Opening a Safe In a Crisis

If you live long enough, you will have some traumatic event in your life.  It may not be a near death experience, but it could be a traffic accident or a sever injury or even falling off your bike as a kid.  If you think about these events, how much do you remember about them?  Most people report that they remember very little of the actual event.  They have some vague idea of what happened in that short time span, but it was if their brain when into auto pilot.

This is not far from the truth.  When your body anticipates or experiences a major physical, emotional, or psychological trauma or danger, the central nervous system releases a massive discharge of chemicals into our bodies to trigger our fight or flight reaction.  This is what often is called the adrenaline rush (although there is more to it then just adrenaline).  Your pulse rate jumps to a running rate.  Your vision narrows on the danger or threat.

Your body is gearing up for major muscle movement in either flight or fight.  Unfortunately, your fine motor skills and memory ability decreases dramatically.  When your heart is beating at 115 beats per minute, fine motor skills are almost completely lost.  At 145 beats per minute you lose your more gross complex motor skills.

All of this body reaction can be a problem when you are in a crisis situation and need to open your safe to get your pistol to defend yourself or your family.  You body is only working on large muscle groups.  Will you be able to turn the dial of that combination pistol safe?  Can you remember the 4-6 numbers to open that digital safe?  Most studies show that you will not be able to do it.

Because of this reaction, many gun owners have a biometric safe where they store their handgun.  You simply place your finger on the reader and in less than 5 seconds the doors pop open, giving you access to your gun.  No thinking, no turning of dials, just quick access to protect yourself and your family.