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Posted: 1/25/2009 3:51:04 PM EDT
I found a class 6 gsa weapons safe for $800. It is not fire proof but it weighs 1040 lbs. Its 22" wide 39" deep 52" tall. Is this a good price. I read that class 5 is better but I cant find specs on wall thickness or anything else. Thanks in advance for any info.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 4:01:52 PM EDT
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GSA container specs do not detail thickness last I heard, they detail how long it must take to defeat by various methods.

Kharn
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 4:10:56 PM EDT
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GSA container specs do not detail thickness last I heard, they detail how long it must take to defeat by various methods.

Kharn


that is my understanding as well.

I have several GSA safes used for classified information storage.

You won't defeat the X-09 locks without some special tools and data,  but the actual safe walls are only 1/8" thick heat-treated steel.   That is still stronger than many of the commercial gun safes I see advertised today.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 4:16:56 PM EDT
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So is $800 a good price? I caught a forum thread where a guy bought 4 of them for $150 a piece at a govt auction.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 7:37:34 PM EDT
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So is $800 a good price? I caught a forum thread where a guy bought 4 of them for $150 a piece at a govt auction.


I buy from govt auctions.   I have never paid less than $250 for a file safe, and a $500 for a gun safe.

If it has an electronic lock, an X-07, -08, -09 series, I would be leery.   Most of those being sold are due to the lock's brain getting a little feeble.   It's not a matter if, but when, the lock's brain quits.   Then your only option is to cut open the safe.

The lock/door internals can be drilled and cut by a professional, to minimize damage to the safe and it's contents, but few commercial locksmith's have the data to do it properly.   I have seen safes where this was done, and it was a fairly involved job.  It would take a fair amount of welding to repair the safe, and a new lock retails for around $2300.00.

The mechanical dial locks, like  S&G, are very reliable and can go decades without trouble.

I'd compare your safe to commercial ones regarding prices and construction, to see if it is a good deal.   The commercial fireproof safes I've seen are pathetic.   Extremely thin sheet metal with a poured firebrick-like material.   I have cut them open in 15 minutes using $25 in chinese tools.

I prefer a safe made with  1/4-1/2" thick hardened steel plate and a new electronic lock.   I'd add 2" of drywall all around it for fireproofing, and bolt it to a cement slab.
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