum industries within the U.S. but also to protect these industries. Many large corporations are scrambling to apply for fee waivers on the steel import tariffs, as many import from Japan, China, Switzerland and other countries, as also referenced by The Washington Post.
Teams in Washington D.C. must decide which companies will receive these waivers and which still must pay. While the tariffs have been in place less than a month, politicians and import experts believe this adjustment is only the beginning, but will undeniably benefit the global economy in the years to come.
The steel and aluminum industries have a great impact on the lives of so many Americans, especially those involved in the gun safe and firearm demographics. Many gun safes and firearms are crafted almost entirely out of steel, meaning these tariffs (if the sole proprietors are not waived from the tariffs) will influence an increase in firearm and gun safe prices on an individual and national scale.
A large amount of firearm and gun safe manufacturers produce and import their metals for their products outside of the U.S., as referenced in the graphic below:
Steel produced outside the U.S. is cheaper in price and still pales in comparison to U.S. quality. This means the Chinese steel used in making the gun and fireproof safes, as well as other products, less resilient, easier to penetrate and overall much weaker in comparison to safes made with U.S. steel.
The presence of these low-cost imports has established an American consumer price expectation that U.S. based manufacturers struggle to compete with.
However, consumers need to compare the cost-to-protection value when they purchase a safe. Champion has and will continue, to build safes using certified steel made in America which are stronger and of better quality than you will find in the big box stores.
To prove the point, take a look at our door strength tractor pulls on our YouTube channel to see US steel in action: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHSV4peJRcAFKbHTaciLUA
While all of this is being hammered out, trust Champion Safe for the quality, price and safes you can trust.
Over the past decade, the topic of public firearm accessibility has become increasingly popular among society, even reaching more serious platforms in political discussions. In light of more recent events, our nation has felt now is a more appropriate time to discuss firearm accessibility to prevent further tragedies. While political discussions are still entertaining alternatives, certain states across the nation already have some legal protocols established.
As we approach more serious discussions concerning the policies behind our firearms, it’s important to be informed of the laws we currently have in place.
Child Access Prevention Laws
Champion Safe takes pride in participating in child access prevention by providing a secure solution for every home. However, not every home has a Champion or Superior safe, which is why it’s important to support current child access prevention laws.
While there are more descriptions of these laws available for public accessibility online, here is a brief overview of the laws currently in place for child access prevention. The following has been expounded on from The Summary of State Child Access Prevention Laws published and distributed by the United States Senate.
- Criminal Liability when a Child Gains Access as a Result ofNegligent Storage of a Firearm
States imposing this law apply the most serious consequences for those who fail to store a firearm properly. According to The Summary of State Child Access Prevention Laws, this law applies when the owner of the firearm or anyone reasonably knowing that a minor can gain access to a firearm. States participating in this law will charge individuals who fail to store firearms properly and who know or believe that a minor could or will gain access to the improperly stored firearm with criminal charges.
States Abiding By this Law: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, NewJersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Texas
- Criminal Liability for Allowing a Child to Gain Access
States imposing this law cover a broad spectrum of consequences, ranging from a minor possibly/likely gaining access to a firearm based on behavior signals to a minor gaining firearm access from improper storage. However, the minor does not have to use or cause damage using the firearm for this law to apply.
States Abiding By this Law: Massachusetts, Minnesota, Hawaii, Maryland, Texas, and New Jersey
- Criminal Liability Only if Child Uses or Possesses the Firearm:
As likely assumed, states abiding by this law only hold the party liable if a minor possesses or uses the firearm. In some states, this law only applies if the minor causes damage, injury or enacts criminal activity while in possession of this firearm.
States Abiding By this Law: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Rhode Island
- Liability for Negligent Storage of Unloaded Firearms:
A handful of states abiding by this law impose criminal charges upon accused parties even if the firearm is unloaded and accessed by a minor.
States Abiding by this Law: Hawaii, Massachusetts and California
- All Firearms be Stored with a Locking Device in Place:
Only two states abiding by this law require all firearms to be stored in a locking device, such as a safe. This law was established to prevent firearms from accidentally discharging and to prevent minors from accessing and using these firearms.
States Abiding by this Law: Massachusetts and Washington D.C.
- Civil Liability on Persons who Fail to Store Firearms Properly: A handful of states abiding by this law impose criminal charges on parents/guardians of a minor, holding them liable for any damages or injuries the minor may have caused from either permitting or accessing and using a firearm. The states enacting this law have varied rules and specifications for the charges that may apply but fall under the same basic principle.
States Abiding by this Law: California, Connecticut, Illinois and Nevada
As you’ve likely noticed, some of the states mentioned above fall into multiple categories, thereby enforcing child access prevention laws on different standards. It’s unclear whether the states participating in multiple child access prevention laws are more effective, but it would seem that the criminal charges in states like California, Texas and Massachusetts would be much steeper.
