Alternative for a gun safe

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by jack010203, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. jack010203

    jack010203 New Member

    Sep 21, 2008
    Hi guys I am looking for a way to keep my guns safe, but my situation does not allow me to get a gun safe. i am in an Apt and could not get a gun safe up to my Apt. So a gun cabinet is probly out of the question too, unless it required assembly later so i can get it up there and then put it togeter. Wanted to see if anyone had another idea.

    All suggestions appreciated

  2. zembonez

    zembonez TGT Addict

    Feb 22, 2008
    Republic of Texas
    It's pretty easy to make a strong 3/4 inch plywood box in a closet with angle iron edges and several good locks. You can bolt it through the back into the wall studs with lag bolts and it's removable when you move out. All you have to do is spackle a few holes in a closet (which likely would not ever get noticed.

    Practical secure storage that would take some work to get into... pretty cheap.
  3. Bansheeman6100

    Bansheeman6100 New Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    South Austin
    or you could buy one of the small light cabinets, mine probably weights 50lbs. of course i put A LOT of weight in the bottom so someone cant just walk off with it. and it was less than $100
  4. schmellba99

    schmellba99 Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Houston & San Antonio
    This would be my suggestion as well. You can get them at Academy, Cabela's, Wal-Mart and a bunch of other places. Most are something like 18 gague steel sheet that you can lag bolt to the studs in the wall. I had one for several years that worked just fine before I ended up outgrowing it.
  5. Hoji

    Hoji Bowling-Pin Commando

    May 28, 2008
    Mustang Ridge
  6. jack010203

    jack010203 New Member

    Sep 21, 2008
    thanks for the ideas guys i think im going to go with one of those metal storage cabinet things.
  7. baboon

    baboon Well-Known

    I've had my Liberty safe for 20 years and 10 of them were in apartments. One of my buddies recently bought a safe for his second floor of his condo that's on the third floor.
  8. Pony

    Pony Member

    May 17, 2008
    Azle, TX
    I'm probably not a good candidate to answer this question, I keep all my rifles in a gun cabinet made of glass and wood; and my pistols scattered around the house (night-stands, book shelves etc). But I do live and work from home out in the country. I also have 4 very large dogs. I figure if someone is determined enough to walk the 500 feet from the road, past 4 aggressive dogs then it doesn't matter if I have my guns in glass and wood or a large safe.

    The way I see it is you have two options - security through strength or concealment. If I wanted to secure a gun without the expense or difficulty in adding a heavy duty safe I would instead hide the guns. I dislike the idea that guns in a safe are difficult to get to in a hurry. Here is what I would do -
    Install a circuit breaker panel (the type that fit flush against your wall and use the space behind the drywall - but don't install the back panel that holds the breakers. You can make it as tall as you want - for rifles or just handguns. It has the advantage of being very quick to access and can be placed anywhere without drawing the attention of thieves.
    If you want it to be elaborate you could install the back panel with a concealed hinge and use old breakers glued in place to complete the look.
  9. LinenCabinetTen

    LinenCabinetTen New Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Happy New Year

    I'm new to this board and just thought to post a quick hi to you all. I hope you all had a great Christmas andI'm looking forward to learning and contributing here. Chat soon - Lauren;)
  10. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    New Braunfels, TX
    Also - there's at least one manufacturer that makes a "break-down" safe - ships in sections, you assemble in place. Would be ideal for your situation...

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