How many guns need a safe?


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Blackbeard
July 21, 2007, 12:47 PM
I'm contemplating buying a second firearm soon, and it got me to wondering -- how many guns can I get before I really need a safe? So, THRers, how many did you have before you bought your first safe/RSC?

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Torghn
July 21, 2007, 12:52 PM
I lock up all my guns, was a condition my wife imposed. Not really a bad thing IMHO.

Chicken-Farmer
July 21, 2007, 01:02 PM
You appear to have an interest in firearms and with the very good possibility of purchasing more firearms in the future a safe would not be a bad investment. Just remember to buy the largest safe that you can afford. If you have small children or room mates you have to securely store your firearms. A gun safe can be a substantial investment if you require a fire resistant interior. Otherwise one of the stack-on, security locker, type safe will do .

Jeff

AlaskaErik
July 21, 2007, 01:06 PM
All of them. Besides children and guests, you need to consider the possibility of being burglarized.

Car Knocker
July 21, 2007, 01:16 PM
how many guns can I get before I really need a safe?
I guess it all depends on how you feel about one of your guns being stolen and used to injure or kill someone. That was the driving force in my getting a safe - the value of the guns was covered by insurance.

mnrivrat
July 21, 2007, 01:21 PM
I think you will find a lot of things that will fit in that safe besides firearms. Peace of mind in some respects for other valuable objects as well as your guns.
As soon as possible is my answer to when you can use a safe ! :D

koja48
July 21, 2007, 01:45 PM
All of them in my house.

Bruce333
July 21, 2007, 01:47 PM
how many did you have before you bought your first safe/RSC?One, and that RSC is now full. Time to buy another one...

fordfan485
July 21, 2007, 01:49 PM
how many did you have before you bought your first safe/RSC?
10.5

Bazooka Joe71
July 21, 2007, 02:02 PM
How many guns need a safe?


1

Blackbeard
July 21, 2007, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the replies, everyone. Here's what I think I'm going to do. I'm planning on about 6-7 guns for the initial phase, to cover all bases. I figure I need:

1 high-cap pistol (done)
1 black rifle (next)
1 revolver
1 bolt-action rifle
1 shotgun
1 concealable handgun (in case Illinois comes to its senses)
and perhaps an antique of some kind (Mauser, Garand, etc.)

Since the high-capacity pistol and black rifle are in danger of being outlawed here, they're tops on the list. After that, the next purchase will be a safe/RSC. Then I can fill it at my leisure, assuming they don't ban everything else on my list in the meantime.

Deanimator
July 21, 2007, 02:16 PM
How many do you NOT want easily stolen?

Valkman
July 21, 2007, 02:29 PM
I held off until I bought my first house, and it also coincided with buying my first more expensive piece, a Colt HBAR. It was like I never realized I needed a safe until then (this is before Al Gore's Internet :)) and I bought a 600lb Liberty and bolted it to the floor. I sold that and bought a much bigger/heavier National Security when I moved to Vegas.

Living in apartments in the 80's without a safe cost me a couple of guns when the convicted murderer next door found he could go into the attic and drop down into any apartment. I lost my finest gun at the time, a S&W N-frame .357, and a Jennings .380 that was horrible. I don't have all my guns in the safe these days, but owning a safe is the smart thing to do. Try to get one big enough for the future, which is very tough! :)

meef
July 21, 2007, 03:14 PM
I don't have all my guns in the safe these days, but owning a safe is the smart thing to do. Try to get one big enough for the future, which is very tough!No kidding.

Try two safes not being enough.

My freakin' firearms seem to have tribble blood in them.

Ready2Defend
July 21, 2007, 04:04 PM
I started off with a locker style safe. I have children at home so it seems to be a minimun to have the guns locked up. I have a gunvault for the self defense pistol. After my collection grew I bought a liberty fire proof safe. I use the old locker style safe to store ammo in.

koja48
July 21, 2007, 04:22 PM
Have 2, about time for a third, & I never buy one so heavy or awkward that I need to hire someone with a powered dolly to move it 900 - 1,000 # is just about right, then securely anchor that rascal.

Alphazulu6
July 21, 2007, 04:26 PM
I looked very seriously at buying a nice gun safe but I move so much and that is exactly why I do not own a piano either. :(

Snowdiver
July 21, 2007, 04:47 PM
As soon as I realized I was serious about keeping weapons I got a safe.

BBQJOE
July 21, 2007, 05:03 PM
I got mine for a guitar, before I started stocking guns.

Evil_Ed
July 21, 2007, 05:08 PM
Buy one now, it's worth it for the peace of mind. Our house was broken into twice about 13 years ago and we had some firearms stolen along with other valuables. It's nice to have a securely locked place to keep the dangerous stuff away from my kids as well as burglers. Nothing is 100% effective but you can make it annoying enough for the scumbags that they won't spend the time to overcome your precautions.

Blackbeard
July 21, 2007, 05:14 PM
I started off with a locker style safe. I have children at home so it seems to be a minimun to have the guns locked up. I have a gunvault for the self defense pistol. After my collection grew I bought a liberty fire proof safe. I use the old locker style safe to store ammo in.


Hmmm...gunvault. Didn't know they made mini-safes like that. I've been fretting over what to do with my SD pistol. I've got it locked with the cable lock that came with it (through the open action), but of course that doesn't prevent theft. Might have to order one of those.

jkingrph
July 21, 2007, 05:43 PM
So, THRers, how many did you have before you bought your first safe/RSC? Too many, I bought a very large safe and my collectin/accumulation swiftly outgrew it. The high dollar and more unique models and ones I would absolutely hate to lose go in it. With a couple of exceptions I remove the bolts on the ones that stay out and lock the bolts inside. They would have trouble finding bolts for these models. A long Swiss Vetterli stays out. I do not think a thief would find ammo for it.

CB900F
July 21, 2007, 08:39 PM
Fella's;

A question for westernamerican. Why do you say: "Put 'em all in a safe and the Bad Guys will absolutely LOVE you!"?

Inquiring minds wish to know.

900F

Ratfood
July 21, 2007, 09:16 PM
"A question for westernamerican. Why do you say: "Put 'em all in a safe and the Bad Guys will absolutely LOVE you!"?"

How you gonna shoot an intruder from inside your safe?


In other words: I know you have some big safes but it still gets pretty cramped inside of them when your looking out~

SoCalShooter
July 21, 2007, 09:26 PM
I lock up all my guns. I do not want to loose them or have them fall into the wrong hands.

ScotZ
July 21, 2007, 09:36 PM
I keep them all locked up in a safe except for a Winchester defender. I keep that where I can get to it quickly.

Samuraigg
July 21, 2007, 09:43 PM
All of my guns are in my safe.

knockonit
July 21, 2007, 10:07 PM
I'm up to three safes, and still going, I struggle with keeping my collection of milsurps in one, I like to look at them, so I picked up a couple gun cabinets and store them there to make more room in the guns safes for newer and more purchases.
I did alarm the cabinets, here in arizona, and where i live we had some trouble a couple years ago, but since the neighbors and I walk around with handguns hanging on us, it seems they went away.
I still worry, so the majority are locked away, of course the two dogs i have will probably scare a regular criminal, but a professional will always get it.
good luck with which ever direction you choose to go.
rj

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