Dang it! The safe is FULL!


Peter M. Eick
February 11, 2006, 03:11 PM
Dang it to heck!

The safe is full again and I want to pick up a nice 222 Rem and a 30 carbine. So either another safe (wife will go ballistic) or I have to cull.

Ok, so I pulled them all out. Can't get rid of the 870, can't get rid of Grampa's goose gun. Got to keep my Precision Target rifles (how would I compete?) Can't get rid of the M1A collection. Need to keep my pre-64 30/30 94's. Have to have a 9422 to plink 22's with. Got to keep the 2506 Sendero. Need the 7-08 BDL to hunt with. Got to keep bro's 22's. Need to keep my Daughter's Mini-bolt (she would never forgive me for selling it before I gave it to her). AAARRRGGHHHH. No more space and I still don't have an AR clone, a triple duece or a 30 carbine!

Any of you all have the same problem and if so how do you get around it?

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February 11, 2006, 03:13 PM
I wish I had that problem...:(

February 11, 2006, 03:27 PM
Sort of. I took out the .22 rifle and bolt action rifles and put their bolts in the safe. Need to put the 03A3 back in there though. I just try to make sure there is no useable ammo outside the safe for anything that is not in the safe. Fire could still be an issue I guess. :)

February 11, 2006, 03:35 PM
Can't get rid of the M1A collection

Collection? :uhoh:

If the Mrs. hasn't gone ballistic yet, I doub't you have too much to worry about. :p

February 11, 2006, 03:38 PM
I would start moving boxes around the garage, stack them high, maybe through a sheet over the pile. Wait a week and move the boxes around again, stack them high in a slightly different spot and throw a sheet over them. Explain to your wife that you are rearanging the garage, and may build a work bench. Move the pile of boxes again and throw a sheet over it.

Next, I would give a "day at the spa" to your wife. While she is out getting the facial scatter the pile of boxes and have the delivery crew place the new safe where the boxes had been. Throw a bed sheet over it. Your wife may never notice, after all, its just a big pile of old boxes in the garage.

February 11, 2006, 03:59 PM
I would start moving boxes around the garage...

That's too funny... I read this to the little lady and she said that if she hadn't heard it, I might actually have gotten to pull this off... :eek: :rolleyes:

oh well... so much for that idea... got any other good ones???? :cool:

February 11, 2006, 04:08 PM
Okay, who was the last person to borrow the Safe-Stretcher?

Oh yeah, THR has one and it gets loaned out amongst members. I think It was Preacherman...

Mr. Peter M. Eick, sir, I'd contact him and see if he is still using it. ;)

February 11, 2006, 04:09 PM
I have two small safes and they are full and the collection has spilled over to an ajoining closet down in my "cave". I've finally decided to build a walk-in, fireproof gun vault with a safe door. At least 8'x10'

February 11, 2006, 04:12 PM
Just to be an overly-serious buzzkill...

...lying to your spouse is almost never a good idea. Xmas, Valentines Day and her birthday are the only real exceptions. ;)

I would try the following:

1. Lobby for a new safe. The trip to the spa might help.

2. See if you can squeeze in a few more guns.

3. Get a couple of 'gun socks' and see if you can now stack 'em deep, since the finish is protected from rubbing/grinding.


PS You could try the "yes, but I'm saving money" angle by purchasing a jumbo safe and selling off your old one. Yeah.

February 11, 2006, 04:13 PM
Do as I did. I now have 5 soon to be 6 safes, all bolted to the slab. Also have a garage size, used to be one, gun storage/reloading/gunsmithing/relaxing room. Wife laeves me alone except to bring me a cup of java every so often!
Life is good.:D

Livin in Texas

50 Freak
February 11, 2006, 04:21 PM
Do what I did, get a bigger safe.......actually the "bigger safe" I got bought me a year before it became full.

So now I'm in the same boat as you.....Got to get a bigger safe again.

Oh what a horrible dilema/.

