January 6th, 2008

Let There Be Light… For your Gun Safe

Few, if any, gun safes come with adequate factory-installed lighting. Even if you have overhead lamps in the room where your safe resides, you’ll still find that the inside of your safe is dark, making it difficult to find small items. By adding interior lighting to your gun safe, you’ll lessen the chance of “bumping and grinding” your precious firearms as you move them in and out of the safe.

Here is a simple, do-it-yourself project that costs very little money. String LED lighting is now available at low cost. Called “rope lights” or “string lights”, these are strings of LEDs in lengths of plastic tubing. Gunsafe vendors sell strings for up to $35.00 per coil, but you can buy the same products at discount chains for under $5.00. Brian J. from Virginia reports: “I just went to Wally World’s Christmas clearance section and picked up two strands of Rope Lights for $3.50 each!” He then installed the strings behind the shelves of his gunsafe, as you can see in the photos.

Gunsafe LED interior lighting

Gunsafe LED interior lighting

LEDs draw very little electrical power and have a very long life-span so you can leave your Rope Lights running continuously in winter. These will provide some warming of the air in the safe, which helps prevent rust by raising the dew point. We still recommend that you use a GoldenRod or similar warming unit, placed at the bottom of your safe, plus desiccant packs to actually absorb moisture.

As you can see, Rope Lights provide a great lighting solution that illuminates even the small dark corners of internal shelving units. Rope Lights are easy to install. Just string the lights behind your shelves. Most safes come with a pre-drilled hole in the bottom for a dehumidifier. Just slip your Rope Light power cord through this hole and plug it into the wall.

For more tips on how to illuminate your safe and protect its contents from rust and corrosion, read our Gun Safe Buyers’ Guide. The most comprehensive Gun Safe Resource on the web, this article covers a multitude of topics including lock selection (electronic vs. manual), fire-proofing, door hinge design, water-proofing, wall construction, rust prevention, and gun safe installation.

Gun safe interior photos by Brian J., used with permission.

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January 6th, 2008

Weaver T-10 on Sale — $229.99

Here’s a great deal for you “Factory Class” Shooters needing a 10-power competition scope. Natchez Shooters Supply currently has matte black Weaver T-10 scopes on sale for just $229.99, marked WAY down. The T-10 (item SN849811) features a 40mm front objective, front parallax adjustment, and target turrets. The reticle is a Fine-Crosshair with 1/8th-MOA Target Dot. As with other Weaver T-series scopes, the T10 ships with a screw-in sunshade plus screw-in metal lens caps. If you need a 10X target scope, you may want to jump on this deal. Other web vendors are selling new T-10s for as much as $375.00. (Note: For Hunter BR competition you are limited to 6-power optics).

Weaver T-10 comp scope

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