Break­ing bad

Pa­trick Gal­braith never gave much thought to gun cab­i­nets un­til he trav­elled to Utah to see the strin­gent tests they un­dergo in the US

Shooting Times & Country Magazine - - EQUIPMENT -

Cor­duroy was a bad choice and, for the sec­ond day in a row, I’d over­done it on the break­fast waf­fles. I sat in the cor­ner of the ware­house in a camp­ing chair, sweat­ing and clutch­ing my stom­ach while a mus­cu­lar man in the mid­dle of the room swung a large ham­mer up over his head and brought it crash­ing down on a metal cab­i­net. It was not an or­di­nary Wed­nes­day and Utah was not an or­di­nary des­ti­na­tion for a Shoot­ing Times as­sign­ment.

Brown­ing’s Pros­teel gun cab­i­net fac­tory sits at the foothills out­side Provo, a mid­size town with a su­per­size col­lec­tion of di­nosaur fos­sils. Ad­mit­tedly, gun stor­age is not a topic that gets peo­ple go­ing. A man with a thing for gun cab­i­net con­ver­sa­tion is un­likely to be ev­ery­one’s favourite per­son on the syn­di­cate.

But did you know that a cab­i­net com­pli­ant with safety stan­dard BS7558 — the sort you’ve prob­a­bly got un­der the stairs — wouldn’t pass the se­cu­rity stan­dards test in France or Italy, nor would it be recog­nised as se­cure, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial spec­i­fi­ca­tions in the gun-lov­ing US? I didn’t.

Just 47 sec­onds af­ter pick­ing up the ham­mer, the mus­cu­lar Amer­i­can had bro­ken into the cab­i­net. “You know what BS stands for,” yelled an un­couth French­man from across the room. Need­less to say, a lit­tle bit of my Bri­tish pride died that day. Some 10 min­utes

Brown­ing Pros­teel gun cab­i­nets might be ex­pen­sive but they pro­vide im­pres­sive pro­tec­tion to their con­tents

The town of Provo, Utah, sits at the foothills of the Wasatch Front moun­tains

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