Batteries: Change them!

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    Batteries: Change them!

    First let me say that there was no home invasion and nothing warranted the use of my pistol while it was locked up. Whew!

    So I get up this morning, spend my quality time in the bathroom, get dressed, and then go to open my HOMAK pistol lockbox. Put the code in and it doesn't open, WTH! Try a few more times just to be sure. The lights are lighting as I push the buttons but at the end of the sequence the red light (ooops light) and the green light (opposite of ooops) flashes at the same time. Curses! The batteries must be weak. Neat feature of this box is that it has a couple of contacts on the front to hold a 9-volt battery up to it to supply enough power to get it open. Problem is finding a 9-volt battery without using a ladder to rob one out of smoke detector when you are already running late. Yeah I checked the junk drawer in the kitchen, dang near every battery but a 9-volt. So I spent the morning unarmed and survived. Got a 9-volt battery went home for lunch and touched it to the terminals, entered the code, opened, retrieved my lovely GLOCK 19, apologized, holstered, and retreived the battery pack and inserted 4 fresh AA's.

    I know I should be changing the batteries when the time changes but I don't think I've ever changed the batteries in this ( I open it in the morning and in the evening daily) and I've had it about 3 years.

    Lessons learned: Change the batteries at least yearly, always have a 9-volt battery on hand just in case, and get up earlier so you have time for crap like this.

    How old are the batteries that are securing your home defense gun?
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    No batteries mechanical locks only.
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    2 months old, will be changing them next month, thanks for the reminder.
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    I'd never trust an electronic lock. Almost anything electronic lets me down when I really need it.
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    Should have a backup access with a key,something I'm gonna bet my life on,good thing it wasn't sumpin like this
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    This is a good reminder.

    My husband and I were just discussing this with friends Sat night. They were considering getting a gun and wanted to know how we secure them with the kid's so I showed them the wall safe. Along with the keypad, there's a hidden backup key access. And that's when it dawned on me...where'd we put the keys? When was the last time we changed the batteries? We've decided to change them as it's recommended for smoke detectors - with the time change. I still need to remember where I put the key - I know it was somewhere "safe". I don't want it on my regular keychain, I lose that all the time. My plan is to get one of those wrist keychains to put it on and keep it in or around the nightstand.

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    I keep my spare keys in a magnetic HideAKey stuck to the bed rails.
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    I bought the GunVault Deluxe because it has an AC adapter. The batteries are only used in the event of a power outage. I change them every year.
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    No batteries for me. I use the K.I.S.S. option. Works better for me with less things to worry about.

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    Definitely! The minute I noticed that it takes 2 attempts to dial the combo to access my pistol safe, it is a sign that the (8) AA batteries need replacement. And I replace them ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    No batteries mechanical locks only.
    my pistol box has both options, but I always opt for the manual function.
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    My safety instructor had it right:

    No electronics! Use a dial safe and do the following:

    1. Before sleeping, dial in 2 of the 3 numbers. Therefore, if you wakesuddenly and need quick access, you just have to turn to the third number to open.

    2. When you wake up or retrieve your firearm, just twist the dial and others then need to enter all three numbers. This was emphasized because he has small kids in the house.

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    The one I have, has a back up key that will unlock it if the battery fails.
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