Gunsafe+guns+fire=???

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by D.B. Cooper, Jul 19, 2021.

  1. D.B. Cooper

    D.B. Cooper Member

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    Because, you know, the purge.
     
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  2. jdh

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    Here is what I found when I got mine open:

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    Labor Day will be the 10 year anniversary of that life changing event.
     
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  3. D.B. Cooper

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    WOW
     
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    I wound not count on ANY gun safe you can commercially buy as being a safe place for firearms in the event of a major fire. If I lived in an area where wild fires were burning and could force me to evacuate, I'd have everything I wanted to keep and protect loaded in my escape vehicle and ready to roll.
     
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    As a result of this discussion, that is pretty much where I'm at as well. We're actually in the process of reordering the storage of things in our home (not just, and perhaps least of all, firearms) around the premise of what can be grabbed in 30 mins, 10 mins, 5 mins, and run.

    The probability of break-in and theft remains much higher than that of wildfire (or even house fire), so the guns remain in the safe, but I'm moving the most cherished family heirlooms (plus one SD gun) to the very front of the safe (as opposed to buried in the back because I never shoot them). Grab 2-3 items and run; leave the rest behind. I think the ammo will be a total loss. (Which, if you think about it, with the complete ammo shortage we have, there will be no need for the guns once the ammo is lost; it will be truly impossible to replace the ammo.)
     
  6. WilsonCQB1911

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    Seriously making me nervous about this kind of stuff now. How did it start? Was it a wildfire or something else? I worry about an electrical fire with our old home.
     
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    Six month drought, 20% humidity, 50 mph winds, and a tree fell on a power line. 34,000 acres burned 2000ish structures and only 2 lives lost. The house collapsed on my safe turning it into a dutch oven that cooked for two weeks.
     
  8. Hikingman

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    I thought affordable safes were to keep kids or thieves away from your goodies?

    Fire, you ask? You could possibly spend thousands on the best from Liberty or other top companies. Then, store it away from wood, paper or other combustables as part of the plan, eh?
     
  9. WilsonCQB1911

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    Nothing you can do to prepare for or prevent that. Just bad luck. I'd take it pretty hard if I lost all my guns but I guess I'd take that over losing a family member. Still can't have been easy.
     
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  10. Big Wes

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    A friend of mine had a house fire and a huge gun collection he inherited from his father. The damage came from the fire truck when they sprayed the fire out with their pump truck. The chemical they use ruined lots of weapons.He had 4 Winchester safes. He took a photo of them and sent them to Winchester Safe, they in turn sent him 4 new safes at no cost to him.

    Personally I & my son own Liberty Safes. Hope they hold up like the ones in the video's that were posted if we ever have the misfortune of fire.
     
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  11. FAS1

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    If fire is your main concern for your gun safe, an ETL (Intertek) fire rating would be your best bet. Don't rely on what the safe manufacturers tell you about their own test that they designed and performed.

    There are no UL fire rated gun safes, but Intertek uses UL testing procedures. The type of material used for fire protection along with the steel thickness and construction design/quality of the safe makes a huge difference on how long it takes to heat up.

    Be sure and get your wallet out if you are serious. ;)

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