TOO SLOW:Combination Lock


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ripcurlksm
November 16, 2006, 04:57 PM
I am a new gun owner and I live in a two bedroom apt with a friend I have known for 2 years. I purchased a small locking container which fits the handgun and a few magazines, the outside lock is similar to a briefcase combo lock with a small button to open the latch. I have this stored under my bed.

So I did a drill to test how long I could reach my weapon and open the lock from the farthest part of my apartment - average 8-10 seconds so far. I set the combination lock so it is one number away from being open when I am in my apartment to give me a faster response time, while still maintaining a small sense of security with it being in a locked container.

My problem is that the damn combo lock is taking at least 3 seconds to open (even with the combo set to one click away!). Also what about at night time, should I keep the firearm in my nightstand and then move it to the lock box when I leave for work? Its just a pain in the arse. Its almost like I am better off leaving it locked up in my closet and forgetting about it completely. :banghead:

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ZeSpectre
November 16, 2006, 05:06 PM
I've got an even better one, sprint around until you are breathing heavy and the heart is really pumping and then try to fumble with that little lock. I know, I've tried it.

I think that's why these type of boxes are popular (http://www.handgunsafe.com/401s.htm) (not advocating this specific brand, just an example).

or the fort knox version (http://ftknox.com/pistolboxes/)

Personally I have one almost identical to this walmart jobbie (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4861130)but mine has larger square buttons that I find very easy to work in complete darkness.

History Prof
November 17, 2006, 03:49 PM
should I keep the firearm in my nightstand and then move it to the lock box when I leave for work? I unlock my nightstand gun locker when the wife and I go to bed and lock it in the morning.

stellarpod
November 18, 2006, 10:27 AM
Agree with History Prof on this one. Gun should be unlocked at night, lock it up before you leave in the morning.

Is there some reason you feel the need to secure it under lock and key during the night? Children in the apartment? Don't trust your roomy? ;)

stellarpod

ripcurlksm
November 18, 2006, 11:30 AM
Big thanks for your thoughts.

I know my roommate pretty well, there is no reason to think anything - but I want to be 100% because its my responsibility. I like that first push button safe you posted :D

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