My Rifle, Handgun and Shotgun collection is growing, and I'm looking for a better way to secure them. It's sad to say that storage consists of trigger locks and hiding them around the house. I have young children (3 and 4) , and well you know the deal, eventually they get curious. I also would hate for some clown to break in my house while my wife and I are working and run off with our weapons.
Bottom line------->I need a safe BAD! What are you guys using? Which company is a reputable and reasonalbly priced. I want a quality product, but I don't want to break the bank.
I would appreciate any suggestions.
I don't yet have a safe but when I do get one it will be a Cannon. For the money, features, and warranty I think it is a great buy.
A buddy I know has one, and it is a nice one.
I'm using a Browning TheftGard and I reallly like it. Well built and fireproof up to 1200 hundred degrees for 10 minutes. You can get them, better or worse, just depends on what you want to spend.
I have two Browning Safes...the 'Compact', and the 'Bronze Series'...both in black.
The safes certainly give one a feeling of confidence when leaving the house, or if children are around (which isn't often). Filled with guns, ammo and important papers, they are very heavy.
For a 'Pro' entry would probably be easy, but for the normal dirtbag, he/she would need a calendar to time the break-in...:hand10:
OMO, but I wouldn't waste my money on a thin metal safe that two people can carry out to the car, you'd be better off just putting a lock on the 'glass door' gun cabinet...
I have two Cannon residential security containers (yep it's picky, but that's what they call them). I bought them after Betty posted a report of someone trying to break into hers. The break in failed. The safe was fixed at no cost to her other than some time off work.
I looked inside the door of my "safe" the other day and saw the warranty they put on the door. It basically says call this number for any problems. Gotta love that. They aren't the cheapest or the purtiest, but they work and the warranty is good.
Oh yeah....I have to add this stipulation...Delivery and Installation!
My Cannon dealer gave me the contact info for their preferred delivery and install guys. They did good and better yet the truck they brought didn't say anything about what they were bringing.
Originally Posted by paratroop23
When I bought my Liberty "safes" years ago it was the same. They came out in a plain truck for the delivery and install. Not all do however, so if you don't want to advertise you may want to ask.
Do you need fire protection? That can double the price of a decent safe, assuming you go for sufficient fire protection.
If you can find a used Graffunder, it's one heck of a unit. Bolted to the foundation and tucked in a corner, it's darned near immovable. Plus, it has fairly good fire protection. New, you'll need to speak with the Federal Reserve to afford a mid-range unit, but used they can drop below $2K now and then (if you can find one). Graffunder claims 1hr @ 1700* fire protection. Assuming you get a response from the fire dept., this should be plenty. And assuming your house is protected by a monitored alarm service, a well-installed safe that's hard to get to can be pretty assured of remaining there.
American Security (AMSEC) is also highly rated by many.
For rifles, you could install a lockable rack in your closet, for the frequently-accessed rifles. That could help keep the cost down.
I've had a Cannon safe for years, and would definitely buy another. The one I bought has some rating for fire retardant time.......actually I believe the inside is lined with drywall to give that rating. I don't have it bolted down and attached in any way. It is HEAVY and full of guns and hard to move empty. BTW I suggest keeping your gun safe "hidden" in the house......don't put it in the den or in some high visibility area. My philosophy is that I don't want people to know that I have a safe (or large amount of guns). This knowledge on the street is advertising that I've got something worth stealing. I don't think they can steal it, but I don't want my house broken into either.
I have a champion safe excellent fire rating and if somebody try`s to
break in get a le report and champion will come out with new safe for
you no charge it also is equipped with sargent greenleaf locks
Great replies. Fire rating is a must have as is security. Also, when you pick out the "perfect" safe, go with a size or two larger than what you picked. Safes have a tendency to "shrink" over time.:wink:
I appreciate your replies, I'm taking all of your suggestions into consideration! Keep em coming!
My biggest problem when picking a safe is- What SIZE? If I get one that's "big enough", I'll buy or inheret more guns, and run out of room. But if I buy one that's TOO big, I'll take it as a personal challenge to fill it!