Recommend a Gun Safe for Under $700


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InkEd
December 1, 2010, 03:26 AM
I need to buy a gun safe for under $700. It doesn't have to be bank vault BUT does need to be a safe not just a locker. Nothing huge need room for about 6 or 7 long guns and about 10 handguns. I would like to have a little extra room for other misc. items to be put in there. Something around 4.5-5ft tall and 2 1/2ft wide. Please help me.

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Nomad, 2nd
December 1, 2010, 04:23 AM
Academy or similar is your best bet.

IF that fails check Wallmart.com
($.99 shipping)

ArmedLiberal
December 1, 2010, 06:03 AM
Here's an excellent source of gun safe information.

#1 lesson - Bolt it down!

http://www.6mmbr.com/gunsafes.html

Pate
December 1, 2010, 12:49 PM
Costco puts the Cannon safe on sale every couple of months. It's worth waiting for such a good deal.

oneounceload
December 1, 2010, 01:20 PM
Check for a nice used one at your local locksmith who sells safes - they usually have some great deals on used ones from folks who traded up to newer/larger models - you'll get more safe for your money

supham
December 1, 2010, 01:21 PM
Costco has it there now. Good looking safe for $600 delivered.

CoRoMo
December 1, 2010, 03:30 PM
I think Sam's Club has one safe; six or seven hundred dollars. Their website has several options, but I only ever see the one in their stores.

heeler
December 1, 2010, 07:47 PM
Since most safes at that price range will almost positively be Chinese imports I recommend getting the one you can find at that price that has the thickest gauge steel body and plate steel door,or wait a tad bit longer,save more up, and buy a stronger unit.
You will find a wad of gun safe threads on this forum that go into a lot of details on this matter.
Some pretty interesting threads too that I am sure will help you.

Kingofthehill
December 1, 2010, 08:09 PM
Sadly what it buys you is a false sense of security.

Granted, proper positioning of the safe and bolting it down will often be too much for your typical thief to deal with but its still a real possibility that you can be breeched.

I personally have 2 and 1 of them is easily noticeable and is mroe of a "Decoy"

JOe

CaliCoastie
December 1, 2010, 08:43 PM
just missed the sale at dicks, a 24 gun stackon safe for 450 not counting the 50$ mail in rebate. its currently just 500 still offering 50$ rebate. i know its a little bigger that what you are looking for but... price is right.

oneounceload
December 1, 2010, 09:52 PM
Of course, there is a difference between a real safe and a "residential security container" - which is what most folks call a "safe"........ask your insurance agent

InkEd
December 2, 2010, 01:00 AM
False sense of security? Not really. I know it's not the most secure thing BUT it beats the leaving them out in the open! I do t have an Academy nearby but I will checkout Dicks and Costco tomorrow. Thanks guys.

roc1
December 2, 2010, 12:34 PM
Anything to slow a thief down that is what you are after. I have a Cannon my wife just bought for my birthday last week and it is bolted down. I also have a security system that is monitored and it does work,it has been set off. I also purchased extra firearm insurance from NRA in addition to homeowners which will not pay you the full amount just like tools or jewelry.I lock my electrical box and my gates. You just want them to go to an easier target that is it in a nutshell. you also get the benefit of keeping kids out and a little extra fire protection.
roc1

OldLincoln
December 3, 2010, 01:12 AM
Here's a pic of that Costco $600 safe:
http://content.costco.com/Images/Content/Product/476961.jpg

KP Texan
December 3, 2010, 02:15 PM
Lets face it: we can't all swing $2000+ for a safe and some of us need to set budgets. In my case, my gun collection is not overly valuable and I live in a relatively low crime area where I need something to stop a smash and grab thief. I set my safe budget (or, if you prefer RSC) at about $700 and went looking at all of the safes that I could.

I'm not sure where you are or if there is a Tractor Supply nearby but I ended up purchasing this one: http://www.tractorsupply.com/tools/safes/winchester-reg-gun-safe-1043297
To make the deal even sweeter, they were giving away a $200 TSC gift card when I bought it. Nevertheless, $700 is still a good deal for this safe. TSC sells the Cannon and I was able to compare them right next to each other: the Winchester was noticeably better to me. The lock on the Winchester is a name brand UL rated model (Lagard) which has a sturdy feeling metal keypad as compared to the Cannon's cheap feeling plastic Securam lock. The exterior hinge was much nicer than the Cannon's internal hinge, and the Winchester had larger and more locking lucks which go all the way around the door. The hardware, exterior finish, and and interior also seemed a bit nicer on the Winchester (I prefer Chrome over Gold). The only thing I liked better on the Cannon was that they have an internal outlet for a plug in dehumidifier. This was a non-issue for me since I have been using this and have been quite happy: http://www.amazon.com/Eva-dry-Renewable-EDV-300-Wireless-Dehumidifer/dp/B000H0XFCS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1291400067&sr=8-2 . Before buying the Winchester, I looked at the Liberty safe at Sam's, all of the safes at Academy, and some more safes at Bass Pro Shop's in San Antonio. The Winchester was the clear winner in my eyes (for the money). To top it off, I'm a bit picky and didn't like the finish on a few of the handles that came with the safe. I called up Granite Security (the maker of the safe) and told them about it. With no questions asked, their answer was: "No problem sir, we'll get those new handles sent right out to you". They arrived to my door within 3-days so I was also quite happy with their customer service. I know it sounds like I work for TSC or Granite but, I assure you, I'm just a happy customer.

-Wes

InkEd
December 3, 2010, 02:26 PM
I'll have to check it out. It maybe too wide for the space available.

