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Old 01-03-2013, 02:23 PM   #21
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Thanks a lot for the drawing. I get it better now. You just saved me a bunch of $$$

I owe you one! or two!

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One solution for the cash-strapped is to buy a used document safe ( set up like a file cabinet ) . These are often sold at auction by the government and private dealers resell them . They are good for storing pistols, ammo, mags, holsters and parts .
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Every town has a bunch of locksmiths. Call them all, telling them you want a big safe. The larger they are, the mire work they are to move. Very large safes are hard to sell for that reason.

Also call realestate brokers, because safes get left behind. Put an ad in Craig's list looking for a safe.

Anyone that walks into a box store ti buy a new gun safe has not figured out there is a less money option, that gets you more safe.

I paid 200 bucks for a huge two door UL rated jewelry safe. Another safe was 60 bucks, another was free.

Look around.

You are not going to find a job box for one fifty. Used beat up one maybe.



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Reinforce it helps. You can put a chain through it and through your guns and use a trojan lock inside where the chain goes through and around the cabinet. They would need bolt cutters to get the chain off and the lock cannot be cut easy and if you use a big enough chain it is hard to cut without a big pair of lock cutters. They would have tear the whole cabinet apart to get your guns. I also so have designs for other ways to reinforce your cabinet. Some of them are cheaper than buying a big safe. I also run across gun safes every now and then fairly cheap. Most of the time you have to send off for the combination because the owner lost it or the owner is not around. Let me know how it goes.
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I live in Houston in a small apartment in a residential complex. I thought, I was safe with extra tricks and tips I got from a verbose residential locksmith in Houston, but last year some burglar penetrated through all doors, including a special cabinet I had got for my precious stuff and a licensed pistol.
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First- welcome to the forum- when you get a minute, stop over in the introductions side and say hello.

A "wall locker" type cabinet (cheap Stack On type) is good for keeping a curious child out of the guns. It can be forced in 30 seconds or less with a tire iron or large screwdriver.

A better steel safe can still be forced, but it will take longer, be harder work, require tools the average meth head is not carrying.

A really good safe will not be cost effective for one or two handguns. As an intermediate level, companies like Harbor Freight carry small safe like this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/037-cubic-ft-electronic-digital-safe-93575.html

This is NOT a high security safe for the Hope Diamond- but it is more secure than a sheet metal cabinet. It WILL need to be anchored to a wall (lag bolts into wall studs, etc) It is big enough for a couple of handguns, and does not cost more than the handguns.
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One solution for the cash-strapped is to buy a used document safe ( set up like a file cabinet ) . These are often sold at auction by the government and private dealers resell them . They are good for storing pistols, ammo, mags, holsters and parts .
Be aware that some of the less expensive "Fire Safes" use some sort of moisture impregnated concrete to provide the fire resistance. They may be very humid inside. I have some rust on one of my revolvers cylinders from storing it in such a safe.

I presume gun safes don't have this problem.
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I live in Houston in a small apartment in a residential complex. I thought, I was safe with extra tricks and tips I got from a verbose residential locksmith in Houston, but last year some burglar penetrated through all doors, including a special cabinet I had got for my precious stuff and a licensed pistol.
And then what ... ?

My place was burglarized back in May 2014 and he overturned everything in full view of my Liberty Safe, stole my fraternity ring and my compound bow, but everything inside the gun safe fortunately was safe, no pun intended.

Moral of the story --

... everyone with a gun or guns or jewelry or cameras or optics or computers needs a gun safe.

N'est pas?
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Be aware that some of the less expensive "Fire Safes" use some sort of moisture impregnated concrete to provide the fire resistance. They may be very humid inside. I have some rust on one of my revolvers cylinders from storing it in such a safe.

I presume gun safes don't have this problem.
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