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Old 02-12-2014, 06:24 PM
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Re: Gun vaults?

Go to steelwater gun safes. Most safe in the 1000 to 2000 price only have a 12 to 16 gage steel on the side or back. With a burn rate of 1200 degreesfot 30 min.. Steelwater safe are 9 gage on side and 1/4 in front plus the 39 gun safe at 1875 dallors is rated at 1800 degree for 2 hrs. i thinks. Look at there videos.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:02 PM
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Re: Gun vaults?

If you can't decide, go for increased capacity.

Of the gun safe owners I'm aware of, all of 'em wish they'd gotten a bigger one
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:25 AM
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If you can't decide, go for increased capacity.

Of the gun safe owners I'm aware of, all of 'em wish they'd gotten a bigger one
Actually, if I were to do it again I'd buy 2 smaller ones.
Easier to (someday) move, and I could better sort out the firearms.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:29 AM
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Two key issues when it comes to gun safes.

1. Needs to be heavy enough to deter someone from just picking up the entire things and ripping it open at home at their leisure.

2. You are more likely to be a victim of fire than theft. So make sure you get a safe that is rated for 1 hour at house fire temp.
When buying a safe realize that there is no agreed upon standard with regards to fire resistance. So, it's all "apples and oranges" when you compare safes.

Most (the vast majority) of safes, and all of them at the price point you want, use plain old sheetrock (drywall) as the fire retardant. Given that, you're better off paying attention to the gauge of steel used in the walls than anything else.

Also, to make it useful you will have to bolt the safe to the floor. If you don't, it will be easy for anyone to tip it over and break it open.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:37 AM
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Buy the biggest safe you can afford. Cannon has a great warranty. My buddy had a house fire, and the Cannon tech was unable to fix the safe, so it was shipped back to Cannon. Three days later an upgraded model was delivered. I bought a Cannon the next week.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:39 PM
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As a builder if you ever can, buy a safe door and make a small gun room. Wish I had.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:46 AM
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As a builder if you ever can, buy a safe door and make a small gun room. Wish I had.

I could also go that route...my basement would easily allow for it...

I suppose you'd have to procure some steel sheeting for the walls? Or better yet get some cinder blocks for the walls
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