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