Walk-in gun vault designs / plans?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by iamkris, Mar 6, 2010.

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  1. iamkris

    iamkris Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    My own little slice of Purgatory
    Well, I've searched the forum pretty extensively and have either used the wrong search terms or have overlooked the specific thread.

    My google fu also reveals only a few hits that are relevant. Here's the deal.

    My collection is around 105 guns (haven't done a count recently). None are "collector grade" e.g., $5000+ guns, however, a very high percentage are $1000-2000 guns or historical firearms. Today, I have a couple of small safes that the higher value firearms sit in and the lower value ones are on wall racks. These all exist in a locked basement room with dehumidifiers.

    I want a secure, fireproof solution. I've looked into the really large (e.g., 60-75 capacity) gun safes. The biggest issues are

    1) that the guns are really packed in there and tend to get "dinged" when I get them out

    2) these safes are HEAVY and difficult to move...especially since I need to have them in the basement. Lots of twists and turns to get them there.

    So, I'm seriously considering a walk in vault. A few companies will custom build them (such as http://www.rhinovault.com/index.html ). I'm also looking into having a mason build one using rebar reinforced, concrete filled cinder block. Climate controlled and lighted. Fireproof vault door. I'm thinking a room roughly 6x8 or 8x10 would work well.

    Now the question -- where to find plans?

    Does anyone know someone that is qualified to design rooms like this? Are there plans available that can be purchased?

    Info is appreciated.
  2. a1abdj

    a1abdj Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    St. Charles, MO (St. Louis)
    See if there is a local safe & vault company that installs vault doors. If there is not one locally, your local bank should be able to refer you to whoever services theirs.

    Building a vault in an existing structure can be a bit more difficult than building it during the construction process.
  3. jmtgsx

    jmtgsx Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    Broken Arrow, OK
    Might also look into safe rooms; i.e. tornado reinforced shelter intallation companies. That still wont help you with the vault door, but the may know a guy.;)
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