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How to buy a gun safe #6014831 11/06/15 07:55 PM
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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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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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Check the Bear Safe. Made in OKC.

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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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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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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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Link will not work. Look it up yourself, call them they are the best for the price.


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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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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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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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Thanks TWM, call them they will build what you want and help you figure out what you need.


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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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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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Yep.

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Originally Posted By: Cast
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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.


Best advice so far.


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


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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.


Count the # of guns you currently have then triple that to find the size safe you'll need. Then double that. You'll still end up needing to get a bigger safe down the road.


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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.


Count the # of guns you currently have then triple that to find the size safe you'll need. Then double that. You'll still end up needing to get a bigger safe down the road.

I'm gonna need more than one safe, lol.

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Amsec bf or sturdy safes are great for the money. Also, buy the taller size of whatever you buy. It's very nice having 2 shelves instead of one. Pay attention to the side wall thickness. Most doors are built well and the sides get 11-12 gauge. Watch some youtube videos and You will be shocked how easy it is to get into the cheap ones

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Like I said they will build you whatever you want for the same price as a Fort Knox...


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What about electronic keypad versus combo lock?

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I would get the combo, but make sure it is made by s&g. +1 for Fort Knox


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Originally Posted By: ksjmf
What about electronic keypad versus combo lock?


I have the keypad and love it, so easy to access the safe and very quick, I use my safe quite a bit.

Also get the biggest safe you can get in your house, mine is so heavy no need for bolts to the ground

I took into consideration fire rating when I purchased mine and paid a little extra for a better fire rating...

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