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Old 10-05-2020, 01:05 PM
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Hi,

I am looking for a gun safe for a few hand guns, a few long guns and ammo.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a gun safe brand?

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Old 10-05-2020, 01:10 PM
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I think its "Freebird" on here who is the safe expert and dealer. There are a few threads on the subject as well. I looked for size and weight. The heavier it is hopefully the thicker the steel... In theory of course.
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Personally very partial to Browning safe's. There are others that provide similar (perhaps slightly better in some cases) security, but few that look as good, and have as versatile interiors as Browning does. They have models ranging from utilitarian up to gorgeous ornate options that look right at home in your living room.

Also....go much bigger than you think you need. They fill up quick.
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I don't have a recommendation on a brand but I can say settle on a size and then double it.

I prefer old fashion dial locks and a dehumidification rod.
Old 10-05-2020, 01:18 PM
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How about something like a monster vault?
No fire protection, etc but a way to secure guns under a bed.
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I bought a WInchester from Sams 20 years ago, love it. I have the rotary dial, which I love, but getting it open in a hurry aint going to happen, so take other measures if that is a concern. Liberty is a highly recommended safe company. Do not buy one of those tractor supply or box store minimal steel safes, all that does is keep your stuff in one place so the bad guy knows where to go. Just like anything else, you pay for what you get. Oh and as others said, decide what size you want and go up by at least 50%.
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I am a Liberty fan. They are really nice looking safes. I love mine.
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Liberty safe here.

Find a dealer close that does delivery.

Buy bigger than needed today. Like others said, they fill up fast!!
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I have an American Security safe I bought probably 25 or more years ago. As stated above, mine has the dial so you aren't getting in it quickly. Room for 16 long rifles and shelves on the other side.

If you plan to keep other things of importance in the i.e. watches, important papers, etc. look at the fire rating. You will want something longer than an hour.

Also as stated above, buy larger for growth. Just moved and the amount of ammo I pulled from it was surprising. Didn't realize I had so much.

You will use it for more than just guns.
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Like with boats, safes are never big enough. When I got mine, I never thought I would have so many guns it would be crowded. I was wrong. I know you guys up North probably don’t have as many guns as we rednecks, but I’d get something at least twice as big as you think you need. I also keep all of my wife’s jewelry and all of our important papers in the gun safe . I have a second smaller safe that I use to store my ammunition, because it was the original gun safe and got filled up. The nice thing about a safe is that the wife doesn’t rally know how many guns I have. I can go shooting with two or three, then come back with 4 or 5, and not have to justify the purchase. Not such a big issue with my present wife, but a really big thing with my first mistake.
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Originally Posted by Flats_Addict View Post
I am a Liberty fan. They are really nice looking safes. I love mine.
Another vote for Liberty.
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Sturdy Safes
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For the size collection the OP has, unless one of those guns was Buffalo Bill's rifle then just buy one of the gun security cabinets and bolt it down. Enough to deter a casual smash and grab by an amateur but no fire resistance and easily opened by an experienced burglar.

Unless you plan to spend at least 5 times the amount, the "safes" you get offer only illusory increases in anti-burglary protection. You do however get some fire protection though.


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Originally Posted by Hjudge49 View Post
The nice thing about a safe is that the wife doesn’t rally know how many guns I have. I can go shooting with two or three, then come back with 4 or 5, and not have to justify the purchase. Not such a big issue with my present wife, but a really big thing with my first mistake.
this aspect can’t be emphasized enough. I can pretty well walk anything I want into the house unnoticed. Especially if it says Browning on it. Reached the point a few years ago I am overflowing into my parents and brothers safes. Keeping them all in gun socks also makes them look awfully uniform.
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This question comes up here relatively frequently and the one thing I've gathered after reading them is that the primary question the OP must answer is exactly what *performance* and *function* he expects of the safe.

99% of the time if you're asking this question it's for guns and valuables, so we'll throw out those just looking to store their Kuwaiti Buillon Bars.

There are all kinds of gun owners, from the casual, shoot 1-2x per year, own less than 5 gun types...the 20-25 gun enthusiasts who take their firearms seriously as one of their primary hobbies...all the way up to serious collectors of 50, 100+ firearms of varying value, some of which can exceed tens of thousands of dollars. Obviously the different groups of owners will have different expectations of a safe.

OP: which guy are you? Do you have requirements for fire rating? Requirements for difficulty of theft/entry? Etc. Be specific.

I'm basically the first type of gun owner I described. A couple shotguns, deer rifle, couple revolvers and a semi-autos, couple hundred rounds of ammo. Some important papers/documents, odds and ends jewelry. I own one of those "crappy big-box store" safes , a "Winchester" I bought at tractor supply for 400 bones. It fit my space perfectly, is big enough for what I need, and would be a pain in the ass for any common criminal or child/teenager to break in to. Bolted it to my office floor and it isn't going anywhere without a serious fight. 2 years of ownership and I'm very happy.

I know it doesn't meet the Webster's definition of a "safe", and it has "inactive" locking bars on one side, wouldn't last 60 minutes in a furnace, etc etc. But it does exactly what I expect of it, and for that, I'm perfectly happy with my "crappy" safe everyone on THT says sucks ass.

All of my guns would be very comfortable being stored in here, but unfortunately I lost them all in a tragic boating accident.



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Been very happy with my Champion with S&G mechanical combo.

Not a top of the line Ft Knox but it is a lot better than the big box store safes.

It is also lag bolted to floor.

https://championsafe.com
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Liberty Fat Boy Jr. here. And yes was filling up before that boating accident...
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One must realize that none of the brands mentioned or depicted are actually classified as safes. They are all an RSC, Residential Security Container. They are all good deterrents to your average burglar who will not come prepared to breach one. That is unless your garage is full of power tools. Best thing to do is get one with one decent fire protection, that has a fair amount of weight to it and bolt it down. A simple Johnson bar and dolly can allow the average person to tilt it, load it and wheel it right out of your house in broad daylight if it’s not secured properly to the floor. And you’d be surprised how little attention most neighbors and others pay to things like this happening.
A true safe like a graffunder or similar that is actually UL rated as a safe and not an RSC will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Just depends on your needs and what you wish to protect inside it.
No matter what I still prefer an older style dial lock instead of a digital one.
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Dial over the pad
what they claim the will hold is just bunk
bigger than you think
Browning or choice and looks
Liberty for value
A Klein workbox for Burke safety
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
I don't have a recommendation on a brand but I can say settle on a size and then double it.

I prefer old fashion dial locks and a dehumidification rod.
THIS. Any empty space will quickly get filled.

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