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Gun Safes

After living in "Small Town Rural America" all my life, it has finally sunk into the thickness between my ears that even in "Small Town Rural America", your guns can, and will be stolen.  I am going to buy a gun safe, so I am looking for input from the members of this forum.  I have done some homework on my own, but would like to know what features are an absolute must, and what is just fluff to drive the price up.  Thanks to all who respond.

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A few things, check the fire

A few things, check the fire rating and see just what it is.  The second is make sure that it will hold all of your firearms along with personal documents and valuables and what ever else you and your wife will decide to place into it.  Most are pry proof but there are some out there that you can open with a large screwdriver.  The exterior paint and decor is up to you. 

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A good burn rating is nice

A good burn rating is nice and you would be surprised how many of the big one are not rated very well.

After that just get as big as you can afford. They won't hold as many guns as they are rated for unless none of them have scopes. Taking the bolts out can help also as they get oretty tight together if you have very many.

Mine will hold a dozen handguns upright on a shelf that runs all the way across the top in foam dividers. The hanging pockets available for the door can work well but in my safe will push into the rifles if the pockets stick out very far.

Mine is middle of the road and cost about 1300 but the peace of mind I get after adding up what all my junk is worth it's well worth the cost.

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You make a good point about

You make a good point about the upper shelf except for one thing.  In the safe that I own I wouldn't be able to get one of my shot guns into it if I put the top shelf in it.  As far as the number of guns in it I'll place all of my rifles and shot guns into gun sacks and then into the safe.  There are a couple that share almost the same spot but the sacks protect them from scratches and dings if you are careful so I can get 20 long guns into it and it still has 3 shelfs on one side along with a upper one to store my hand guns.  Now if I could get that top shelf into it and still put all my long guns into it I would increase the storage quite a bit.  . 

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Good idea with the socks,

Good idea with the socks, I'll have to get some to make it a little easier in there. As far as the top shelf goes I cut mine a little narrower so it sets back just enough that the barrels of the guns in the front row can clear it and extend past. Gepends a lot on the design of the safe you have, mine is tall with no side shelves, they only go across the top. I have a 48 gun capacity rating though.

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Safes

the biggest thing that i see with safes, is the size, if they say they will hold 12 long guns, you might be able to get 8 in it, jmo

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Narrowing it down

After many hours reading the pros and cons of many different manufacturers, and finding that every safe has problems, I decided to look at the safes warranty.  Everything I read tells me that Cannon has the best warranty in the industry.  I am truly impressed with what I have read, and can only hope that they back up what they say.  I have decided that the Cannon T27 Traditional series will be the safe that will take up space in my house.  The fire rating is 90 minutes @ 1200 F.  I pray that the fire rating will never be put to the test.  Although the price is more than I expected, when I think of the value of some of the guns I own, it doesn't amount to a thing compared to the sentimental value of the guns that have been handed down through the generations of my family that can never be replaced. 

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Cannon safes are among the

Cannon safes are among the best. I have seen some very good videos of them trying to destroy them in independent testing with fire, gunshots and more.

 I'm sure you will not be disappointed.

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Another thought

Now that the decision has been made of what safe to buy, the next thought is; Just how does one move a half ton of steel?  One flight of stairs will have to be negotiated, then after that it will be smooth sailing until it comes time to bolt it to the concrete floor. 

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Ouch...Lots of friends and a

Ouch...Lots of friends and a really heavy duty dolly I guess. Mine was a straight shot from the back of the truck and about 30 feet to where it was staying. I would not want to have to deal with stairs at all.

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It sounds like you are going

It sounds like you are going down into a basement.  A lot of friends might not help that much since you are going down stairs.  Some of the safes will have a bolt hole in the top of them where you could screw a eye bolt into and then tie a rope off to it to help ease it down the stairs.  If not you should loop a rope around the bottom so that you can control it some.  I have taken two of them down some stairs and usually the person on the top of them can control it fairly easily, we didn't use a dolly until it got to the bottom and just let it slide on the carpeted stairs.  The big thing is to take it slow and easy.  One thing that you might want to look into is a couple of furniture dollies to move it when it is on flat ground. 

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