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FIREARM SAFES

to be removed from the hinges and the battery installed in
the digital lock to release the 1 " locking bolts. The door will
then swing out to be lifted up and off the frame. The hinges
provide about 1.5 " of space between the door and the frame
to help avoid fingers getting pinched when the door is lifted
into or out of the frame.
With the door removed, the instructions read and all the
parts laid out, it was time to assemble the safe. An assembly trick my dad taught me as a kid, which has served me
well over the years, came in handy: When tightening the
nuts into place over the provided washers, don't torque
them down all the way. Instead, leave them a little loose
so that there's some room to maneuver the sections into
place. When all the bolts are properly positioned and all 40
nuts are in place, then go to work cinching them all down
nice and tight.
SnapSafe recommends assembling the safe in a horizontal position, since this is the easiest way to align the bolts
and holes while allowing gravity to do some of the work
for you. But the safe can be put together in the upright
position if your situation requires it. Just be aware that
when the sections are vertical they will rock back and forth
making lining the bolts up a bit more challenging.
The felted shelving shipped with the Titan allows for two
primary configurations. Use a divider to set up three small

shelves with a rack for up to six long guns and an additional
storage shelf up above. Or set aside the divider and shelves
and use the fullsize rack to accommodate up to 12 long guns.
SnapSafe advertises that the Titan, " assembles in minutes, "
which I'm going to agree is true once everything is in place
and ready to assemble. If you can break down a semi-automatic
pistol, clean it and put it back together again then you have
the mechanical acumen required for building this sturdy, secure
gun-storage system. I set the three major sections together
horizontally and vertically to see which was easier. If you can
work horizontally, do it. It's more challenging to align the bolts
properly in the vertical position. Nevertheless, it can be done in
either position in less than an hour.
I've sold gun safes at retail stores, moved them and visited
a factory to see welded safes roll off the assembly line. Based
on my experience, I'm impressed with what the SnapSafe
Titan has to offer. It provides the quality and security of a
full-featured, fire-rated gun safe and the portability of a locking gun cabinet. Welded safes of the same size can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,800 depending on the features. This
Titan has a suggested retail price of $1,609, placing it, pricewise, in the middle of the market. But to borrow a line from
Star Trek, it can boldly go where no safe has gone before. That
certainly makes it a worthwhile investment. SnapSafe's Titan
series ship with a lifetime warranty.

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APRIL 2021

Meanwhile, in the northern part
of the state, tens of thousands of
people had been evacuated from
their homes as more than 76,000
acres were turned into scorched
earth and the blacked skeletons of
charred trees by the same deadly
combination of fierce winds and dry
vegetation. The town of Paradise
was completely destroyed, and
almost a million people were left
without electricity when the utility
companies shut down their aging
power lines to prevent them from
igniting even more dry brush.
Overall, three people were killed,
thousands of homes throughout the state were destroyed and
hundreds of families literally lost everything they had.
All of this caused me to re-think the precautions I had taken
regarding the storage of my firearms. Keeping them safe from
theft and securing them from unauthorized use may no longer
be enough. What about their destruction from natural disasters
that included not only fires, but also the hurricanes, tornadoes
and floods that are so prevalent in other parts of the country?
After all, when it comes to guns, we're talking about items made
of wood and metal, which char and burn; even polymers can
warp and melt under the intense heat of a house fire.
AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

LIBERTY 25-GUN LINCOLN SERIES

BY RICK HACKER, Field Editor

afe " and " fire " are two commands most of us are
familiar with. But those two words took on an even
greater and more personal meaning for me recently.
Like most responsible firearm owners, my guns had been
securely locked away, out of sight and out of reach from
unauthorized individuals, whether family, guests or anyone
else entering my home-invited or uninvited. But recent
events in California have caused me to re-evaluate the safeguards I had taken to protect my guns.
Beginning in the late summer and early fall of 2019, a
calamitous series of raging wildfires, caused by events both
man-made and natural, and fueled by tinder-dry vegetation as
the result of years of drought, erupted throughout Northern
and Southern California. Compounded by airborne sparks that
burst into new blazes miles away from the main fires, red-hot
walls of flames, pushed by violent 60-m.p.h., heat-generated
winds raged throughout Ventura, Riverside and Los Angeles
counties in the southern part of the state where I live.
One morning, as I stepped out onto my front porch, I saw
a thick gray haze rolling down the street and smelled the
pungent smoke from a fire that had started minutes before
due to an illegal campsite in the Santa Monica Mountains
near my home. The fire spread through the foothills and
eventually caused the closure of a portion of Interstate 405,
one of the busiest traffic corridors in L.A. But thanks to the
fast action of the city's firefighters, the flames never reached
my neighborhood.



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