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post #1 of 28 Old 07-14-2014, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Gun Safe

I've been looking into a gun safe for awhile, I've got 6 hand guns, 3 shot guns and a rifle. I've looked at the ones they have at the sporting goods stores and they seem kinda cheap, not cheap in price though; these are the ones I saw: Field and Streams Sporting Goods - San Angelo, TX

They had decent room inside, and pretty solid construction, but never owned a gun safe before other than a small sentry fire safe that I store 3 of my hand guns in, and thats more for documents and jewelry.

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Nearly every commercialy advertised "gun safe" is really a residential security box. There is nothing safe about them and any reasonable thief can get in with little effort. This goes for all the name brands you see. What you should be looking for, if you value your items, is a retired commercial/bank safe with a (underwriters laboratories) TL rating. TL15, TL30, TL-TR.....check with safe vendors and bank supply companies for good used ones. Some might require you to build out the interior for gun use. They are very heavy too. My TL15 has solid 1" thick steel sides, back, top, and bottom, and a 1.5" thick door. Its 4000lbs + and 6'x3'x3'. That should give you an idea of what a "safe" really is



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Or you can cheat like I did and replace a closet door with a solid one, security hinges and a combination deadbolt. It keeps the casual person out but the determined person with a chainsaw or in the case of a safe a dolly out.
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That is not a bad idea

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I hear you guys on a "safe room" so to speak, but my family has a large 800lbs safe in the basement, where we store most or our firearms, I'm looking for a personal one, no more than 150-200lbs that will be put inside a dead bolted closet.

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I hear you guys on a "safe room" so to speak, but my family has a large 800lbs safe in the basement, where we store most or our firearms, I'm looking for a personal one, no more than 150-200lbs that will be put inside a dead bolted closet.
I think that would be a waste of time and money. Might as well get a stack-on cabinet. My safe was so heavy we had to take off the door to move it. The only thing better than a T series safe is a poured concrete vault.

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I personally just have a little cheap kinda thing from local sporting store...I use it more like a gun case with a lock, instead of a gun safe...but I do have it somewat hidden in my house but if someone finds it's, they could prolly break into no problem
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What good are they in a safe? They should be inder your bed and loaded. Handgun under the pillow is a good idea too.
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What good are they in a safe? They should be inder your bed and loaded. Handgun under the pillow is a good idea too.
Although we can all appreciate a good joke, extending YOUR second ammendment rights to thieves or worse, children, is never a good time. There are some really cool fingertip combination handgun safes that attach to the side of your night stand. Loaded and ready, yet safe and secure from little fingers

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