Gun Safe Story

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by TexZaa, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. TexZaa

    TexZaa New Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Cedar Park, Texas
    Many years ago, living in Houston my home was burglarized. At that time the only safe I had in the house was a small safe that fit on the floor of my bedroom closet. It was not large enough to hold a rifle or any other long arm, but was stuffed with pistols. The burglars dragged it into the middle of the bedroom where they worked upon it with crowbars in their attempt to pry it open. It was not a very expensive safe, but it kept them so busy that they failed to check deeper into the closet or under the beds where they would have found an AR-15 and several other long guns. They didn't even bother to check the bottom dresser drawer where they would have found some very expensive camera equipment. I believe we must have surprised them when we pulled up into the driveway because everything was dropped on the floor and it appeared they retreated empty-handed. They made a hasty retreat out of the back door.

    I believe that given another 30 minutes or so, they would have gotten that little safe open. Since then I have purchase several safes, each one larger than the last to accomodate things I do not want to give up. I have not been burglarized since.

    This is my question for other safe owners: Have you experienced a burglary since owning a large safe? They obviously are not going to walk out with my safe unless they are truly prepared for it by bringing a large safe-dolly and the Terminator to move it. Most burglars are not.

    Have you ever had one opened, removed or damaged? Are these large gun safes that you find lined up outside many gun shows easy to crack? I want to feel like they aren't, but I just don't know.


  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
  3. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    count me in also
  4. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Breaking in

    My buddy had a house fire early this year. He had a Stack On (read cheap) gunsafe that was totally charred. You couldn't even read the writing on the outside and the digital keypad was just a shell of its former self. The door had even warped a little from the heat. It took us over an hour with a metal cutting saw to break in. It also included a sledge hammer and some big pry bars. I was pretty impressed with the security of the safe for its (I believe) $200-$300 price. When we got in, the biggest damage was rust. It sat for a couple days and everything inside was soaked. All the paperwork, guns, and ammo survived. The worst heat damage was a warped plastic butt pad. Even the cheap safes seem to be a very good insurance policy. He has upgraded to a better one now, but something is definitely better than nothing.

    I also had to break into one of the cheap fire safes from Walmart. Two hits from a hammer and presto. It only took two because I was being gentle, plus it is portable. Not much security there at all.

    I also read that burgulars consider any safe 800 pounds or less portable. You must bolt them down. It only takes a minute and might save all your stuff.
  5. Big country

    Big country TGT Addict

    Mar 6, 2009
    Cedar Park,TX
    When I get a safe I'm going to securely attach it to the floor with carriage bolts and play doe.
    Subscribed BTW!
  6. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    I had mine bolted down when it was installed....
  7. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    New Braunfels, TX
    Mine's 1800's still bolted down. Ah figger if nuthin' else, ah'm gonna give 'em a helluva hernia.... ;)
  8. randmplumbingllc

    randmplumbingllc Active Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    El Paso
    MAN, you have the worst luck by the looks of the rest of your posts. I'm thinkin it is time to MOVE !
  9. junkyguns

    junkyguns Active Member


    2800 pounds 4 hours at 1800 degrees burgulary resistants level 1b

    plus a seperate insurance policy and all is documented and photographed what else is a fellow to do .....oh yeah two 140 pound dogs !
  10. ss1

    ss1 New Member

    Nov 22, 2009
    gregg co.
    That is class.

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