MAKster
December 4, 2010, 11:37 AM
A good $600 gun safe is the Winchester brand safe built by Granite Security. They sell it at Sam's Club. Granite also sells safes under a few different brand names. Their safes aren't great but they are better than the Stack-on/Sentry models.

InkEd
December 4, 2010, 11:40 AM
Good to know. Who makes the Redhead safes for Bass Pro?

DFW1911
December 4, 2010, 12:16 PM
One or two of these will work just great!

hso
December 4, 2010, 12:18 PM
I second the used safe from locksmith suggestion.

a1abdj
December 4, 2010, 05:56 PM
Good to know. Who makes the Redhead safes for Bass Pro?


Some are Granite, some are ProSteel (Browning).

Not all of the Granites are equal. Most are imported now. The quality seems to have been going down lately.

WestKentucky
July 30, 2014, 12:22 AM
I have that cannon shown above from costco but mine came from TSC. I had a e-lock failure at Christmas and called them. They tried for an hour to get my safe open over the phone and finally just asked for my address and sent me parts for free. They said that since my safe was 8 years old and out of warranty my only cost was to pay somebody to drill it. I ended up getting it open without drilling after smacking it and tugging wires until I got a good connection again.

It sucked that I had that failure but I absolutely recommend cannon because of my issue. They stood behind their product with it out of warranty and really took care of me. From my locksmith connections I hear that the parts they shipped were well over a hundred bucks. My safe has been dropped during a move, laid on its side, back, etc, and has failed me only once. If my safe were destroyed tomorrow I would have zero reservations about buying another cannon product to replace it. I would consider no others.

CB900F
July 30, 2014, 09:17 AM
Fella's;

Reference post #15, concerning the lock. LaGard is an American product, although I'm retired now & things have been known to change. The other brand is almost certainly an off-shore product. When I was active in safe sales & locksmithing our history with LaGard electronic products was very good, much better than the S&G 6120 series. I have been given to understand that S&G has now released a much better electronic lock than the unlamented 6120. When it comes to manual dial locks, either LaGard or S&G makes a quality dependable unit. That cannot be said of some of the junk coming out of China.

Do be aware that Chinese locks will frequently have logos on them that at first glance appear to be either LG or S&G. The innards of the fake-logo locks are second-rate at best & frequently third-rate.

900F

FAS1
July 30, 2014, 10:53 AM
Did anyone else happen to catch the part on the video where the 80 year old man shot the woman burglar in CA said this?

"I have a huge gun safe and he tore the front part off and reached in with his hand and grab the money"

In the video starting at about the 50 second mark, he motions with his hand as he describes this as if the intruder tore it open with his hands! He said he watched as he tore the safe open and was able to retrieve his gun when the intruder went to the garage to find some tools to get the safe open more.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/tom-green-shoots-pregnant-burglar_n_5619154.html

If you are going to buy a safe, just be sure that the one you buy will perform as you expect. This particular one didn't seem to slow them down much.

dprice3844444
July 30, 2014, 12:35 PM
check local craigslist for used safes

Walkalong
August 2, 2014, 04:20 PM
As posted, you might be able to find a good used safe and get a better product, and possibly a great deal better, unit for the money.

That said, any safe is better than no safe. Put it out of sight if you can, bolt it down, and leave semi valuables out for the crack head to steal quickly and leave with.

ThorOdinson
August 21, 2014, 05:21 AM
Sometimes you have to be careful about how the safe is constructed. Many are just folded 12gauge steel. You want something heavy (thick). Go for 3/16 to 1/4". Look at what holds the door closed. Some have pins (big) on the hinge side. That is OK. The pins moved by the handle after the combo is entered should be top, bottom, and long side opposite hinges. Even if hinges are external the door will be held in opening by the other pins (held closed). Inside walls (2 ply) should be a chemical that expands when heated by fire and is good to a certain temp. Look at a Browning real close as an example of something with the features you want and then go cheaper. If it is going in a basement you will need help. If in a garage remember the garage door can be easily defeated and your safe and contents loaded in a pickup in the drive very quickly. Bolt it to concrete even though its a pain. If up against a wooden studwall drill holes and use hardened coarse thread screws (black drywall screws). Might have to use a drill to predrill screws into studs (use 3" screws). Try to have the safe behind another locked door. Advise from a LEO (law enforcement officer). Don't forget those batteries!

CB900F
August 21, 2014, 10:38 AM
InkEd;

You should always be careful about the construction of the unit you are buying. However, at your stated price point, you are almost certainly going to be buying an RSC, (Residential Security Container) rather than a true safe. There is no law in the U.S. that I'm aware of that regulates what may or may not be sold as a "safe". In other words I could tape six business cards together & put a bent pin across the corner of the "door" & sell it to you as a safe. The sad fact of the matter is that there is not a whole lot of protective difference among RSC's in your price range. Find one that has the features you need at the best price & buy it. Do check things like the thickness of the sheet metal in the construction, the size of the gap between the door and body (smaller is better), and who really made the lock. IMHO, things to avoid are internal hinges and cheap electronic locks.

As has been said, anything is better than nothing, do get something. And I'll second the suggestion to go to some locksmith's establishments around your area & see if you can't get a used true safe. Yeah, you probably will have to pay for delivery & installation, but the upgrade in security makes it money very well spent. True safes, U.L. rated as a safe, are heavier, sometimes a lot heavier, than an RSC. It's the difference between sheet metal & gypsum wallboard (insulation) versus plate steel and concrete.

900F

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