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who makes the best gun safe

Discussion in 'Want to Buy/Trade Threads' started by colt 1911, Aug 16, 2012.

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  1. colt 1911

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    Im looking for a good well built gun safe any suggestions.
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    amsec for me. but brown makes a nice, $74,500 safe!
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    I like this one...A safe that doesnt need a forklift!

    http://zanottiarmor.com/index.html
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    Best requires deep pockets. Fort Knox is a top safe and very expensive. Most of the commmon safes are not really very well made. I have Liberty Washington, looks nice but the locking mechanism is not really so great but probably adequate. Most people have no idea what the locking mechanism looks like inside the door. Most companies don't want people to see how poorly made the locking mechanism really is. The better Browning safes have a well made locking mechanism and are affordable. They advertise what the inside of the door looks like. But the average thief is a teenage kid not equipped to break open a safe anyway.
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    A strong second for Zanotti.
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    johnny brings up a good point: a liberty safe made today probably isn't of the same construction as a liberty safe made 20 years ago. all of the big box stores want to sell a big safe for cheap. the safe makers are obliging them. but how can you cut costs on a safe and make it safer?
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    3 for Zanotti, I have the large one for many years, its "upstairs" because you can...


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    just for fun: what did you pay for your safe? what is the value of it's contents? is that ratio acceptable to you?
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    Don't buy any cheap safe without at least one relocker. Some have two or three.
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    How much do the zanottis cost?? Rick Gibbs
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    Take a look at Pendleton, very easy to access all of your guns.

    http://www.pendletonsafes.com/
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    +1 for Brown Safe! Brown makes outstanding quality safes. Brown Safe is owned by Fred Brown, who is an active local shooter (San Diego area), a Vietnam veteran, and an NRA member.
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    Look at the Browning gold series
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    National Security is one of the best. Maybe the best! Kind of expensive but still made like they were years ago. It is a big step up from a Liberty or Canon or Browning. One of the best buys I ever made and have had it for 15 years. I have never seen a safe anywhere that I like better
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    look at delivery and placement costs. if you find a good deal on a safe, getting it to where you want it may not be such a deal. the best deal i ever got on a safe was from a locksmith who had some used bank teller safes to sell. talk about solid. and a buddy of mine found a one ton safe, 6x6x3 at an estate sale for next to nothing. he just had to rent a bobcat to move it. also look at used government document safes - they're pretty damn secure. and heavy
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    I really anguished over what safe to buy for almost 8 months of looking at formums and reading reviews on gunsafes. There are many "good" safes like top of line Liberty(president), Amsec, Brown... etc. It all depend on what you want to protect in value and what its worth for you to spend. If you have a few rifles and shotguns of moderate vale then maybe you can "get away with and RSC rated safe. If you have several guns like Krieghoff or P-guns You may want the top of the line models that go up to $3k or $4k. Then if you have some important documents and through in Precious metals worth thousands of dollars you HAVE to look at sfes with a TL-15 or TL-30 security rating with 3 Hr fire rating also. Also, buy bigger than you ever thought you would need. In my case I bought an AMSEC Tl-15 rate 3hr fire rating and YES I need a forklift to get it into my garage> I also spent unsuccessfully trying to drill a hole in it for over 6 hours and gave up. It weighs 3400 pounds and for what I keep in it, it is worth every penny. My son bought a Steelwater, and for the money and what he keeps in it they are excellent value. Just my thoughts on the subject FWIW..Bill
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    Heritage Safe Company, Grace, ID
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    "How much do the zanottis cost?? Rick Gibbs"


    Rick I am not sure, check the web site, I bought mine along time ago

    http://www.zanottiarmor.com/

    DGh
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    Many residential storage containers can be entered through the side with a simple fire axe. The door may provide the necessary protection but not the sides. If you want protection beyond the smash and grab thief, it will cost you. Fort Knox, Heritage, Amsec, and some others are in this category. I chose Heritage based upon amount of security, fire rating, size, features, and cost. Once inside moving a safe on plastic pvc pipe roller was easy.


    Watch this for a little education.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltK-bDbADa8

    Dave
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    I looked at the Zanotti website. Their safes have 1/8" side walls. My safe has 3/16" sidewalls, the minimum I would consider. Watch the youtube video Dave posted and you will see why that matters. If you have a safe with sheet metal walls put it in a confined area where one can't swing an axe or use pry bars.
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