Gun Safe Locking Mechanism Options
Dial Combination Locks: This is type of lock that most of us have become experienced with since the days of being in junior high and high school. The dial combination lock comes in a few different forms and they usually only differ in that amount of numbers in the combination sequence.
The sequences range from three number example: (24,36,24) or four numbers (24,36,24,36) or up to home numbers. Most commonly today the higher end safes will have the four number combination dial and can be somewhat confusing when learning to use them and opening the safe.
The three digit combo is very easy but is not used as often today by the reputable lock manufacturers. Most commonly the three digit sequence dials are used on less expensive safes and even the Chinese manufactured safes. These three digit designs can be good but have been well known in the industry to have some serious malfunction problems.
The four digit combos are usually the American standard and can be confusing to learn but once you have learned them, they have been very foolproof and if you stick with the guide here of checking to see if the locking mechanism is either a LaGard or S&G brand, you can’t go really wrong.
The dials that offer up to eight digit sequence are usually very high end and either http://www.kaba-mas.com or corporate locks.
- Electronic KeyPad Locks: This type of lock entry system has had the most negative press historically and rightfully so. Up until the recent two years the electronic locking systems were junk. They were using technology that was too old for the systems not to be breached. You could break into them if you had a scanner or in some cases had a lamp with the plug in wires stripped and plugged into the wall and touched to the wires on the keypad. The nice thing is that two years ago, both LaGard and S&G locks had redesigned their electronics and eliminated the problems. It might take some time for the bad memories to go away, but we have worked with them both here at gunsafespot.com and find these two manufacturers products to be flawless. The benefits of the keypad entry are that you can create your own combination anytime you like. Up to 10,000 different potential sequences possible on some, and in some states it is a requirement to have that amount of option sequences in order to sell a gun safe. Another benefit is that it is much faster to get into your safe with a keypad. Today with the experience of telephones and texting on cell phones, we are all used to working a key pad very fast. There are some Chinese manufactured electronic locks; our advice is to stay away from them at all costs. Sorry to be so abrupt, but in our professional and personal experiences, they are junk and are not good from the day they are made. You will more often find these manufactured locks on unknown name brands of gun safes. Safes that are not built in the states and they buy them and then slap their name on them, like “wind river safes” or some odd names such as “tracker safe”. if you are looking to just save money for a little time and are not worried about the quality of the safe, then go ahead and buy one of these.
- The Top Manufacturers: Without any question at all, we happily can give our opinion of who we think are the top two home gun safe lock manufacturers to look for. We feel that LaGard makes an incredible product in both the electronic key pad locks and the dial combination locks.
S&G is the other lock manufacturer that we feel is a good investment. You can’t go wrong with either one of these brands of locks. Not only are the products well designed and built but they also stand behind their product if there is a problem in the future.