Fill the numbers on the gold dial with black paint, and that will cure the problem. I also use a cheap Harbor Freight LED flashlight with magnetic mount that I mount so the beam shines on the dial. Makes reading numbers much easier.My lock preference is for the Sargent & Greenleaf combo w/lockable dial. No worries about batteries or possible EMP damage, plus once you open it (using the combination), you can use the key to open it quickly until you decide to spin the dial again to fully lock it again. If you can, get a black dial. I have one that's black and another that is gold-plated and the gold one is a PITA to clearly see the numbers while spinning the dial. The black is quicker and easier to open since the numbers are so much more visible.
I hadn't thought of that. I may not have as many toys as you, but if I put all mine together in one spot my wife might be surprised too.Another problem was that this was the first time that my wife saw most of my guns in one spot.