Stack-On Rifle Cabinet Owners ?

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  1. chiltech500

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    They are great for keeping your family and kids out of your gun collection. Criminals wouldn't be stopped from prying it open as long as they carried tools in with them.

    They are light weight compared to a safe though, so bolt that cabinet to the wall so no one will tip it over.
     
  3. ColtPythonElite

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    Better than glass front gun cabinet. Not as good as a RSC. IMO, that cabinet is too small if you have more than about four long guns, unless you don't mind banging them up.
     
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    I have 2 of these. The reason being as they do not hold anywhere close to the 10 guns they say they do. I get about 6 or so in each. Less if all of them have scopes mounted. I like them for what they are. Keeping my kids away from them and out of sight. A thief will get them if wanted but then with a real safe they can too but it might take an extra few minutes. Mine have a few other layers of security they have to get through first to even get to the cabinets so that works for me. I bought both of mine on sale. One for $69 and then the other for $89. The price was good for me.
     
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    What chicharrones said.

    I was actually surprised by how nicely the lock works and the relative strength of the cabinet. It is comparable in construction to the steel in a decent (but not premium) mechanics tool box, but it is certainly not as secure as a safe. I like mine and use it to lock up all my ammunition. They are often on sale at local farm supply stores such as Rural King and Tractor Supply for about $100.
     
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    like chicharrones said, they are not a heavy duty safe, more for family and children. I've had mine for 8 years, and have had to "adjust" the safe for my liking. You don't have enough room for 10 guns at all unless you get a bit creative. I used a metal rack on the top to add 2 more handguns inside.

    You should be able to get it up and down stairs on your back if you're in decent shape.
     
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    I used to have that cabinet. It was prone to tipping over until I bolted it down. Might hold ten Marlin 60s but anything bigger and that drops to 4-6. If you just need a place to put your guns, it will do that. If you just want to keep honest people from playing with your stuff, it will do that. If you want to keep your rifles from actually being stolen, not so much. Any 14 year old with a screwdriver could pop one of those open. I could probably open it with a couple of good kicks to deform the door enough to wedge my hands in and just yank it open from there.
     
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    I got one free in a promotion about 20 years ago and it has worked fine as long as it is lagged down. The ammo shelf is not very stout though. I have a real safe to protect my good guns from fire and theft but I keep a number of .22 rifles and a few centerfire carbines that won't fit in my big safe in it.
     
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    I found one on sale at Dick's (I think it was the 14 gun model), last year for around $149. Fit in my SUV and I secured it inside a locked closet at home. Not as burglar proof as a safe but along with our home security system I consider it a fairly decent set-up.
     
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    Thanks guys. I don't have the capability for a real safe on our 2nd floor. Hopefully in the next couple years we will be moving to a single story bigger home and then a real safe.
     
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    Well worth what you will pay for it ... but it's not a "safe".
     
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    I have the medium sized model (14 gun maybe?) that others have mentioned. I agree with what others have said, and here's my two cents:

    It'll keep the honest people and kids from your firearms
    It's built like a heavy-duty filing cabinet (wouldn't last 30 seconds against a pry bar)
    It'll hold about five to six long guns if you use half the cabinet for ammo and other supplies
    You'll need to bolt it to the the floor/wall as others have said
    The range of adjustment options and shelf placement options are good

    Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase. That being said, if I sold all my firearms I'd probably net about $1500-$2000, so I don't need a safe to protect some grand investment (and I figured that the $500 safes aren't real secure anyway).
     
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    I used one to hold the overflow while I figured out where to put a larger RSC. I use it as an ammo locker out in the garage now. Its useful to keep out the curious, but will hardly slow down the determined.
     
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    Very good info, especially not lasting against a pry bar.
     
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    I mentioned how the stack on cabinet wouldn't hold up to a pry bar, but to be fair a lot of "safes" (technically security cabinets) can't either.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B8ViUdd-2LM

    I'd say the cabinet is good for keeping out honest people and curious kids, the big box store "safes" (security cabinets) are good for keeping out unmotivated smash and grabbers who don't want to hang around your house too long, and a real safe (e.g. Amsec) could keep petty crooks out indefinitely. But realize that even the best gun safe money can buy, costing tens of thousands of dollars, is only gauranteed for 60 minutes (that's against professional safe crackers with blueprints of the safe, I'm sure a TL rated safe would keep your average burgular busy for a few days.)
     
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    ^ Good video. If you bolt it to the floor in a narrow area, or in a corner with a wall on the same side where the safe opens, it takes a lot more effort to pop though.
     
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    I haven't had a gun fall out of mine, but I don't have children either, the lock is secure enough for my needs, and it was light enough to carry up to the second floor.

    Get a couple they're cheap, you'll need the extra space soon !
     
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    If you buy one of these, stick it in a closet where there isn't a good amount of room to operate a crow bar or other tool to open it. Bolt it to the floor or walls and add a couple of hasps with heavy duty master locks. This should slow up most potential thieves in an apartment area enough to provide "ok" protection.

    DO NOT fail to bolt it down and add the extra hasps.
     
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    I have one except it has two locks instead of one. I built a cabinet around it with locking steel bars in front. They'll need to make a lot of noise to get in mine.
     
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    Nice little cabinets, but not very secure against theft. They will keep kids out. I have one that I use for ammunition storage. I pulled the factory shelf out and added 4 each 3/4" wooden shelves. There are pre-drilled holes in the side of the cabinet. I have been very happy with it as an inexpensive ammunition locker.
     
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    i had that cabinet in my house when we had our house fire. that cheap cabinet saved
    all my rifles no not from the fire but from the water.
     
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    All the above advice is right on. If you have the room though get the 8 gun cabinet. It will hold more guns than the 10 due to the shape. I have 2 of the 10 gun and quite a few more of the 8. Only reason I got the 10 was one I wanted it for a small closet instal and the other I got for 20.00 bucks at a garage sale. I bolted the 8 gun cabinets together into a "blocK" so they can't be moved or picked up. If your rural or an area where a thief can be in your home undetected long enough to pop the cabinet you may want a stronger safe. I'm in neighborhood where breakins are more of a grab and run of what ever they can sell fast for cash.
     
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