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Old 03-28-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Gun Safe Tips

I recently noticed on my Liberty Gun Safe that all around the circumference of the door and pointing inward was a hard unprotected edge. I then bought some automotive clear door edge protector from O'Reilly's and installed it all the way around, problem solved. The photo was taken from around the door hinge area. Getting rifles in and out required me to rotate them sideways and come close to the hard edge, this is when I came up with the idea. It's probably not an issue on larger gun safes where you have more room to work with, but it was with mine.


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Old 03-28-2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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Good thinkin PiNkie!
 
Old 04-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Rather than start another thread, here is another gun safe tip...

Cannon Safe SSL-04-Mechanical Lock Security Safe Light this is a low light long exposure picture that best replicates what it looks like in low light, no tripod, kinda blurry...I think the light is worth $14.99

From the Manufacturer
"Designed to make opening a safe in a dark place fast and simple. This compact light allows you to quickly and clearly see your safe's controls while giving you discreet access-all without impairing night vision. Requires no hardware as it mounts using a strong magnetic back and also becomes a mini flashlight once safe is opened."

Product Description
"Place this light above your dial and with the push of a button in the dark, the red light comes on and helps you see to dial open your mechanical dial lock, without effecting your night vision, or alerting an intruder that you are aware they are there."


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Old 04-15-2011, 04:35 PM   #4
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nice tips, thanks...
 
Old 04-15-2011, 05:34 PM   #5
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Like thread!

Now stuck.

Keep em coming.
 
Old 04-16-2011, 09:30 AM   #6
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For tips considering the differences between safe styles, I submit my personal experiences below:

For quick access, I'm a fan of electronic push button combination locks instead of traditional spin combination locks.
Though, my safe makes a VERY loud beep when pushing each button which of course would be useless for stealth.

Another down side was once when the batteries on the electronic lock ran down far enough, it would beep and confirm the unlock, but there wasn't enough juice to actually spin the lock mechanism to the unlock position. I had to use the physical key I had hidden that time. Later, I went out and get more AA batteries. The up-side is that I stocked up on batteries I should have had anyway.

All that said, I don't keep a loaded gun in my safe. People get complacent and forget. There was someone local who had an "accident" when he pulled a loaded rifle out of his safe. The safety wasn't on and it snagged the trigger somehow. The shot wounded someone in the apartment above him when it went through the ceiling. Terrible luck, but it's another reminder of what you do with your safe is important.

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:58 AM   #7
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Spin Style Combination Instant Access

I'm sure many here know that with the spin style combination locks (at least my Liberty) all you have to do for fast access is roll off the last digit that opens the safe, 3-5 digits once unlocked and it will stop the handle from opening the safe, to reopen door just spin back to the last #...this allows very fast access to your weapons.

Having said that...DO THIS ONLY IF YOU ARE IN THE HOUSE!

If you leave the house spin past "0" three times and actually lock your safe.

(1) Unlock, leave at opening #, door opens..grab weapons
(2) Close door, roll 3-5 digits off last #, handle will not move, safe is not actually locked, but will not open.
(3) Roll back to last opening #, safe will open again.

When I'm home on the weekends, as long as I'm in the house, this is what I do.

CCPDYMMV
 
Old 04-17-2011, 10:21 PM   #8
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Awesome tip there Pink works like a charm. Just got my Liberty in today.
 
Old 04-22-2011, 02:00 PM   #9
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Gun Safe Lighting

This is new to me...but I love it already, gun safe lighting
The room was pitch black, the photo is a time exposure with no flash, but looks 100% accurate.


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Old 04-25-2011, 08:18 PM   #10
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So, has anyone here actually had to put one of these units through a RL test? I mean. fire control (which concerns me most with teenage kids around). Aside from that last hurrrah, are there any caveats with the current systems out there for securing firearms?
Such as weight issues with foundations? Exposure to elements? I'm not stupid...iron and steel rust...But can they have limited exposure with provided maintanence?
I have little space that is untouched by others in the family and their associates. Can make a place on concrete to specifically store my materials and munitions. But it will not be invisible, like I had hoped ;X We don't all live in the cinema, so must make some limited choices as to how we do things.
 
Old 05-21-2011, 07:54 PM   #11
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Move The Handguns To The Door

I have been quickly outgrowing my gun safe
So I decided to remove the shelving where my handguns use to reside, then lock up the ammunition elsewhere in the house and move most of my handguns to nylon straps located on the door, now I have more room for AR's and long guns





Before photo...

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Old 05-22-2011, 10:11 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PiNk TCP View Post
I'm sure many here know that with the spin style combination locks (at least my Liberty) all you have to do for fast access is roll off the last digit that opens the safe, 3-5 digits once unlocked and it will stop the handle from opening the safe, to reopen door just spin back to the last #...this allows very fast access to your weapons.

Having said that...DO THIS ONLY IF YOU ARE IN THE HOUSE!

If you leave the house spin past "0" three times and actually lock your safe.

(1) Unlock, leave at opening #, door opens..grab weapons
(2) Close door, roll 3-5 digits off last #, handle will not move, safe is not actually locked, but will not open.
(3) Roll back to last opening #, safe will open again.

When I'm home on the weekends, as long as I'm in the house, this is what I do.

CCPDYMMV
While I agree this is fast access.. It can be a problem. I hate to admit but I have left the house and forgot to spin the dial... But in 30+ years of safe ownership shit happens.

A friend of mine has a friend(really) he forgot to spin his and came home to an empty safe... Always spin the dial... even when home.... (I can run the combo pretty quick...)

If you want a defense weapon out, do so.. if you have kids and want to secure that one... they have those lock boxes... a clip or ammo for that gun can be kept seperate. I keep a couple in different locations so the gun is not loaded 'till I want it..

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Old 05-22-2011, 12:02 PM   #13
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While I agree this is fast access.. It can be a problem. I hate to admit but I have left the house and forgot to spin the dial... But in 30+ years of safe ownership shit happens.

A friend of mine has a friend(really) he forgot to spin his and came home to an empty safe... Always spin the dial... even when home.... (I can run the combo pretty quick...)

If you want a defense weapon out, do so.. if you have kids and want to secure that one... they have those lock boxes... a clip or ammo for that gun can be kept seperate. I keep a couple in different locations so the gun is not loaded 'till I want it..
Yes, that is a higher level of safety...and there is nothing wrong with that
 
Old 05-23-2011, 09:25 AM   #14
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what kind of lighting did you use?
 
Old 05-23-2011, 10:31 AM   #15
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what kind of lighting did you use?
Sylvania 72422 LED Undercabinet Light with Motion Sensor Function, 3 Pack, Black , magneticaly mounted to a metal bar that goes across the top of the safe.



This is looking up, the magnets are double back sticky taped (provided) and magnetically attatched to the 3/4 inch wide steel bar, that is about an inch wider in length than the side walls of the safe, with the Liberty Safe the light bar just rests on the top of the side panels.


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Old 09-14-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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thanks for sharing such informative and fantastic post..
 
Old 09-15-2011, 12:19 AM   #17
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A very useful tips.. I always put this in mind.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 10:48 AM   #18
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Today's Gun Safe Tip, have a sense of humor

 
Old 10-07-2011, 01:03 PM   #19
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holy shit that red light is what i need!!! thanks!!
 
Old 09-12-2013, 08:45 PM   #20
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Any more tips to add here?


Still looking to which safe to buy <$1000
 
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