Time for a safe: suggestions for long and pistols? best sources?

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    Time for a safe: suggestions for long and pistols? best sources?

    It's time for me to secure my weapons. I have been using an old china cabinet with glass doors for my hand guns, and my long guns are just stacked on the floor against the wall. I am not looking for a single gun/rapid access vault. I need something that will hold 10-12 long guns and 10-12 handguns, with storage for ammo as a bonus feature. The wooden gun cabinets are worthless with the glass doors: great for display, but really just allow "one-stop-stealing" if anyone gets into the house!

    I used to have a cheapie big box store "gun safe" that was made of metal so thin I think a screwdriver or can opener could have been used to get inside. I don't want to spend a fortune, and don't need a bank safe, but I do want something that will secure my weapons. I am also reluctant to trust anything with batteries and a keypad, and would prefer a key or combination lock. Again, rapid access is not needed: this is for secure storage. My handguns either are on my person or I want them to be locked up.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, along with best locations. I intended to bolt my cheapo safe to the wall studs to keep someone from just carrying it outside if nobody was home, and also thought of putting it in the garage, but temps in the summer exceed 100 degrees and I was worried about condensation/heat...also someone could break into the garage without coming in the house, and I'd be just as bad off! Where is the best place to secure the safe? And where is the best place to purchase a decent affordable safe?

    Thanks for your suggestions!

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    Got mine from Tractor Supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockratt View Post
    Got mine from Tractor Supply.
    I also bought mine from tractor suppy cannon brand they go onsale all the time and its has a plugminside the safe guaranteed for fire and flood
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    Here's a vast storehouse of information: Gun Safe Buyers' Guide

    I got a Superior Safe and am very pleased. gun safes, SUPERIOR SAFE COMPANY Home

    Here are the SC Dealers for Superior:

    PRICE’S FIREARMS
    (864) 223-1218
    2075 Calhoun Road
    Greenwood, SC 29649

    SHOOTER’S CHOICE
    (803) 791-5498
    944 Sunset Blvd.
    West Columbia, SC 29169

    Their "Sister" Company is Champion Safes: Gun Safes | Home Safes | Fireproof Safes - Champion Safe Co

    Dixie Lock & Safe
    1006 Owens Street
    Aiken, SC 29803
    Tel: (803) 648-8037
    Fax: (803) 648-6428

    Grady's Great Outdoors
    3440 Clemson Blvd.
    Anderson, SC 29621
    Tel: (864) 226-5283
    Fax: (864) 225-6471
    Email: sales@gradysoutdoors.com
    Web: Grady's Great Outdoors |

    Nichols Store
    1980 Mount Holly Road
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
    Tel: (803) 328-9792
    Fax: (803) 328-1758
    Email: dnichols@sportsinc.com
    Web: Nichols Store - Outdoor Paradise

    Plaza Coins & Knives
    119 Poinsett Highway
    Greenville, SC 29609
    Tel: (864) 235-8557
    Fax: (864) 235-8559

    Price's Firearms
    2075 Calhoun Road
    Greenwood, SC 29649
    Tel: (864) 223-1218

    Schofield Ace Hardware
    155 South Cashua Drive
    Florence, SC 29501
    Tel: (843) 669-6393
    Fax: (843) 664-1818
    Web: Home

    Shooters Choice
    944 Sunset Blvd.
    West Columbia, SC 29169
    Tel: (803) 791-5498
    Fax: (803) 791-1335

    Simpson Plaza Hardware
    40 West Wesmark Blvd.
    Sumter, SC 29150
    Tel: (803) 773-3397
    Web: Welcome to Simpson Hardware

    I have no connection with any of the companies, I just think they have a nice product and I like my local dealer.

    The big plus for me was they delivered and installed it into my basement, rather than "end of driveway" delivery which is 100 yards away, all downhill.

    Here's the one I want: http://www.championsafe.com/products_yellow.html



    The BIG Yellow Safe

    › World's Largest Gun Safe
    › Approximately 4000 lbs.
    › 240 Cubic Feet
    › 4-Way Active Door Bolts
    › Up to 2 layers of fire insulation
    › 24- 2½" Door Bolts
    › 10 Gauge Door
    › 10 Gauge Shell
    › Forklift Cutouts at Base to allow for moving.
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    Heritage, Fort Knox, or Superior. IMO, the three best safes on the market, Ft Knox being the best, but more than I could bite off. They have the most steel in them, compared to others on the market. I found Heritage to be the best value of the three, I bought the Legacy model, and I really like it.
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    I got a big Liberty from a local vendor. Here are some of my thoughts...

