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American COP Magazine February 2013 Digital Edition - Page 12

CArrY OPTIONS FROMHOlSTERSTOHAvERSACkS. jOHNRUSSO Quick Access ? Secure In Gun sAfe I Your Home? f you have children in the home, you need to keep your firearm secure from your own monsters and their friends. Most states have some type of negligent firearm storage law, which means you’re criminally liable if a kid gets to your gun and hurts himself in your home. Trigger and cable locks are a good way to keep your gun secure from curious children, but do little to prevent it from being stolen — and they sure don’t allow quick access for home defense. You need to be responsible for your firearm, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your home-defense plan in the process. As anyone who carries a gun for a living knows: The dangers don’t stop at the front door just because you made it home safely. Every week I read about cases of home invasions where bad guys force entry into a home, knowing it’s occupied. Even worse are the cases where bad guys target a cop’s house. Are you prepared to deal with this? Is your spouse prepared, especially if you aren’t home at the time? s cops, we’re constantly reminded to protect our sidearm, and are given hours of defensive-tactics training, learning how to maintain possession of our guns in a fight. We continually upgrade to new higher-retention holsters to help ensure our gun stays where it belongs, but what happens when we’re off-duty and have gone home? Where do you put your gun when it isn’t on you, and are you prepared to quickly defend yourself at home? A phoenix T Gunlocker T his is where the Phoenix Gunlocker gun safe shines. Manufactured by the Boswell Safe and Vault Co. in Temecula, Calif., this is a heavy-gauge steel electronic safe specifically designed to securely store your handgun while providing instant access. Made of 11-gauge steel and weighing over 33 pounds, it measures 3.5x17x19". How can it hold a gun if it’s only 3.5" deep? The safe is placed into a wall and anchored between two studs on a standard 16" center. Your gun is then secured in a specially designed adjustable hanging holster, which folds flat into the safe when the door is closed. Access is granted by entering your 4-digit code in the electronic keypad, causing the safe door to automatically open. As the door opens, the holstered handgun rotates outward presenting the grip of the gun in an easy to grasp position. There’s also room in the safe for extras like a second gun, magazines, flashlight, etc. for about a year. If the battery runs low, a warning light and audible tone let you know it’s time for juice. Charging the battery is a snap thanks to a charging port below the keypad. The holster has multiple adjustments so it fits just about any gun with a 2" to 7" barrel. It’s designed to grip the gun in front of the triggerguard, but you may have to fuss with it a bit if you keep a rail light on your pistol. Boswell tells me they’re about to come out with a Riflelocker model to hold long guns. Guns come with a lot of responsibility — especially in your home. So, make sure your gun is secure in your home. Keep it away from bad guys and those curious little fingers with a Gunlocker. For more info: (951) 693-9798, www. americancopmagazine.com/boswell Safe , Secure and faST cool feATures he Phoenix Gunlocker safe has a lot going for it. In addition to being easy to install it’s held in place by bolts passing through the inside of the safe into the studs. The safe sits almost flush with your finished wall, giving it a very clean look and allowing it to be easily concealed behind a picture. The electronic keypad is backlit and there’s also an interior light, which really helps getting your gun out in the dark. The keypad has a tamper guard feature which sets off an audible alarm if unauthorized access is attempted. The safe door is recessed, which helps prevent prying and contains a high security barrel key lock for backup access. A rechargeable 12-Volt battery runs the electronics and holds a charge * 12 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • FEBRUARY2013

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