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OT - Recommended Safes/Dealers

Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
edited June 24 in Off Topic
I am looking for a gun safe.  I want one that can be used to store files, valuables, etc.  Does anyone have a particular brand or dealer they like?

Pros/Cons for lock types, accessories, etc.
If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 24,267
    Wrong forum.  
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
    edited June 20
    Wrong forum.  
    Looks like you are getting your way, all threads are currently being moved.

    Also, nobody but trolls frequent the OT forum.  Since it doesn't auto-load.  Takes a few clicks to get there.  Really hard to get good advice and share in the wealth of knowledge and experience when everything is hidden in a secret corner of this forum.

    ( @lousubcap is not included in any discussion of trolls.  It would be a toss up between him and @Botch for kindest and most helpful member, except @Botch has a penchant for off-topic posts in threads)
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    Don’t kid John he uses a jewelry box for his valuables 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 24,267
    Wrong forum.  
    Looks like you are getting your way, all threads are currently being moved.

    Also, nobody but trolls frequent the OT forum.  Since it doesn't auto-load.  Takes a few clicks to get there.  Really hard to get good advice and share in the wealth of knowledge and experience when everything is hidden in a secret corner of this forum.
    Well, the auto-load aspect can be fixed easily enough with a standard web-browser bookmark.  You remember those, right?

    As to who frequents it, moving all the current OT threads on the main board over to the OT sub would obviously impact that dynamic.  
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 24,267
    Don’t kid John he uses a jewelry box for his valuables 
    We actually do have a fire-proof safe for valuables, like passports, birth certificates, etc. that would be a PITA to recover after a fire.  It's just not a gun safe because I don't own any.  
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
    Don’t kid John he uses a jewelry box for his valuables 
    We actually do have a fire-proof safe for valuables, like passports, birth certificates, etc. that would be a PITA to recover after a fire.  It's just not a gun safe because I don't own any.  
    I use "gun safe" as a general term for larger safes.  It may never see a gun, but I am looking for a large safe that someone couldn't just haul off and open somewhere else.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 24,267
    Don’t kid John he uses a jewelry box for his valuables 
    We actually do have a fire-proof safe for valuables, like passports, birth certificates, etc. that would be a PITA to recover after a fire.  It's just not a gun safe because I don't own any.  
    I use "gun safe" as a general term for larger safes.  It may never see a gun, but I am looking for a large safe that someone couldn't just haul off and open somewhere else.
    Yeah I think you just wanted to start a new OT thread on the main board to try and prove a point.


    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • Mr1eggMr1egg Posts: 199



    Never used it but I’ve been thinking about buying one. Don’t know how big or small you want. 
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
    Don’t kid John he uses a jewelry box for his valuables 
    We actually do have a fire-proof safe for valuables, like passports, birth certificates, etc. that would be a PITA to recover after a fire.  It's just not a gun safe because I don't own any.  
    I use "gun safe" as a general term for larger safes.  It may never see a gun, but I am looking for a large safe that someone couldn't just haul off and open somewhere else.
    Yeah I think you just wanted to start a new OT thread on the main board to try and prove a point.


    Actually, no.  Legitimately have been looking.  Due to some recent life events, I see the value of one.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • ColbyLangColbyLang Posts: 2,132
    @Ozzie_Isaac, check out Liberty and Browning Legacy Series. My 2 are Brownings. One has firearms and cash. The other is firearm overflow and important documents. The second has shelves and document holders on the door. Both weigh 6-700# empty. They ain’t leaving without me. 
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,573
    A lot of them look the same, like large appliances do.  I suspect there are far fewer manufacturers than brands.  Worth a google or two.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 24,267
    Don’t kid John he uses a jewelry box for his valuables 
    We actually do have a fire-proof safe for valuables, like passports, birth certificates, etc. that would be a PITA to recover after a fire.  It's just not a gun safe because I don't own any.  
    I use "gun safe" as a general term for larger safes.  It may never see a gun, but I am looking for a large safe that someone couldn't just haul off and open somewhere else.
    Yeah I think you just wanted to start a new OT thread on the main board to try and prove a point.


    Actually, no.  Legitimately have been looking.  Due to some recent life events, I see the value of one.
    OK, good luck then.   
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 29,504
    the cemented into the cellar floor type always looked good to me, firemen are good at saving foundations and cellar cement floors. i wouldnt put guns in one of those though up here, they would rust in no time
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
    ColbyLang said:
    @Ozzie_Isaac, check out Liberty and Browning Legacy Series. My 2 are Brownings. One has firearms and cash. The other is firearm overflow and important documents. The second has shelves and document holders on the door. Both weigh 6-700# empty. They ain’t leaving without me. 
    What sizes?  I could fill a 48" easy, but seems like two 36" or even 28" would be better.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    I prefer a key pad over a dial knob
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    Whatever size you get it will be too small 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,518
    AMSEC is one of the few with UL ratings.  Check out the BF and BFII models.

