I want to introduce myself. My name is Scott Jones and I am the owner of Dakota Safe Co.. Thank you for the good review of my product. As far as the advertising goes I am trying. Until recently I had never been on a forum before. I had a customer that had bought a safe that was pretty internet savvy and decided to give me glowing reviews on all the forums to "help me out." Needless to say after about 2 weeks of apologising for "threadomercials"
I have been trying to watch and join in as time will allow.
I have a safe and vault company in Tulsa OK and sell most of the major brands of gunsafe and commercial safes. I have beeen in business 16 yrs.
While my safe is not the answer to every gunowners needs it certainly fills a niche in the market. People that move alot,up/down stairs, mobile homes etc.. I have tested the safe as to pry /beating attempts. My delivery guys were given crowbars, sledges and a splitting maul to try to break in and they gave up after 45min. The way we folded the panels makes them very rigid and a thief would have to cut three sides of the bolts to get a panel open far enough to gain access. I will put it against it any sub $1000 safe in that type of attack. My honest opinion on safes:
The absolute finest gunsafe on the market is Graffunder.
Very pricey but if you can afford it buy one. Go with at least a "C" rate
1/2" steel side wall and 1" solid door.
After that I would go with any of the major brands and try to get a gunsafe with a 3/16" side wall and a plate door. You can go with a composite door but only two manufacturers that I know of Amsec and Fort Knox will show you what the steel thickness is in the composite. Many of the major manufacturers are putiing a layer of 12g on the outside and a layer of 14 or 16g on the inside, and filling the void with sheetrock so it doesnt sound like a tin can.
Get a safe with a top locking bolt. Makes a huge differance in a pry attack!
In my testing there is not much of a differance between 10g and 12g they are both kind of thin.
Although my safe tested at 1263 for 30 mins. in fire(got 36 mins but still call it 30) Do not count on any safe to make it through a house fire! Over the years I have had 6 safes that were in homes that burned to the ground. Two of them were 1/2 hour rated safes - nothing but burned gun barrels left inside.
Four were 1 hour rated safes - 3 made it very well- one didnt.
One was a two hour safe - It did just fine but where it was sitting i dont believe it got very hot.
Put your safe in the lowest part of your house in an outside corner. I dont know why but the corners of a room do not get as hot as the middle. Put any media- negatives-diskettes etc in a media cooler( most office supply stores have them for under $50) and then put it in the safe. All papers and burnable items should be in the bottom of the safe. All of the safes that I have opened over the years after a fire were hotter in the top than the bottom.
Any questions please feel free to post here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org