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#6014831 - 11/06/15 01:55 PM How to buy a gun safe
ksjmf Offline
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Registered: 01/03/07
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Loc: Gatesville, TX
Starting to look at gun safes, anyone got any pointers? I remember a thread a while back that involved an electronic lock malfunctioning and causing lots of problems. What are some must haves and some absolutely nots?

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#6014859 - 11/06/15 02:11 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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Generally you want to stay away from the big box stores unless you absolutely must save money on it and aren't too concerned with actual security.

Most brands like Cannon, Liberty, Winchester, etc. have composite doors that are just wrapped in a steel skin and aren't actually thick like you would imagine them being. On top of that, the body skin is very thin and can easily be cut through with a cutoff wheel, etc. which most thieves don't have but is something to keep in mind.

Main thing with these types of safes is going to be installation positioning, etc. to get the most out of them. So long as it is bolted down to the floor and you have the door opening side up against a wall you should be good in 95% of scenarios besides maybe fire or a group of professionals.

There's a video on youtube where the guy puts a bar on the locking bolt of a liberty and with one hand breaks the bolt. It's pretty unnerving to me.

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#6014864 - 11/06/15 02:13 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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Check the Bear Safe. Made in OKC.
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#6014868 - 11/06/15 02:14 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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I'd like to see that Liberty video, because I did training on the Liberty safes and that is very hard to believe.
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#6014879 - 11/06/15 02:17 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: KWood_TSU]
7x57 Offline
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Originally Posted By: KWood_TSU
I'd like to see that Liberty video, because I did training on the Liberty safes and that is very hard to believe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LgKThatkjM

It's possible that the safe was rigged, etc. but I wouldn't really want to take any chances nor would I attempt to break a $2k safe just to find out.

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#6014885 - 11/06/15 02:20 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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If your serious.

http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/sportsmansteelsafes?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsmansteelsafes.com%2F&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F#2761

Or Fort Knox

There are better vaults/ safes but you could buy a new car for less.

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#6014888 - 11/06/15 02:22 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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Link will not work. Look it up yourself, call them they are the best for the price.

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#6014889 - 11/06/15 02:22 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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#6014890 - 11/06/15 02:22 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: TEXASLEFTY]
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Originally Posted By: TEXASLEFTY
Link will not work. Look it up yourself, call them they are the best for the price.

http://www.sportsmansteelsafes.com/

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#6014900 - 11/06/15 02:32 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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Take the number of guns it says it holds and divide it by 3 to get the actual number it will hold comfortably. Buy one twice as big as you think you'll ever need.

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#6014905 - 11/06/15 02:39 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: TexFlip]
Cast Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Take the number of guns it says it holds and divide it by 3 to get the actual number it will hold comfortably. Buy one twice as big as you think you'll ever need.


Best advice so far.
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#6014921 - 11/06/15 02:46 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: ksjmf]
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Thanks TWM, call them they will build what you want and help you figure out what you need.

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#6014977 - 11/06/15 03:19 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Take the number of guns it says it holds and divide it by 3 to get the actual number it will hold comfortably. Buy one twice as big as you think you'll ever need.


Best advice so far.


X2

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#6015031 - 11/06/15 03:53 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: Novemberyet]
Cool Mo D Offline
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Originally Posted By: Novemberyet
Originally Posted By: Cast
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Take the number of guns it says it holds and divide it by 3 to get the actual number it will hold comfortably. Buy one twice as big as you think you'll ever need.


Best advice so far.


X2

Yep.

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#6015222 - 11/06/15 06:36 PM Re: How to buy a gun safe [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Take the number of guns it says it holds and divide it by 3 to get the actual number it will hold comfortably. Buy one twice as big as you think you'll ever need.


Best advice so far.


This and buy a Fort Knox. The Browning reps that I know own Fort Knox Safes.
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