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    Show me your gun safe

    I have accumulated over 8 Handguns and by june I should have 10+.
    and I have my eye on a home defense shotgun & a DPMS Panther RAPTR $1649.00 or a Ruger SR-556 $1500.00 not sure...

    So I thought it might be time to look at a "real" safe

    Gander has a few in the $1000.00 range and are rated,

    12-gauge steel body with 1" composite door

    UL security rated 3-sided bolt coverage

    11 all-active bolts including the top of the door

    80,000 BTUs rating; 45 minutes at 1200°

    Can you folks give me some advice

    Thanks
    Be safe

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    If I had the money, probably get one of these: Handgun and Long Gun Safes | Zanotti Armor®

    Here is a page that describes stuff to get in a safe: Gun Safe Buyers' Guide
    "Trust in God with hand on sword" -Inscription on my family's coat of arms from medieval England
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    Well, mine is hidden behind a false wall so I'd rather not publicly show it, as that would defeat the purpose...but maybe it will give you an idea. :)
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    Great for handguns, not so great for shotguns


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    Quote Originally Posted by 380ACP View Post
    Well, mine is hidden behind a false wall so I'd rather not publicly show it, as that would defeat the purpose...but maybe it will give you an idea. :)
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    I'm with you, a hidden safe is better than a more expensive safe that's easy to find.
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    sams club has a liberty centurion for around $700. I think i got it for $682???? For now...... i have 4 handguns and 3 rifles.... lots more room.....lol
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    got to texas as fast as i could...Fuhgeddaboudit!

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    There is an awesome looking safe at the local gun shop, and it actually looks like a HUMMER, with a built-in cargo rack on top. It has exposed finished bolts and hardware with an interior to die for. Unfortunately, I completely forgot the name of it, but it’s the most beautiful safe I’ve ever seen.

    Now for the rest of the story… I had an old boring battleship gray commercial safe from a business that went out of business. It was built like a tank, was fire rated with layered plate steel with a file drawer, and was certified to commercial banking standards. No frills, no custom car paint or trendy logo that yelled gun! In fact, the safe pictured above by 'PSLOwner' is a good example of what a commercial safe may look like. The one I had was certainly more aged and scruffy.

    Anyway, I ended up selling it with some reservation and to this day I sorta regret it. I was thinking if I moved to new location, it would be a real pain to drag along. Anyway, depending on your budget, needs, and desires, I recommend you visit a high-end locksmith shop and see what old used safes they may have available. They will be built better than most gun safes on the market although not near as ‘pretty’.
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    I agree, a lot of locksmith will have good used safes...of course you can go to Wal-Mart, Lowes, or Sam's club and get the $399 ones that are fine but not really firesafe or that great of a theft deterrent but otherwise acceptable
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    stock photo

    stock photo. but same as mine. good safes
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    Costco $200 off with delivery included Costco - Sentry®Safe 34.8 CUFT Executive Firearm Fire Safe 4294965634&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Tex t_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=5000001+4000000&D= safes&Ntt=safes&No=8&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty= 1&topnav=&s=1

    Had it since September and the warranty is replacement. Fullfills my needs, in addition to two safes actually in the house.
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    Really good gun safes cost thousands. I lucked up and found an older AmSec (American Security) safe through my local locksmith. Internal hinges, 12 point active bolts, spring loaded tilt throw bolt. It's probably 15+ years old, but built like a tank.
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    I wish the one in my avatar was mine :( but mine is not as full and is not fireproof. i think i paid like 150 for mine.
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    Yeah right! That avatar safe looks like' around 30k of goodness.
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    Here's a tip: buy larger than you think you need!

    Another thought: If your safe doesn't have to be a piece of furniture (i.e., if appearance isn't important), consider getting a used one from a moving and storage company. Moving costs are based on weight as well as distance, and safes are heavy so they often get left behind. A friend got an enormous, double-door, horizontal safe with roll-out drawers (as if for storing maps flat) for $200 and a $200 delivery charge. It's the size of a small dumpster and sits in his garage, hidden from casual view by some steel shelving.

    Lastly: a friend at work and I both bought safes around the same time two years ago, and each came with a top-end Sargent + Greenleaf electronic lock. Both of us had lock problems shortly after delivery, and now we both have conventional combination locks. S+G makes great stuff, but I have nearly zero faith in electronic locks.
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    I bought the Costco safe that is on sale right now last time they had it. I think it's a fine safe and the cost is certainly right. For the number of firearms you have it should do you fine with plenty of room for growth. It's got a great warranty and pretty good customer service, plus won't break the bank.
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