14 years ago when my dad died his and my granddads guns came to me. So i went out and bagged up an inexpensive Sentry safe. Its what i could afford at the time and it worked very well for the time i had it.
After seeing 5 houses in this neighborhood burn in this past winter i was beggining to fret about my precious guns (some top quality heirloom type guns) . I knew i needed one that was fire resistant. I also knew i needed one bigger because the one i had simply outgrown.
Here is the one i decided on. TSC has them for a good price AND the features i was looking for (except this only came with digital combination and not manual
I WAS going to go for the 24 gun capacity but i figured for the cost increase I would just sell my old safe and make up the difference there. SO glad i did! Now i certainly have room to grow my collection, have room for pictures and important documents etc.
Here is the old one....
Now for a tale for those of you "just getting by" and "Just wanting the bare minimums"
Last Friday i stopped into the local watering hole to meet up with the buds like we do every friday to catch up on the happenings of our lives from the previous week.
My bud came in FUMING!! Heres his tale. He came home from work on Thurs. night to find his house ransacked. Missing was TV's Computer, Laptops, tablets, $1000 in cash and of course his gun collection (about $1500 worth gun collection)
Well back in Feb. when i was shopping for my new safe, i offered to sell him my old one for $400. I used the line about for the money he would be money well ahead should he ever get robbed. He being even more cheap than myself and not being able to see very far into the future told me how his stuff was PERFECTLY safe in an old school locker with a pad lock he used for a gun safe. (the thieves bypassed his "security system" with EASE) So i shrugged my shoulders and put my safe on Craigs list for $500 and got the $500 4 days later.
The moral of the story is this DO NOT GO CHEAP
if you have to eat soup and ramen noodles for a month to get a quality safe, DO IT!! You will be money ahead in the long run in security and piece of mind. My buddy learned the hard way. Hes now out $2500 or more considering most prices on the guns he had have gone up so realistically hes gonna have closer to $3000 or more in replacement costs.