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Old 06-24-2008, 11:18 AM   #1
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Hello folks,



Well, for the first time ever, I'll be moving into a house instead of an apartment.

For years I've used a bottom-end Homak 12-gun cabinet lag bolted to wall studs. It actually holds double that, rifles packed in without bolts and laying all the long arms alternately butt to muzzle carefully.



So now I'm thinking of a new/better/ possibly fireproof safe, and relegating the old one to hold just milsurps or just cowboy guns or something like that. Do you have a preferred gun safe? I'm aware that "you get what you pay for" but money is always an issue too. What are "best buys" in gun safes? US-made strongly preferred, if that is even still possible....
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:10 PM   #2
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Dave, If you have a pick-up, go to a place like sportsman's academy. They have nice ones[ like 20 long gun] for about $550. You can't even make your own for that with the price of steel. I know, I tried. I did wind up with a thicker walled safe but a lot of labor. Good hunting, Bill
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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I got one at a recent show. The company's high-end models were US-made, so I hope that applies for the "no frills" model that will fit into my house that I got too. I'll hang onto my old apartment cabinet for .22s and such.
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I bought a Canon safe. It holds 24 long guns. It came with shelves so I have one side with long guns and I use the shelves on the other side for other things. Pistols go up top. I had to pull off and restick the weather striping on the hinge side of the door where it had got pinched from not being installed properly. I wasn't real excited about an electronic lock but it was all I could find at the time. I had a problem with it not always unlocking but I called them and a technician explained how to prevent that and I haven't had any problems since. The electronic pad is quicker to access than the dial type, which I like. I gave $650 for it at Tractor Supply. I have also heard a lot of really good things about Canon's customer service. I really liked the Liberty safes I found at a locksmiths but they run about 4X the price. Basically the fire rating on most I've seen will at last a house or trailer burn. The liberty safe had a special swell striping that expanded between the door and the safe body from the side which seals the door. Where the canon is back to front which would just push the door outward against the locking mechanism if it were to expand which I don't think it does. The liberty's seal works off heat so if the fire started in another room smoke would still get in I'm sure. They also say that external hinges are better. It seems there is more to safes than could be covered here. Good luck, hope you find a good deal on one.



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Old 02-04-2009, 07:47 AM   #5
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I have a Liberty L15. I did a bunch of research and decided not to go with a fire safe. In the event of a house fire, the guns may survive but will probably not be useable. I recommend one of the newer unlined and "rough" textured exteriors. I only expect it to be proof against casual thieves. Mine has survived two floods. Finally, remember to think about where the thing goes. You can make it so heavy that it will damage the flooring in your home. You may need a refrigerator jack under it.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:24 AM   #6
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Thanks. I got one and had it installed. It has the no-frills rough exterior, but is a color I can live with. It is fire retardant and all that, bolted to the floor, etc. I'd hoped for US-made, but the darn thing was "assembled" in Mexico. Oh well. I keep most firearms and all handguns in that, and my old apartment dwelling metal cabinet is home to .22s and milsurps.



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