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  • Alternative to gun safe?

     Jessica updated 1 week ago 2 Members · 16 Posts
  • Jessica

    Member
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I only have 2 guns, a cap and ball revolver (powder, caps, bullets locked in a box), and a lever action (bullets locked in ammo can). Gun safes are expensive af, so I am looking for alternatives.

    I keep the lever of my rifle locked to the stock with a cable and combination lock and unloaded. I also have a locking carry case with foam in it, but I heard it collects moisture a but too well so it is not an ideal storage space. Since the action of the gun is locked I just keep it in a drawer under my bed. No kids in the house. Is that acceptable for now?

  • Corey307

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    It’s fine. A gun locker would be a budget friendly option but personally I’m not spending $500+ on a safe for one rifle.

  • Darkstar_5042

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    You can find deals for safes.

  • Mlh504

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Some brands are not expensive (cannon etc) but gun cabinets or since you don’t have kids a locked room maybe?

  • woodsxdragon

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    do you own or rent?

  • giantmillipedeinmyaz

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    i keep my guns on my bed lmao, i however live only with my grandma and she is knowledgeable about guns/ doesn’t even come in my room

  • Rikkards_69

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I have no kids but look at safes as a very attractive target for theft. Taking into consideration I have about 12k worth of guns on the open market and the fact that people of nefarious intentions may want to use them in a criminal act, safe storage is key.

  • GingerMcBeardface

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    You can find cheaper security cabinets in the 100 to 200 range (this is the route I went).

  • bassjam1

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    What’s the end goal here? Prevent thefts? Prevent another adult in the house or guest children from accessing the guns and accidently hurting others?

    Trigger locks can keep kids safe but don’t do much for thieves. Look into gun cabinets, they can be pried open easily or picked up and walked off with but if you books it to the wall or floor it might stop a quick smash and grab.

  • askclydefrog

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    You are fine as is but a stack on 12 gun security cabinet can be had for like $100. Not going to stop a determined thief but will keep kids and others out

  • udmh-nto

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    You’re fine. Rule of thumb is that the safe should cost about 10% of the cost of all the stuff stored in it. It makes no sense to buy an expensive safe for a couple of cheap guns.

  • milkmelikeabull

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I have this thin steel cabinet that someone was throwing away. Definitely wouldn’t stop a thief with an angle grinder or crow bar, but definitely keeps my kids out of it.

  • Feisty_Week5826

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    What you see as “gun safes” are typically just slightly heavy metal cabinets with some insulation for fire resistance. The steel is thin and anyone with some time and a crowbar can get in. If you want something lighter for theft of opportunity deterrent you can look up some generic metal lockers. You can even retrofit old lockers found cheaply on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. When you outgrow the locker you can upgrade to a heavy duty real safe and use the locker as an ammo cabinet.

  • Active-Ad-5766

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I installed a lockable doorknob on a closet door. It’ll keep guests/kids out, but it’s definitely not burglar-proof nor fire-proof. Worth thinking of since it’ll cost $15 and wont take extra space (if you have a closet to spare).

  • tlove01

    Guest
    October 14, 2021 at 3:30 am

    SecureIt or a stackon locker for sure.

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