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Old 04-16-2002, 01:15 AM
Ted Brown.45 Ted Brown.45 is offline
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anybody have a zonotti armor safe?

was interested in these because they arrive with each of the 6 sides of the safe disassembled, but am questioning the quality/ etc.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:17 PM
craigz craigz is offline
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Location: Lancaster, PA
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I have one and I like it a lot. It's the best solution for an apartment or townhouse dweller, especially when you're not on the ground floor. I bought the smallest one; it weighs about 400 pounds empty. It comes in three large boxes, two of which I was able to drag into the house myself. For the third (containing the door), I needed the driver's help. After unpacking everything downstairs, I was able to get all of the pieces up to the second floor myself. The door was very heavy, but I managed it.

The pieces are precision made, well-finished, and fit together nicely. It takes a while to get everything lined up exactly right, though, so that you can hammer in the pins that hold the thing together. The really hard part was hanging the door on the hinges by myself. A second pair of hands is a good idea for that part.

I got the fully upholstered interior, with room for eight rifles on one side, shelves on the other side, and a full width shelf on top, plus a goldenrod. The total was a little less than $1300 (including shipping), and it took about 5 weeks. I would have like the bigger one, but i have no place to put it.

Once assembled, the safe fits together tightly, looks good, and functions smoothly. Now, we're not talking a bank vault here. For the same money, you could get a permanent safe that is much heavier. A determined intruder with serious tools could get the Zanotti open, but that's true of almost any safe. There's no way a casual burgler with a crowbar is going to get into it, though.

When I called Zanotti Armor, Mark Zanotti answered the phone, answered all of my questions, and was very friendly. It appears to be a family business, and they are very proud of their product. I'm very happy with mine, and I love that I can take it with me if I move,
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:13 PM
Fraser Fraser is offline
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I too have one and am very happy with it. I agree with craigz regarding its quality and finish. It looks good and when the bolts are closed, there is a nice satisfying 'clank.'
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