Need a pistol safe - V-Line Top Shelf Safe or something else?


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Frank1991
October 14, 2005, 12:36 AM
Anyone have any info on these. How well are they constructed? How about capacity - how many guns could the case hold? I have a G19, G27 and S&W 340PD that I want to be able to store in the case. Any feedback on V-Line or another safe is much appreciated. Thanks.

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a1abdj
October 14, 2005, 12:40 AM
I'm a big fan of the V-Line safes (so much so that it's the only pistol "safe" that I sell).

They're sturdy, use quick access mechanical locks, and look good. You can buy cheaper safes, but you get what you pay for. Anything related to firearms that needs to be quick access better be just as reliable as the weapon itself.

I don't trust the cheap electronic safes....too many things to go wrong in a time of need.

Frank1991
October 14, 2005, 12:45 AM
I'm a big fan of the V-Line safes (so much so that it's the only pistol "safe" that I sell).

They're sturdy, use quick access mechanical locks, and look good. You can buy cheaper safes, but you get what you pay for. Anything related to firearms that needs to be quick access better be just as reliable as the weapon itself.

I don't trust the cheap electronic safes....too many things to go wrong in a time of need.

OK - what is the handgun capacity of this safe? Do you think that the above guns that I mentioned will fit in without any problems? Is it possible to stack two guns on top of each other? How do they rate next to Handgun Safe if you have any experience of that safe? Thanks

motoman
October 14, 2005, 12:46 AM
This is the best pistol safe I have seen. I have 2 of them and they are very heavy duty! http://www.handgunsafe.com/safes.htm

Frank1991
October 14, 2005, 09:09 AM
This is the best pistol safe I have seen. I have 2 of them and they are very heavy duty! http://www.handgunsafe.com/safes.htm


I too, like these safes, but I intend to put the safe in my top dresser drawer. The fact that it is 20 lbs makes me think that it will be too heavy for the drawer.

Car Knocker
October 14, 2005, 05:13 PM
I intend to put the safe in my top dresser drawer

If the safe is not secured, there is nothing to stop a thief from carrying it off and opening it at his leisure.

a1abdj
October 14, 2005, 06:39 PM
The V-Line Top Draw is 12" by 9". You could simply draw that out on a piece of paper, then see if your weapons would fit within that square.

This is a pic of my Sig 239, Kahr PM-9, and my girlfriend's .357 Lady Smith inside of a Top Draw:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/a1abdj/DSC00384.jpg

The big difference between the Handgun safes, and the V-Lines, is that the Handgun safes use thicker steel plate. All of the big gun safes that everyone here stores thousands of dollars worth of collections in don't use steel that thick, so it's really not needed just to protect one or two pistols. The V-Lines also cost a little less, since the manufacturing costs are lower.

Frank1991
October 14, 2005, 06:48 PM
The V-Line Top Draw is 12" by 9". You could simply draw that out on a piece of paper, then see if your weapons would fit within that square.

This is a pic of my Sig 239, Kahr PM-9, and my girlfriend's .357 Lady Smith inside of a Top Draw:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/a1abdj/DSC00384.jpg

The big difference between the Handgun safes, and the V-Lines, is that the Handgun safes use thicker steel plate. All of the big gun safes that everyone here stores thousands of dollars worth of collections in don't use steel that thick, so it's really not needed just to protect one or two pistols. The V-Lines also cost a little less, since the manufacturing costs are lower.


Thanks for the pic. I actually called V-Line direct today. They told me that I would not be able to store any fireamrs under the area where the back of the lock is on the door. However, it looks as you do not have any issues putting a gun under this area. The person at V-Line told me that the back of the lock sticks out and would crush the gun. Any comments?

a1abdj
October 14, 2005, 07:03 PM
Unless they have changed the design I don't see it as a problem. Of course the Kahr is the thinnest of the 3, but it doesn't hit.

mr_dove
October 14, 2005, 07:25 PM
I'm not aware of any actual pistol safes that will hold 3 handguns very cleanly unless they are small. Check out this link though.

http://www.mrdove.net/guns_lockboxes.htm

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