Does Anyone have Any Experience with this Safe?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by rickpeters, Dec 3, 2013.


  1. rickpeters

    rickpeters Monkey

    I have kids, so I like to keep my guns locked up. I have a pretty old cabinet now, which is more like a flimsy case than a cabinet. I was looking to get something a little more sturdy, but a lot of them seem like they take some time to open and get to anything. I was thinking of getting this in addition to a new cabinet so I have something serious that I can get to quickly and easily. Has anyone tried these out, or have one:

    The Best Specialty Gun Safes | Gun Safe Reviews Center

    It's the home defense center from Sentry Safe, supposedly super quick to open.
     
  2. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+


    I don't have any experience with this particular model, but $450 seems like a lot of cabbage for a long gun safe that holds only one long gun.

    Anyway, if the money is not a deal breaker, these types of "quick access" safes are very reliable and well respected. You can get a small handgun-sized version for $100-$200.

     
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I have a pair of Stack-On cabinets (sim to the one in the comparo) that are supposed to hold 16 long guns if you use them for guns, but if you stuff that many in, access will be troublesome to the ones in the back. They are NOT vaults by any means, so theft proof, they ain't. Kid proof, well, maybe, if they don't have access to heavy screwdrivers or are trustworthy.
     
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  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I am also not a safe expert, but the one you linked looks a little costly. I suppose price isn't an option when you place the lives of your children on the table, just shop around a bit. I personally favor biometrics (finger scanner) quick access safes, just because I am terrible at remembering (long term) my combinations. A backup key might be a good option, just keep the keys way out of the reach of kids --on yourself at all times or inside a key vault of some kind.
     
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Kid proof at best. If you want something theft proof look in the $1K and above range that can be bolted down on the bottom.
     
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yeah, I think he's looking at small safes to keep out the kids and with quick access, not to keep professional burglars like Ocean's Eleven out. [winkthumb]

    Although, even a small safe bolted down securely and kept within a sturdy closet with a locked steel door is a pretty good amount of security.
     
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  7. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    I "had" one of those electronic car safes in my vehicle while on a trip to Wyoming several years ago. The kind where you place your hand over four electronic buttons. Well one day it started beeping warning me of low battery. Since I had left the bypass key back at home 800 miles away I thought the beeping would die down. But it didn't. And with the battery low it wouldn't let me use my code. That's when I found out how relatively easy it was to break into (and make it stop). Way beyond kid proof but not out of my league I've also learned not to trust electronic or biometric locks when time and stress are issues. Here's an example from YouTube.

    IMHO if you need your gun in a hurry the mechanical five push-button in a row and twist knob works best. If you're under stress as in a life threatening event and push a wrong button sequence, just twist the knob to clear it and start over. No waiting for code to clear if entered wrong, no having to watch the display, no dead battery when you need it most, no telltale beeps, no having to look at what your doing and is easy to use even in the dark.

    This is for quick access rather than ultimate security. A heavy duty mechanical dial safe is for that.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013
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  8. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Know a fellow that had one of the expensive ultra safes. He had all his prized firearms and gold coin he had collected locked up in it.. A gang of six teens carted it off and he never recovered anything.. Teens got caught, he still is empty handed..
     
  9. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    A Mobile safe is useless. if it can be carried away, it will be.
     
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  10. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Wasn't intended to be mobile.. Those teens made it that way..
     
  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    that's why a safe needs to be solidly anchored.
     
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  12. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    He has been a little surlley twords me since I pointed out he was a handy kinda guy and should have welded it down... Some people just don't care for friendly suggestions..
     
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  13. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I'll bet they didn't need any more tools, then the two wheel dolly it was delivered with.
     
  14. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    They carried it out through the pasture and through the hole they cut in the fence..
     
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  15. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    I have a "fat boy JR", good size, holds what I need it to, but it is rated at much higher than actual holding capability.
    It was well priced at around $900 in WA
    It was bolted down to the garage floor. currently stored at buddies. It was very secure, but not fast access.
    My brother bought the same one for his toys, it too is bolted down.

    I have found metal filing cabinets to be remarkably secure with a lock bar on them, again, bolted down, no one is making off with them without creating a lot of noise. and they hold a fair bit of weight, which is further deterent to hauling them off

    one further benefit to bolting down larger safes is that it eliminates the chance of the safe tipping with the door open, which could lead to some nasty injuries
     
  16. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    as a p.s.
    I think in my next house there will be a hidden in wall safe cabinet ( stack on makes several sizes) with a picture or mirror in front
    out of sight, out of mind and they should be easy and quick to get to
     
  17. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    I would like a hidden room with very secure door. A room large enough for all the goodies.. All the goodies that I would like to have but can not afford.. Sigh!!
     
  18. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    ....and the boat to lose them in....:rolleyes:
     
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  19. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Told my son's that they need to buy all the guns, boats, trucks, mountain cabin that they wanted before they ever think about getting married. I fear saying more!
     
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  20. rickpeters

    rickpeters Monkey

    I read that you can bolt it to the floor, but it does seem to be on the pricey side. I am more concerned with the family than thieves, but for that price, I guess it should cover both.
     
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