So I've been in the market for a safe for some time now. I've been shopping around, and the really nice safes usually run about 1k.
I stumbled upon a link for 25 dollars off when you spend 100 dollars on costco.com. So, I went to costco.com to see what i would potentially want. volia, there was the beautiful safe being featured. The bighorn 24 gun safe. Looked at the reviews for it, and it was overwhelmingly good.
This is not the first time they put this safe on sale for 569.99. But you can also use the amex facebook sync feature to get an additional 25 bucks off it.
I finally pulled the trigger, and thought I might share with the community.
a couple of more days of this sale if you guys get on it!
Don't think they are displayed in stores, but I could be wrong. this one is not very deep
It's a YMMV thing. Some stores locally have gun safes, others don't. That is a good deal if you include the $25 AMEX offer. Try tipping the delivery guy and see if he'll haul the safe into your house for you. Otherwise it will be curbside delivery. You'll need an appliance hand truck to move it. Safes are/should be heavy. This one is 407 pounds.
This price range of safe will not keep out determined thieves that know what they are after and are prepared to work on the safe, but it will keep smash and grab burglars and kids away from your toys.
The warrantee is very good. I was strongly considering this safe recently, but not having a back up key in case the electronic lock failed was a deal breaker for me.
The Big Horn safes tend to be tremendous values in their price ranges. For the most part, you generally 1 or 2 more of these sets of criteria: price, more fire protection (either 10 minutes longer or higher temperature), heavier weight, thicker steel, more live bolts, thicker live bolts, or nicer keypad than other safes in their price ranges. All a trade off of course depending on your needs. I think 75 dollars also got you a 10 year warranty of the lock... I think this is a bargain... can't image what it would cost to retrofit/replace a keypad in 8 years if it hypothetically broke.
Regarding this or Winchester. Friend has a Winchester 24 gun safe for 500 from a local Costco and compared to Big Horn, the exterior quality of the Winchester is nicer, with higher fire protection, thicker bolts, heavier weight with more bolts. Link showing it is below. Personally I think that that safe is a nicer safe, but it was purchased about a year ago, re-appears locally occasionally. As it was local, you had to pick it up, 500 lbs is a PITA to move around. Might be willing to deal with the tradeoff to just get free delivery.
Most Costcos in Northern California won't carry more than 1 of any safes to display at any given time, but being California, I can see that the volume might not just be there.
Now regarding safes...
Remember, that the stated storage amount is like 24 rifles if everything are with iron sights and everything is a thin Ruger 10/22. I real life, it's at least more than 1/3 but at least a little less than half the stated capacity for long guns. Guns with pistol grips and optics really eat up space.
Regarding safes opened in 10 minutes, most videos require leverage to enter the safe. Placed strategically, against a wall, bolted down it'll take longer. My guess is that you won't find many people entering safes nearly as fast. If you are worried, thicker steel, longer/thicker live bolts, and probably a more expensive safe is recommended.
The drivers call you the day before to arrange delivery. This is supposed to be curbside delivery and I tipped 20 bucks because he moved it where I wanted it to be. The guy used a pallet jack to get mine where I wanted it to be... I asked politely and he didn't request a tip, but I bet the curbside is an expectation setter so people don't think that the delivery guy will take it up 3 flights of stairs etc. Remember to take the box off the safe before it gets into the house as it's hard to find another 6 feet of clearance above the safe in a house.
Last edited by bobnfloyd; 11-05-2012 at 09:03 AM..
nice, thanks for all the feedback on the safe guys... based on my research, this big horn seemed to have the best size and fire proof ratings for its price. i could have gone smaller, and cheaper, or no fire proof rating, which would make it lighter, and cheaper, but for a little bit more, and what i was getting, i thought it was worth it. if you guys didn't get it this time, i would just wait out for the next time it goes on sale.
and the real point... is that if you have guns. you should lock it up. yes, they can get in if they keep at it. but the alternative of not locking up guns just seems a bit selfish. for the price of half a gun, you can buy a safe. and secure them from kids, as well as petty crooks doing a little b&e. please lock up your guys if you can afford it. if you can afford another firearms, you can afford a safe first.
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