I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Selma,CA in the middle of the vineyards, Central California
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Re: OT Advice on Gun Safes
Ok, I'll chime in with my two cents. I agree with the other posters that Browning, Liberty, Fort Knox, etc are good will built safes and come with all the options. But remember, a gun safe is just a steel box with a door on it. Your going to put it in a closet, so why pay for all that "body work" & decals? Shop around: gun shows, gun shops, want ads, etc. You'll probably find someone locally making them one at a time. I've seen one a while back at the high school shop open house. One of the students bought a door from ????? and just made a box for it. Then he faced it with wood to make it look like a chest of drawers. I though it was a great project but it only got an "honorable mention", go figure?
You asked about "fire proof", mine isn't fire proof but I have a small document size fire proof safe inside my gun safe. I'll lose the guns in a fire but I'll have all my documents. Mostly useless stuff because all the valuable stuff is in safe-deposit at the bank. Anyway, my next safe will be fire proof. Adds to the cost, weight and takes more space: but I think it's worth it.
One last thought, everyone I know that has purchaced a gun safe (including myself) now wish they would have gotten a larger one.