Three varieties of gun safes are available commercially: those with combination-locks, electronic-locks and key locks. Of the three, key-lock safes are the easiest to use and the least expensive. Combination locks require turning the dial to three numbers in proper order and with the right technique. Electronic-locks are opened by entering the proper code on a keypad. There also are electronic safes that require a key as well to open the door.
Combination Lock Safes
Turn the dial several times to clear the tumblers and stop at zero.
Turn the dial left past zero at least three times and stop the dial on the first number.
Turn the dial right, pass the second number once and stop on the second number.
Turn the dial left to the third number.
Turn the door handle clockwise and pull open the safe door.
Electronic Lock Safes
Enter the safe's access code into the keypad. The access code is usually a five-digit number provided by the safe manufacturer that can be customized by the owner. Following each entry the keypad will blink and beep, indicating that the number was received.
If the safe is also equipped with a key lock, insert the key and turn it clockwise.
Rotate the door handle clockwise and pull open the safe door.
Key Lock Safes
Insert the key into the lock.
Turn the key clockwise.
Pull open the safe door.