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In the coming months I will be needing a gun safe to accommodate my growing rifle and pistol collection. This safe will not be at my primary residence so it has to be secure and large enough so that a burglar could not easily carry the whole safe away.

I am debating if I should be a factory make one. I saw this one at Cabella's:

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...h-box.jsp.form1&Go.x=0&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1

The other option I am considering is buying a welding machine and building a safe myself out of 12 gage mild steel. I am thinking 6 sides of 3'x4. I would lay a row or two of brick on the inside to give it some extra weight and prevent if form being carried away. The put some carpet over the brick to protect the rifle stocks.

Do you guys have any thoughts on this? Any economy safes or welding equipment you can recommend?
 

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That's the exact safe that I use. I have it in a closet (installed empty) and then bolted to the floor. Now that is loaded, you can't budge it. Well maybe with a horse or winch. By the time you go through all the hassle of welding and dorking with lining and making shelves "I" think buying one all done is the best way to go. IMHO. Good Luck.
 

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the safe in that link is not exactly a safe. its a lockable cabinet. I have a similar one. Its good for keeping your guns out of little hands, and for keeping them neat and out of the way and organized. But if you are really concerned about the possibility of them getting stolen, you should really get a real safe. I am hypocritical on this point, because while I do care, getting a real safe is not real high on my list right now. I liked the price on the stack-on cabinet, and it does the job of keeping my guns away from the kids. Not a bad deal, just don't expect more than you are really getting out of it.
 

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I have the same gun locker. It is in way way a SAFE. IT is a gun locker though. I have it bolted to the floor and the wall. It is pretty sturdy when bolted down. I am not in need of a safe right now. I just needed to lock up the guns. I ordered it online at Wally World and they shipped it to the store where I picked it up.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11071331

Almost half the price as listed at Cabelas.

It does have a few features that I do like. I can add pieces to it if I want. You can bolt another single door cabinet to it so you have a 3 door locker. You can also bolt on upper pieces to add storage for smaller items.

http://stack-on.com/securityplus/gun_cabinets_and_pistol_boxes/gc-900-5.html

http://stack-on.com/securityplus/gun_cabinets_and_pistol_boxes/gc-500-5.html

http://stack-on.com/securityplus/gun_cabinets_and_pistol_boxes/pb-201.html

It works well for me, I will get a real safe as time and money allow. Saving for the big boy.

Dru.
 

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I will check out Wallmart to see what they have. It might be a little light for what I have in mind.

I have looked into the building myself option more. It seems like the better option. 6 sheets of 3x4, 10 gage mild steel are going to weight about 50 lbs each. That is 300 lbs. Mild steel costs about .50 a lb. A 100 amp welder is about $100. So this option give me a 300 lb safe for about $250.

I like that pistol rolladex.
 

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Do you have fabricating experience? Cause its a lot more than just buying a welder and some steel and poof there's a safe.
 

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Yeah, I have done some armoring. I know some people that can give me additional guidance on welding. No doubt it will be a good size project. I think the trickiest part will be finding adequate hinges and welding them to the inside. I would like to make it so it is a double door. That way I can place a round lock in the middle of the doors that can not be clipped. I was told that if I want to go with the cheap welder, everything that needs to be welded must be mild steel.
 
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