New Cannon EX20 Gun Safe Review w/pics
After tons of online research, I got this safe from Costco.com for $579 delivered. They run this $200 off deal periodically; it is also currently running now. The only additional charge was a $29 upcharge for non Costco members. The safe is 60"x28"x21" and weighs 420 lbs.
I ordered the safe on 7-27 and it was delivered on 8-10.The freight service, R&L Carriers, provided outstanding communication and service. There were emails every step of the way, and great phone communication at the end to ensure I was there for the delivery. The driver backed down my long driveway and put the safe in my garage without any issues. Very professional.
The safe arrived in perfect condition with all parts enclosed. I used some teflon tape on the handles and have not had any issues with them backing out like some have reported.
I managed to get the safe off the pallet, inside and into my master closet on my own (Don't ask... not a great idea). I removed a shelf and rod from one section of the built-ins in the closet and the safe fit in the space perfectly.
My first attempt at bolting the safe down through the supplied holes did not go too well... a regular drill with a masonry bit wouldn't touch my concrete slab. After that excercise in futility, I went to Home Depot and rented a Hilti hammer drill - this thing drilled four 3/8" holes 3 1/2" deep in about 15 seconds each... unreal. I used Redhead wedge anchors and cranked the safe down tight. These, along with the tight location with a wall on one side and the built in closet shelving on the other, provide enhanced security.
The S&G electronic lock works great, it takes the combination as fast as you can type the numbers in. There have been reports that slow entry of the numbers is neccesary, but I did not find this to be the case. The handle does have to be all the way clockwise for the lock to open - I just make sure when I close it that it is in that position and it is a non issue.
The interior is lightweight but sturdy enough and is quite attractive. The carpeting is thin but nice. The rifle rests are built into the shelf, so short carbines and shotguns need to lean on their own... I am looking for a set of standoffs I can install lower on the center divider to rectify this. I also installed two Stack-On door organizers on the door and got two Versatile Rack handgun racks for the top shelf.
The exterior finish is basic but well done and looks very nice. It is a semi-gloss textured finish. You can see some of the weld marks if you look very close, but the excellent hardware and nice screenprinting really make the safe look good.
The power outlet is a great feature - I used mine to install rope lighting around the inside of the door frame which provides excellent visibility of all contents. A 12' rope light runs up one side, across the top, and down the other side with enough slack to use a little extra on the ceiling. I used 3/8" plastic wire clips and pan head screws to secure it neatly. I did have to wire an extra outlet off of my closet light since I didn't have one in the closet to plug the safe into.
Overall this seems like the best safe anywhere near this price range. There are obviously better units out there with super heavy steel and automotive grade finishes, but dollar for dollar I think this is a great deal. Here's some pics: