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Gun Safes: Opinions wanted - June 21, 2013, 01:11 PM

I searched for a thread, but didn't find one.

I'm looking to pick up a large gun safe when we move to AL.

Quite a few manufacturers...Liberty, Stack-On, Cabela's, etc.

Decent fire protection, firgure 30-45 minutes. Would like internal lighting and/or pre-installed outlet for the ability to install light wands.

Biometric vs combo vs key pad

I'm considering a Liberty, something like this - Liberty Timber Ridge TR25 25-Gun Safe Elec. Gray Marble Gloss w/ Accessories - Gander Mountain

What do you have? What do you like and dislike?


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June 21, 2013, 01:22 PM

i vote for key pads. they cant wear over time though so make sure you go with a good company that can replace the face eventually. and keep batteries close. one day you wont be able to figure out what fire alarm keeps going off... it will be your safe.

they all have a basic fire rating of 30 minutes. some a little more but not much. order the biggest you can fit, you will never regret it.

you can also see if things are on sale at the local tractor supply/lowes/etc.


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June 21, 2013, 05:39 PM

How nice and how much value are you trying to protect?

If it is most a deterrent and just for home use, any will serve your purpose.

If you want a really nice safe, Fort Knox is pretty much the tops.
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June 21, 2013, 05:49 PM

The big name brand folks all make a solid metal box that will deter all but the most determined and well equipped thieves. Pick a color you like and go with it. I went with Zanotti Armor as they make customizable heavy (500-900 lb) take-down safes that I can place anywhere and move myself. The heaviest component is around 150 lb (door) and I can easily lug that up and down stairs. Basement storage is my preference and I'd prefer to have the ability to move it myself when needed. The only down side is the lead time to manufacture what you want.
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June 22, 2013, 12:24 AM

It's a bit long but it's probably one of the best reviews out there... they talk about the smaller gun safes at the end and the beginning/middle is mostly for long guns and other valuables.



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^^ Was gonna post that. Liberty works, stepdad has a pair of 'em and they hold the guns well. Most are easy to get in to if you really want to, unfortunately. But if it's just fire/time deterrent, pick whatever other than the cheapo Stack-On stuff.


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June 22, 2013, 08:53 PM

Lots of good info on safes in that video, and also from the guys over at snipershide.com if you have time to search through the myriad safe threads there.

Bottom line is:

1. Get a safe that holds twice as many guns as you think you are going to put in it (it delays the second safe purchase a little while longer)

2. The best safe is the one that nobody sees. Even the big safes like Ft. Knox and Graffunder can be defeated by a couple of guys coming to your house with a moving truck and a dolley - your neighbors probably won't think anything of it. Think about where you can put the safe that is relatively easy to access but hidden. I have seen guys who drape clothes, piles of junk, and other stuff in the garage in front of the safe so that it's hard to find. The best I saw was a guy who hid his safe behind a fake wall.

3. Bolt the safe into the floor. It will make it just that much harder for someone to take it out.

If you want something that is actually well rated against someone breaking it open, get a used jewelry safe - commercial ones. Or, if you want a project - build a basement vault, and make sure you do the same boundary on the roof as with the walls (usually concrete and rebar) - plenty thick so someone can't cut in from the floor above. Plus to that is, you can have a massive door and cue batman music every time you enter.
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June 24, 2013, 07:46 AM

All excellent information and considerations, gents. Much appreciated!


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