Question about Stack On Elite safes

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by spittinfire, May 8, 2011.

  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    So I came across one of these..

    Stack-On E-36-MG-C Elite Gun Fire Resistant Safe, Hunter Green - Knobs and Hardware

    It's a couple of years old but other then some minor scratches it's in good shape. The guy is asking $600 which is a good price but my question to all of you is, how good of a safe is this? It's got some size and weight(600#), fire resistant and I don't think you'll be able to just pry your way into it. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I am pleased with mine. I got it at Dunhams, on sale for just a little over $600 .
     

  3. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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    Spitty,
    I've never owned a gun safe before, but I've been doing some research lately. The model you linked to has 5 bolts all in one side of the door. I believe these are exactly they type that can be pried open with a big spud bar. Did you see that video a few weeks back where they popped a gun safe open in something like 1.5 min. Watching how they did it, I would think you at least want something with bolts in the top and bottom side of the doors, so they would have to pry it in more than one direction.

    Also, I don't know what you're requirements are in a gun safe, but it only has a 30 min. fire rating. I've seen that if you plan on storing any paper documents (eg. marriage certificate, passport, etc) you should have a 2 hr. rated safe.

    Again, this is just what I've stumbled on in my research.

    You might try looking at http://www.patriotsafe.com/ they seem to have decent quality safes for pretty fair prices, and they will finance or lay away or something. They deliver, but I think it saves you a few hundred bucks if you pick it up. IIRC they're in Commifornia.

    I'm curious if anyone has any experience with the Patriots?
     
  4. Jesse17

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    On the other hand, $600 bucks is a hell of a deal for a safe with any fire rating.

    I have a habbit of saying I'm going to spend $500 on something then researching and finding reveiws saying what I really want is something $200 more, then when I start looking at reviews for the better item people tell me I need this feature and that feature....by the time I'm ready to buy something it cost $2,000 so I just say they're too expensive and go without.
     
  5. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    It has bolts all around the door. 5 on each side. 2 or 3, top and bottom.
     
  6. Jesse17

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    Oh, that's much better. The link said 3 live bolts and 2 dead bolts, and I could only see the 5 on the one side in the pic.
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I wasn't sure about the exact number of bolts either but then I haven't physically seen the safe, just found it on a local forum. I've also found the same model with conflicting information online.

    Jesse, I understand completely what you are saying about fire rating and the video you mentioned is exactly what I'm trying to avoid. A safe that you can pry into with a digging iron in 90 seconds is hardly a safe in my mind. At the same time, I feel the need to secure my weapons as well as some other items/documents and don't have $2k to spend on a safe. The number of break ins in my area has gone up in recent months and continues.
    Now there are also people who are breaking into houses specifically looking for guns so they can take them back to Mexico or give them to illegals. My BIL who works for the IRS says all the federal agencies are aware of it and NC is one of the worst states becuase it's laws are friendly for illegals.
     
  8. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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    I after Towboater said it has more bolts, I looked at the picture again and can see at least on on the top. I assume it has the same on the opposite sides too.

    You're right in going for what you can afford. That's what I was trying to say in the post where I said I have a tendency to keep uping the quality and features until I get to the point that they cost more than I'm willing to pay, and I just don't get one.

    Beter to have a decent safe now than not have one because you're saving up for Fort Knox.
     
  9. spittinfire

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    I just found out it has a total of 10 locking bolts. 3 on the hinge side which are stationary, 5 on the front side of the door and 1 on the top and bottom. Knowing that makes me a lot more comfortable with it. I only wish the fire rating was better.
     
  10. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    If you have a Dunhams close by ya might check em out. They carry all the stack on safes. I think their regular price was around 800 for the 36 gun. Got mine on sale for a bit over 600
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm not at all familiar with Dunhams. I was just going to offer the guy 550 and see what he says.