Gun safe??

johnsd16

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Getting around to getting a bigger safe and am not into huge, heavy, expensive safes with long fire ratings. I worked at a place that sold tons of brownings and treadlocks and I’ve had their training over and over back in the day and want a good secure safe but the fire stuff matters little to me.

So, the real question I have and what I struggle with is finding a decent safe that has a DIAL rather than a keypad. I just can’t get myself to a place where I can stand the electronic keypad over a mechanical spin dial. I can’t seem to find anything.

Any input on who is making a decent locking safe in the 30-36” range with a dial?
 

Steve from GA

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I can’t speak to the dial part, but I just got a Steelwater gun safe, and it seems to be quite solid and well made. Not sure if they have a dial option or not.
 

GunsAreFun

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Winchester Pony series still makes mechanical locks. I agree that is the way to go unless the keypad has a key backup.
 

Grumman

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I converted my electronic one to a dial lock. It was a fun project and wasn’t too bad to do. Don’t count that out as an option if you find a good deal on an electronic one.


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tanker

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I had a local safe guy convert my keypad to dial after the keypad failed....closed of course. Charged a couple of hundred including breaking into the safe. Will never buy a keypad again.
 
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johnsd16

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Thanks for all the tips. With everyone chiming in and thinking the same (dials good/keypads suck) why are 95% of the safes you see out there keypads?! I just don’t trust them.
 

Mike Islander

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Thanks for all the tips. With everyone chiming in and thinking the same (dials good/keypads suck) why are 95% of the safes you see out there keypads?! I just don’t trust them.

Safe company sells for same price and makes $100 more profit. Cause keypads are dirt cheap to make. A quality dial is a machining work of art, and that costs money. Also folks originally wanted the convenience of a keypad, but many are catching on to how much they suck.
 

Southern Lights

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I used to open safes. If you use an electronic lock it's not a matter of if it will fail, but when. Mechanical locks of good quality (S&G or LaGard) almost never have issues with typical home users. Electronic locks are for convenience, not reliability (or security).

Amsec BF safes are excellent with true burglary and fire protection. The fire protection if done correctly actually helps with burglary protection by having a cement-like barrier in the walls. This is much different than cheap gypsum boards a lot of makers use which is not good for fire or burglary protection. Make sure the door is at least 1/2" plate steel. Most safes are nowhere near that.

If you have the coin, Graffunder is probably the best gun safe in the world.
 
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