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Gun safes, mechanical or electronic lock?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Otto, May 7, 2009.

  1. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Getting a BF series AMSEC. Dealer thinks electronic locks are better.
    I thought it was the other way around.
  2. runrabbitrun

    runrabbitrun member

    I'm a mechanical kind of guy myself.

    Electronics can and do screw up.

    I won't purchase a car with electric windows either.
    Never know when the electronics will fail.
  3. mg.mikael

    mg.mikael Well-Known Member

    I'd say go with the good ole-mechanical lock. But I'm basing that off of common sense, their's less fragile components that could break or malfunction on mechanical versus electronic.
  4. Toml

    Toml Well-Known Member

    I went with a mechanical Sargent & Greenleaf lock on my AmSec Cascade 6030 safe. Very satisfied.
  5. runrabbitrun

    runrabbitrun member

    Don't forget about EMP and how it effects electronic components.

    I know, I know...
    never gonna happen here in the good ole USA. Right?
  6. larry_minn

    larry_minn Well-Known Member

    It depends on what YOU want.... I LOVE the electronic lock. Its simple, quick, easy, etc. I can teach ANYONE to open it (over the phone) if needed.
    I can set up a (temp) combo and switch back if I want someone to have access for short period of time.
    From what I have heard/been told. A QUALITY S&G dial lock is most robust/trouble free with minimal maintance.
    A QUALITY keypad shouldn't be a problem under normal conditions. You should change combo so only one group of keys get worn. (still thousands of possible combos)
    My next safe if I have choice will be dial. If I get deal I will take keypad/if used.
  7. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Excellent point.
  8. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    I'm a mechanical lock kind of guy. In my life, electronics have failed at the most inconvenient times. I love a computer on my desk but hate it almost anywhere else.

    Ever have a car die because the electronics or the computerized engine management system failed? It's really frustrating to have a perfectly good engine that won't run because some miniscule chip has failed. I have a new van that always has digital issues while my '62 mechanical-only Valiant keeps right on going.

    I like the combo lock; keep the keypad.
  9. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    Oops. Double tap.
  10. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Are there any safes with simplex-style locks on the market?
  11. AirplaneDoc

    AirplaneDoc Well-Known Member

    Just cover your safe with the electric lock in tin foil, and you'll be fine
  12. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    As someone who has played with electronics all his life and loves them to death... MECHANICAL.
  13. ServiceSoon

    ServiceSoon Well-Known Member

    i went with S & G mechanical.
  14. a1abdj

    a1abdj Well-Known Member

    I prefer mechanical locks.

    Did you ask the dealer from what experience he forms his opinion from? He may have a legitimate reason for suggesting you go that route. Then again, he may just be somebody who sells safes and knows nothing else about them.

    I wouldn't disregard his suggestion until you know why he's making it.
  15. ScareyH22A

    ScareyH22A Well-Known Member

    Electronic for convenience sake. If the keypad fails you can replace them on decent safes.
  16. jnyork

    jnyork Well-Known Member

    Couple of weeks ago I wanted into both my safes. I got right into the mechancal lock, the one with the electronic lock had a low battery, I had to run to town to get a battery and install it. Nuff said?
  17. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Well-Known Member

    Four turns to the left.........three turns to the right..........two turns to the left............turn slowly to the right until you get close to the number without passsing it...........hogwash!!!!!!

    Six beeps and I'm in. If the battery gets low, steal one from the smoke detector.:what:

  18. blkbrd666

    blkbrd666 Well-Known Member

    Ask any professional thief, they'll tell you, "You should get an electronic lock, it's much quicker and easier to open.".
  19. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Electronic for me. It is far easier to push a four- or five-digit code on a keypad than fiddle with a dial. There should be a mechanical backup, however. Mine has one - remove the battery pack and there is a hole in which you insert the supplied skeleton key. Keep this key separate from the safe in a good hiding place.
  20. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    I have(personally) had two electronic locks fail me.
    Never again!
    S&G mechanical..slower to access...But I can ALWAYS access!

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