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Looking at the Costco Bighorn safe... Thoughts?

MPSmith1 293 28 July 10, 2016 at 05:36 PM More Costco Wholesale Deals
I've been researching executive vaults for some time now and I would like your thoughts on the one I've chosen. I'm looking very closely at the Bighorn safe on Costco for $599 plus tax with free curbside shipping.

http://www.costco.com/BIGHORN-Saf...25662.html

I'm fully aware this safe isn't as sturdy or thick walled as other higher priced safes, since it is largely 14 gauge and couldn't exactly stop Danny Ocean from breaking into it. Lol.... I was looking for a fairly secure vault that would keep my kids from getting to my guns and at the same time have some minimal level of theft prevention. My budget installed is ~$750.

Since It'll be in my walk out basement, I plan on renting an appliance dolly and moving it inside myself. It won't be going up or down any steps. I also plan to bolt it to the floor.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Is there another option I should consider?

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Gun safe? Ha! Not big enough!

I like traditional combination locks but that is really more personal preference since the electronic ones are almost as reliable.

That looks to be a pretty good price for what you get.
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Gun safe? Ha! Not big enough!

I like traditional combination locks but that is really more personal preference since the electronic ones are almost as reliable.

That looks to be a pretty good price for what you get.
I hear ya about not being big enough. It's NEVER big enough! LMAO!
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You want my thoughts on this safe?

Okay.


First, don't sound apologetic for going cheap on a safe. Most of us go this route. I would rather save on a cheap safe and then take other precautions to keep guns hidden and secret.


Next, build it with great care and thought as part of your house so that thieves can not pry it open. Build it into a tiny narrow hidden room so that no prying is possible. I probably don't have to tell you to bolt it to many studs. That is a given.


Also, fire proof the hidden room. Line the room with two layers of fire-proof sheet rock including floors and ceilings unless they are concrete.


Last, try to avoid external walls being adjacent to the safe. I had two safes opposite of another in my last home. The one bolted the external wall made those rifles rust. The other safe kept my guns dry and pristine.


One thing about these electric locks is that some people have complained of failure and then having all their guns locked up. What follows is a huge headache, mess, useless cut open 500 lbs. safe that you will have to replace. Research on the web. Look at this: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_6_46...nical.html
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Oh, and I put mine up on blocks to keep moisture from the floor entering the safes.

I don't know if this lock fits but read the reviews on this lock for some good info:
https://www.amazon.com/Sargent-Gr...B002EDF466
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Oh, and I put mine up on blocks to keep moisture from the floor entering the safes.

I don't know if this lock fits but read the reviews on this lock for some good info:
https://www.amazon.com/Sargent-Gr...B002EDF466
Thanks for the comments. I really appreciate it. I've been doing a lot of research and the reviews on the Bighorn are as good as any in that price range. The safe has now been ordered!

Mike
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