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#6453358 - 09/15/16 10:44 AM Gun Safe Pros/Cons
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Registered: 02/09/08
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Loc: Lake LBJ, Granite Shoals
Fixing to buy one and which is better. Dial or keypad. What happens when battery runs down with keypad. can you still get in? Leaning toward the dial. Thanks Guys.

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#6453370 - 09/15/16 10:52 AM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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A decent 9 volt battery will last a really long time with a keypad safe. I'm not certain, but I bet the keypad code reverts back to the factory setting (0000 or 1234) if the battery goes completely dead.
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#6453414 - 09/15/16 11:32 AM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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I like keypad. Mine has physical key entry also in case keypad has issue.

Batteries last for a LONG time.
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#6453453 - 09/15/16 12:11 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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You just missed a good sale on Cannons at TSC. I got the 64 gun for $799 (regular price $999). Keypad entry. But let me tell you, listen to everyone when they say get double what you need, theres no way I could get 64 guns in this safe. Maybe single shot shotguns.
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#6453460 - 09/15/16 12:20 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: PKnTX]
glens Online   content
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Physical key for entry if you have a problem,, that's good, and does it (key) override the keypad if battery is dead?? Where is the best place to buy this puppy.

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#6453463 - 09/15/16 12:21 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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On my browning - When the battery starts getting low, the safe beeps at you when you open it. Then you simply install the new battery. I have had mine for almost 5 years now, and I am on my 3rd battery. Mine retains the code when I change the battery.

I can open my keypad safe in just a few seconds, and I can open it in the dark.

A lot of folks are scared the electronic lock will fail, but I talked to a safe guy and he said a quality electric or dial lock are just as reliable, and the cheap box store safes are way more prone to fail - both lock and dial. He also said that the electronic locks are easier and cheaper to replace if they do fail.

Most gun safes are just secure cabinets. You have to spend a lot of money to get an actual "safe" that can withstand highly motivated individuals.


Edited by Colt W. Knight (09/15/16 12:22 PM)

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#6453466 - 09/15/16 12:22 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
You just missed a good sale on Cannons at TSC. I got the 64 gun for $799 (regular price $999). Keypad entry. But let me tell you, listen to everyone when they say get double what you need, theres no way I could get 64 guns in this safe. Maybe single shot shotguns.


Thanks for the heads up. Gonna measure a closet in the new house I'm closing on and install the biggest one I can put in there. Have about 50 or 60 Rifles and pistolies.

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#6453488 - 09/15/16 12:40 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
You just missed a good sale on Cannons at TSC. I got the 64 gun for $799 (regular price $999). Keypad entry. But let me tell you, listen to everyone when they say get double what you need, theres no way I could get 64 guns in this safe. Maybe single shot shotguns.


Listen to this guy. One scoped gun counts for 3 or 4 of their so called gun capacity.
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#6453511 - 09/15/16 12:52 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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I have used some really nice safe with dials that have failed not fun. Something to think about also is speed/ease of entry.
I Have a keypad big safe now and really do like it and can access it quickly in the dark. Although I was hesitant at first.

I have a keypad mini safe mounted under my bed. I can open it without moving out of bed (other than my arm) in the dark, in the middle of the night and have a loaded pistol ready to go. Just in case. Boom.
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#6453541 - 09/15/16 01:14 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: MoBettaHuntR]
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Thanks for the info guys. Don't have any kids around except my Granddaughter and she has grown up knowing and respecting them. We have always Kept guns by every door and pistols beside the bed for the wife and I out here at the Ranchito but moving to town (Granite Shoals). First time I've had a neighbor closer than a mile in years and have one now less than 50 feet. Lord help me. .

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#6453562 - 09/15/16 01:23 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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Granite Shoals, as in on Lake LBJ? waterfront?
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#6453574 - 09/15/16 01:33 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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I prefer dial type never had one fail in 50+ years, after having 4 different key pad / electronic failures and seeing how easy it was for a good locksmith to open without even being told the combo I'll never own another.

Always buy a bigger safe than what you think you need.

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#6453578 - 09/15/16 01:36 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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I have two...both dial type....just didn't care for the keypads I looked at....
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#6453602 - 09/15/16 01:55 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: PMK]
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Originally Posted By: PMK
Granite Shoals, as in on Lake LBJ? waterfront?


Nope. Had to buy a brand new constructed home in the interior in short order as I sold the Ranchito out here. . Have 4 lots across the street from Beaver Island, throw a rock and hit the water. Across the street from a small city park. pretty nice area. They might be for sale because I think we are gonna build in Kingsland on 10 acres I bought in town.

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#6453605 - 09/15/16 01:58 PM Re: Gun Safe Pros/Cons [Re: glens]
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if I could do it again I would do a digital on my big safe. I do have a digital pistol safe and mine has a key also if the battery dies and then another one of my pistol safes has a spot where you put another 9 volt battery in case the battery dies.

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