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flying gun safes in Tornados???

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Ari, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Ari

    Ari Well-Known Member

    I've been researching buying a gun safe for the past few weeks. Getting a bit off track I started thinking about the folks in the mid-west in Tornado country, and wondered if there has ever been cases of their entire gun safe being uprooted and being relocated on someone else's property.

    Kind of stupid thought and alot of aimless thinking on my part. But with the vast knowledge and experiences on this board I'm sure someone has a story of what the tornado has ripped out and flung in the air. I can only imagine what has been lost and found during the aftermath of some of these tornado's. Alot of property musical chairs.
  2. Greg L

    Greg L Well-Known Member


    If it landed in your backyard could you claim "finders keepers"? If it did move I doubt that it would go very far (especially if bolted down to the floor).

  3. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

    Don't know bout safes but...
    Friend of mine found his cast bathtub in a tree after a blow.
    With an intact kid still in it.

  4. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    If a tornado can pick up an entire car and move it (as it did in Maryland last year, killing two women), then a gunsafe would be no problem.
  5. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet Well-Known Member

    I sometimes wonder about the concrete tiles on my roof. They're not even nailed down, they just use 1x2 strips of pine to align and retain them (the tiles have a little ridge on the bottom to catch on the strips). We don't get tornadoes here, but if we did there could be a blizzard of concrete tiles flying around; most of the houses in my neighborhood have them also.
  6. cslinger

    cslinger Well-Known Member

    For that matter if the tornado has enough juice to level your house to get to your bolted down safe, chances are your safe going flying is going to be pretty low on your list of priorities at the time.

    Tornados scare the bejezzzuuuss out of me.

  7. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    Gun safe, mobile home, it don't matter; a tornado will toss it anywhere it wants to. Got hit several years ago, neighbors never did find their barn doors.
    Wonder if a quality safe would stay closed after being tumbled and tossed?
    The contents would take a beating for sure.
    We're making plans for a new house. In the basement I want a room made entirely from reinforced concrete block with a concrete ceiling. Add a steel door and call it a walk-in gun safe, reloading room and tornado shelter.
  8. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    I'm willing to bet a safe's door will remain closed. However, the body will probably be dinged up and the contents damaged.
  9. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    Good reason to keep that gun safe in the basement.
  10. Unisaw

    Unisaw Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't that be the ultimate irony if it came down on <name your favority anti-gun personality>?
  11. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    "Wouldn't that be the ultimate irony if it came down on <name your favority anti-gun personality>?"

    Ding Dong the witch is dead, the anti-gun Second Amendment hating witch is dead!
  12. dinosaur

    dinosaur Well-Known Member

    And the headline would read "Guns Attack Tornado Ravaged Neighborhood".:banghead:
  13. dave5339

    dave5339 Well-Known Member

    It would take a good F5 to pick up my safe, 1200#s w/o the contents and bolted to the slab. When fully loaded it weighs a bit more.

    If an F5 comes and visits, the safe will be the least of my worries.

    Semper Fi
  14. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    I ain't just exactly sure your average (non-F5) 'nader would pick up a safe. Just cause it weighs a bit less than the car that gets tossed around, doesn't mean it'd get tossed the same way. Reason being, the save has much less surface area for the breeze :p to act on. Freaky as 'nader behaviour and effects are, I wouldn't bet much on it either way. For F5's, all bets are off. F5's pull pavement off the ground!:what:
  15. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    I was in Florence Alabama when I saw my first and only (thank goodness) tornado.

    I don't think it would have had much problem with a gunsafe. :) It put a Ford Taurus through the roof of a local supermarket.
  16. RocketMan

    RocketMan Well-Known Member

    I used to chase severe weather, still plan to as opportunities arise.
    Picked up my interest in storm chasing when I led a SKYWARN group in Colorado.
    Tornados will do to gunsafes pretty much what they want. If the safe is bolted to the floor, they might not go anywhere. Then again, they might.
    With an F5 tornado, all bets are off.
  17. pax

    pax Well-Known Member

    Sam, was your friend's last name "Pudgins"?


    It was so windy it scattered the days of the week. We didn't find Tuesday till late Sunday evening! -- Val Cheatham
  18. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    My daughter and son-in-law did just that in their new house. They haven't moved in yet. I told her they have a $5000 safe to put $300 worth of guns in. :D
  19. Quartus

    Quartus Well-Known Member

    Tornadoes bend heavy steel I-beams like pretzels.

    A safe ain' no big thang...
  20. OkieGentleman

    OkieGentleman Well-Known Member

    From personal experience, I can tell you that tornados and guns do not mix well. Mine were completely gone, but I had no worry about someone using them. My neighbor got back about 1/4 of his guns still in the cases, but the barrels were so bent as to shoot around corners. Funny thing some of the scopes were OK. I found one of his Colt revolvers after it had been laying in the mud for a week. Needless to say none of his guns were usable.

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