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Combination Gun Safes: How They Work and How to Use Them

Combination Gun Safes: How They Work and How to Use Them

It's not materialistic to say that some possessions are valuable, meaningful, and even priceless. If keeping your most important personal belongings safe isn't already a priority for you, it should be. These belongings could be social security cards, checkbooks, passports, super-expensive jewelry like wedding rings, and many more valuable belongings.

For your most prized objects, having them insured isn't enough. Combination gun safes are of great use to have at the house for safekeeping of these items. For someone to understand just how safe their belongings are, we will discuss how exactly they work, and how to open them.

How Combination Gun Safes Work

Most combination safes use a combination dial, which is similar to the kind of knobs you'd find on most convection ovens. This dial has a pole looking object, also called the spindle, connected to it, which goes through small wheels and connects to a thing called a drive cam.

This is the first thing that spins when you start to turn the dial. The number of wheels there correlates to the number of numbers in the combination safe's password or combination. Once you start to turn the dial to the first number of the combination, the drive cam starts to spin.

When the drive cam hits the first notch, or wheel fly, on the first wheel, the first wheel will then start to spin as well. This happens to each wheel until all of the wheels have been activated. Known as picking up the wheels, once all notches on the wheels are lined up, the combination gun safe is ready to open. A piece falls down into the notches by force of gravity, freeing the bolt to move past and open the safe.

How to Open a Combination Gun Safe

Now that you know how it works, opening the combination safe will be a bit more understandable.

1. Turn to the Right Four Times

To ensure there are no other attempts to interfere with your combination, you must turn the dial at least four times to the right past the first number of your key, then stop on the first number.

2. Turn to the Left Past the Second Number Twice

Turning the dial the other way, pass up the second number twice, then on the third turn around, stop on the second number.

3. Turn to the Right Passed the Third Number Once

To get to the third number, you must turn the dial to the right and pass the third number once, then on the next turn about stop on the third number.

4. Continue Turning Right to the Fourth Number 

After that, you only have to turn to the right and stop on the fourth number. No passing or multiple turns this time. The safe combination should open right up.

The Bottom Line of Opening Combination Safes

Understanding how the parts of a combination safe work on the inside help you better understand how to work it. It's important to practice opening your safe multiple times to ensure you've got it down. Eventually, this will become muscle memory. Combination safes are a useful source of premium security. Contact us today to protect your more valuable belongings. 

It's not materialistic to say that some possessions are valuable, meaningful, and even priceless. If keeping your most important personal belongings safe isn't already a priority for you, it should be. These belongings could be social security cards, checkbooks, passports, super-expensive jewelry like wedding rings, and many more valuable belongings.

For your most prized objects, having them insured isn't enough. Combination gun safes are of great use to have at the house for safekeeping of these items. For someone to understand just how safe their belongings are, we will discuss how exactly they work, and how to open them.

How Combination Gun Safes Work

Most combination safes use a combination dial, which is similar to the kind of knobs you'd find on most convection ovens. This dial has a pole looking object, also called the spindle, connected to it, which goes through small wheels and connects to a thing called a drive cam.

This is the first thing that spins when you start to turn the dial. The number of wheels there correlates to the number of numbers in the combination safe's password or combination. Once you start to turn the dial to the first number of the combination, the drive cam starts to spin.

When the drive cam hits the first notch, or wheel fly, on the first wheel, the first wheel will then start to spin as well. This happens to each wheel until all of the wheels have been activated. Known as picking up the wheels, once all notches on the wheels are lined up, the combination gun safe is ready to open. A piece falls down into the notches by force of gravity, freeing the bolt to move past and open the safe.

How to Open a Combination Gun Safe

Now that you know how it works, opening the combination safe will be a bit more understandable.

1. Turn to the Right Four Times

To ensure there are no other attempts to interfere with your combination, you must turn the dial at least four times to the right past the first number of your key, then stop on the first number.

2. Turn to the Left Past the Second Number Twice

Turning the dial the other way, pass up the second number twice, then on the third turn around, stop on the second number.

3. Turn to the Right Passed the Third Number Once

To get to the third number, you must turn the dial to the right and pass the third number once, then on the next turn about stop on the third number.

4. Continue Turning Right to the Fourth Number 

After that, you only have to turn to the right and stop on the fourth number. No passing or multiple turns this time. The safe combination should open right up.

The Bottom Line of Opening Combination Safes

Understanding how the parts of a combination safe work on the inside help you better understand how to work it. It's important to practice opening your safe multiple times to ensure you've got it down. Eventually, this will become muscle memory. Combination safes are a useful source of premium security. Contact us today to protect your more valuable belongings. 

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