When is it time to buy a safe?

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    When is it time to buy a safe?

    My firearm collection keeps growing. I'd say I probably have more invested in firearms than I do everything else in my home combined, with the exception of vehicles. I've been wanting a good fireproof gun safe, but every time I look at them, the first thought through my head is "I could buy another gun or two with that money". Having my guns stolen is my primary concern, but the non fireproof safes seem way too light (easy enough for 2 guys to carry out) and since I'm in an apartment, I can't just bolt it to the floor. I don't have kids, so right now, every one of my guns is loaded with a round in the chamber, stashed somewhere in my home.

    When did yall decide it was time to buy a safe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    so right now, every one of my guns is loaded with a round in the chamber, stashed somewhere in my home.

    When did yall decide it was time to buy a safe?
    I was concerned about theft also but I was more worried about coming home on a burglary in progress. Being shot at with my own guns was more of a reason to go ahead and buy a decent safe.

    Pretty good deal... Costco $200 off
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    I am ALMOST ready to buy that safe, Shadow. And I am in the same boat of wanting to spend that money on another gun. :) But that Costco safe is probably coming to my house really soon.
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    Now's the time...
    This may help... Gun Safe Buyers' Guide
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    My firearm collection keeps growing. I'd say I probably have more invested in firearms than I do everything else in my home combined, with the exception of vehicles. I've been wanting a good fireproof gun safe, but every time I look at them, the first thought through my head is "I could buy another gun or two with that money". Having my guns stolen is my primary concern, but the non fireproof safes seem way too light (easy enough for 2 guys to carry out) and since I'm in an apartment, I can't just bolt it to the floor. I don't have kids, so right now, every one of my guns is loaded with a round in the chamber, stashed somewhere in my home.

    When did yall decide it was time to buy a safe?

    Best I can tell you is like this: Talk to your insurance company and see if they will grant you a discount if you have a gun safe. Make sure you have your collection insured for at least 2x the value because you won't know what replacement value will do over time.

    If they offer a discount, there's your encouragement; a child in the home is also a 100% reason to get one. With a private collection a good gun safe is a great deterrent for would-be thieves. Make it that much harder for them to get to your toys. As an added bonus it's nice to take buddies to the "toy room".

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    My son got into my locked bedroom and was trying to lock the bolt in on one of my rifles...it was time to buy a safe.
    I already had the ammo locked up in a smaller safe, and the only loaded in the house is either on me or locked in a small safe next to my bed.
    But a toddle dropping a 8lbs rifle with attached bayonet on his self is not a good thing.
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    I bought a safe the next day after buying my first pistol.

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    I have a gun vault for my pistols so the kids don't get ahold of loaded firearms. I keep it in the kitchen. That way when I walk in, I can disarm, and put my gun in the safe. I'm getting one in a few months to go beside the bed. So there will be a pistol in the kitchen downstairs, and one beside me on the nightstand, but both will be secure. I really don't have a lot of faith in gun safes to keep your arms from being stolen. A buddy of mine had over 100,000 dollars in arms that were stolen, and they were kept in a big old bad dude safe in the basement. Didn't stop them from getting gone though.
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    I spent too much time worrying about the firearms being stolen. I didn't have many, but I didn't want to think of my gun being used in a violent crime.
    I bought the biggest, heaviest safe that I could afford. It was more than I planned on spending, but in hindsight, it was the best decision I made. I have never regretted for a minute that purchase.
    My advice is always the same: "Any safe is better than no safe. And get one twice as big as you think you need."
    You can save a few bucks by getting flat paint, or a dial lock. Or move it yourself. (easy up to about 500#)

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    I used my income tax return last February to buy a Liberty gun safe.

    I had no idea how much "stuff" I had until I started pulling everything out from under the bed, from under the mattress, out of the dresser drawers, the closet, from under the cushions of the couch.

    My son and I were surprised that my collection had grown so large.

    My advice: if you think you need a 24 gun safe, buy the next larger one.

    It will be tricky trying to get a safe into an apartment without everybody noticing what you're doing. I'd wrap it in something to obscure the markings on the cardboard box before you bring it home.
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    I bought a diamondback safe started to worry about my guns being stolen. I would recommend you get one bigger then you think you need If you have scoped rifles or bolts they will take up more room. mine said 11/22 guns and I can barely fit 8 on one side. shop online lots of places will ship for free to your house. then get lots of friends to help left it mine weighed 460 lbs plus another 30 I think for the skid it came on.
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    before you have anyone pick up a firearm that isn't supposed to....

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    I just recently got a new safe it's a Fort knox defender, very heavy 857 pounds, fireproof 1600 degrees for 90 minutes. Worth every penny. My dad is slowly giving me his colt collection, and I have about 10 grand in it just with my stuff. Can't let my family's collectible guns get stolen they are irreplaceable. Plus in Oregon even if guns get reported stolen and used in a crime the owner is responsible.
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    I got my first safe before my kids were born, as my collection grew I got my 2nd safe it is just under 900 lbs empty! Now almost to the point of a third safe...I think I will stay with the Brownings!

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    As soon as I realized my guns cost more than the safes I was looking at buying.

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