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A LITTLE OT GUN SAFE QUESTION

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Big Dave, Jan 4, 2008.

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  1. Big Dave

    Big Dave Member

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    I'm about to buy another safe. The only ones I can find at the local suppliers have the electronic combination lock. Being an old fart I like mechanical things that I can see the working of and understand. I had a very old dial type combination one that I know was 75 years old if not older and it worked fine, but after remodelling the house I couldn't get it out of the basement when I moved. Has anyone had any problems with the push button electronics.

    Thanks in advance

    Big Dave
     
  2. Inspector 12

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    I have a safe with an electronic lock that is eight years old. I have replaced the battery once in that time and haven't had any problems. I have another safe with a mechanical lock and much prefer the electronic. It is much easier to manipulate in low light conditions. With my mechanical lock safe I end up keeping a flash light close so I can see the numbers to open it.
     
  3. redix

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    I recently switched to an electronic lock & find it a lot easier to use than my old dial type combination.
     
  4. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    Mine has an electronic lock and I much prefer it to the dial type. There is a gun shop in southeastern Pennsylvania that probably has the best prices you'll find on Browning and Liberty safes, but they stock mostly the dial type because it's a hundred bucks or so less expensive. I want to buy a new safe and they have the exact safe I want in stock but the damned thing has a dial lock. I ordered the same thing with an electronic lock one from them.

    Aside from replacing a battery once in a great while, the only "problem" I've had is touching the lock while I'm electrostatically charged - a couple of times, the resulting spark has caused the lock to loose its mind or something and I have had to remove and reinstall the battery to reset it.

    Ed
     
  5. Frank C

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    I have both types, but I much prefer the Digital type. I was worried about the battery etc. but it has been fine......when I was buying the safe I was trying out both types, but couldn't get the dial type to open, the salesman laughed at me and tried, he couldn't get it open either, after fiddling a while he got it open, by adding a digit to each number....he said that sometimes the dial type have to be recalibrated......go with the digital, you'll never look back
     
  6. Houston6

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    If the battery goes dead on the electronic safe, how do you get it open?
    Thanks,
    houston6
     
  7. dsid01

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    houston6, the battery is located on the outside underneath the keypad so you can change it without having the safe open. I just bought a liberty safe from Cabelas, their silver series and I love it. I went there to buy an $800 dollar safe they had on sale and when i saw it it looked really cheap. So somehow i conviced my wife to let me get the silver series liberty and I'm glad I did. But the electronic lock is the only way to go.
     
  8. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    Fred.....it is alright to be old fashioned.....but once you open the safe in bad light, in 4 seconds.....believe me you WON'T look back....
     
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