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    Hi guys,


    I received some gift cards for Bass Pro Shop at Christmas that were specifically designated to purchase a Gun Safe. (yes...from the wife) She's tired of seeing them stacked in the corners of every closet in the house. (with locks of course...and we have grand children now)....anyway....I'm looking for what to look for or look out for in regard to a gun safe. I'm looking for something in the 30 arms capacity...that's both long gun and handgun numbers.


    I looked at the Browning safe and it looks pretty nice...but I don't want to go by something that has just good looks. I'm looking for something that will secure everything I own (except personal/home protection pieces) and keep them from from theft and the kids/grandkids.


    I'm not looking to break the bank either...something in the $1000/1400 range will do.


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    I would decide how many guns you want to put in it and then buy a bigger one.
    I would also suggest getting a dial lock over a digital lock.
    Then of course there is fire rating.
    Is it made out of steel or thick sheet metal.

    Personally I think any quality gun safe will keep the ordinary thief out.
    if it is a true professional thief they will get into it , but more than likely won't be doing random home burglaries either.

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    Thank you BT...why a dial over digital? My 30 gun requirement is ~20% over my current count. I did take that into consideration.

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    I just wouldn't want to rely on a lock that needs batteries.

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    Ah...ok...most have a removable keypad that you can change the batteries in without worry. I have a bedroom small safe with a keypad and my batteries just went dead this week (coincidence)....I have a key for it that I can open it up to change the batteries.

    If its a matter of "speed to open" that won't be an issue for me. I'm planning to use the new safe as storage only...not for speed in case of emergency access...so a dial lock will be fine. I just wondered what your reasoning was behind your dial/battery comment.

    much appreciated.

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    Somebody who REALLY wants to get into it, will wait inside your home and stick a pistol in your ear.
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    A neighbor recently lost two safes full of guns. Thieves cut the locks out and got in. Side grinder and a few minutes time...... Don't put safes where they can be found easily. I have a couple and FWIW I like my AMSEC the best, but all do what they are supposed to do. I prefer the dial combination locks, but have had no issues with the touch pads so I can't reflect on that. My main concern is fireproofing. Heaven forbid. One trick I learned from a friend whose house burned several years ago and he lost a great deal of stuff, keep any important papers, including currency, in an airtight container. Heat, fuel and O2 needed to burn. His paper items did not ignite due to no O2 even thought the stocks and barrels were scorched due to the heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgavin View Post
    Somebody who REALLY wants to get into it, will wait inside your home and stick a pistol in your ear.
    A bit off topic...but understood.

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    Yeah the capacity would be for guns greased up with KY Jelly.
    My son and I moved my safe in with a good dolly and a pair of those flat castered furniture movers. Went pretty slick.
    I wondered about the keys on my safe and how many different ones there were.
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    Definitely dial over a digital!

    One thing I learned after 15 years of opening them at least once a week. The combination mechanisms wear, mine are S&G, a big player in the mechanical combination business and now all 3 of my digits have to back off 1/2 a number in order to open. (thank you internet!)

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