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Old 06-27-2019, 01:19 PM
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I have never heard of anyone that regretted buying one.

You will often hear that they wished they had bought a bigger one. Additionally I would be willing to bet that there are plenty of people that wished they had gotten one BEFORE they were robbed.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:49 PM
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The main reason I don't have one. I WON'T stay in this house forever, and have no place to put one NOW.
There are plenty of safes that have a reasonable capacity yet are just small enough that a single person can install them or move them around. Even if you can't bolt them down (i.e. because you live in a rental), when chock full of guns and kept in an inaccessible place they are resistant to being carried off by thieves. Certainly better than simply hiding your guns and hoping the thugs won't find them (which they will).

Having a safe doesn't just put your mind at ease. There's a certain amount of satisfaction in knowing that your collection has its own designated storage area.
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Old 06-29-2019, 05:15 AM
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Safe=Good...It will also limit your liability if some kid break's in your house and find's a gun under your pillow - or wherever you are hiding it and shoot's himself or someone else.

Everything has pro's and con's but the proes for a safe far outweigh the con's.
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:13 AM
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I agree there are a few conditions that prevent some from obtaining a safe. Rentals, not sure if one is staying in a location long enough, job opportunities, and certainly family complications.

It was easier for me to move cheap file cabinet containers rather than heavy safes when I was younger. Now that I'm in my permanent home for life, I was able to secure a residential safe I was confident with. However maybe I should have done more? If I planned far enough ahead, perhaps I should have just dug a concrete lined bunker and built the house around and on top with a large safe door for access. We all can dream big I suppose. But I'm content for now with my small collection and safe.
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:37 PM
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For transients, there are modular safes like Zanotti and SnapSafe that are certainly better than being vulnerable without a safe.
The more important issue though, is lag bolting your safe down so it doesn't walk (or roll) away, and that requires holes.
Ask your landlord if you can roll the closet carpet aside temporarily. Holes are easily filled when you vacate---it's for the children!
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:44 PM
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I agree there are a few conditions that prevent some from obtaining a safe. Rentals, not sure if one is staying in a location long enough, job opportunities, and certainly family complications.

It was easier for me to move cheap file cabinet containers rather than heavy safes when I was younger. Now that I'm in my permanent home for life, I was able to secure a residential safe I was confident with. However maybe I should have done more? If I planned far enough ahead, perhaps I should have just dug a concrete lined bunker and built the house around and on top with a large safe door for access. We all can dream big I suppose. But I'm content for now with my small collection and safe.
A locking filing cabinet may work for pistols and ammunition.
I wouldn't plaster gun decals on it however.
I used one (a real one made from real steel, not the flimsy modern type) for storing ammunition for years. They can take a lot of weight but aren't very secure so checking with your local jurisdiction about liability might be in order. Lots of freakin' State laws to satisfy now also.
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Old 07-02-2019, 12:28 PM
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even a safe that can be rolled away by a thief is better than hiding a gun under the bed hoping they wont find it. They "know" where to look and if you can tell the police the guns were in a safe that will satisfy most (maybe all?) of the laws around this country for gun safe keeping and remove liabilities from you.

Even the handgun case by my bed side that is NOT bolted down to anything satisfies CA laws because the gun is locked up. Yeah, it would suck to have a thief roll out your safe and take everything, but it would suck more to have someone kill someone with your gun and have you end up in court because you had not locked it.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:37 PM
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Winding up with people rolling away your safe is only a concern if you have loose lips and a bunch of thugs show up with the specific intention of taking your safe and your guns. The vast majority of burglaries are committed by quick smash n' grab artists intent on rifling through your house, grabbing what they can and splitting before the cops show up. They're not going to be prepared to roll out a large safe, although if they see it they may consider a return visit someday with lots of friends. When guns are stolen from homes they are most often ones that were just casually stored without any concern for security. Either that or stolen out of vehicles, which is where a LOT of crime guns come from.
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