As times begin to change in this world or really in this country we always want to feel safe. To do that most of us turn to our 2nd Amendment, our guns. So if we have guns to keep us safe, who is looking after our guns when we are not around? Sure we might legally carry a firearm with us but what about what we leave at home. This is why my wife and I decided to go looking for a gun safe. With the economy in the state its in there are more and more break-in’s or home thefts each year. The last thing we wanted to do was come home and find what firearms we have were missing. We set out to find a nice safe for under $350 to install somewhere in our home. This will not only protect our guns from theft but it will keep them clean, and out of the hands of anyone in our home but us. This is really important with children weather they are yours or someone else’s. This will also make a nice place to store ammo and other valuables. As it turns out most local suppliers around us seem to stock a few but have more around the Christmas Season, then they run them on sale after the holidays. Most small gun retailers do not stock them b/c of size, weight and sales floor real-estate they consume. We headed to Muncie Indiana to goto all stores we though might stock gun safes. Here is a list of where we looked.
- Menards – Decent Selection but not in our price range.
- Rual King – Decent Selection but not in our price range. Smaller safes sold out
- Dunhams – Great Selection of Stack-On Safes and a small one for $369 on sale almost $200 off
- MC Sports Checked online – Showed none online so we didn’t stop, heard they have them
- Walmart – 2 Safes in stock but normally they are not an in store item. $499 and up is all they had. Big selection online though.
- Tractor Supply – Several Winchester Brand Safes, out of stock but they can order one, and have shipments every Thursday.
After looking we pretty much decided to get the Winchester TS-9 small safe. Here are the Specs and a link to the product from TSC. Winchester Gun Safe, 10 Gun Capacity
The Winchester® Gun Safe will protect your firearms and valuables from theft.
- California DOJ compliant
- Mechanical dial lock
- Holds up to 10 long guns
- Recessed door
- 2-way bolt work
- 1 in. diameter locking bolts
- 3-spoke handle
- Gray interior with removable shelf
- Durable granite gloss powder paint finish
- 55 in. H x 18 in. W x 15 in. D
- Cubic Size: 8-3/4 cu. ft.
- Weight: 147 lb.
- 1 year limited warranty
This is what I would call a small entry level safe. For us in my home we only have 3 rifles and 1 pistol to store in the safe. I will try to add some shelves for ammo and cleaning supplies. The problem now is getting the safe. For some reason (could be the Obama Gun Ban Stuff) all the small safes are out of stock at TSC and the warehouse. I have called both the Muncie and the Greenville stores closest to us to see if they had any coming this week or on order. Looks like we might have to order from TSC online or order at the store. Says it takes 5 to 10 days to get it at the store for pickup.
We looked and measured to find a good place to put the safe and somewhat hidden. I think we will put the safe inside a cloths closet just so its not out in a room out in the open. After looking through our house this made the most sense to us. We will install the safe by bolting it to the wall or floor. All the safes we looked at had the hardware to do that included.
This is my experience so far with Gun Safes. I hope you are able to put this information to use if you go looking for one.
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