We all have seen the clamoring for gun control in the political circle as well as other “celebrities”. Now I’m a firm believer that you do not need gun control to the extent that everyone outside of the gun owner circle wants. The only thing that we, as gun owners, need to do is to be more responsible with our firearms. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 50 caliber rifle or a 9mm beretta handgun. Both of those firearms are dangerous in the hands of those that aren’t trained, or aren’t fully capable of owning a firearm (be it a mental condition, or criminal). Not only should you secure the guns themselves, but it’s important to also store the ammo somewhere safely as well. That’s where reviewing your gun safe options becomes important. You need to make sure that you’re purchasing the best fit for you.
Now, yes there is a big difference in size between a handgun and a 50 caliber rifle, but there are still options out there that would allow you to safely secure a gun that size, but there are definitely certain things you will need to factor in when finding storage solutions with a gun the size of 50 cal: the size of the gun vs the size of the gun safe, will you be able to store the ammo along with the firearm, and the scope rests of the safe.
The primary factor is obviously the size of the gun vs the size of the gun safe. As these rifles tends to be pretty big and bulky, you will need a safe that will be able to hold the length with the barrel. Not only are these weapons longer than a normal AR, but they’re also much wider in many cases, and that is something that you will need to factor in because it could take up 2 or 3 spots in your safe. So you will definitely want to over estimate how many guns you’re planning to store. Instead of purchasing a 16 gun safe, buy a 24 gun safe because you will effectively only be able to store 12 other guns plus your 50 cal. Also, to help add some flexibility, you will want to find a gun safe that has an adjustable interior design because this will allow you to remove shelving so you aren’t forcing such a large gun in places that it doesn’t want to fit.
Next, you have to take a look at the very large bullets that this rifle shoots because it is not a typical gun clip or small individual bullets. A 50 cal bullet is often a couple of inches long and this may make it difficult to store the ammo, especially if you remove any shelving to allow you to be able to fit the gun inside the safe. This is where you want to take some reviews of gun safes into account as you determine what is the best option for you to buy. The best gun safe reviews will include the specs of the safe, and you will want at least a 60″ tall gun safe if you want any hope of fitting both the gun and ammo in a single storage solution. One potential idea to allow you a bit more storage is the purchase of a door organizer. Door organizers will normally contain little pouches or gun holsters that will allow you to fit smaller accessories or ammo that doesn’t take up any storage space of the main compartment. Many higher end gun safes will come with these, but if they don’t, then it would be wise to invest in one.
Finally, bulky scopes can sometimes be an issue with the rests that are built into the majority of gun storage solutions on the market. So you will want to read safe reviews very carefully on the gun safe before you decide to purchase because if the rests are small, then that might either cause you to have to remove the scope, or you may need to make modifications to allow you to make it fit. Most scopes for larger guns tend to be larger than an AR scope or a handgun scope. Shelving and door organizers may help if you decide to remove your scope, but you will want to make sure that they are even able to fit it because some organizers may not come with a compartment that will allow secure placement of those expensive optics.
It’s important that you take all these different factors into account because not only do you want to protect your multi thousand dollar high end rife, but you want to keep that gun out of everyone elses hands. Be a responsible gun owner, and research some storage options for your firearms so everyone can be kept safe.