    Don't believe the "fire ratings" you read on the websites for safes, most are complete BS.  A lot of the cabinets are the exact same for manufacturers, then they paint them, put the interiors in, and put a door on there.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 24,267
    I prefer a key pad over a dial knob
    Only one of those is likely to survive a fire.
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,339
    I am looking for a gun safe.  I want one that can be used to store files, valuables, etc.  Does anyone have a particular brand or dealer they like?

    Pros/Cons for lock types, accessories, etc.

    I assumed you would just store that kind of stuff in your hidden panic room.



    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ― Philip K. Dik

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  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    I prefer a key pad over a dial knob
    Only one of those is likely to survive a fire.
    It has a skeleton key if the pad fails. I imagine if it was to survive a fire I would have to cut it open to get in though ymmv
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    While we are on the topic PSA everyone should call their homeowners insurance and make sure you update your replacement cost.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 5,756
    I keep my docs inside a separate, small fireproof safe inside my big safe. 
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  • dannysdannys Posts: 150
    How big of a safe? Are you talking about a single handgun or a bunch of rifles, shotguns, and handguns?  If the former, I'm partial to the Fort Knox lock boxes. They hold a single handgun and a small amount of ammunition.

    For larger collections, there are a large number of options. You can go with the Harbor Freight, Tractor Supply options (COSTCO, etc. also has a line of safes).  I tend to shy away from these. I consider them to be "entry level" and I don't want to be entered.

    Around my area we have a company that specializes in safes and does a big business in gun safes. They have big ones, small ones, thin ones (thin walled steel) and fat ones (thicker steel).  Each has it's own fire rating.

    There is also the question about combination, keypad, or both.  Keypad is easy until the battery runs out - though it isn't difficult to change (electronics tend to have a shorter lifespan). Combination takes longer to open. Both seems to be a good compromise.

    Some advice you didn't ask about. Always buy a bigger safe than what you need. If you think a 24-gun safe is big enough - buy a 48 gun safe.  You will fill it easily. Either with more guns or with important papers or collectibles.
  • Eggin_in_PAEggin_in_PA Posts: 90
    York County, PA
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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 22,227
    ColbyLang said:
    @Ozzie_Isaac, check out Liberty and Browning Legacy Series. My 2 are Brownings. One has firearms and cash. The other is firearm overflow and important documents. The second has shelves and document holders on the door. Both weigh 6-700# empty. They ain’t leaving without me. 
    I know the Liberty guys. Have been to several corporate dinners and cocktail hours they hosted. I have no idea about the quality of their safes vs others but those guys throw down like rockstars. I have a Liberty safe based on that alone. 
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX FBTX
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,981
    I've also been looking. Do yourself a favor and look at them in person. I had my head set on a Browning safe with all of the good reviews online and countless videos I've watched on YouTube. I stopped at Tractor Supply store to check it out and I'm glad I did. I was less than impressed. The lock up of the door was awful. It had a bunch of play in it and it just felt cheap. Tractor Supply also had a Liberty gun safe on display. Night and day difference. Made in the USA and fit and finish was much nicer. It was also $4-500 more but you get what you pay for. 

    Divide the number of guns it says it holds by half. That will be more realistic. Don't go too small where someone can walk away with it or put it on a dolly. I'd bolt it down wherever you decide to keep it. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
    I will see what safes I can find in person to check out.  The size has me worried.  I don't want a massive 48" wide safe, but I don't want to have to pick and choose what gets to survive.  Plus, I need to find a good location.  I'm not one to just have it out in the open.

    What types of accessories or shelving work well?
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    I will see what safes I can find in person to check out.  The size has me worried.  I don't want a massive 48" wide safe, but I don't want to have to pick and choose what gets to survive.  Plus, I need to find a good location.  I'm not one to just have it out in the open.

    What types of accessories or shelving work well?

    48" minimum
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,523
    I will see what safes I can find in person to check out.  The size has me worried.  I don't want a massive 48" wide safe, but I don't want to have to pick and choose what gets to survive.  Plus, I need to find a good location.  I'm not one to just have it out in the open.

    What types of accessories or shelving work well?

    48" minimum
    That is what I am afraid of.  I guess it is like storage in general, you can never have enough.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,858
    You know swmbo is going to be throwing stuff in there, if you travel its nice to lock everything up.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

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