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Old 03-21-2012, 03:36 PM   post #1 of 22
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Default Gun safe...got one?

Looking into getting a gun safe...preferably fireproof. Which one did you buy? What was the deciding factor? Post pics if you are willing or able...Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:05 PM   post #2 of 22
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After looking at a lot of safes I came to the conclusion that they were not large enough or two dang heavy to put anywhere reasonable in the house.

I opted for building a strong room using cross hatched 2" thick tongue and grove flooring on the walls and ceiling. Cement floor and two layers of 5/8" fire rated sheetrock on the inside and outside of the walls and ceiling give reasonable fire protection. A strong door with hidden latching system completed the construction part of the project.

Ducting for the AC, heat and dehumidifier were constructed to prevent the entrance of fire or bad guys. Fire stopping drop doors in the ducting and barred areas get the job done. Penetrations for electrical was limited to one incoming wire. All wiring in the room is surface mounted and in conduit.

Cost ended up being less than the heavy safes I'd have needed and I have a room that has a fire rating comparable to the safes as well.

It's a workable option you might want to consider if you have the space available. It's nice to be able to do my gun hobby in a very secure area. Very few people are privy to this room, makes it much safer when neighbor kids come to visit our grandsons.

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Old 03-21-2012, 05:27 PM   post #3 of 22
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In the spirit of Tencubeds' idea, a friend of mine built a false wall in the back of a deep closet. He keeps a fair amount of firearms there and feels safe and secure with it. Beats my wooden cabinet with a glass door!
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:58 PM   post #4 of 22
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I was researching them. If I were to buy one it would be by Century out of Salt Lake City UT.. They are made in america and are warranted for life for fire and breakin. Look them up on the web. They have a couple of very interesting videos.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:09 PM   post #5 of 22
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I've got two. Both are Liberty. Great safes. They weigh over 650 pounds empty. Fire protection is about 90 minutes.

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I bought one 25 years ago. I bought it at a sporting goods store, it is not fire proof. I did lag bolt it through the wall into studs in the back of a closet. It uses a pair of keys rather than a combination. A determined interloper with a reasonably long wrecking bar and enough time could probably dislodge it from the wall, and carry it out of my house with a helper. Given a little more time, they might even be able to pick the locks, or drill and sawzall their way through it.

But, I bought it primarily to provide the security needed as one's 4 year old son becomes more and more interested in every thing dad does. That was over 20 years ago, and in that time my son learned to respect and use guns, he has long since learned where the keys are kept, but now that it is installed, it protects my guns from visiting children, and the unlikely visit by a quick break-in. My small collection is primarily common enough hunting guns; revolvers, rifles, and shotguns. I need them secure, but none are irreplaceable.

Not sure you are interested in this type, but I could take a picture and post it if you are.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:07 AM   post #7 of 22
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Having a gun safe that is not secured in some fashion is defeating the purpose. Given the time line for burglaries from the FBI statistics, most burglaries have a duration of form 10 - 15 min., most less than 12min.. Most home gun safes have been affixed to the walls, floors, or both. This would make it very difficult for a burglar to have enough time to remove lagbolts, or other types of securing devices to be able to remove the gun safe. First they would have to enter the gun safe and then remove the lag bolts etc.. If they entered the safe they wouldn't need to take it away, just it's contents. When I purchase one it will only after considerable research. Fire rating and breakin accessibility are big things to look at.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:12 AM   post #8 of 22
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After looking at a lot of safes I came to the conclusion that they were not large enough or two dang heavy to put anywhere reasonable in the house.

I opted for building a strong room using cross hatched 2" thick tongue and grove flooring on the walls and ceiling. Cement floor and two layers of 5/8" fire rated sheetrock on the inside and outside of the walls and ceiling give reasonable fire protection. A strong door with hidden latching system completed the construction part of the project.

Ducting for the AC, heat and dehumidifier were constructed to prevent the entrance of fire or bad guys. Fire stopping drop doors in the ducting and barred areas get the job done. Penetrations for electrical was limited to one incoming wire. All wiring in the room is surface mounted and in conduit.

Cost ended up being less than the heavy safes I'd have needed and I have a room that has a fire rating comparable to the safes as well.

It's a workable option you might want to consider if you have the space available. It's nice to be able to do my gun hobby in a very secure area. Very few people are privy to this room, makes it much safer when neighbor kids come to visit our grandsons.

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I bought one 25 years ago. I bought it at a sporting goods store, it is not fire proof. I did lag bolt it through the wall into studs in the back of a closet. It uses a pair of keys rather than a combination. A determined interloper with a reasonably long wrecking bar and enough time could probably dislodge it from the wall, and carry it out of my house with a helper. Given a little more time, they might even be able to pick the locks, or drill and sawzall their way through it.

But, I bought it primarily to provide the security needed as one's 4 year old son becomes more and more interested in every thing dad does. That was over 20 years ago, and in that time my son learned to respect and use guns, he has long since learned where the keys are kept, but now that it is installed, it protects my guns from visiting children, and the unlikely visit by a quick break-in. My small collection is primarily common enough hunting guns; revolvers, rifles, and shotguns. I need them secure, but none are irreplaceable.

Not sure you are interested in this type, but I could take a picture and post it if you are.

Thats about the needs I have, and I have been looking for. Most are WAY to big and heavy for where I want to put it.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:08 AM   post #9 of 22
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This is the one I purchased last night...it was a matter of features and what my budget could stand. I ended up getting it for around $325...

Cannon 14 gun fire safe
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:41 PM   post #10 of 22
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Good safe, Great price.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:12 PM   post #11 of 22
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I have 2 Cannon safes & am very satisfied with them. They are the same model, purchased at TSC about 3 years apart. Don't forget to add a Golden Rod or some other form of dessication to protect against rust.
Also, for those of you who are considering a safe room, there's a company in Iowa called Zanotti that will sell you a safe door & frame that can be hung on two steel posts to make a room truly a safe room. Try www.zanottiarmor.com

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Ive found that when they say "14 gun safe" you cant actually put that many in there.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:49 PM   post #13 of 22
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Ive found that when they say "14 gun safe" you cant actually put that many in there.
i think they are referring to pellet guns and only if the safe is laying on its back on the floor.


kidding aside, I've got a cheapo 10 gun safe (i'd call it a locker). its one of those less then $100 ones you get at a box store. but in reality, two guys with two big pry bars can get into most real gun safes in less then five minutes. so i figure you can only plan on keeping kids and law biding people from playing with your firearms. so really anything with a lock would work, fire resistance would be nice.

i was thinking about doubling a wall, so it'd be 6" deep inside and have two layers of fire resistant drywall and having a hidden door to access it. wouldn't hold a ton of guns but if you have 10 or so, you could probably squeeze them in and a single thick wall wouldn't stand out at all if you don't have the lay out for a whole hidden room.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:27 AM   post #14 of 22
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I have been researching these as well. My dad bought a Winchester one (Made by Cannon or vice versa) from gun dealer. TSC has the same ones and surprisingly they also come with a pretty good warranty from TSC. I forget what they were, but the stores have the brochures for it. TSC was also a few hundred dollars cheaper than the gun dealer, but the dealer delivered and placed the safe for my dad. If I buy the TSC one, I have to muscle it to where I want it.
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I got a cheap one for my guns and an even cheaper one for my ammo

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