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The Collector

I have buddies who share my love of water recreation, even though they have a given favorite sport, and I have other friends who don’t. To each his own so they say. One of the latter is a gun enthusiast who prefers to hunt and shoot above all else. I prefer my own pastimes, but was willing to hear him out on the subject recently. He enjoys firearms for sport and it is not about politics, citizens’ rights, or self-protection from assorted perils. He does not envision an imminent hone invasion or mugging. He just loves guns in and for themselves and he wanted to share the news. He got a new gun safe he calls “the Collector” and he swears it is a marvel to behold.

Guns and gun safes go neatly together as a pair. If you own guns, you must secure them from view. You don’t want kids to get any ideas nor robbers to boot. A good gun safe will protect the public from harm while safeguarding your assets from rust and corrosion, not to mention fire, flooding, and other acts of God. You can choose to hide the safes out of sight or have them prominently displayed. Your decision will dictate the right product. My friend opted for a decent size unit made of sturdy ten-gauge metal. It has a hinged door that he says deters robbers from picking the lock. I must say that even as a casual onlooker, I was pretty impressed.

I thought it was interesting that my friend went on and on about the lock. I didn’t know you had a choice of type. He insisted that his combination dial was superior to an electric lock as it doesn’t need a battery and wouldn’t go on the fritz. I can’t believe he spent a half hour raving about it. I looked dutifully and tried to smile. “I see it is durable and trouble-free.” He liked my attentiveness and went on to describe the standard most-acceptable and highest visibility “front read” white on black dial. “You have to avoid those cheap imported electronic locks,” he droned on. “The keypad internals just wear out. Plus, people often reprogram their locks and forget the combination!” What about dial locks? I thought to myself. What if you forget to lock the safe after opening it?

He went on to measure his safe in my presence and pronounce its perfection for his particular collection of rifles. You always go several inches higher than your tallest one and the same goes for width. He also pointed out the handy shelf he used for a couple of pistols and the organized racks inside the unit. I got lost when he raved about bolts, fire linings, and relockers and got misty eyed over protective seals that dissolved to fill in crevasses during a fire or flood. You would think the guns would be more interesting to him at this point. Nonetheless, I learned a lot about gun safes from his description and gained a new respect for the devices.