3 Must-Have Tools For Gun Safety
By: Sam Bocetta
A lot of people spend a lot of time reading up about what gun to get, comparing reviews and
complex specifications in order to find the perfect hunting rifle or concealed carry pistol. Equally, a
lot of us spend time on the range practising our draw, and take time to learn about how to field-strip
and clean our weapons.
All of these activities are, of course, an integral part of being a responsible firearm owner. However,
what a lot of people forget about is that gun safety is as much dependant on the equipment you use
to carry and store your gun as it is on the gun itself.
Read through the NRA’s guides to gun safety and you’ll be struck by how many of their rules
require you to have a whole range of additional items. In order to carry your gun safely, you need a
quality holster. In order to store it properly, you are going to need a good safe. And caring for your
gun, which not only prolongs its life but is also an important factor in keeping it safe to use, also
requires a set of specific tools.
Today, I’ll take you through the three most important tools you need for gun safety, and explain
what you should be looking for in each item.
1. Your Holster
Perhaps the most important tool in keeping your gun safe is the holster you chose to carry it in. A
good holster not only protects your gun, it can also guard against the possibility of accidental
If you own a commonly used gun like a Glock 9mm, there are literally hundreds of holsters
available for you to chose from. I know it’s a boring opinion, but to my mind by far the most
important factor you should look for in a holster is the safety features that it offers. The best holsters
today feature locking mechanisms that keep your gun safely held inside the holster until the exact
moment that you are ready to use it.
There are a range of systems available, so find what works for you. I know that popular systems
such as SERPA can be controversial, but mechanisms like this – where your gun is locked in place
until you perform a small action to release it – can greatly improve the safety of your carrying.
2. Your Safe
A lot of people forget about this one. Where you store your guns when they are not being used, and
the safe you store them in, can be a critical factor in keeping them safe.
It may seem, if you are new to gun ownership, that the primary purpose of a good safe is to keep
your weapons safe from thieves. However, in reality the majority of guns destroyed in the US every
year are taken by fire and floods. Building a safe to keep out thieves is relatively easy: all you need
is a strong metal box, perhaps with biometric security. Building a safe to resist a house fire is more
Luckily, most safes now come with fire ratings, which will tell you how resistant they are to fire.
So, when looking to get a safe, always get the one with the highest fire rating that you can afford.
3. Maintenance and Cleaning Tools
For people who shoot their guns on a regular basis, one of the biggest dangers is misfires and jams.
To avoid this, it is incredibly important that you keep your gun clean, oiled, and in generally good
If you own a relatively common firearm, getting these tools is easy. Most gun manufacturers
produce bespoke kits for their pistols and rifles, and these kits will provide you with everything you
need to keep your gun in good condition. For vintage or unusual weapons, a set of generic
gunsmithing tools are invaluable: get a decent set of punches and brushes, and invest in some
quality cleaning fluid and gun oil, and you won’t go too far wrong.
4. A Little Bit Of Knowledge
I know, I know, I said there would only be three tools you need! However, the most important way
of keeping yourself and your family safe is actually a bit of research. You can have the best holster
in the world, and the fanciest safe, but unless you know how to properly draw, shoot, and store your
gun you are putting yourself at risk.
So do a little bit of research, and make sure you practice your safe drawing and shooting technique,
and you’ll already be safer than you were before.
About the Author: "Sam Bocetta is a retired engineer who worked for over 35 years as an engineer specializing in electronic warfare and advanced computer systems. Sam now teaches at Algonquin Community College in Ottawa, Canada as a part time engineering professor."