Gun Safe Questions

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  1. Geezer

    Geezer Mama Tried Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    One of the first things that I plan to do when I get to Texas is buy a gun safe. I have read on here about the pros and cons of the dial lock and the electronic lock. Almost every safe that I see has the electronic lock. They are advertised to have back up keys to bypass the lock. How do they work?
     
  2. Sigequinox220

    Sigequinox220 Well-Known Member Benefactor

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    You take off the faceplate (retention clips just snap off with pressure) and there is a hole for one of the big keys that looks like it’s for the doors inside of a fictional castle in Zelda.


    Easy peezy. Didn’t bring your current safes with you?
     
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    Sigequinox220 Well-Known Member Benefactor

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    Here’s a picture of the keys to vault door I had (my safe here as same type)

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    I have had dial safes and currently own one keypad safe. I definitely vote for the keypad safe.


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    I have a dial safe and would vote for a keypad too! Just way quicker.
     
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    S4f I survived v- bulletin Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I have two dial and one keypad.
    I'd also vote for the keypad . I don't know how many times I turned the dial a little to far and had to start all over again, frustrating when you're in a hurry
     
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    If you want to disable a keypad safe, just knock the keypad off, pull the ribbon cable out as far as it will go and cut. Now the owner has to call a safe locksmith.
     
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    I like my Drake with a dial. I don’t need “quick access” into the safe.
     
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    That would be one weird criminal.
     
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    Agree. My safe isn’t for quick access. There are other tools and set ups for that.
     
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    But if someone wanted to go that route, wouldn't a BFH to a dial do the same thing?
     
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    You know they make a keypad that also is a dial backup?
     
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    The only downside of the backup key is losing them.

    I keep them inside the safe so I always know right where they are. :cool:
     
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    I'll go against the crowd. Dial safe for me.


    CD
     
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    I had to order my safe last year because they didn’t stock a dial safe. My brother in law is a locksmith and says dial are harder to break into them a keypad. Plus on mine the dial actually has a key lock on it as well. So you have to unlock the dial before you can even turn it. It’s not a quick access safe.
     
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    I've often thought that a tight ring standing one inch proud should be welded around the dial.
     
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    I have had both. If you visit your safe frequently I would go with electronic. If you only frequent it once in awhile I would go dial. I now have electronic and love the easy access.
     
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    get a large safe with a S&G dial for the pile o stuff.... and a small safe with keypad for quick access.
     
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    I had a small safe given to me that has a dial and a key. You have to dial the combo first and then use the key to unlock. Always thought that one with a dial and a key was for back up in case you forget the combo but not on this one.
     
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    I suppose the pros and cons of each type might cancel each other out.
    Im old school and personally I just prefer mechanical anything instead of electronic. But sometimes, that isn't an option.
    My S&G dial type has a key function but you don't have to use it. Actually think it functions a couple different ways...have to look into that. 20200306_081715.jpg
    What I need to get to in a hurry isn't behind that door. But I can get it open rather quickly most of the time if the situation arises.

    Edit: See Geezer? What we were talkin about the other day about how threads wander?
    I didn't have an answer to yer question, but I fell right in line 'splainin what I prefer!!:rolleyes:
     
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    I bought a used American Security safe last summer that had an electronic lock. I changed it out to a mechanical dial. The electronic one that was on mine just looked and felt cheap. I guess I'm old school too.
     
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    I have three electronic lock security cabinets. Keys for the other two and kept in the third.
     
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    The problem with the locks on the dial is they're of the same quality as your standard office desk lock. Very easily picked. Very easily. I can usually do it in under a minute with a bent up paperclip.
     
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    I have a dial with no key backup. I like it well enough. It is not quick access. The only thing that I really didn't like is that they (Liberty Safes) don't have a process for me to choose my own combination.
     
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    that’s true. But for some it’s like great another obstacle. Either way not going to be easy to get into it al all
     
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    If it is a S&G lock, you can go in and change the combination.
     
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    If you're looking for a new safe, invest in a safe, not paint, pinstriping, gold plating, electronics, or big spinning handles.

    Get a safe that protects your guns. I'm a happy customer of sturdysafe.com. Check out the video section for videos of the founder attacking his own safes.
     
  29. Have gun-will travel

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    Put them with your dremel tool.Then you'll know where they are:rolleyes:.this is kinduva private joke.
     
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