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Old 03-04-2015, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Moving so I'm losing both my camouflage and also am probably going to be exposed some to curious eyes who will then know.

So I am looking at getting a new vault or two, putting it into the rental house.

So thoughts, suggestions?
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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A good "real" gun safe is always worth the money. I have an old Fort Knox that weighs about 1000# empty, it can be moved with a heavy duty hand truck. Makes an excellent shipping container, put the gats into soft cases, or at least half of them in soft cases, pack them in, lock it up.

Not sure about "ready" safes, have never had the need. In general I don't trust an electronic safe powered by batteries to open when I need it.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Upstairs? Down stairs? Fire protection?

Safes can vary a lot, and depend on a lot of things. For instance, where I keep my herd is a lot different from than where I store arms for for ready access. If you provide a little more detail on what you are wanting, It would help.
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Old 03-30-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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Cannon makes a 48 gun safe (TS5940DLX) It's around $1,000, but its fire proof and you can run a media storage inside. It has a 2 plug outlet and usb port inside and is still fireproof! Now if that is out of your budge they make a smaller one for about $500 that holds "only" 24 guns and doesn't have the electrical or usb. I have been eyeing the first one for some time now.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Here's part of the catch. For years, well decades, I've been living in something of a college apartment (or even apparently locally rumored a ghetto) complex and employing a degree of camouflage security: for someone who lives in a place like this, who has anything to steal?

But now that I have to move, not only am I losing that camouflage security, but I am also exposing, if briefly, the arsenal I have. So I figure I need not just a lockable locker, but a decent safe I can put in place in a house I am renting for year.

I would put it upstairs, probably in the master bedroom closet. The staircase is small and winding. The snap safe looks like one approach, but I am wondering.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Roseville, CA
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I bought a Cannon safe on sale at Costco and am very happy with it. Great safe for the money in my opinion. I don't know anything about Snap Safes.
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Here's part of the catch. For years, well decades, I've been living in something of a college apartment (or even apparently locally rumored a ghetto) complex and employing a degree of camouflage security: for someone who lives in a place like this, who has anything to steal?

But now that I have to move, not only am I losing that camouflage security, but I am also exposing, if briefly, the arsenal I have. So I figure I need not just a lockable locker, but a decent safe I can put in place in a house I am renting for year.

I would put it upstairs, probably in the master bedroom closet. The staircase is small and winding. The snap safe looks like one approach, but I am wondering.
I looked up the SUPER TITAN XL (interior size:53.5 H; 33.W & 20.5 deep and a loaded weight of approx 750#.) The Sheetsteel is approx 15/100ths (9ga) thick). Cost appears to be approx $2000.
I would have some reservations about using this modular safe to store (lets say 20 guns)...I really don't see how you can get 20 to 25 long guns inside a safe with the deminsions given, but thats another point to be discussed.

What ever you buy, make sure yo bolt it to the floor and the wall behind it.

I bought many years ago a USED Financial Securities Safe from a Bank. It's walls are 1/4" and the door is 3/8".....5'6" high x 38" wide x 24" deep and weighs about 1000#. I keep 20 long guns in it and 6 handguns,...and it's a real chore to fit them in it AND NOT SCRATCH or Damage them in any way.

I would check on "Loading-per sq ft" that the proposed floor is rated at.....you may be overloading what the floor can handle??

I personally prefer an old fashion Sargent & Greely Combination Lock vs and "push button or any type of electric operated Lock......JMHO..

In regard to moving the guns from your old place to the new place........I had a friend in this position a few years ago (lots of inquiring eyes etc).....he got hold of a friend that had access to a Hospital Gurney and some Body Bags and moved them into a Funeral Lemo for transport. Took two trips but it worked and they answered NO QUESTIONS during the process.

Hope you find a suitable solution.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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You don't have to "expose" them. Put them inside something else. For instance, a golf bag with a cover looks like you are just an avid golfer!

I am moving myself and figured I would do something like this or get a large garment bag and put my rifle cases inside it with a few heavy duty hangars and carry it on my back like I have lots of suits. Might take a few trips but no one is the wiser when you move out or move in.

Another option is inside of a dresser without the drawers in it and cover it with packing cloth as if you don't want to damage the dresser.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Again I want to suggest putting the guns into soft cases and then packing them so they are fairly tight inside the safe. I have done this with an old Fort Knox safe for commercial movers.

Whatever safe you get, put the guns inside in soft cases, cover the safe with a moving blanket, and wheel it in on a hand truck.

This has worked well for me for three consecutive moves.

If you have to settle for a lightweight safe, yeah, be certain to lag it to studs in the wall. If you put in a monitored burglar alarm, and have a decent safe, I would say the odds of anyone stealing any of your guns is pretty small.

Bit off topic but if you can keep a dog onsite - would not have to be a big dog but most burglars have had run-ins with German Shepard dogs so are shy of them - adopting such out of a shelter would be the best $ spent on security you can spend.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:55 PM
 
Location: OC, CA
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I bought a Cannon safe on sale at Costco and am very happy with it. Great safe for the money in my opinion. I don't know anything about Snap Safes.
I bought one there too for $50 or so? I just want protection if someone breaks in when I am not home, and quicker access if I need it.
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