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  1. #11
    From a technical standpoint, make sure you look at safes with a UL fire rating of 1 hr. @ 1200 deg. There are plenty out there with and without. Don't waste money on the without's.

    Also, stay away from Heritage if they are still available. I have worked on the inner bolt works and they are garbage.

    I have sold several Diamond Back series safes from Make sure to talk to someone who can get you a good price on one because the website list price will scare you. I am about to buy another larger one for myself. I keep my wife in shoes and she doesn't look in my safe;)


  3. #12
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    SE Florida
    I got a basic Sentry on sale at Lowes a while back. Bolted it to my floor. Fire resistant. Manual combination dial because I don't trust the electronic ones (see other thread in this category). It does the job.

    (Note: If I hit the Powerball lottery tonight, I'll switch from a sentry safe to a custom, walk-in, fully armored gun room!)
    (Insert random tough-guy quote here)
    "See my gun?? Aren't you impressed?" - Anonymous sheepdog
    The hardware is the same, but the software is vastly different.

  4. #13
    By doing the job, I assume you mean it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside? We really never know if our safe really does the job until it does the job, or not:):)


  5. I was considering the 24 gun Cannon safe from Academy. I like the lifetime warranty on flood, fire, or break in, but I'm still researching for now. Item #:S6028E-DOK Costco put a bighorn safe on sale recently that should hold 24guns and has the external hinges so you have better access. Item # 569035

    Not sure which one to go with though.

  6. #15
    Hey OP! Check out todays Gearhog deal. It is some sort of gun safe in your price range.-Matt

  7. #16
    Cannon has a very good track record for reliability.


  8. #17
    The Bighorn safe is nice, it isn't the most fancy but awesome for its price point. Their warranty is about on par with Cannon, look it up on their website, I was impressed. One nice thing is to have a safe with exterior hinges, typically the door is 1/3 the weight and if you can take it off it makes moving so much easier (the door on the bighorn I helped move did). I would have preferred to have a manual lock, but the electronic was hundreds less on sale.

    One note on manual locks, I have read that if you spin the dial with too much force you can throw the combination off by a couple of numbers.

  9. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Warbirds View Post
    One note on manual locks, I have read that if you spin the dial with too much force you can throw the combination off by a couple of numbers.
    Maybe if you used a pneumatic impact wrench. The only way this could happen is if the last guy that changed the combo left a wheel , or three, unlocked.

    I understand that is what you may have read, but don't believe it. Don't buy cheap Chinese junk and you will never have this problem.


  10. #19
    Done a lot of research. I'm trying to balance reality with cost. We have a alarm system and any house we live in will have an alarm system. I believe this will at least limit a crooks time at breaking the safe. I've gone from super high end to low range in research and keep coming back to the stack-on 24 gun safe with 1/2hr 1200 fire rating. Manual combination. Dicks has them for $550. Probably cheaper the week of black Friday. Thoughts? I do want the safe to last a lifetime and I think this will for my needs. I cant justify spending $2000. I've tried to find negative reviews on stack-on but they seem like decent middle of the road safes.

    Am I wasting my money? This will hold my papers, 1000 rds of various ammo, 3long guns and 2 pistols.

  11. #20
    Here is a safe you could get for $589 plus shipping. There are also other's there you can look at a bit bigger.

    I have sold several of these and am about to buy a bigger one for myself, which has the higher fire rating.

    I don't know where you are but these could be dropped shipped to you. To get an idea of the shipping you could call and ask the company. They will ask for your zip and give you an answer.

    As you can see, these safes list at a lot higher price. I personally think most real safes are better than the Stack-on but to be fair, I don't think any locksmith would consider a safemaker wannabe as making a real safe. They seem to us to be just a 'fire resistant security container' not to be used for anything but basic fire protection and casual security.

    It's sort of like, you don't buy a John Deere Gator if you're in the market for a 4WD Pickup.

    I personally wouldn't buy anything with less than a 1 hour fire rating but if your house was built with straw, that might work for you:):)

    In the end, you know only YOU can make this decision. Just have all the facts available before you buy and don't ask someone else to help you make a bad decison.

    You are free to contact me if you would like or I may be able to put you in touch with another Security Professional in your area.


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