Let your wife talk you into a gun safe
Traditionally a "guy" thing, of course, but your
wife's input will give immediacy to this project.
by Bill Hanus
Men tend to think
against burglary or theft. Women tend to think about protection
against loss by fire. So where you may be inclined to think
in terms of replacement values - after all putting a replacement
value on boy toys like a good shotgun or fly rod might he an
unhappy task, but it certainly isn't impossible. Your pet tangibles
have a price. Hers often don't.
As life has already taught you, women are different than men.
Her treasures are often those which, once lost, can never be
replaced. Great-grandmother's wedding ring, a childhood scrapbook
and your children's baby pictures come to mind. Your role in
helping insure the protection and preservation of things she
holds most dear will not go unrewarded. The man who steps forth
with a workable checklist of idea-starters for his wife in this
instance gains much merit. Descriptions like "thoughtful"
or "considerate" are enviable traits with which to
be identified - and have appended to your job description.
Her treasures might include:
Video of Grandma's 90th Birthday Party Birth Certificates
That new digital camera you've been considering is now essential
to provide a photographic record of her antique furniture pieces
and other family collectibles too large to fit into the safe.
Burn a CD on your new laptop and store it with your other important
records in the new safe. In the event of a loss - worst case
scenario - you have something on which to base an insurance claim.
Clearly, your wife's early involvement in the safe selection
plan keeps you from making the blunder of buying one which is
too small or ill-suited to your joint requirements. A larger,
more commodious safe will provide protection against both fire
and theft. Well made safes like this are available from a number
of manufacturers and come in a wide variety of sizes, finishes
and internal layouts. Typical widths are 24", 30",
36" and 40" with heights of 60" and 72".
The limiting factor in interior safe design is the number of
long guns to be stored - from as few as half a dozen up to 40
or more. Since some families require more shelf space than long
gun storage space, Heritage Safe Company - very likely with your
wife in mind - recently added the ExecuSport TM design to their
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