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Keypad Safe Backup Keys

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by weissensteinburg, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. I'm looking at purchasing a stack-on gunsafe with an electronic keypad. My only concern is the backup key. Watching this video at 1:55


    It appears that the backup key is just a generic key and not necessarily one that is unique to the safe. Can anybody confirm/deny this?
  2. a1abdj

    a1abdj Well-Known Member

    Extra keys should be the least of your worries. Keep looking around on Youtube, and you're likely to find a video of them opening one of those safes with a coat hanger through the key hole.
  3. I recognize that it's not going to stop somebody who really wants what I've got, but what I've got also doesn't justify spending a thousand plus dollars on a safe. I need something better than chaining them to my bed that can fit inside my apartment closet. If a smash and grab robber doesn't have time to get them, I'm happy.
  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Frank - I found it. I never liked digital/electronic locks but now I dislike them even more.

  5. Mechanical dial it is!
  6. a1abdj

    a1abdj Well-Known Member

    Much better choice. :D
  7. jaguarxk120

    jaguarxk120 Well-Known Member

    Not the better choice but it is the BEST choice.
  8. 2nd 41

    2nd 41 Well-Known Member

    QUOTE>>>Frank - I found it. I never liked digital/electronic locks but now I dislike them even more.


    Is this for real. Is the safe a POS or a quality one...or doesn't it matter.
  9. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    There are quality electronic locks. Those don't have keyed overrides. They're still not as reliable as a good S&G dial lock. Put it this way, the quality RSC makers don't offer much of a warranty on the digital locks but will offer a lifetime warranty on the S&G.
  10. a1abdj

    a1abdj Well-Known Member

    The main difference in lock quality is if the lock carries a UL rating. If the lock is UL then there will be no key back up, and thus the coat hanger trick won't work.

    Some safes aren't using UL rated locks, because it's cheaper. All of the same known name mechanical lock manufacturers make electronic locks, and there are a few up and comers (some with pretty good track records) who are just in the electronic lock business.

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