The severity of these laws reflects the standards many American citizens want to live by. At Champion Safe, we support these laws by designing, creating and distributing safes that meet these standards for protection and prevention all at an affordable price. We know that the cost of prevention is much cheaper than the cost of a tragedy.
With prevention so easily attainable, let us move forward toward a safer future for our nation.
Please access The Summary of Child Access Prevention Laws published and distributed by the United States Senate for further information concerning these legal details.
At Champion, we want to make sure you have protection for things that matter the most. Just like your life insurance policy, a high-quality fireproof gun safe can provide the protection for the things you love, or–at the very least–the essentials.
But you may want to reconsider before you load your fireproof gun safe with everything you find valuable. Keep in mind that it’s important to learn what your insurance covers before investing in a fireproof gun safe.
Because at the end of the day, some things will remain more valuable and more secure when kept apart.
It makes sense that gun safes would create the perfect and most secure environment for guns. Champion Safes are designed to withstand break-ins, crowbars and fires up to a certain degree.
It also helps that guns are crafted from steel, meaning they’re durable enough to withstand difficult conditions that paper or more sensitive materials can’t.
Many gun safe owners are skeptical about keeping ammunition inside safes for a myriad of reasons. For some, it may be the fact that some safes, when put in heated conditions, can’t keep the internal temperature low enough, which may cause some of the bullets to rupture and damage other items within the safe, such as documents or other non-resilient materials.
Others believe it’s better to keep ammunition in a separate safe in case of a break in.
In any case, Champion Safe models are built with the capacity to withstand high temperatures and the resilience to withstand break-ins, but it’s still a good idea to keep your ammo in a separate safe.
Like guns, good quality knives are constructed in a way that instills a certain resilience in the overall construction, making knives great candidates to keep inside a gun safe. But also like guns, the handles may be made of wood or bone, so be sure to invest in a quality safe to prevent any damage to the handles in case of a fire.
By now, it’s safe to say that anything made of steel qualifies to be kept in your gun safe. Keys to your house, safety deposit box, P.O. box, storage unit and anything else are great candidates to keep in your safe.
Keep in mind, though, that just because it’s made of metal doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. Even steel can warp and lose its integrity if exposed to extreme temperatures.
Keeping important documents, such as your tax returns, social security cards, birth certificates and legal documents are usually good candidates to keep inside your safe. When doing so, however, just be sure to keep them in a separate safe from your ammunition and inside a durable, fireproof gun safe.
Unless your gun safe is also a jewelry-certified safe, some may be hesitant to recommend keeping jewelry inside a fireproof gun safe. Champion Safe models, like the Trophy Home Series, may be better suited to preserve jewelry due to their fire-resistant materials, thief-proof design and jewelry-friendly storage options, but because jewelry is made of different materials, be sure to double-check.
In any case, keeping jewelry inside your gun safe is a much more secure option than your wife leaving it on her vanity.
The Deed to Your Home
There are many conflicting opinions regarding where the best place to keep the deed to your home may be. Some say to keep it inside a fireproof gun safe, while others recommend keeping the deed to your home and other documents inside a safety deposit box.
For now, the deed to your home and other important documents that you don’t need to regularly access should be kept in a safety deposit box. That being said, it’s perfectly fine to keep the key to your safety deposit box inside your Champion Safe.
Plastic and heat-sensitive materials are, in some ways, more delicate than paper. The data encoded in USB drives, floppy disks and CD ROMs are much more prone to damages than paper is in a lot of ways.
If you access certain external software often, then you may keep various storage devices inside your gun safe short-term, but if you have anything with sensitive information on it that’s simply meant to be protected, then it may be better off in a safety deposit box.
Your Safe’s Inventory
If you rely heavily on your safe to protect your essentials, then it’s important to:
- Keep a log of what’s inside your safes
- Keep the log or written inventory outside of your safe
You can keep your safe’s inventory in a safety deposit box, on a USB drive, on a digital cloud, or in a physical place that’s accessible only to you and your loved ones.
That being said, it may be a good idea to keep a myriad of physical and digital copies of your safe’s inventory in various places to prepare for the worst.
There’s a lot to be said about what’s appropriate to keep in your gun safe and what’s not. There are a lot of great resources out there that are on the fence or oppose keeping the items above inside a gun safe, which is why knowing what your safe can and can’t protect will help you better prepare for the worst while protecting the things that matter the most.
At Champion Safe, our goal will always be to create the most secure safe for your valuables, no matter what they’re made of. Keep in mind to not keep anything in your safe that may damage your other items, like items that would compromise the humidity or the internal temperature inside a safe.
This protection will give you the security and peace of mind for anything that may compromise it in the future.
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 best combination gun safe for the money? 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”.