ThaddeusPairm wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:33 am
I mean I was looking through the net and read a bunch of reviews and didn't get smarter. It's like those reviews were written by people who have only read about gun safes.
Which one would you pick? Do I really need to spend big bucks like over $1000 for a quality gun safe?
Any input is highly appreciated
How much you "need" to spend for a gun safe really depends on two things, capacity and what you expect from it.
Regarding capacity, for long guns a simple rule of thumb is to divide the maker's number by 3 (unless you're only going to store long guns and whatever can fit on a shelf above them, in which case you can multiply it by .65).
As for expectations, any decent quality safe will keep children and unauthorized guests out. They'll also keep the average burglar out, especially if used in conjunction with a good home alarm system. None will keep a professional thief out for long. Fire ratings are important, but keep in mind that no gun safe is water tight. So, no matter how good the fire rating, there's still no guarantee your guns will be in pristine condition after a fire. Another point to keep in mind is where the safe will be located. You can put a much heavier safe on the ground floor of a house built on a slab than on a wood floor with just beams under it. And a final point is to add a couple hundred dollars, at least, to the price of the safe when figuring its cost because unless you have some very strong friends and the right equipment, you'll want to opt for "inside" delivery.