    Get it bigger than you need. You'll always be finding more stuff you think needs locking up.
    Pay a professional mover to install it, Don't count on some friends and neighbors, a dolly, and beer.
    Check with your tax preparer and write off the safe. Also see if you can get your insurance discounted.
    Get the optional lighting package, or plan on wiring it yourself.
    Keep it inside, not the garage. Consider that the place where you put it becomes hard cover. Bonus.
    Get it bigger than you need.
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    Super house has it right. Go bigger. If you take your time you may find a quality used one but that can sometimes cost as much with the required logistics to move it. Determine where it's gonna go, that'll fill in some blank spots on what you're getting.

    There are actually a large number of old safes out there that were once in a grocery or insurance office. Mine is one of them. Its concrete lined, etc. I finally did the interior with panels stretched with car, headliner material. I knotched out 3/4" plywood for rifle rests, wired it, lights and Golden Rod, etc. I brushed and sprayed the exterior and polished the brass a bit. It's not the same quality as a Liberty but it ain't too shabby. It's a double door affair that's not going to moved in the middle of the night. I enjoyed the project. Ah yes, a beneficial draw back with mine; one of the steel wheels broke off somewhere down the line prior to it coming home with me. Moving it isn't a challenge like, say building a pyramid, but it takes some thought and hardware.

    And it's full. Go bigger.
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    You should check out the Winchester Ranger Deluxe and if you are a Costco Member you can get it delivered for only $1,599.

    Winchester Ranger Deluxe.jpg

    The Winchester name stands for a history of reliability and integrity. Each Winchester Safe is manufactured to enhance the reputation for quality and workmanship that customers expect. Winchester Safes are manufactured to exact tolerances and Underwriters Laboratories requirements and are monitored consistently in the production process for compliance. This is your assurance that your Winchester Safe is the "best safe in the industry."

    Features:
    Weight - 935 lbs
    Exterior Dimensions - 72"(H) x 40"(W) x 30"(D)
    Interior Dimensions - 69"(H) x 36"(W) x 18"(D)
    Up to 51 Long Guns

    Fire Protection:
    1 hour/1400°F
    Three layers of fireboard in the door
    Two layers of fireboard in the body
    Palusol® heat expandable door seal
    External door hinge allows full firebaord protection and
    180° door swing

    Burglary Protection:
    UL listed for burglary protection, RSC
    U.L listed lock standard
    12 Ga. steel body construction
    Drill resistant hard plate 60-61Rc
    Auxiliary relocker
    4-way locking bolt system
    1.25" solid steel locking bolts
    18 locking bolts

    Series Features:
    Heavy-duty strap hinges
    Door panel organizer
    Winchester Ranger Deluxe 7240 Safe
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    Check your local moving and storage companies to see if they have any used safes they're looking to get rid of. Safes are heavy and therefore expensive to move, and like pianos, get left behind to save money when households move. A friend got an enormous safe from a moving company for what amounted to pretty much the cost of delivery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Here's the one I want: Gun Safes | Home Safes | Fireproof Safes - Champion Big Yellow Safe

    The BIG Yellow Safe

    › World's Largest Gun Safe
    › Approximately 4000 lbs.
    › 240 Cubic Feet
    › 4-Way Active Door Bolts
    › Up to 2 layers of fire insulation
    › 24- 2½" Door Bolts
    › 10 Gauge Door
    › 10 Gauge Shell
    › Forklift Cutouts at Base to allow for moving.
    Nice looking unit, there.


    OP:

    Occasionally, an older model Graffunder can be found on the used market ... though, not very often. For example, roughly similar to today's B6028, 60x29x28", 1500 lbs, 1/4" steel (3 ga) door and shell, 10 1" bolts. It ain't sexy, but it'll keep out most anyone but the serious safe burglars. This will easily hold what your looking for (12 long guns, 12 handguns), if you can find one.

    Reputable safe vendor: Rogue Safe, in Medford OR. Not local to you, no, but they can arrange shipment of anything. They've also got a variety of pre-owned models in stock, generally.
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    Thanks all for the suggestions:

    I think I am leaning towards securing an existing room/closet in my garage, using a steel door and dead-bolts. Not a fire-rated, but much more affordable, and a TON more secured space!

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    Check with your tax preparer and write off the safe.

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    This is the video that convinced me not to buy a cheap safe...

    GUN SAFES "THE TRUTH" weaponseducation - YouTube
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    Are you concerned about burglary? fire? both? I can vouch for buying bigger than you think you'll need. I am partial to AmSec (American Security) safes. I also recommend S&G safe locks, I prefer dials, but digital keypads offer reasonable security.

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