Confused about safes


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azmtnbikerxdm
February 24, 2009, 09:22 AM
Hey there. This is my first thread and thought I would say Hello first.
Now, after reading much of what is on this site and some others I think I am even more confused about which safe to get. I understand now the difference between a RSC vs safe. I would like a safe but I still need to stay within my budget which is $2000-2500. I have looked at Graffunder and they seem great but have no idea how much one would cost. The Rhino ones look decent also.
What I need/would like:
At least 20 cubic feet inside-my collection is growing weekly.
Rated B or better.
Delivery and placement is a must.
No electronic locks. I don't trust them.

Any suggestions?

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MAKster
February 25, 2009, 10:41 AM
There are a few posters who are safe dealers so maybe they'll chime in, but I believe the Graffunder safes are in the $4000 range. These have plate steel bodies and are seriously heavy. While they are top of the line, I think from a price/benefit analysis they are probably more security than what most people need. However if you've got $30,000 worth of irreplaceable guns it might be the way to go. The Am Sec BF series seems to be a good compromise and are in your price range.

Cohibra45
February 25, 2009, 10:58 AM
I've had my Liberty Safe for around 10 years now and would recommend one to any and everyone!!! I found mine at the dealer. It had a very small blemish in the paint and he knocked off a couple hundred. If you have a dealer nearby, then go look at these. I would also look at Cannon, Fort Knox, and others. Remember that most safe manufactures make safes for others to put their name on. Try to find the actual manufacturer.

http://www.libertysafe.com/

http://www.ftknox.com/

http://www.cannonsafe.com/

http://www.sentrysafe.com/

http://www.homelandsafes.com/

http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/catalog.asp?catalog_=F

Good luck and the only piece of advice I can offer is don't skimp. Your gun collection and other things you value (jewelry, documents, pictures, passports, etc) are going to need the best. What are those things worth to you if you suddenly lost all???

FreuderLocks
February 25, 2009, 11:04 AM
So heres a good place to start asking questions I guess. What kind of safety criteria and ratings should one look for in general when looking for a safe? I only have 4 long guns and a handgun but I have already realized that my single wide RSC is quickly running out of space. Im going to keep the RSC to keep ammo in but I feel like I need something a bit heavier for my guns.
I dont expect my collection to grow by more than 4-5 guns in the next 4-5 years. Any suggestions on what I should be looking for?
I live in the City.
Im 25.
I lease/rent houses and not apartments.
Moving a safe once a year is not a problem for me.
I will be keeping other valuables in the safe.

Thanks for the time all.
-FL

azmtnbikerxdm
February 25, 2009, 01:10 PM
Thanks MAKster. I did not know they were that expensive. It is just not the guns that I want to keep safe. I have a collection of cameras that need protection too. I did find out my insurance company will give me a little discount if I get a decent safe.
I guess I can keep saving if I really want the best. I am sure my gun collection will grow.

cuervo
February 25, 2009, 08:58 PM
I did find out my insurance company will give me a little discount if I get a decent safe.

Find out what their requirements are before making a purchase. There's no point in buying an RSC if they turn around and say they require a UL-rated safe or have a minimum steel-thickness requirement. Also verify if they have a fire-rating requirement or if they are only discounting against theft.

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