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Gun safe problem #7288089 09/16/18 02:27 PM
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I have a Cannon gun safe. Old style dial opening. Not electronic. As time goes by, the safe gets harder to open. Takes me 4 or 5 or 8 tries to dial the combination and have it open. Itís like the tumblers arenít dropping, or whatever it is that tumblers do.

Anybody ever have this problem? What can I do to make this danged thing work right? Locksmith? New safe? Lubricate? How?


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Re: Gun safe problem [Re: 603Country] #7288448 09/16/18 10:07 PM
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Never mind, I found the issue. The internet said that the combination numbers can drift a bit. I allowed for that, and the safe has opened fine each time.


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Re: Gun safe problem [Re: 603Country] #7288480 09/16/18 10:56 PM
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Whew, I was going to say your eyesight is failing.

Re: Gun safe problem [Re: 603Country] #7291334 09/19/18 03:55 PM
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Never spin the dial, ( turn ) this will cause the drifting issue also.

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Re: Gun safe problem [Re: 603Country] #7291375 09/19/18 04:30 PM
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yep, my old cannon is very finicky too and combo numbers have drifted over about 1 but it still takes me multiple times to open by combo dial. Mine also has a key in the dial so during regular use I lock with key and then just have to be careful to move dial slowly to the first stop, turn handle and open.

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I admit to having spun the dial, and more than once, not knowing any better. The internet has shown me the error of my ways, so now I turn rather than spin.

I really was worried that some day I might not be able to get into the darn thing.


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Didnít know that spinning the dial could lead to problems. I do it all the time. Wonít do it anymore. Learn something new on here all the time.

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I had my Liberty Safeís electronic lock replaced by a locksmith with a good quality dial lock.
Thanks for the tip on not spinning the dial


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Originally Posted By: JCO
Didnít know that spinning the dial could lead to problems. I do it all the time. Wonít do it anymore. Learn something new on here all the time.


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I've got a Little Chubby and it does a great job.
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Spinning looks good on TV, but not in real life. Lock Smith friend told me that!

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Originally Posted By: JCO
Didnít know that spinning the dial could lead to problems. I do it all the time. Wonít do it anymore. Learn something new on here all the time.

Same here.


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Didnít know that spinning the dial could lead to problems. I do it all the time. Wonít do it anymore. Learn something new on here all the time.


Me, either...

OP - I have the same issue with mine. I finally discovered that the lock itself has a little play. I can grab the shroud of the lock and rotate it 5 degrees or so. I now know to rotate the shroud completely clockwise prior to opening. This gets the lock back to opening with the "factory" combination instead of +1 or -1 on each number.

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Cannon should have a lifetime warranty, 603. You might ask them to replace the lock or tighten it up.


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Re: Gun safe problem [Re: 603Country] #7293819 09/22/18 12:25 AM
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Iíll look into the warranty.


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Re: Gun safe problem [Re: Always ready 2 hunt] #7305572 10/05/18 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted By: Always ready 2 hunt
yep, my old cannon is very finicky too and combo numbers have drifted over about 1 but it still takes me multiple times to open by combo dial. Mine also has a key in the dial so during regular use I lock with key and then just have to be careful to move dial slowly to the first stop, turn handle and open.


I bought one with an electronic keypad...compared to the old frustrating dials, I wonít be switching back.

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