Since I rather have 5 well used guns than 10 unfired ones, I will only have two cute guns...a cute Benelli (20" bbl) and even cuter M1A Scout (20" bbl). Those will hardly take up any space, but I am also buying the safe for my not so cute fullsize D-28 dreadnaught and custom Deering Calico match banjo! The safe is for the instruments as much as the guns and will be taking up most of the space. A banjo on the streets is almost as dangerous as a gun on the streets.Originally posted by TCPilot:
I'm in total agreement with Fred...get one size bigger than you need, at the *least*. All the guns fit fine, but extra space is now taken up by camera, pilot bag, computer data backups, girlfriend's jewelry, etc. etc.
PS: Of course, Skunkabilly, you don't need that big ol' safe if all you're going to put in it are a buncha "cute" guns.
mlbdg said:My brother-in-law collects all kinds of weapons and keeps them in a Fort Knox. It's a really nice safe and he swears by it. I have a smaller version and also like it. Don't forget to get a safe with proper fire protection and a dehumidifier. It is also nice to have the carpeted interior feature. DO NOT USE THAT STAY DRY STUFF TO KEEP THE MOISTURE OUT OF THE SAFE. I HEARD THAT IT WILL BACKFIRE ON YOU AND CAUSE RUST.
SGT: I think it may depend on the type of product that you are using. The stuff to stay away from is WetDri (??) and products like it. It may work fine for basements and that kind of moisture problem but not for enclosed spaces such as a gun safe. Anyway, that is what I read. I should have been more specific but what do you want for free advice?
I don't know where you heard this, but I'll relate my experience. Dessicant packs are all I use in my safe. I live in So. Cal. also and have never had a problem with rust. Occasionally, they need to be re charged/dried out(pop them in the oven). I check my guns once a year and wipe them down with breakfree, whether I use them, or not.