The right safe for me ....

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by brockly, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. brockly

    brockly New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I need to buy a safe now for my gun(s). This is my Situation. I have a M&P 9c. In the next month or two I will get the M&P 22. So I would need a safe for two guns. But I don't want to go all out on a safe because in this year or 9 months I'm looking at one of the Following. Gsg MP5 22 or the M&P 15-22. But that
    Could change. What do you guys have? What do you guys think would be a good safe for me?
     
  2. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    What ever you end up buying make sure it is 2-3x bigger than you need. My collection has tripled in the last two years and had to replace my safe after 11 months. Always go bigger and make sure to keep room for rifles. What is your budget?
     

  3. davva360

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    I am no expert but here is some general guidance I would provide.

    1. If you are planning on expanding your collection then get a safe that is as big as you can for the space you have allocated.

    2. I would not spend a fortune on a safe with complex locking mechanisms because the truth is they can all be defeated by a good thief. At best your safe will prevent casual access by a child or adult that you do not want to get to your guns, it may prevent an amateur thief, but it will not prevent a determined professional thief regardless of how much you spend on one.

    3. Make sure your safe can be attached to the wall or floor, or is impossibly heavy to move. Some thieves remove the entire safe and open it elsewhere, if you can make that difficult for them they may not even bother with it.

    I am looking to get a safe but I am trying to come up with a plan to hide it somewhere. I figure if the thief does not even see it they wont try to break into it. I have seen people turn old fridges into gun safes etc and the thieves have walked right by them without even realizing it was a safe. Just having a hard time finding somewhere in my house that will work.
     
  4. phideaux

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    Believe me,
    If you are thinking a safe for only 2-4 guns, believe me when I tell you.....buy a 24 gun safe, minimum.;)

    You will fill it sooner than you think ,and will be looking for another one.

    Just saying.


    Jim
     
  5. Sgt_Skrb_25

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    Exactly, and room for ammo too, I only have 9 guns currently, I keep building and selling, but I have a 48 gun safe and fill it up. It's almost 600lbs dry and 900lbs filled, anchored with 4 bolts.
     

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  6. purehavoc

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    Keep in mind all safes capacities are realistically half of what they say unless your just putting in hand guns or stacking them on top of each other , which I do not suggest or they start to multiply like rabbits . For instance my 28 gun safe holds about 18 guns and its packed pretty tight and some of that is pistols . I should have bought a 60 gun instead of having to buy another 24 gun . Both of which are now full and I have zero room for another gun :(
     
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  7. Sgt_Skrb_25

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    Hey Pure, I'm here to help, send a few my way I have room!
     
  8. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

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    Yep, it's filling up fast!

    Like previously stated, get one way bigger than you think you'll ever need. You'll be surprised what ends up in it, important documents / paper, jewelry, irreplaceable photo's, etc.

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  9. brockly

    brockly New Member

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    OMG. That's the safe I want and need with the stuff in it too :) What did that cost and how big is it ? Nice pics and great set of guns.
     
  10. purehavoc

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    If you start getting into guns like AK's , ARs , scoped rifles , etc they take up large amounts of space . you put optics on them and they take even more space . If I were in your situation and you know you wont be buyingin any more than 1-2 guns per year a 24 gun should last you about 7-9 years before its over loaded . Keep in mind safes hold their value pretty well , so if you need to upgrade later you wont lose any $$$ . I could get every penny I have into mine back if I wanted to upgrade to a larger safe .
     
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  11. Sgt_Skrb_25

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    I got in on sale from a local U.S Safe dealer that only sells Cannon for $999. It's a 48 gun safe. It's the Cannon S-33. Not sure of the dimensions,
     
  12. Sgt_Skrb_25

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    Here is a link for it.

    http://www.cannonsafe.com/s33.html
     
  13. JW357

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    If you only want something cheap, temporary, and just for your handgun(s) I recommend a bedside gun safe. You can usually find them at LGS' for around $100. It will keep your handguns locked away until you start buying rifles and whatnot and might need a bigger safe.
     
  14. Texanbybirth

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    I'm jealous of your safe, but in my reading I've come across some good advice. If you move your safe against the other wall, they won't be able to pry it open without moving it, because the door will open right next to the wall. Be sure and bolt it to the floor so they can't move it easily. (I see you did already)

    OP - I would get that small pistol safe for easy access to your HD pistol. I have 3 pistols in my safe with a simplex lock. I also keep keys to gun locks and storage cabinet locks for important papers and ammo in my pistol safe. Small safes are cheap and will give you time to save for a bigger, more secure safe.
     
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  15. FAS1

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    Something like this would work well for a couple guns/mags and still have quick access if you use your gun for home defense. Be sure and bolt down any small handgun safe you buy.

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  16. SSGSF

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    what are you looking to spend on a safe ?
    that should be the first Question you ask yourself.
     
  17. drvsafe

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    Since my home is secure I opted for a gun cabinet as opposed to a safe. This will keep all my guns out of sight and out of mind of and kids and keeps them all together and a good place to stick my ammo. It cost me $180. I think for now its all I need and if I ever decide to upgrade or that I need a true safe, I only spent $180 for it and it can easily be retrofitted as a typical locking cabinet.
     

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  18. clr8ter

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    I have similar cabinet similar to the above, it says it is a 10 gun cabinet, I say BS! Purehavoc is right, they are "rated" to hold way more than they actually do. Unless you just dump them in. I have 6 long guns and they do not fit in there the way I'd like them to.
     
  19. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Mine is a convertible 9/18 long gun cabinet. I chose to split it to increase shelf space and as it stands will hold 5 long guns. I could probably add another rack along the rear of the cabinet but man it would get tight. I like the way I got it set up though and it should do fine for me as, for now, I only plan on 2 more log guns; a 10/22 and 12 ga shotgun.
     
  20. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    LOL, how often do we stick to the "plan"?:D