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i don't have one & need to get one.i don't need a bunker sized one but something that'll hold about 30 each short & long guns.
what do you like about the safes you have?what do you wish you had?
 

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Jeff:

I have a "Americian Security" Model #5924, it is fire rated and listed as a 16 rifle safe. Don't believe it!! I use padded gun socks to keep from banging the guns togather when I remove them from safe, the one you want is always in the back.

I keep six rifles and four pistols in the safe and the ammo for each, the safe is full.

If I had to do it over:
1. Buy the largest safe you can afford.
2. prep the spot for the safe before you bring it home.
3. buy nothing but a fire rated safe.

The one thing I did do right was the pistol lock box for the bedroom, it is a "sport box", that is the model name. It has a detachable base, the release is inside the box, I got an extra base and mounted one on the bed side night stand and the other behind the seat in my pickup. Works good.

Hope this helps, good luck, happy shopping.

Terry
 

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I agree with Terry. Get the BIGGEST safe you can. It's a lifetime investment, so the money will be well spent. I would also suggest that you get the HEAVIEST vault you can. This will be a good indication of how much metal will be between your guns and some guy wanting to get to them while you are away from home. If he has two buddies and a pickup truck with him, you DON'T want them able to just pick up the vault and haul it away with them, now do you?

How much does a top of the line vault cost? I got a Fort Knox vault a few years ago and it is one huge box. I think it cost me around $2,500 plus the guy brought it here and put it in place for me . At the time, I had over $8K of guns laying around in the building that I could not fit into my first vault. So I think it was a worthwhile investment. The Fort Knox vaults are excellent pieces of workmanship, in my opinion.

It does give me a LOT of piece of mind. When I was younger, I used to have a very nice wooden gun cabinet with glass doors in my bedroom. Looked beautiful with my guns neatly arranged in it. But everytime I would come home from being out, I would make the bedroom my first stop to make sure my guns were still there.

Oh, another suggestion. Get the electronic push button lock for your safe. I don't know why, but I just like it a LOT better than the manual combination lock. Plus my wife can figure out how to use it. (Of course, to some people that would be a drawback, I guess.)
 

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I hve been looking at a Frontier safe.double doors,fire rated,1180lbs & my choice of color.i believe that it was about 72 x 54 x36.a big old chunk of iron.
we'll see.i 'll check on the Fort Knox before i buy.thanks 4 the input.
 

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I just bought a new Cannon gun safe and I love it. It holds 40 guns if you want all long guns. I have it sit up with long guns on the left and shelves on the right, there also is a shelf on the top for hand guns, ammo, knives etc. I have the push button lock and i would have nothing else. The safe is 40"wide, 60"tall and 24" deep. I would suggest not getting the gloss finish because it always has finger and hand prints on it. Mine is not gloss, it is the black matt. It has a fire rating of 1200 degrees for 30 mins. It also weighs about 800 lbs. I priced the Ft. Knox and I could just not justify the cost. (would rather spend the money differance on guns!!!) :beer: GO BUCS!!!!
 

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Jeff:

Other then what you have said on this thread I wouldn't say much around where you live. That is what I did, and the week before the safe got here someone broke in and got all the guns execpt two, also all the computers, tv's, and my wifes silver dollar collection.

My safe is BOLTED THROUGH the floor with four 3/4" X 10" grade 8 bolts through two 6' X 4" X 3" channel iron under the floor joists, if they want that safe they'll have to take the whole shop building.

Just a thought

Terry
 

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thanks for your replys.
terry,all i have left is my guns & ammo cache.a couple of years ago,as i left my apartment in preperation for moving into my house,i had to put almost all of my belongings into a "storage unit"i chose one with a barb wire fence,great lighting,& security cameras.:headbang:
i didn't choose the insurance figuring it was only going to be for a month @ the most.i figured that between my knives,audio-video system,all my cd's & dvd's that i lost about $8-9,000.
it was a veeeery expensive lesson.luckily my guns were safe @ my grandparents home.
the idiots left all my handgun & rifle mags as well as close to 10,000 rounds of ammo(9mm,.45acp,7.62x39,22lr,&a pile of revolver cartridges).
the only bright spot of THAT day was the look on the deputy's face when he saw all that ammo all over the floor:) :(
 

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holy cow!that was stupid.i'm going to have to turn my "paranoia"switch back on.
did i say a gun safe?i meant a set of tires for my ancient,worthless truck.and a,uh,pile of dog bones for all the dobermans i've got running loose around here.dozens & dozens of em.:) :cool: :sidestep:
 
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