February 11, 2006, 04:38 PM
I recently solved this problem by moving most of the mil-surp bolties or project rifles out of the safe. I pull the bolts and lock the bolts in the safe, wrap the rifles in gun socks, and line the rifles up against the side of the safe.

Peter M. Eick
February 11, 2006, 04:44 PM
Can't do the garage routine. My wife is a woodworker/engineer so she spends more time in the garage then I do. Also see the part about engineer and you can understand that the spa routine/butter her up is out. SHe is more of a tomboy then a girl, so I am stuck there.

I tried to sort and restack this morning but the only way out I can see is to pull the bolts out and store them separate so I can pick up maybe one more slot. I thought about pulling the cheaper ones out, locking them with a cable lock and put them in the Aluminum carrying cases I have. My concern here is rust over time in the deep south.

I think I am sort of stuck unless I get another safe. Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions.

Oh, yeah, yes I do have several/many M1A's. My favorites are the SuperMatch and NationalMatch guns. The rest are just "there".

February 11, 2006, 05:39 PM
Your safe is full and the best thing you can think to say is "dang it?" You poor guy. How tragic.

Out of the kindness of my heart, I will solve your problem by relieving you of your guns. Simply send them to me and I will only charge you shipping. Problem solved, cheaper than a new safe ;)

February 11, 2006, 05:50 PM
My safe was filled back when I got my C&R license. I wound up buying a second safe and filled that one in short order. It's amazing how fast you can fill a safe when you can have guns that cost $60 or $80 shipped right to your door. I had a safe cleaning day a bit ago and convinced myself to part with a few of them to make room for more desirable aquisitions. I just had too many copies of the same thing. When I first got my C&R I'd look at one of the catalogs and see $59 Mosins, or $79 Enfields and say "Heck, why not get 2 or 3 at that price?". Yep, filled a brand new safe real quick!

February 11, 2006, 06:36 PM
if your wife's a tomboy then you could go with the "we need a new safe for YOUR new guns, honey" ploy

my wife's very concerned about keeping old pictures, taxes etc, so i didn't catch much grief for getting the largest fort knox safe because of it's fire protection. now, "my side" is full of guns, and i have to 'reorganize' her side to fit new ones in whenever the need arises.

i anticipate needing a new safe next year, or i'll have to start leaving the less-expensive guns lying about the house

Ohen Cepel
February 11, 2006, 06:40 PM
I ran a link of cable from the bolt hole in the bottom of the safe and then ran that through the guns lined up against the side of the safe. Secured both ends back into the safe. Pretty easy to set them free once you have the safe open and allows me to keep the more expensive stuff secured better.

Another safe isn't an option yet.

February 11, 2006, 08:51 PM
I have a similar but less serious problem in my safe. I still have space for a few more rifles but the space for handguns filled up a long time ago. I have to finally get around to building some shelving to stick in there.

cracked butt
February 11, 2006, 09:00 PM
Always buy a safe that is at least 4x bigger than you think you'll need :)

February 11, 2006, 11:20 PM
Hey, Peter, send the M1As to me and I'll store them for you. That'll free up some space in your safe.

Of course, that'll mean that I'll have to buy another safe. But, then again, I need to pick up another one anyway.

See, it's a win-win situation for the both of us...



February 12, 2006, 12:54 AM
ya'll think ya'll have it bad. With the bushy V match I got today that makes either 13 or 14 long guns in the closet:eek: :banghead: The bride and I have talked about a safe but no real place to put it until I pour concete in the sun room that used to be a screened porch. The floor in there is sloped down to the exterior wall and every time a big rain comes it gets a couple of inches of water in it. Its in the back of the house. Fences, carports and such in the way so I'll have to have a pumper truck, all that and a safe..... hope I can swing the bucks before the other two kids get in college.:banghead:

So if any of ya'll deccide to sell all of your guns................. I'll come pick up your safe to get it out of you way.;)

