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Handgun only safe suggestions needed

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by MoreIsLess, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. MoreIsLess

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    An adult family member that is currently on probation for a felony drug possession charge is living with me and my wife. I have been informed that as long as he lives with us, I need to keep my guns locked up in a vault or metal lock box. I have about 6 or 7 hand guns, the largest being a Government Model 1911. I am thinking of buying a safe for the guns but I don't think I need a 6 ft tall safe that will hold 3 or 4 rifles as wells as 3 or 4 shelves for handguns (I don't own any rifles). I think that would be overkill (no pun intended). I guess I could buy 6 or 7 of the nightstand gun safes that only hold 1 pistol (I already have 1 that I keep on the nightstand) and keep them in my closet. This would be a little unwieldy but would keep us in compliance. I would prefer to find something between the 2 extremes that would hold 6 or 7 handguns (and maybe some ammo). I don't want to spend more that $600 -- $700 if possible.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. unclenunzie

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    You may at some point decide to buy long guns, and at that time a prior investment in a reasonable safe suitable for them and handguns will do you right.

    My advice would be to go for it now since you have the immediate need, and avoid the temptation to do something expedient that in the long run will waste your hard earned money.

    Whatever you get, bolt it down in a corner, and arrange the door so a pry bar offers no leverage.
     
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  3. Trunk Monkey

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    Make them leave before before their rolling S*** Show affects your life.
     
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  4. GBExpat

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    A very wise approach ... but ... when dealing with family that is often not an option.
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    MoreIsLess, I think that the response by unclenunzie is on the right track.

    Get something in your price range that can also hand a few longguns (and, perhaps, some other items like legal/financial docs).

    The brandname StackOn comes to mind for relatively inexpensive gunsafes. I am not familiar with them but I seem to recall that they do not cost as much as a regular RSC (residential security container) gunsafe and also come unassembled so that they are easier to move into place.

    I am sure that there are other possibilities. A search here and/or on Google will help with that.

    Hopefully, one or more folks familiar with such products (my primary firearms storage needs are provided with larger Ft.Knox brand RSC gunsafes) will response soon.

    Best of luck with your family situation! :)
     
  5. MoreIsLess

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    thanks for your kind thoughts. Just trying to keep him from going to jail. Btw, I already have a Stack-On safe for my nightstand but it only holds one gun.
     
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    Check out Barska.
     
  8. Trunk Monkey

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    I'm not trying to be an ass, I've been down this road. Being involved with people who use and sell drugs is a wonderful way to get your home burglarized. It invites the police into your life and dumps all kinds of hassles on you that could have been avoided.

    Family or not the answer is "No".

    OP: let us know how this worked out for you in 6 months.
     
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  9. John Joseph

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    You can get small used office safes off of Craig's list, often from well known manufacturers like Nosler, etc.. and well within your budget.
    If you have a gun safe dealer in your town see what kind of trade-ins they have. Many people outgrow a gun safe and opt to trade in for a larger model.
    If you don't need a large safe, a trade in can offer a good value.
     
  10. Meeks36

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    Some times the best thing you can do is tough love. And let them figure it out. Alot of halfway houses take folks in. Give them a safe place to stay and save money for a place. Failing that get a big stack on security box. Store handguns and ammo. I've seen them for $60 on CL. Or get a decent fire resistant safe for a couple bills.
     
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