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picking a gun safe?

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There seems to be so many biased reviews that it's daunting on these things. I'm looking hard at the liberty fatboy jr. That's right in my budget and seems to be a decent rsc for the money as far as I can tell. I know it's not a Fort Knox or sturdy safe but it's what I can afford to get my guns out of the corners of my bedroom and my sheet metal stackon cabinet. I don't have any high dollar collector guns just hunting guns and some ar15 stuff. I'm looking for decent fire protection and child safety mostly as I have to many tools laying around to fend off a very determined theif. Even a Sturdy Safe or similar can be gotten into with a grinder and cutoff wheel if you have enough time so my primary concerns are as stated before child safety and fire protection. I might even go the extra mile and put ceramic fiber insulation between closet wall and safe for extra protection. So my question is should I go fatboy jr or something else? Thanks for you guys input.
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triggercreep said:
Never. I try to never buy anything I can't pick up myself and carry to the truck.
As Rob Oz said buy big. The number they are said to hold is never accurate!

As far as additional fire protection, go with a 2nd layer of drywall IMO. Code in a public building is two pieces of 5/8" drywall for a firewall. I am considering this for my safes.
Varmintmist said:
The more you pay, the better the safe. Pretty simple.

The question is is how much good that extra will do you? If the safe is in the basement and the house catches on fire and the whole thing collapses in, the firearms are outta luck and it wont matter a bit if you paid 1200 or 5000. If it is a smaller fire, the 5K safe may help.

As to protection, as was stated, unless you have nothing in your garage but a weedwacker, it can be opened.
The alternative is an old oak gun cabinet with glass doors that takes zero effort to break into...
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