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Older Pro-Steel rsc opinions needed

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by RBANNON, Jul 22, 2009.

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  1. RBANNON

    RBANNON Member

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    I apologize in advance about another rsc question. A co-worker has stumbled upon an older (1970's?) pre-Browning Pro-Steel rsc. It has a 1/4" plate body and a true 3/8" plate door. Sounds like a great rsc, except the 3/8" plate door edge is completely exposed! There was no attempt to recess the outer door plate. The door frame and lock-work are recessed like most rsc's, but the entire 3/8" plate perimeter is completely exposed to a prying type attack. I have seen the video where a couple of people with pinch bars peel a rsc door in short order. Granted, the door in the video probably isn't 3/8" plate, but i believe it was recessed. In addition, this rsc is not fire-lined. IIRC, I think the lock-work on this vintage of Pro-Steel line had some vulnerabilities that were addressed in later models The tough part for me is placing a value on this older rsc. That old heavy metal is tempting, but can one get better security with the more modern rsc features? In terms of real life security/cost which would make the most sense?

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    Most gun safe attacks are simple brute force beatings. Steel is king when it comes to these types of attacks, and there aren't many modern day gun safes using thick steel.

    The gypsum lining in modern day gun safe also rarely lives up to the fire claims made by the manufacturers, so I wouldn't put a lot of weight on the fire rated/not fire rated issue. You could even line the interior of the safe yourself if you were so inclined.

    What type of money are they looking to get out of it?
     
  3. RBANNON

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    They are asking $675. It will probably cost me an additional $300 to get the rsc moved by a professional.
     
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    For the money I cant see how you could lose.
    Fwiw 3/8 of an inch steel does not bend so easily.
    True enough more steel is king.
    Those guys in that infamous video are working on a very low end rsc which has zero steel in the door and frame except of course the thin twelve gauge wrap that is surrounding a piece or maybe two of sheetrock.
    No way could they pry into that Browning in that time span with those particular tools.
     
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    For under less than $1,000 installed, it's probably not a bad deal. I would also have a local safe tech service the safe to make sure there are no problems with the lock.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the advice!
     
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