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Help picking out gun safe
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i need a place to keep my guns, i dont have thousands to spend, im more concerend about my kid getting into them than theft. any suggestions?
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JeepGuy;12373 Wrote:i need a place to keep my guns, i dont have thousands to spend, im more concerend about my kid getting into them than theft. any suggestions?

I was in the same situation a few weeks ago and did a lot of research. I bought a Steelwater 16 gun (good luck actually getting that many guns in there!) fire-rated safe. I got it on Thursday and installed it over the weekend. So far its exactly what I expected and needed for only $700. When they delivered it they brought it up to the garage entrance, so I had to do the rest of the moving. At almost 350 lbs that's a lot to move, but I simply removed the door ~120 lbs, and it became much more manageable. I was able to bring it up the steps to the second floor solo without much issue. I bought it from gunsafes.com at the link below:

http://www.gunsafes.com/Steelwater-16-Gu...-Safe.html
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I had plans on putting a Centurion 18 on layaway come Black Friday since the sales associate (This is at Gander Mountain btw) told me they have big sales on them during that event. However my car failed inspection because my tires were shot and now my money is tied up paying that bill....

Anyway I highly recommend it. It has some soild locking bolts, some fire protection and the 18 gun model is American made, check it out: http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/pr...rchID=4005

The 12 gun model is $399, the 18 gun model is $499 and the 24 gun model is $599. Those are pre-sale prices. I looked everywhere and that's the best safe I could find for that price. Good luck. Smile
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Just a tip, make sure you look at shipping and surcharges. I found many less expensive safes (with similar specs) but they came with $150-300 shipping/upcharges. The one I got was $700 all-in.
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#5
I have a Patriot Safe. They are made in N.Y. they were very nice people to deal with and I am a happy customer. Might be worth checking them out. They threw in a lot of extras for me also.http://www.patriotsafe.com/Up-to-24-Gun-Safes_c_3.html While looking up the link they are having a sale right now plus $850 bonus extras this is the same deal they gave me 4 yrs ago. I HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH THIS COMPANY. Just a very satisfied customer. The safe does have an electronic lock but can be over ridden with two diff. keys provided.
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I've got one of the centurions which I bought from lowes. I got it for the same reason you did, store the guns and make sure my son did not have access to it. Lowes currently offers it for $397 but has knocked it down to $297 during at least the last two November's. Here is a review I wrote last year. I wrote the review Nov 11 so the sale was before then. Hopefully they will do the same this year. Might be worth giving them a call every now and then.



The main reason I bought this is so I don't have to worry about my 5 year old getting into my guns. For that use this is a perfect, reasonably priced safe. It can reasonably hold 5 rifles on one side with lots of space for ammo or handguns on the shelves on the other side. The only way anyone will get into the safe is if they are willing to do serious damage to it to get inside. I have it bolted into a wooden floor. If someone were to Break into my house it would make it harder for them to get what I put in there but not impossible. Because of the height and weight of the safe it probably would not be to hard for a thief to apply force and tip the safe over ripping it out of the floor then using a dolly (with help) to wheel it away. Very time consuming though. Looking at the steel on the safe I also doubt it would hold up to a pry bar attack or a drill and sawzall attack.

Features..... 4/5 stars. Has what I want. Is large enough for my purposes and the features are good for the price. I like that it is fire rated.

Value...... 5/5 Best safe that I found for the price.

Design...... 4/5. It seems to be a basic design. I like the internal hinges. The shelving allows you to put a lot stuff in it. There are places to put in six rifles per side, up to 12 if you take the lower shelving out, but it will realistically hold 5 per side.

Quality..... 4/5. Good for my purpose. If you are using it to keep kids out or deter a thief hoping they will focus on easier pickings this is a good safe. If you want a safe to put high priced valuables and want to keep out a thief who knows what they are doing and really wants to get in it, spend the money and get a safe made out of lower gauge steel and is heavier.

Ease of use.....4/5. I thought about getting a safe with a electronic keypad, but figure everything electronic I've owned eventually breaks, so I went with the spinning lock. It's probably slower and more complicated than a keypad though. The safe uses 3 numbers to open which I can do in under 10-15 seconds if I hurry. Of course its easier to mess up when you are in a hurry.
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btw... here is the link to lowes.

http://www.lowes.com/Hardware/Safes/_/N-...fes&rpp=16
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#8
well i still didnt get a safe yet,im still undecided. i have $1000 plus or minus a bit to spend.
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#9
Don't buy one from the box stores, eventhough it may have a well known name these stores have them made to their own specs. and they usually aren't as good. Also if you have to move it up or down steps look around to see if you can rent on of these http://www.powermate.info/
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#10
i only need to go down 3 steps to get to my basement. i think im gonna end up witha big box store one and spend the rest of the money on a generator. im not concerend about theft as much as my kids getting into them.
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