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Need recommendations for a gun safe.

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  1. jshud

    jshud Registered Member

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    So I've accumulated a decent collection over the last couple of years and I've been putting off getting a safe for too long. I realize it's stupid to not have one not only from a safety standpoint but also from a legal point too. My wife and I are trying for our first baby so that's another good reason to start looking . I hear once they're born all your money tends to disappear!

    I know very little about safes. What should I be looking for, how much should I be paying, and what size should I be considering? Is there a time of the year that they tend to be on sale for the best price? What's the best way to move them?

    Thanks for any wisdom!
     
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  2. Oldmangraybeard

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    Find a really nice one that is as big as you will ever need.......then buy one twice that size.........
     
  3. jshud

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    Sounds like wisdom from experience! I might need to find a decommissioned bank vault...
     
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    For the money it is hard to beat a Drake. They are built in Roxboro. I have two and have several friends that have them and have never heard any complaints. Greg and Michael will probably be at the Dixie gun show. I think the 17th and 19 th of this month. As the man said, buy big.
     
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  5. richard corn

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    Moving them is a chore as they can easily weigh 500 lbs. empty. Plan a good spot because you may be reluctant or unable to move once filled. From a security standpoint make sure you anchor it so someone can't back the truck up and roll away with everything.
     
  6. Isaac-smith

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    Definitely get an old bank vault. I got a commercial bank plate safe from a SunTrust being closed. Weighs 3200lb. Paid only $800. Look into commercial safes from businesses closing. You see them often on Facebook. A guy local is selling a meilink that could make a great safe.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/937332033270458/

    UL RSC rating is paper compared to a TL-15 or TL-30 safe and those are paper compared to a TRTLX-60 B rated safe.
     
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    Appreciate all the advice so far!
     
  9. ABeck88

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    I’m a big fan of Liberty safes, check out some of the torture tests on YouTube. Yes, I know that an angle grinder will cut through the side blah, blah, blah. I’m more worried about someone kicking in my door and grabbing whatever they can while the alarm blares. No one is moving my 1300 pound safe quickly or without cutting it out of the floor first. Liberty will replace your safe if it’s broken into or damaged in a fire for free.
     
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  10. Sean Alexander

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    I'm going to second Drake we hunt with the guy who owns the company ... For me it's about what I can do now ... I don't have a truck so I can't move it I have friends but to be honest I'm not a shitty person so I couldn't bring myself to recruit their help I was going to go with liberty just because they deliver
     
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  11. Zapata72

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    I bought a Liberty. Salesman said buy one bigger than what you currently need. Very good advice.
     
  12. Nightwalker

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    In case you have not bought one here is some good information.......

     
  13. Deerhunter_28

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    Google Griffin Enterprises in Chesterfield SC.

    He knows safes.


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    Anything is better than nothing.
     
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    Call me cheap but I like my Stack-On...bought it with my Lowes card. Moving a safe was just about the biggest PITA I've experienced recreationally.
     
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    I have a 64 gun Cannon and have been happy with it. Fire rated at 1600 degrees for 60 minutes and for $1000, it think its hard to beat. As stated above, I was more worried about a smash and grab type robbery than someone coming prepared to cut it open or rip it from the floor. Anyone THAT prepared is gonna get what they came for, regardless of what you have. Buy the biggest capacity and hottest fire rating you can afford. Like someone said, Anything is better than nothing.
     
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    If you still looking Liberty safe I found it to be one of the best you can get for home use . And like they say what ever size you “Think” you need go next size up . You’ll find stuff to put in it now you have one Liberty Safe had a great video showing how easy it is to break into the competition safes remember given enough time all safes can be breached with right tools efforts and time safes delay action fire or force entry you get what you pay for if it’s worth securing then do it right Liberty fan for past ten years good luck
     
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    I have two of the tracker gun safes and love them.
     
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    I went with DRAKE SAFES roxboro Nc
     
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    if you are on a really tight budget and just need something way more secure than a rear closet ==== have a friend that gutted a nice looking Pepsi
    machine ,put it in his " man cave " and stores 15 rifles and handguns for $ 100 plus labor to gut and make rifle supports [band saw or jig saw] Looks
    nice and works for him !
     
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    This^^^
    Best advice I ever got from the original owner of The Gun Rack (Bill) when I bought my first in '95.. d:^)
     
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    check with DRAKE SAFES Awesome safe, local and a top notch customer service and all around great guy
     
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