Zanotti Safes--who's got'em? How do you like them?

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    Question Zanotti Safes--who's got'em? How do you like them?

    Looks like I'm deploying within the next 8 months (previous deployment got cancelled)--and my finance committee has relented on getting a safe.

    Given my somewhat transient nature (military), I'm looking at the Zanotti safes, either a ZA-II or ZA-III, for my safe: more easily transportable, yet offers needed protection from thieves.

    For those who have Zanotti safes, would you recommend them? If not, why not? What would you recommend instead?

    Electronic lock or spin dial with key?

    BTW--I do own my house and have a finished basement to put said safe.

    Mike

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    http://www.zanottiarmor.com/

    I have 2 large ones made by DBT - DBT Corp. is Detroit Bullet Trap Corp.
    DBT made them before Zanotti.
    I think DBT is now Meggitt Defense Systems & no longer making safes (having nothing to do with the quality of their products)
    Anyway...Zanotti picked up the ball on the "take it apart - put it back together" safe idea and they improved the engineering design assembly/disassembly and the lock system and the interior shelf system. It's a sound and well designed engineering system.
    I have moved mine myself a few times already.
    One person can move the disassembled individual pieces.
    The door is the heaviest part but, it is manageable with some expended sweat equity.
    Once assembled they can (naturally) only be taken back apart again with access to the inside of the safe.
    If you are moving around a lot then it's the only way to go.
    They are quite secure. Mine is not fireproof.
    I don't remember right now what the exact assembled weight of mine are 6 or 700lbs each...but, I have mine bolted together from the inside and additionally lag bolted to the floor (again from the inside) They are not likely going anywhere unless I move again.

    Mine just has the dial combination lock and they predate the electronic lock so...I can't help you out there.

    I am satisfied that mine serve their intended purpose very well and the Zanotti is greatly improved over mine so you should be quite happy if you order one. The system is pretty brilliant with its interlocking parts and once assembled it's secure.

    The door surround system is designed in such a way that it's impossible to pry it open with any sort of crowbar or anything like that.
    I suppose somebody could get into one with a cutting torch but, not likely that a house thief would have one of those handy. Even cutting the hinges off with a cutting torch will not gain you entry into the unit.

    So, I would say go for the Zanotti.
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    You got me curious. What do they cost?
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    I would have no idea these days...there are more than a few different models/sizes and options also.

    Use the link I have provided up above. The phone # is there...call them up and ask for a brochure and some prices.

    If some other member knows what the Zanotti safes cost...please post.
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    I will be calling them tomorrow (Tuesday) morning....and will post prices accordingly.

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    Just spoke with Zanotti Armor....they are sending me a pricesheet--will post when I get it.

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    The following is the price list from Zanotti Armor, effective 1 Jan 2007.

    Model ZA-I (60”H x 25”W x 20”D), 400 lbs
    Description/Configurations: 16-gun interior; 8-gun interior; 4 shelf interior; no interior (deduct $45)
    # of safes ordered / price:
    1-2 safes / $1122ea
    3-5 safes / $1068ea
    Retail: $1415

    Model ZA-II (60”H x 31”W x 25”D), 600 lbs
    Description: 30-gun interior; 15-gun interior; 4 shelf interior; no interior (deduct $55)
    # of safes ordered / price:
    1-2 safes / $1276ea
    3-5 safes / $1215ea
    Retail: $1601

    Model ZA-II 6 ft (72”H x 31”W x 25”D), 700 lbs
    Description: 30-gun interior; 15-gun interior; no interior (deduct $65)
    # of safes ordered / price:
    1-2 safes / $1657ea
    3-5 safes / $1600ea
    Retail: $2066

    Model ZA-III (60”H x 40”W x 30”D), 825 lbs
    Description: 52-gun interior; 28-gun interior; 20-gun interior; 4 shelf interior; no interior (deduct $65)
    # of safes ordered / price:
    1-2 safes / $1752ea
    3-5 safes / $1697ea
    Retail: $2151

    Model ZA-III 6 ft (72”H x 40”W x 30”D), 925 lbs
    Description: 52-gun interior; 28-gun interior; 20-gun interior; 4 shelf interior; no interior (deduct $75)
    # of safes ordered / price:
    1-2 safes / $2185ea
    3-5 safes / $2130ea
    Retail: $2726

    Exterior Colors: Coal Black, Hunter Green, Walnut Brown
    Interior Colors: Taupe

    Options
    LAGARD Electronic Lock (silver only) $120
    Brass-plated dial and handle with key $ 40
    Key lock added to dial $ 13
    Golden Rod dehumidifier $ 26.50

    Z Plus package (Fully upholstered interior)
    ZA-I $100
    ZA-II $120
    ZA-III $140

    ZA-II 6 ft drawer options
    5 – 3” high drawers $287
    3 – 3” high drawers $208

    $200 to initiate an order, balance due prior to shipping.

    Safe is shipped via freight (~6 boxes). FYI, will cost approximately $350 to ship a ZA-II 6ft safe from IA to VA

    Because each safe is custom made, lead time vary. I’ve been told my safe will be ready in January.

    www.zanottiarmor.com

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    They're home town folks for me! It's a good product, good company, and good people. I don't think they'll disappoint you.

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    Thanks Dan...
    I spoke with "Mark"--very personable...I asked about the electronic locks--he recommended I go with the brass spin dial. To sum up the conversation, he said the electronic lock was 10% of sales last year, but 90% of his problems.
    We'll see how all of this turns out when it gets delivered in the middle of winter...

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    Now you have me looking at getting one. I'll tell the wife it is your fault!
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    I understand...I told my wife all the cool kids on DC.com were getting M4s for their birthdays--so I should get one too....for home defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    I understand...I told my wife all the cool kids on DC.com were getting M4s for their birthdays--so I should get one too....for home defense
    Too bad us kids in Commie California don't get to be cool kids.
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    Thanks for the info, time to start saving.
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    I believe it! I'll see him at the gun show tomorrow in Cedar Rapids--I'll mention your post.

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