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#6178488 - 02/10/16 09:12 PM affordable gun safe...
crankn101 Offline
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Registered: 07/04/07
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Loc: United States
Whats a good quality yet affordable gun safe? Is there anything specific I should be aware of before buying one?

I need one for 10-15 long guns and a few handguns along with some ammo and paper work.

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#6178496 - 02/10/16 09:15 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
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Buy it bigger than you think you'll ever need and one with the pockets built into the door. These are the two things I regret about the safe I purchased.

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#6178505 - 02/10/16 09:20 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
parisite Offline
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My large Sentry brand safe has served me well. Cheaper than the well known brands.

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#6178591 - 02/10/16 10:22 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
aggiegolfer09 Offline
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yep. buy bigger and grow into it

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#6178616 - 02/10/16 10:51 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
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You can expect any safe you buy to hold about half as many guns as the stated capacity.
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#6178790 - 02/11/16 08:02 AM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
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I have a cannon safe I bought at academy when it was on sale. I like it a lot.
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#6178950 - 02/11/16 09:42 AM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
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A couple of things I considered: 1) I want a mechanical lock and do not trust an electronic lock. 2) I chose to buy a few smaller safes that I can move myself without much help. They are bolted to the floor and I can add more as needed.

I went with a Liberty safe but don't see this particular model any longer.
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#6179510 - 02/11/16 05:01 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
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Leave room inside for a small fire resistant lock box for small valuables and important paperwork. The heat will have to breech the big safe, then that one. It'll buy you some time. You might not be home when the fire starts.
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#6179587 - 02/11/16 05:42 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: Slow Drifter]
Marc in Bastrop Offline
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Originally Posted By: Slow Drifter
Leave room inside for a small fire resistant lock box for small valuables and important paperwork. The heat will have to breech the big safe, then that one. It'll buy you some time. You might not be home when the fire starts.


This ^^^!!

Remember that "fire-safe" actually means fire resistant, based on time and temperature limits. When my part of Bastrop county went up in flames in 2011, even the very, very expensive safes didn't protect the contents. The fire guys just couldn't battle so many fires at once - so 1,700 homes were allowed to burn themselves out over 10-12 days. Safes are rated in minutes in high temperature - not days.......

One of my neighbors in particular, didn't look so good when the pro's finally got his large and very expensive safe open. (Interesting process) Massive amounts of cash, jewelry, guns and rare items evaporated all over the hills that week.

Ever see four pools of solidified liquid aluminum pools next to a car, then realize that it was the rims?

One is none - two is one. How important is "important".......

Marc




Edited by Marc Kurth (02/11/16 05:44 PM)
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#6179700 - 02/11/16 07:05 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
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I was told by a locksmith that the entry level/cheaper safes that mechanical locks fail just as much electric locks, and good quality safes, he rarely sees a dial or electric lock fail. The lower end safes are basically just metal cabinets with a big door. Nothing wrong with that, but just something to keep in mind. I personally have a Browning safe with an electric lock. I love how easy it is to punch in the code and get in. I can also open it in the dark.

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#6179785 - 02/11/16 07:57 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: Colt W. Knight]
Mickey Moose Offline
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Originally Posted By: Colt W. Knight
...electric lock. I love how easy it is to punch in the code and get in. I can also open it in the dark.

Though I prefer to have a manual lock, I don't. Mine is electronic, as Colt's is, with a light which is nice. Change the battery about once a year. As everybody else has said double the size and get a small firebox for inside. Another nice feature, in my opinion, is the gun carousel. Spin it to get what you want rather than having to dig it out.

http://www.6mmbr.com/gunsafes.html

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#6179795 - 02/11/16 08:02 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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If you have a Sports Authority within driving distance, sign up for their email notifications. Every 2 months they generally send out a 20-30% off coupon and it can be used towards a safe purchase. I know they carry Browning safes ( where I bought mine $1000 dollar safe for $700) and a cheaper brand like Canon. I have no regrets buying my Browning safe. Has been great. If you are in a place where you have an outlet near by, you can hook up a dehumidifier ( if needed) and a light. replacing batteries on those stick on motion lights gets old after a while. I have had mine for over 3 years now, and I just put the 3rd battery in the lock before Christmas. My safe blinks and makes a beeping noise while opening when the batter starts running down, so you have plenty of warning to replace it.

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#6179880 - 02/11/16 09:04 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
crankn101 Offline
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Registered: 07/04/07
Posts: 202
Loc: United States
Thanks for the info guys.

Ill be running around to a few local stores and do some price checking.

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#6180698 - 02/12/16 02:17 PM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
You can expect any safe you buy to hold about half as many guns as the stated capacity.

Yep.
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#6181725 - 02/13/16 09:59 AM Re: affordable gun safe... [Re: crankn101]
Brook Trout Offline
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Registered: 03/18/13
Posts: 68
Loc: Frisco, TX
I was warned by the salesman to buy bigger than you think you need. Well...... Don't just hear it, take the advise.

I am sure this comes as no surprise, but make sure the thing will fit through your doorways. I've moved mine around a few times but the most recent move required removal of the wheel style traditional handle lick mechanism to get through the door ( and I don't mean the thread on and off spindles- the whole mechanism).

I have a liberty and am happy. I saw some at cabelas that looked better on fire rating and were surprisingly a good price- course they don't have the glossy finish( which I've learned I could've done without).

Just my 2 cents.

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