Walk-in gun vault designs / plans?


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iamkris
March 6, 2010, 11:06 AM
Well, I've searched the forum pretty extensively and have either used the wrong search terms or have overlooked the specific thread.

My google fu also reveals only a few hits that are relevant. Here's the deal.

My collection is around 105 guns (haven't done a count recently). None are "collector grade" e.g., $5000+ guns, however, a very high percentage are $1000-2000 guns or historical firearms. Today, I have a couple of small safes that the higher value firearms sit in and the lower value ones are on wall racks. These all exist in a locked basement room with dehumidifiers.

I want a secure, fireproof solution. I've looked into the really large (e.g., 60-75 capacity) gun safes. The biggest issues are

1) that the guns are really packed in there and tend to get "dinged" when I get them out

2) these safes are HEAVY and difficult to move...especially since I need to have them in the basement. Lots of twists and turns to get them there.

So, I'm seriously considering a walk in vault. A few companies will custom build them (such as http://www.rhinovault.com/index.html ). I'm also looking into having a mason build one using rebar reinforced, concrete filled cinder block. Climate controlled and lighted. Fireproof vault door. I'm thinking a room roughly 6x8 or 8x10 would work well.

Now the question -- where to find plans?

Does anyone know someone that is qualified to design rooms like this? Are there plans available that can be purchased?

Info is appreciated.

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a1abdj
March 6, 2010, 11:16 AM
See if there is a local safe & vault company that installs vault doors. If there is not one locally, your local bank should be able to refer you to whoever services theirs.

Building a vault in an existing structure can be a bit more difficult than building it during the construction process.

jmtgsx
March 6, 2010, 11:53 AM
Might also look into safe rooms; i.e. tornado reinforced shelter intallation companies. That still wont help you with the vault door, but the may know a guy.;)

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