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Re: Good Budget Gun Safe or Cabinet?
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2012, 01:42:07 am »
Well the main things I was looking for were better security and fire protection.  This one definitely has that,  which is why it weighs 1600lbs.    To get the same level of security, plus all the fancy stuff I would have had to go with an AMSEC or a really high end Fort Knox.   Would have cost me at least an extra grand, and I didn't think it was worth the extra expense for a nicer paint job and lights inside.   The pull out racks would be nice, but it is going to be tight once I get all my stuff in there, so I don't know if I'd have room for them anyway.   
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    Re: Good Budget Gun Safe or Cabinet?
    « Reply #26 on: January 13, 2013, 11:09:00 am »
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    Unfortunately this thing is so big and heavy, the movers were not able to get it into my basement.  They are going to come back on Monday with some extra equipment.   

    So, what do you know about these "movers"?  Are they bonded (each one)? Or are they minimum wage guys with criminal records?

    They know you have a spendy safe (and can deduce that whatever is going into it is of more value than the safe itself), what kind it is (and thus can find out how best to get into it), where it will be in your house, whether you have a security system, etc. ....... just food for thought.

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    « Reply #27 on: January 13, 2013, 11:16:11 am »
    I thought about that.   There really is only one company here in Wichita that specializes in safe moving, and they have been in the business for a long time.    My gun safe is not nearly as valuable as some of the stuff they do for banks, commercial cash safes, and jewelry stores around town.    I know I wouldn't feel comfortable with some of the the fly by night moving operations,  but most of them couldn't have done the job anyway.   
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    Re: Good Budget Gun Safe or Cabinet?
    « Reply #28 on: January 13, 2013, 12:22:42 pm »
    If they are working for banks, they are probably bonded.

    I was thinking while making breakfast on this topic ...... for less than the cost of a safe good enough to be sufficiently fire proof and professional thief resistant, one could make a reinforced concrete gun room in a basement ....... I have seen them (not saying where or how).

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    Re: Good Budget Gun Safe or Cabinet?
    « Reply #29 on: January 13, 2013, 12:39:26 pm »
    I considered that option too.  However,  it would not have been practical with my house.   Now if I ever do new construction, that's top of the list. 


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    « Reply #30 on: January 13, 2013, 02:38:36 pm »

    Ah, as the resident WTA locksport guy, I might make two recommendations. Dial, not electric keypad. And bolt the thing down. Ideally anchored to the foundation, but realistically properly set into any concrete... Yea, not so easy to remove.

    I'm buying a proper safe in the next few months.  Again, plan on bolting it to concrete and also putting a "cabinet" around it.
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    « Reply #31 on: January 13, 2013, 05:40:31 pm »
    Since I am looking for a gun cabinet as well, I have given thought to the Stack-on one.  I move every few years anyway for the military and I only want it to keep the little ones from them.  I don't like the crap locks they come with, but If I get one, I think I will buy a heavy duty clasp from home depot and a real lock and just bolt it on the outside.  Thoughts?
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    « Reply #32 on: January 13, 2013, 11:26:56 pm »
    Friend of mine looked at them, and says he won't touch them with a 10-foot pole: they're little more than your stereotypical school locker with built-in key lock.
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    Re: Good Budget Gun Safe or Cabinet?
    « Reply #33 on: January 14, 2013, 10:08:35 am »
    Again, what is your intent? To defeat a burglar? Or to defeat the curious and children? If it is the former, you need something heavy and well built. It will be inconvenient to install and move, and it will cost you a bunch of money. If it is the latter, a Stack-On cabinet will work, just make sure you have insurance.

    If I planned on moving at any point, I would ABSOLUTELY go for a cabinet, and make sure I had insurance to cover theft. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what I did.

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    « Reply #34 on: January 14, 2013, 10:29:50 am »
    Get a Sentry-Safe, order online from Walmart.  Back in 2010 I got a 10 gun safe for my birthday in this manner.   Though these are long-gun oriented.  CA approved too.  :)
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    « Reply #35 on: January 14, 2013, 12:36:54 pm »
    Get a Sentry-Safe, order online from Walmart.  Back in 2010 I got a 10 gun safe for my birthday in this manner.   Though these are long-gun oriented.  CA approved too.  :)

    SentrySafe Home Defense Center
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/SentrySafe-Home-Defense-Center/19724386

    I'm actually thinking of buying this and installing it in my main bedroom, inside a wardrobe thingie. Just leave it unlocked when I'm around the house and locked when I'm out.
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    « Reply #36 on: January 14, 2013, 02:57:36 pm »
    Ooh, I like that corner design thing.  Very clever.
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