Where is the best place to put a gun safe?

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    Where is the best place to put a gun safe?

    I am thinking I need to upgrade my gun safe. Currently I have a real cheapo that had the intended use of keeping the kids away from the small number of handguns I owned.

    But now, the kids are grown and so has my arsenal. I am thinking of getting a much better safe, but I am not sure where to put it. I have a one story ranch with 4 bedrooms and a garage. No basement. I want to place in somewhere where normal visitors won't see it, but I am not sure where?

    Any suggestions.
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    I keep mine in my bedroom closet.

    I guess it is going to be determined by how large of a safe you get. Mine is more a cabinet than the true safe, but I have a long gun on the bottom, a pistol bolted to the top of it, and a quick access (key code) pistol safe bolted to a closet shelf. All in my bedroom closet.
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    Do you have a basement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Do you have a basement?
    Unfortunately, no. That is my issue. Need a second best location.
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    I'd put it in a closet then. Think like a thief, that should give you some good ideas pertaining to your particular home. Try to find a place that would be tough to work on the safe, or get it on a pallet jack and haul it away.
    Before I was in the home I'm in now, I had mine in the spare bedroom closet. It was a tight fit, but it was out of sight and it has a PIA to get out when I moved.
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    Closet. Bolted to the wall and the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Closet. Bolted to the wall and the floor.
    Good point that I forgot to mention... definitely bolt it down. It's great if your house sits on a slab, if not, just beef up the framing under the floor and make something really solid to anchor to.
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    Also, don't place it next to an exterior wall. There have been a few cases of would be robbers in your area who have stolen the entire safe by cutting through the exterior wall and flopping it into a pickup.

    Usually one of the thieves involved had prior knowledge of the safe. That also leads to another item. Keep your safe out of sight, and don't show it off to anyone who you don't absolutely trust. Same goes for your children's "friends".
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    I have mine in the closet in my reloading room,I have a 4 bdrm ! story no basement attached garage,If ya really want to hide it good put a false wall in front on hinges that the clothes rod attaches to,when you need access remove clothes rod with the few items for looks and swing open fake wall
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    I keep my safes in a dedicated room, with a vault door, behind a book case, bolted to the concrete slab and the walls. The room's walls are properly reinforced.

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    Did a little searching on Pete's thread and came up with this article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exactlymypoint View Post
    Did a little searching on Pete's thread and came up with this article.

    Worried about Bump Keys
    I'll agree that bump-keying is probably not a likely entry method for a burglar in most situations; they look for the path of least resistance, so to speak.
    The question is, what's the weakest link? If your windows are completely unsecured, I agree that there's no real point in spending money on bump-proof locks.

    But take my place for instance.
    I coughed up the cash for a big roll of ShatterGuard film and did almost all of my lower-floor windows (minus the bathroom window, which is too small to climb through anyway, and I didn't have enough to do the top foot of the sliding glass doors).
    I also reinforced my doorframes and hinges. (Yes, I'm a little paranoid).
    So in my situation, the locks might actually be the weakest link, and it would make sense for me to get good locks.
    That might not be the case for everyone, of course.

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    Two safes...in back closet...no one knows that they are there...except the 8,000 people who read these threads...
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    Mine's bolted down in the master bedroom closet......exactly where a BG would look first for such a thing.......

    2 reasons.......first, I just don't have a better/more covert place in the house (no basements in FL) and 2d, and more importantly, it's immediately assessable at night. If something goes bump in the night I'd rather have everything I need at hand.......

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    I'm bolting mine directly to the slab and wall, and am going to be building shelving/storage space framed right around the safe (basement/garage). Mas Ayoob has in the past suggested that having the gun safe in the "Safe room" of your home is wise, as it provides good solid cover, as well as housing your defensive tools at the same time.

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