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Gun safes and gun safe ratings

If you’re a gun owner, you’ve probably thought about buying a gun safe or maybe even upgrading the safe you already have. And that’s a smart move for a variety of reasons. One, for safety—it prevents children from having access to guns. It’s also a great move from a security standpoint. For many, building their gun collection is a huge investment and firearms are one of the most commonly traded commodities on the black market, which makes your gun collection a huge target for thieves looking to make a big haul in one fell swoop. No matter what your motivations, getting a gun safe is a smart move, but it’s important to note that not all gun safes are made equal. Some “ratings” that sound prestigious are meaningless, and some robustly-built safes can be broken into with manual tools in a matter of minutes. This is why it’s important to understand gun safe ratings.

The quick and dirty on gun safe ratings

The main gun safe ratings you’ll come across is those that have been set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which uses rigorous testing to determine the ratings they put out. Unfortunately, the lowest rating the UL hands out for gun safes is the most common: RSC—Residential Security Container. To get this rating, a gun safe must be able to resist break-in attempts by experts using manual tools (think screw drivers or sheets of metal) for five minutes, which is a really short time compared to what a determined thief could do when home alone, hence why it really is just a basic rating and not really rigorous.

Another really low rating that sounds prestigious is “DOJ-approved”, which means it meets California’s Regulatory Gun Safe Standards. A now-famous investigation by expert Marc Weber Tobias reported by Forbes in 2012 showed just how inadequate that rating is, when a toddler was able to break into four of the safes tested.

For those truly interested in security, stick with UL ratings higher than RSC. B-rated and C-rated safes are the next steps up, with C being the higher of the two. These ratings and those higher than these tend to be used as requirements for insurers when insuring valuables and may correlate to monetary value. From a gun-owner standpoint, what you need is a safe that can’t be manually opened in a few short minutes, like an RSC-rated gun safe. How far you want to take it after that depends on your preferences and what, if any, other valuables you will be storing.

UL TL-15 is the first rating (next rating after C) that means the safe can withstand a basic assault with mechanical tools, like an electric drill. The 15 in the rating nomenclature means it can withstand this sort of assault for 15 minutes—but only the door. The sides, which are weaker, are not involved and could still be opened in less than 15 minutes most likely.

UL TL-30×6 is the first rating that deals with an assault on all six sides of the safe, but is still limited to mechanical tools. The next and last rating is the first to include torches. These very high ratings tend to be saved for safes that are multipurpose and hold things like high-end jewels and collector’s items.

Source: http://zonetop10.com/best-gun-safe-under-1000/

best home espresso machine
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The Emerson Espresso Machine Review

The Emerson Espresso Maker is one of the best home espresso machine on the market. It is one of the only machine that will enhance the family’s enjoyment of coffee. Easy to use this coffee maker is very nicely designed. A coffee carafe on one side and espresso maker on the other makes this unit quite convenient.

Top Features

The Emerson Espresso machine comes with all needed items, Filter basket, carafe and lid, nylon filter, espresso filter, espresso handle and measuring spoon. The coffee maker comes equipped with a frothing nozzle so that anyone using this unit can create professional espresso drinks for friends and family.

The Emerson Coffee/Espresso maker has a digital clock and a timer so that once the coffee is made the warming unit will turn off automatically in 2 hours. It is possible to set up this coffee maker and have it make a pot of coffee automatically at any time of day with the convenient auto on timer. A one-year limited warranty is included on parts and labor for any malfunction that the unit may experience.

One thing that must be clearly explained is that you cannot use the coffee and espresso functions of this unit simultaneously unless the unit is plugged into a 20-amp circuit.

The instruction manual that accompanies the Emerson Coffee/Espresso machine is quite easy to use and understand. The instructions for the Espresso part of this unit is a little confusing and difficult to understand but once you have made that first espresso it is an easy unit for anyone who enjoys coffee and espresso.

How Much Does it Cost?

Cost of this unit runs $150.00 – $249.00 depending on the size and store purchased at. I give this unit a 4 on the rating scale of 5 for comfortable unit and easy to use.

Be sure to purchase regular grind coffee beans for the coffee unit, as it will brew precise coffee with the proper ingredients. For the espresso unit use freshly ground espresso coffee, you can purchase this in any local coffee shop or grocery store. Be sure to tap the grounds into the filter before attaching it to the unit for brewing. When using the frothing unit be sure that the frothing tip is below the liquid line so that the steam does not blow the milk out of the cup. Be careful, as the steam coming from the frothing unit is extremely hot.

Final Verdict

Keep your carafe clean and the unit clean by running a mixture of one part white vinegar and two parts water through the unit. Be sure you do not put any coffee grounds in the basket during this cleaning process and do not let anyone drink this mixture. The reason why it’s one of the best home espresso machine, is because the unit fill with the same mixture only use one part vinegar and four parts water. Run this mixture through the espresso maker for cleaning. Once you have run the mixture through both areas of the Emerson Coffee maker run a clear pot of water through both portions to clean out the vinegar mixture. You are now ready to make more coffee and enjoy your new Emerson Coffee/Espresso machine.