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Drake Safe Company - 1/4 inch thick 60 inch gun safe 1375$

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Ok this is a weird one. I spent months looking a good safe for my house and through that research have discovered most safes being made right now are garbage until you start spending a LOT of money. That said in my research I discovered one company making really tough safes for really reasonable prices. Thing is they don't have a webpage, just good reviews in forums and a Facebook page. The one I thought was amazing value was their 60 x 23 x 25 3/4 made out of .25 inch plate steel and filled with a fire barrier, class 2 la gard lock for 1375. I couldn't find a gun safe even close to comparable for the money even with shipping.

The best place to get info on these guys is their Facebook page "drake safe company" including a price sheet. I wish I could give a link but the closest I get is this:

http://www.dryesgunshop.com/featu...safes.html

I bought one and I'm pleased as hell with it.
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Ok this is a weird one. I spent months looking a good safe for my house and through that research have discovered most safes being made right now are garbage until you start spending a LOT of money. That said in my research I discovered one company making really tough safes for really reasonable prices. Thing is they don't have a webpage, just good reviews in forums and a Facebook page. The one I thought was amazing value was their 60 x 40 x 25 made out of .25 inch plate steel and filled with a fire barrier, class 2 la gard lock for 1375. I couldn't find a gun safe even close to comparable for the money even with shipping.

The best place to get info on these guys is their Facebook page "drake safe company" including a price sheet. I wish I could give a link but the closest I get is this:

http://www.dryesgunshop.com/featu...safes.html [dryesgunshop.com]

I bought one and I'm pleased as hell with it.
Are you in NC? Interesting but it's hard to do business with a stealth company. No website, no specifications. Poking around the web they do seem like quality safes made by good people. If I lived in NC, I'd take a look.
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Are you in NC? Interesting but it's hard to do business with a stealth company. No website, no specifications. Poking around the web they do seem like quality safes made by good people. If I lived in NC, I'd take a look.
I don't live in North Carolina, I'm over in Washington State and I totally get where you are coming from. I read a ton of different forums where a bunch of independent people raved about them over and over so I finally called the guy and talked to him. I told him what I was interested in and he was super accommodating. Even checked the BBB and the company was legit. Just doesn't seem like he wants to do all the web page stuff. So as I said, I ordered one and I received it in Washington. It was shipped well and was better then I though it would be. It's was weird for me as well to deal with a company without a web page, but the only advice I can give you, is call him and chat about what he does. They really are the best safe for the dollar I could find. the only ones who got close were sturdy safe out of cali, but they ran about 400$ more for an equivalent safe with fireproofing.
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I don't live in North Carolina, I'm over in Washington State and I totally get where you are coming from. I read a ton of different forums where a bunch of independent people raved about them over and over so I finally called the guy and talked to him. I told him what I was interested in and he was super accommodating. Even checked the BBB and the company was legit. Just doesn't seem like he wants to do all the web page stuff. So as I said, I ordered one and I received it in Washington. It was shipped well and was better then I though it would be. It's was weird for me as well to deal with a company without a web page, but the only advice I can give you, is call him and chat about what he does. They really are the best safe for the dollar I could find. the only ones who got close were sturdy safe out of cali, but they ran about 400$ more for an equivalent safe with fireproofing.
You are a brave man. I'm glad it worked out. I've been poking around for a safe for a while now and a 60x40 with 1/4" plate at that price is a great deal. I've looked at Sturdy and I'm surprised it's only $400 more. What did they charge to ship to WA?
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You are a brave man. I'm glad it worked out. I've been poking around for a safe for a while now and a 60x40 with 1/4" plate at that price is a great deal. I've looked at Sturdy and I'm surprised it's only $400 more. What did they charge to ship to WA?
I think it was like 450 dollars to ship the 60x40, where as sturdy safe ships free, So I imagine the closer you are to North Carolina the better deal it is. The other couple things I liked about the drake better was 1: I liked that he would essentially customize the interior a little for no extra cost. 2. Sturdy safe had a thicker door but thinner sides, I felt that a quarter inch plate door was the right size and the thinner sides were a bigger risk. 3. I just asthetically liked the handle better (this is totally a matter of taste)

I will say for the additional 400 dollars I felt the sturdy safe fire lining was prob better then what Drake provides but Drake had some photos of a safe on his facebook page that had been in a burn down fire and looked great. If sturdy had offered a lower tier fire protection lining for like 50 bucks I might have been a little more swayed.
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I think it was like 450 dollars to ship the 60x40, where as sturdy safe ships free, So I imagine the closer you are to North Carolina the better deal it is. The other couple things I liked about the drake better was 1: I liked that he would essentially customize the interior a little for no extra cost. 2. Sturdy safe had a thicker door but thinner sides, I felt that a quarter inch plate door was the right size and the thinner sides were a bigger risk. 3. I just asthetically liked the handle better (this is totally a matter of taste)

