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Winchester Gun Safe at Costco $499

HuntingCrazy 713 July 27, 2009 at 05:57 PM in Other (2)
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While I was in California visiting the in-laws, we were in Costco and I saw this safe for $499.
Winchester Gun Safe [safes4you.com]
I decided to look around for the same deal when I got back home to the El Paso area...I got lucky and bought one for the same price ($499).
My dad bought a similar winchester safe at Sam's Club a couple years ago for $688.
Here's a flyer of the safe.
winn_tradition_flyer.jpg [safes4you.com]
If you are in the market and don't want to drop $1,000+ on a safe, this will serve you well, especially for $499.
They are an in-store only purchase, so you won't find it on the costco website. Good luck!
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Definitely a solid budget safe option that is a world better than the Wal*Mart StackOn non-sense. Keep in mind these are RSCs. They'll only keep a crook out for 5 -10 minutes if they have simple hand tools.

The next step up from here would be an Amsec BF series safe at about 3x the price but twice the steel and much sturdier. Even more expensive would be a TL15 or TL30 rated safes, which means tool 15min and 30min raitings respectively.

To defeat the local smash & grab stoner, the Winchester ought to work. Just be sure to bolt it down.
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Quote from bpevans View Post :
Definitely a solid budget safe option that is a world better than the Wal*Mart StackOn non-sense. Keep in mind these are RSCs. They'll only keep a crook out for 5 -10 minutes if they have simple hand tools.

The next step up from here would be an Amsec BF series safe at about 3x the price but twice the steel and much sturdier. Even more expensive would be a TL15 or TL30 rated safes, which means tool 15min and 30min raitings respectively.

To defeat the local smash & grab stoner, the Winchester ought to work. Just be sure to bolt it down.
The build quality is decent and is a good value for the price right? What is an RSC?

Thanks,
Roy
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rsc = residential security container

http://www.6mmbr.com/gunsafes.html
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This thing is being talked up on a lot of gun forums. Thought slick-dealers might like this as well...
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I've done alot of research on safes this past week and went to see this safe at Costco.

Quite honesly its a waste of $400..as a "safe"....look at the area where the bolts meet the safe and lock the door shut...its like a 12 gauge strip of flimsy steel that the bolts extend behind. Only about 1/4 of an inch of the bolts stick past the metal strip to lock the safe EEK! EEK! . You could prob bend this metal strip with a good set of vice grips. The door bolts dont have sockets... its just a thin piece of metal that they catch on for about a 1/4 inch behind the strip which is the entire locking system for this safe. Its not even as secure as a good door deadbolt that extends into a metal frame.

Then look at the space between the door and the safe when closed..its about 1/16 to an 1/8 of space perfect for a pry bar or crow bar to get into and set deep. You get a 4 foot crow bar in there and put enough leverage and you can pop the door open by bending the
bolt locking plate mentioned above.

Now check the bottom of the safe where its supposed to be bolted to the floor. 14 gauge steel at best..less than a 1/16 of an inch. A good pry bar under the safe lifted by two guys would snap the metal between the bolt and the anchor.... it's only about 400lbs two guys are gone with it in a few minutes.

I'm not a safe cracker but i'm guessing that with a good crowbar or 6 foot prybar i could get into this in less then 3-5 minutes.

For kids and smash and grab its fine but if your home gets seriously burgled...this will slow down a pro for about 5 mins at best. Spend another $2-300 and you can get twice or three times the safe quality.

read these pages to get an idea of a good gun safe

http://www.6mmbr.com/gunsafes.html
http://www.zykansafe.com/ratings.html
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I've had this safe for a few weeks now and it is great for the price. I'm just preventing a "smash and grab" robbery. Of course any theif who has a lot of time can get into any safe, but I feel much better leaving my apartment knowing that I have a place for my valuables that will delay/prevent a smash and grab.
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