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why aren't safes made of bullet proof glass?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by quartering, Mar 12, 2012.

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  1. quartering

    quartering Active Member

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    why aren

    i like the way the lights illuminate the interior of my safes and i know that ge has invented glass so tough that they don't know what to do with it. why not a glass safe which would also showcase the gun collection?
     
  2. headhunter

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    Sometimes it doesn't pay to advertise. You might be looking for trouble.
     
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    Sometimes it doesn't pay to advertise. You might be looking for trouble.
     
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    How about fire protection? Would that glass withstand heat like steel? Just a thought...

    I do agree with lighting in a safe. I have two 12" Browning flourescent lamps and two motion-activated Liberty LED lights inside mine plus a strip of "rope" lighting around the inside of the door opening.

    Ed
     
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    There is no such thing as a completely secure safe. Its not a matter of IF someone can get it, its a matter of how long it will take them. They might be less willing to spend the time breaking into the safe if they think it has marlin 60s and remington 870s then if they can see that it has fabbris and famars...
     
  6. wayneo

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    Bullet proof glass is way different than shatter-proof glass. One square foot of 15/16" thick glass weights 15 lbs. OMG thats heavy.

    Wayne
     
  7. Johnny

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    If bullet proof glass is hit in the same place a couple of times the bullet will get through.
     
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    Wayneo,

    I thought you might like to know this information, just for kicks.

    1sq ft of glass 15/16 thick equals 134.928 cubic inches. If it weighs 15 pounds then 15/134.928= .111 pounds per cubic inch.

    On the other hand the standard for steel weight is .232 pounds per cubic inch.

    That leads to the following conclusion. .232 #/ci times 134.938 ci = 31.30 pounds for the same size piece of steel.

    Now that's heavy!!!

    Chuck
     
  9. wayneo

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    Chuck you are right. I worked in a steel mill for years. Most good steel safes are 3/16 to 1/4" plate. A Browning is 8 gauge. None that I know of are 15/16" plate. A 5 gallon bucket of stainless steel would weigh 550 lbs!

    Wayne
     
  10. quartering

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    "a glass stronger than steel" according to the u.s. department of energy
     
  11. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I saw an ad about a decade ago for a 30 gun safe made from bulletproof glass. The price was in the $15,000 range and it weighed more than a steel safe.
     
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    "Have you seen the Presidential Limo? Those windows are not tinted"

    I never knew, thanks. John
     
  14. wolfram

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    Bullet proof glass is extremely expensive and difficult to work. If this is really what you wanted then perhaps a walk in vault or secure room would be something to consider - now were really talking big bucks.

    At one mine I worked at, the security locks on the gold refinery room failed locked via a compromised computer link and we tried to gain access by breaking out one of the 2" thick bullet proof windows. Most everything was tried including a rock breaker on an excavator - messed up the window pretty bad but it did not break out. The solution to the lock out was actually very simple - kill all the power to the gold room including the emergency backup then reboot the computer.
     
  15. Rastoff

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    If fire resistance is not a concern, it would be easy to make a very secure cabinet where you could see the firearms.
     
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    All it takes is money.
     
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