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Gun Safe/Locker

brnsvllyjohn

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Where I live over 200 homes burned 3 years ago. Just to my north the town of Paradise burned 1 year ago. The hunters I talked to didn't have any gun safes survive the fires no matter how they were rated. I own a fire rated safe but have zero confidence in it surviving if my house burns. I am much more concerned about how strong it is and how good of a locking mechanism it has.
 

Four22

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As someone that has gone through a robbery and a fire, get a safe with the highest fire rating you can find and the strongest locks and thickets plate on the door.

Heritage was about the best safe I could find at the time.

http://www.heritagesafe.com/
 

SD_Prairie_Goat

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I sent the OP a message about this, but for anyone else interested...

Pella Security out of Iowa makes a good safe, better than you'll find in Cabelas or Bass pro.

If anyone is interested shoot me a message and we can talk about them. I would note that they are not cheap and will be significantly more than what is found in Cabelas.


Website for some reading if you wish: http://www.pellasecurity.com/
 

Gut Shot

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Gun safes are, generally, just lock boxes. Residential Security Container (RSC) is the rating that UL gives them. That means they will last at least 5 whole minutes when attacked with small hand tools. Sure, they have a fire rating, and some of them will protect their contents, depending on how hot and long the fire lasts.

There are much better safes on the used market, some even have tool ratings. I've picked up half a dozen used safes from businesses that have gone out and never paid more than $700 for one. You will need to move them and refinish the interior to hold guns but they are much better built than "gun safes" offered to consumers today.

If you get an "RSC" gun safe make sure you bolt it to the floor.
 

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