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Gun safes, mechanical or electronic lock?

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

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  1. Otto

    Otto Member

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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    Excellent point.
     
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    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.
     
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    Oops. Double tap.
     
  10. bigfatdave

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

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    Just cover your safe with the electric lock in tin foil, and you'll be fine
     
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    As someone who has played with electronics all his life and loves them to death... MECHANICAL.
     
  13. ServiceSoon

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    i went with S & G mechanical.
     
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    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

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

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    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

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    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:


    Dave
     
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    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

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    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

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

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    I have both. Keypad on the small pistol safe and mechanical on the long gun safe. :neener:
     
  22. bhp9mm

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    i say go with mechanical
     
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    I'd say mechanical. Less likely to fail, probably cheaper, and EMP proof. Only downside is that they take a bit longer to open. Although a keypad is very convenient.
     
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    I have the exact same set up and love it. You can change the combo anytime if needed, I have a mechanical one on my personal home safe and after 10 years I still can't remember the factory set combo. Lets face it, it's harder to see those numers on the mechanical ones as you get older :neener:. Also,an electronic one you'll be able to open a lot faster if need be.
     
  25. Kwanger

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    I'd say mechanical for main storage, electronic for quick access.
     
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