GUN Safe Options

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  1. Bigsnake

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    Got a larger safe at my parents house but I'm wanting something smaller for my apt. The gun store I was at yesterday making some purchases told me browning makes small safes that are mainly for handguns and run around the $600 range.

    Main concern here is keeping someone away from them if the broke in and also if anyone stumbles into my room that I don't know (party?). Plan to keep some other valuables in there besides the handguns (7 of them now).

    What are the best options out there that aren't terrible expensive? Brand names, etc. since I don't really know who makes quality safes.
     
  2. krott5333

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    i saw a fire safe in the dicks ad for $500 today :dunno:
     
  3. Soybomb

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    Lowes has a 8.2 cubic foot sentry safe thats normally like $400, but you can probably find a 10% off coupon or catch it for $300 or something. I think its a good deal, store some long guns, hand guns, ammo, whatever. Walmart usually has something like them too, but locally they have electronic locks. I won't do cheap and electric.
     
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    hmm... never thought about the locking mechanisim.

    Is electronic less secure or less reliable?
     
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    Only the cheap shitty ones...... like the ones that come on the Sentry's and Stack-On's.
     
  6. krott5333

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    i dont think that $300 sentry is fire-rated
     
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    Nope not fire rated, but thats a chance I'm personally willing to take, theft deterrent only, past that I'll let insurance replace them.

    For me the cheap electric problem is reliable. If one of them is going to leave me locked out it'll probably be the electric one.
     
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    The combination turn dial locks on the Sentry safes are absolute GARBAGE. The actual turn dial is plastic.
     
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    :werd: I had a regular floorsafe non gun from sentry that was like $200, when my dog was a puppy he chewed the entire dial right off. took me like 10 minutes to break it open too, wouldn't buy another sentry after that :o
     
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    I think insurance policies have a limit on how much they'll give you for your firearm collection. Something like $2 or $1500...

    That's not really a risk I'd want to take. Plus I plan to use a safe to keep other items in there. Not just firearms.
     
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    i've got a 4 CF liberty safe, and right now i've got about 6 large handguns and 3 small ones stuffed in there. It bolts to the floor too. After the first of the year i'm going to get a big Cannon safe and put all my rifles/shotguns/handguns in one place, instead of using 3 different safes :o
     
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    so Sentry's are shit?

    I need a gun safe. Saw a couple of good deals on Sentry's.

    PS, are those electronic pads EMP proof? :noes:
     
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    Sentry's are total crap. I was looking into buying a cheap safe a few weeks ago but ultimately decided to just save up for something good like a Cannon.
     
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    After my experience with there floor safes I'de probably pass on one of there gunsafes but if its a good deal better then nothing..
    I dont think the electronic key pads are EMP proof that'll suck SHTF and guns are locked up :noes:
     
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    I would certainly encourage everyone to check your renters or homeowners policy and get additional coverage for your guns or other valuables, fire safe or not.

    The sentry isn't the best thing around, but its better than a stack on cabinet, the dial and all the innards are metal even if it isn't a UL listed lock. You can do better, you can do worse, it will keep smash and grab thieves hands off and nosey parties hands off. For a secondary safe I think it fits the purpose quite well even if its not a bank vault. Perhaps I misunderstood your needs.
     
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    So what happens when an EMP hits? :noes:

    PS, how does it mount to the ground? I think the best place for me to mount my safe would be in the garage :hs:. It's concrete.
     
  18. krott5333

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    :nono:

    if its in the garage, someone could yank it out with a tow strap.

    not to mention the temp changes will throw your zeros off
     
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    zeros? On the sights? :hsugh:
     
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    As long as you have one of those dehumidifier climate control rods, you can put the safe anywhere you want, including the garage.
     
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    i've got the bolts, but I dont know how it mounts to a concrete floor...it's bolted to a wooden floor right now :o
     
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    You'll have to drill for mounting points in the floor. For the EMP thing there was some talk about that awhile back on arfcom in the survival forum, I forget what the conclusion was though, I'll stick with dials though, sure would suck if an EMP was the begining of the zombie attack and im stuck with just my SAR1 and carry piece of the day :noes:
     
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    Just leave the shotgun out with a couple of doorbuster rounds :o
     

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