Gun vaults?

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by Hunter2678, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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    If you had $750-$1500 to spend on a gun safe which one would you go with and why?

    Im looking for something in the 25-30 gun category, around 450-700 llbs range...the Fort knox vaults look solid but may be out of my budget range depending on their prices when they reply back to me. Any others like AmSec, Liberty, browning?
     
  2. Jluck

    Jluck Well-Known Member

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    I have a Liberty (Chinese series) from Coastal farm, Its a 56 gun, they can be had regularly for under 1K. I have nothing bad to say about it for the money.
     

  3. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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    you have an e-lock on it or is it a hand dial? The local gander has 2 of them Im lookin at from the Liberty centurion line
     
  4. Jluck

    Jluck Well-Known Member

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    E-lock
     
  5. thekyrifleman

    thekyrifleman Well-Known Member

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    Two Treadlocks, E lock. Sixteen long gun plus shelves. About 15 years no problems. Recently bought a Browning, silver I think, disappointed. Works well if the long gun has no scope, otherwise they don't fit!! Missed that in the literature,:-(
     
  6. trebark

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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.
     
  7. Jluck

    Jluck Well-Known Member

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    Remember, safes are rated like tents and rafts.... If you get a 50 gun it might hold 35 mixed collection. Even fewer if your into primarily precision type guns (scoped, oversized).
     
  8. new shooter

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    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.
     
  9. jackem

    jackem Well-Known Member

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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 :D
     
  10. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  12. ShowMeShooter

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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.
     
  13. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    As a builder if you ever can, buy a safe door and make a small gun room. Wish I had.
     
  14. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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

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