February 12, 2006, 06:19 PM
I still have 5 spaces in a 12 gun wooden gun cabinet before I have to face the same problem. I think I'll just get a cheap 8 gun steel case to hold the other things. They sell for under $100 around here,

pete f
February 12, 2006, 06:43 PM
Well just do not do what i did. When we finally moved out of our old house, I was busy painting and the Lovely asked me what was i going to do with the old shipping box under the bench in her sewing room. Completely absorbed with what i was doing it I just said "I dunno, its your stuff" and then the panic hit me. The shipping box was the original shipping crate from Husqvarna that had came when i ordered ten or a dozen swedish Mausers. My paint brush nearly was left hanging on hte wall in my haste to get down stairs before the Lovely had pulled the box open, too late. As I ran into her room I saw she already had the box open and was smiling, in a Lovely evil sort of way, "It's my stuff!!" was all she said. Do you know what I had to pay to get my crate of arsenal refreshed Swedish Mausers back?

Ranger J
February 12, 2006, 07:59 PM
Simple problem/simple answer. Get another/bigger safe.:D You know you're going to get more guns.

February 12, 2006, 11:03 PM
Not a problem...I saw a 64 gun safe a while back. Glad I could help. :D

February 12, 2006, 11:44 PM
Just to be an overly-serious buzzkill...

...lying to your spouse is almost never a good idea. Xmas, Valentines Day and her birthday are the only real exceptions. ;)

Or when she asks you, "Honey does this (insert article of clothing) make me look fat?"

Modern science has only discovered two effective tactics that lead to any chance of surviving that no-win scenario. Either calmy answer in the negative, if necessary lying your ass off, and you better be convincing either way. Or you can point behind her then run away when she turns to look.


February 13, 2006, 12:28 AM
I think you should take your chances and shoot for the "two week" rule.

If you get new hunting equipment, motor, power tool, gun, guitar, etc., there is a 2-week period in which it is officially "new".

If you significant other does not notice the "new" item within this two-week period, it is no longer "new" and can be referred to as "oh, that old thing...we've had that for quite a while now...".

This may be difficult to pull off with a safe, but if you get the exact same model you have now, and they are in an unobtrusive location, it may add a bit of confusion.

Warning -- this can also apply to shoes, purses, coats, etc.:D

February 13, 2006, 12:53 AM
What about a simple security device to hold the less valuable weapons?

In other words, sink an eye bolt into the concrete somewhere and loop a hefty cable through the actions of a few weapons and secure with a solid lock.
Make sure you grease em up good to withstand the elements and then cover them somehow. Not quite a safe, but a way to store weapons until a new safe can be bargained on.

February 13, 2006, 09:42 AM
I would buy a separate safe for the handguns and remodel the other safe for long guns. Depends on what your future gun buying plans are. My suspicion is that you will need another safe anyway.

OR build a little wood book case type thing and stack the long guns there with a plastic coated cable through the trigger guards and lock. Your wife may enjoy the wood making project! You can put doors on it so the guns guns will not be visible. Not as good as a safe, but not too bad really.

Peter M. Eick
February 19, 2006, 08:02 AM
Well the current status is I will start upgrading and stay with the current safe for at least another year. If I get rid of my brother's 22 then I can get either a 222 or AR clone or M1 carbine. I also have room for at least a couple of triple locks/Registered's if I can find a few I like.

February 19, 2006, 06:09 PM
Just buy another one, then you'll have an excuse to fill it also.

February 19, 2006, 06:16 PM
Do not have the $$$ to have that problem
I can only dream !!!!

February 19, 2006, 09:03 PM
I may have a solution.Trade me that sendero for my Sako, bofors steel, L461,.222.
May only be a temp. fix though.

February 19, 2006, 09:04 PM
a safe.:neener:

February 19, 2006, 09:52 PM
Just 1 safe means you are a beginner. Owner of 5.

February 19, 2006, 10:45 PM

I sell safes. The company that makes them does customs, mostly because their primary business is bank equipment, which is always custom. They will make you anything that can be fit on an over-the-road truck. Up to you to get it off on your end though. But, you can involve the engineer in the design, that way it becomes 'her' safe. If it isn't big enough for the foreseeable future, it's HER fault!

See what a rotten sneak I am :D ?


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