I will say for the additional 400 dollars I felt the sturdy safe fire lining was prob better then what Drake provides but Drake had some photos of a safe on his facebook page that had been in a burn down fire and looked great. If sturdy had offered a lower tier fire protection lining for like 50 bucks I might have been a little more swayed.
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately (for many reasons) I'm in CA so my shipping cost would be similar. I'll give them a look when I'm ready to purchase.
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I don't live in North Carolina, I'm over in Washington State and I totally get where you are coming from. I read a ton of different forums where a bunch of independent people raved about them over and over so I finally called the guy and talked to him. I told him what I was interested in and he was super accommodating. Even checked the BBB and the company was legit. Just doesn't seem like he wants to do all the web page stuff. So as I said, I ordered one and I received it in Washington. It was shipped well and was better then I though it would be. It's was weird for me as well to deal with a company without a web page, but the only advice I can give you, is call him and chat about what he does. They really are the best safe for the dollar I could find. the only ones who got close were sturdy safe out of cali, but they ran about 400$ more for an equivalent safe with fireproofing.
EDIT: I found the price list on Facebook. Didn't see it before and reread your post. If these are the same/similar quality to the Sturdy $1375 for 60x40x25 is a steal! Did you have to call to get that price? It's showing $2460 on Facebook. The 60x25x23 is $1375 on Facebook.

Thanks for the post. I have been eyeing a Sturdy Safe for awhile and this looks like a good alternative. Can you post the Sturdy Safe you feel is equivalent for $400 more? Looking at the Sturdy Safe website, model 3224 (60x32x24) and 3627 (60x36x27) seem to be the close equivalents to the Drake 60x40x25. However, both of those are $900 and $1300 more respectively. I see that the entry level 60x24x19 Sturdy Safe is around $300 more. Just looking at the pricing differences. Thanks again!
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EDIT: I found the price list on Facebook. Didn't see it before and reread your post. If these are the same/similar quality to the Sturdy $1375 for 60x40x25 is a steal! Did you have to call to get that price? It's showing $2460 on Facebook. The 60x25x23 is $1375 on Facebook.

Thanks for the post. I have been eyeing a Sturdy Safe for awhile and this looks like a good alternative. Can you post the Sturdy Safe you feel is equivalent for $400 more? Looking at the Sturdy Safe website, model 3224 (60x32x24) and 3627 (60x36x27) seem to be the close equivalents to the Drake 60x40x25. However, both of those are $900 and $1300 more respectively. I see that the entry level 60x24x19 Sturdy Safe is around $300 more. Just looking at the pricing differences. Thanks again!

Shoot you are completely correct I messed up the dimensions. I have corrected the mistake. The sturdy I compared to was the entry level 24x19. The difference in price though is a little deceptive. Sturdy entry level ships free and drake does not. With shipping that makes Sturdy cheaper BUT sturdy does not include fire lining with that model. You have to pay extra. That brings the drake back to the lead with price and size
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1. What do they use as a fire liner? (i. e. Fire board vs ceramic wool vs concrete). Not all fire liners are equal in the protection they offer; nor are they all safe in regard to corroding your guns.

2. What is the bolt works made of? Some are just sheet metal that uses sheer pins or a slip clutch to keep a thief from opening the safe by wrenching the handle.

3. Does it have an anti drilling hard plate? If so is it an additional thin sheet of steel or is it a ball bearings that will grab and snap a drill bit?

4. Is sales tax included in the price?

5. What sizes do they offer?

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I watched a video on different gun safes and realized the same thing, most gun safes are crap. This looks good. I can understand not having a website.
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1. What do they use as a fire liner? (i. e. Fire board vs ceramic wool vs concrete). Not all fire liners are equal in the protection they offer; nor are they all safe in regard to corroding your guns.

2. What is the bolt works made of? Some are just sheet metal that uses sheer pins or a slip clutch to keep a thief from opening the safe by wrenching the handle.


3. Does it have an anti drilling hard plate? If so is it an additional thin sheet of steel or is it a ball bearings that will grab and snap a drill bit?

4. Is sales tax included in the price?

5. What sizes do they offer?

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1. What do they use as a fire liner? (i. e. Fire board vs ceramic wool vs concrete). Not all fire liners are equal in the protection they offer; nor are they all safe in regard to corroding your guns.

I think this is just Fire board in mine. It's not as good as other way more expensive materials but is in the "good enough" category.

2. What is the bolt works made of? Some are just sheet metal that uses sheer pins or a slip clutch to keep a thief from opening the safe by wrenching the handle.

You will have to ask him about the bolt works. I know that the mechanism is solid but I'm not fully versed on it's engineering. he responds well to phone calls though

3. Does it have an anti drilling hard plate? If so is it an additional thin sheet of steel or is it a ball bearings that will grab and snap a drill bit?

It does have a hard plate and I believe it was some type of CRES. Again you should contact him.

4. Is sales tax included in the price?

Pretty sure I paid tax

5. What sizes do they offer?

There are a variety of sizes on the facebook page and he can customize them for you too. I asked for a slightly differnt interior config and he did it free, It's a great small company.

Thank you for your response
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I watched a video on different gun safes and realized the same thing, most gun safes are crap. This looks good. I can understand not having a website.

Yeah I was surprised how many "top tier" safe makers are really just building cheap stuff that looks the part but is easily overcome. It's good to know there are a few companies trying to do better and I really hope the succeed.
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Yeah I was surprised how many "top tier" safe makers are really just building cheap stuff that looks the part but is easily overcome. It's good to know there are a few companies trying to do better and I really hope the succeed.
I was really concerned that some of the big brands used materials that caused guns to rust and the sides could be cut within a few minutes.
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