Gun Safes

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Anybody got any experience or recommendations with a gun safe? Not handgun style but more of a long gun style.

Some of those I see are so heavy it would take a bonafide pallet jack to move it to an interior room, I guess I would prefer to not go over 400 lbs. Obviously the heavier the better, but a 1000 lb safe is not only too costly, but too heavy
 

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After more research, I may have answered my own question, and go with a modular safe. It comes in pieces and screws together from the inside.
 

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I like "Fort Knox" brand. Regardless of the brand you decide on, I would recommend buying one at least twice as large as you think you'll need. Seriously. I've never know anyone, myself included, who thought their gun safe had too much room in it that was going to waste. You'll fill it, trust me.
 

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I like "Fort Knox" brand. Regardless of the brand you decide on, I would recommend buying one at least twice as large as you think you'll need. Seriously. I've never know anyone, myself included, who thought their gun safe had too much room in it that was going to waste. You'll fill it, trust me.
Fort Knox might just be big enough...they took the gold out long ago, plenty of storage space now!
 

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Oh...one other thing. If you get a heavy one, put in an exterior corner so it will have plenty of support from the foundation. Unless you have a slab house, in which case I suppose it doesn't matter. You'll probably want to get a container of silica gel crystals to put in it to keep the moisture down as well.
 

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Anybody got any experience or recommendations with a gun safe? Not handgun style but more of a long gun style.

Some of those I see are so heavy it would take a bonafide pallet jack to move it to an interior room, I guess I would prefer to not go over 400 lbs. Obviously the heavier the better, but a 1000 lb safe is not only too costly, but too heavy
The thing to look for is what the door latches closed on. If it's a thin piece of steal like the Cannon and Winchester brands, the big door lugs are just for show.

Don't get one that a thief with a grinder and a couple cutting wheels could open in less than 5 minutes.
A partner saw will open any safe. Sure, buy a Mansfield door and pour a reinforced concrete vault around it! Yeah, give me 15 minutes.

The cheap safes can be popped open with a spud bar and a sledge hammer in 5 minutes. An expensive safe can be opened the same way in 10.

Liberty talks a good game.


At the end of the day, if someone wants in they can make it happen. My main concern is keeping the unprepared criminal and children out.
 

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The thing to look for is what the door latches closed on. If it's a thin piece of steal like the Cannon and Winchester brands, the big door lugs are just for show.



A partner saw will open any safe. Sure, buy a Mansfield door and pour a reinforced concrete vault around it! Yeah, give me 15 minutes.

The cheap safes can be popped open with a spud bar and a sledge hammer in 5 minutes. An expensive safe can be opened the same way in 10.

Liberty talks a good game.


At the end of the day, if someone wants in they can make it happen. My main concern is keeping the unprepared criminal and children out.
They won't take it if they can't find it.
 

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I would try to get a fire safe if you can afford one.

A few years ago there was a home fire near us. The owners had a lot of ammunition laying around that got lost. Not sure if they lost any weapons.

Try to fit it in a closet or some concealed area. As another poster said, those safe's fill up quick. My weapons and good ammo are in the safe. I have a work box filled with the practice ammo. It's painted in children's colors to make it look inconspicuous and has water bottles stacked on top of it.
 

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Anybody got any experience or recommendations with a gun safe? Not handgun style but more of a long gun style.

Some of those I see are so heavy it would take a bonafide pallet jack to move it to an interior room, I guess I would prefer to not go over 400 lbs. Obviously the heavier the better, but a 1000 lb safe is not only too costly, but too heavy
Closets, dresser drawers and kitchen appliances work well for meπŸ˜‰
 

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I didn't even know they made safes that could be assembled. Ours is about 600 pounds empty and if we ever sell it may go with the home. It is in the garage so it has a little electric heater inside to keep it dry. It is bolted down from the inside. I once read a tragic story from a man with a decently large safe where the thieves had manhandled the thing out a window and walked it to wherever their truck was. It may have taken a few of them to do it but it impressed me with the need for bolting down a safe.
 

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but it impressed me with the need for bolting down a safe.
bolting down your safe makes it much harder for thieves to deal with.

Modular safes are very interesting. They seem to be growing in popularity.

 

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You can crack any safe in minutes, except for the Kitnerboy Redoubt. Those are tough.
 

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You can crack any safe in minutes, except for the Kitnerboy Redoubt. Those are tough.
This doesn't seem to be a brand name. Is it a style? Couldn't find a manufacturer website either.
 

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This doesn't seem to be a brand name. Is it a style? Couldn't find a manufacturer website either.
Nah, it's a bad joke/movie reference.

I appreciate this thread because it made me aware of modular safes. I'd never heard of them and it solves a problem for me. I wanted a gun safe in a basement room but I've been puzzling over how to get one in. I was considering cutting a hole in the wall and craning one in, then reframing. I'm glad I can scrap that plan now.
 

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Nah, it's a bad joke/movie reference.

I appreciate this thread because it made me aware of modular safes. I'd never heard of them and it solves a problem for me. I wanted a gun safe in a basement room but I've been puzzling over how to get one in. I was considering cutting a hole in the wall and craning one in, then reframing. I'm glad I can scrap that plan now.
I don't know your layout, but if you call your local tsc they can give you the name of their recommended vendor that installs their safes. The guy will have a motorized dolly. It a quite remarkable tool.

 
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