Lock it Up

posted on April 6, 2010

1. SKB’s Hunter Series Parallel Limb Bow Case is an excellent but more affordable version of the company’s top-of-the-line bow case. There are few archery cases we’re confident will keep our bows safe during the airline’s “tarmac toss”—this is one of them. ($120; 800-654-5992)

2. With enough space to store 100 long guns, the Fort Knox 7261 will store more firearms than most of us will ever own. It is rated for 90 minutes in a 1,680-degree fire and, at 1,644 pounds, we’d like to see the thief big enough to run out the door with it. ($7,978; 801-224-7233)

3. At a bargain price, Liberty’s FATBOY safe will keep your favorite 64 guns safe for an hour or more in a 1,200-degree fire. We like the thick steel door—it’s reinforced with 12 robust, crowbar-proof locking bolts. It weights is 880 pounds. ($2,399; 866-537-0165)

4. The NRA Secure Handgun Vault is roomy enough for two pistols, a spare magazine and a flashlight. Just use the four electronic buttons to enter your five-digit passcode and the spring-loaded door pops open. Holes are predrilled for secure mounting. ($90; 888-607-6007)

5. GunVault’s MicroVault has a 16-gauge steel exterior and a soft foam interior. Enter the passcode for access or upgrade to the Biometric version, which reads your fingerprints. The company also makes the

6. NanoVault, a key-entry, TSA-approved unit for the budget-conscious. Both have a security cable for locking them to any fixed object. (877-342-7655; MicroVault—$140-$216, NanoVault—$30-$40)

7. The 1770 Long Case from Pelican is the company’s longest ever at just under 55 inches. With 7,300 cubic inches of space, you and a buddy can pack your guns inside and split the airline’s onerous baggage fee. We found Pelican’s redesigned latches much easier to open and close, and they’re able to withstand nearly 400 pounds of pulling force. ($580; 800-473-5422)


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