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#6308452 - 05/23/16 02:36 PM Gun Safe shopping
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I am looking at purchasing a new gun safe and wanted some recommendations. You can find good and bad reviews on just about any safe. I'm looking to spend around $1000. 20 or so rifles and shotguns, 10 or 12 pistols to be stored. Thanks ahead of time.


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#6308456 - 05/23/16 02:42 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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#6308478 - 05/23/16 03:06 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Thanks, I was wondering if anyone had a specific recommendation

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#6308479 - 05/23/16 03:08 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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If you need it to hold 20 long guns and a dozen pistols, buy on that will hold 40 long guns and two dozen pistols.
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#6308481 - 05/23/16 03:11 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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#6308504 - 05/23/16 03:33 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Recommendation #1, buy one at least double or triple the size that you think you need.

Everyone receives that advice, no one follows it, then they end up giving the same advice.

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#6308511 - 05/23/16 03:38 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: ETexas Hunter
Thanks, I was wondering if anyone had a specific recommendation

The reason I provided the link I did was so that you have plenty of information to better define your requirements. Your original post is a little vague. Without further detail you will get vague responses. Some will be suitable, some won't. Like TexFlip's Graffunder suggestion. Excellent safe, but I doubt they have a model that fits the budget.

Advertised capacity is for firearms with no optics. If your long guns have optics double the capacity to store them.

Some people don't like keypads, some love them.

The guns in the back of the safe are pain to get out unless they're on a carousel. I don't have a carousel but the ones in the back I don't use very often so that doesn't matter to me. Maybe you're different.

Maybe capacity and internal usability features take a back seat to security. Or maybe you simply want a flimsy 16 gauge "safe" with a cheap lock that can be picked by a middle schooler but it keeps guns away from your toddler niece/nephew that visits on occasion.

Many more things to think about beyond capacity (and cost) is the point.

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#6308514 - 05/23/16 03:40 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
...at least double or triple the size that you think you need.

I more than doubled mine - wish I went even bigger.
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#6308542 - 05/23/16 04:01 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: Mickey Moose]
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Originally Posted By: Mickey Moose
Originally Posted By: ETexas Hunter
Thanks, I was wondering if anyone had a specific recommendation

The reason I provided the link I did was so that you have plenty of information to better define your requirements. Your original post is a little vague. Without further detail you will get vague responses. Some will be suitable, some won't. Like TexFlip's Graffunder suggestion. Excellent safe, but I doubt they have a model that fits the budget.

Advertised capacity is for firearms with no optics. If your long guns have optics double the capacity to store them.

Some people don't like keypads, some love them.

The guns in the back of the safe are pain to get out unless they're on a carousel. I don't have a carousel but the ones in the back I don't use very often so that doesn't matter to me. Maybe you're different.

Maybe capacity and internal usability features take a back seat to security. Or maybe you simply want a flimsy 16 gauge "safe" with a cheap lock that can be picked by a middle schooler but it keeps guns away from your toddler niece/nephew that visits on occasion.

Many more things to think about beyond capacity (and cost) is the point.

-Mickey


Thanks for the responses. I should have provided more information. I am looking for a quality safe that will provide at least 60 minutes of fire protection and be able to hold my firearms. Price is a bit of a sticking point as I do not want to spend $2000, but could go up to $1500 or so. I currently rent so I will be unable to bolt it to the foundation. I prefer not to have a keypad.
There are so many pros and cons, so I figured I would ask what some THFers have and what they like or dislike about them. I want to get a safe that I will not have buyers remorse for in a year

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#6308588 - 05/23/16 04:50 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Factoring in:

* budget
* "doubling" capacity (you have 20 or so long guns - so look for capacity of 40 or so - the higher the better like previously said)
* fire protection

really limits choices. There may be a few Cannon models that will suit, maybe a few Browning and Winchester (Granite) as well - all respectable brands. I think other brands such as Amsec, Champion, Graffunder (previously mentioned), Fort Know and Liberty will be too far beyond budget.

Many say buying a safe is a "buy once, cry once" event. I agree. Also, like many, you'll likely have it delivered which is often an additional (itemized) cost that is only to the curb. You want it in your home then that will almost certainly bump the cost further. You mentioned being in an apartment - if maybe you'll be moving in a year or so then consider holding off and saving money to increase your budget. But, supposing you move forward and purchase while in an apartment, then placement needs considered. Can it get to where you want it??

Hopefully this has helped even if only a little bit.

Hit us up with more questions or comments.
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#6308605 - 05/23/16 05:07 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Thanks. I am in a rent house, plan to put the safe in the garage. Recently moved and remarked to the fiancee that it is ridiculous to have this much money in guns and not having a safe. Looking at the fat boy jr from cabelas now.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/LIBERTY-SAFE-CLASSIC-FATBOY-JR/2010605.uts

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#6308613 - 05/23/16 05:15 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Liberty safes. We have never been able to defeat one of theirs, other brands are much easier but still hard without the correct tools.
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#6308658 - 05/23/16 05:44 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Neat, I wasn't aware that there are Cabela's-branded Liberty safes.

Do it.
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#6308712 - 05/23/16 06:23 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Im gonna go take a look at it this weekend

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#6309066 - 05/23/16 09:56 PM Re: Gun Safe shopping [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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ETH I bought mine at Cabelas during a sale (which they might have this weekend). Talk to the guys there and they'll be able to tell you if this is the right time or when is the right time.
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