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Help me find a Gun Safe

This will be our first gun safe and we are looking to spend about $400-500 on it. We want one with either a key pad or combo lock, nothing that takes a key and nothing that looks like it can be opened with a crowbar. It will have to hold a hand full of Rifles and a few hand guns. Also we want to put it in one of our rooms upstairs so not sure how heavy these things are and if that would be a problem? I'm sure the size I'm looking for wouldn't be, but I thought I'd ask.

What do you have, and how do you like it? Is there anything good in that price range?


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Most safes are fire rated (so many minutes at so many degrees). Few are waterproof, which if you have a flood (or a fire that causes the safe to fall into the basement) could damage your guns as much as a fire. Just something to consider when you buy a safe. Security from robbery is a different factor, weight and the method of attachment of the safe to the walls/floor are considerations.
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Not worried about a flood or fire, never floods here and I have three fire dpts. within 10min of us. Also not really so much worried that someone will break in and take anything, but also want to be as safe incase someone tries to get in. I never thought about the method of attachment of the safe, good point

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Perfect! Happy After-Birth!

I thought you were planning on moving? Might consider that, if it's still in the plan.

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When I bought a safe last year the sale associate asked how many rifles I had. I told him I had a few. He looked at me weird cause i was looking at the 25 gun safes. I'm glad I bought the bigger one. The safe count doesn't count on guns with scopes or pistol grip. Now the safe is packed and there still is only the few rifles I started with on my half. The rest of it is the wife valuables. How the space fill up quick.
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I thought you were planning on moving? Might consider that, if it's still in the plan.
That was my Niece and her boyfriend. They are there in Puyallup, so I will be knocking on your door hopefully this year?
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When I bought a safe last year the sale associate asked how many rifles I had. I told him I had a few. He looked at me weird cause i was looking at the 25 gun safes. I'm glad I bought the bigger one. The safe count doesn't count on guns with scopes or pistol grip. Now the safe is packed and there still is only the few rifles I started with on my half. The rest of it is the wife valuables. How the space fill up quick.
Yeah I count on that, we only have two guns for now but plan on more.

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There are lots of videos on YouTube about buying gun safes and what to look for in them. If you want it upstairs, weight is a big thing to consider. If you haven't yet, you could consider turning an upstairs closet into a safe with a safe door that looks like a normal door.
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Saw this video on a rather impressive case: https://youtu.be/4_TyNyfmGzo

I forget how much it was though. But it's got pins on all 4 sides that secure it shut.

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jopes was asking opinions on this stuff in another thread. Looks really nice but someone who purchased said it was pretty basic stuff, nothing as fancy as he expected.

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Me thinks that Iffin' your going to put the Safe on the 2nd Floor of your home,
you should check the "Floor Joist" Layout carefully...

Safes, Toys & Ammo get Heavy in a hurry.

If you find a Closet for it, you could lift the carpet and Cut / Add a piece of 3/4" "Plywood" (Not O.S.B.)
to fit the dimension of said room / closet and anchor the Plywood to the floor joists below,
and reinstall the carpet and trim.
Then anchor the Safe through the carpet and both layers of substrate into the "Floor Joists".

It'll carry the weight better and wont tip over on the kids. (If you have any)
Added benefit, the "Burglars" cant just pick it up and carry it right on out of your Castle.

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You gonna put Patty in there? Better get a big safe, like a double wide.
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There are lots of videos on YouTube about buying gun safes and what to look for in them.
Thanks, I been looking on youtube and found something I didn't think about.


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Me thinks that Iffin' your going to put the Safe on the 2nd Floor of your home,
you should check the "Floor Joist" Layout carefully...

Safes, Toys & Ammo get Heavy in a hurry.

If you find a Closet for it, you could lift the carpet and Cut / Add a piece of 3/4" "Plywood" (Not O.S.B.)
to fit the dimension of said room / closet and anchor the Plywood to the floor joists below,
and reinstall the carpet and trim.
Then anchor the Safe through the carpet and both layers of substrate into the "Floor Joists".

It'll carry the weight better and wont tip over on the kids. (If you have any)
Added benefit, the "Burglars" cant just pick it up and carry it right on out of your Castle.

just my .02
Yeah I was thinking about all that after watching some videos on them. The size we are looking to get is under 500lbs and in some of the videos I seen people had them upstairs. I know once you add the guns and ammo it will get heavy quick, so that's something else I have to think about now.

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Seriously though, I placed a 5/16 aluminum plate a little larger than my dads safe to distribute the load as we have old wood tongue and groove floors. With the weight he has in there and the size of the safe there is no worries of someone running off with it. If you really were concerned about weight and stability you could run some lags into the wall behind it as most wall are load bearing and would help distribute load. Best safe I have seen is the Sentry is is truly a fire safe vault and if there were to be a fire discharged ammo would not penetrate it.

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BTW a separate ammo box is not a bad idea either, if ammo walks not the end of the world but if a gun walks that's bad news.
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BTW a separate ammo box is not a bad idea either, if ammo walks not the end of the world but if a gun walks that's bad news.
Yeah I was thinking of a separate ammo box or three Also maybe a smaller safe in our bedroom?

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Keep your friends close, keep your gun closer EH. I always knock on the door before waking the old man up, he sleeps with his 45.
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A safe in your bedroom? If you have kids at home, a bedroom safe is a good idea to keep the gun(s) out of curious hands, but the trade off is that you'll have to manipulate the lock in a stressful and possibly dark situation. The only time a gun is an advantage is when it is in your hand, not in a holster, a safe, a desk drawer, etc. IN YOUR HAND!
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I got two dogs one upstairs and one downstairs, best alarm system around. A rabbit comes in the yard and the dogs go bonkers, it's amazing how they can see and hear stuff from miles away like a car approaching that is unfamilure and know the difference between vehicles by sound. I do have the advantage of being isolated on a farm so traffic is pretty light but if I were in a densely populated area things might be different. I did have someone break into the house I was renting a couple years ago and before I even knew it the dog had em by the ass and on the floor, in that case my dog took care of business before I even woke up. I whacked the guy with a bar stool and he took a nap till the cops showed up. The officer asked me if I had a gun and I said no but I got the devils dog.
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