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gunsho919
03-28-2006, 05:22 PM
I was at the gunshop the other day and was looking at the FN/Browning gun safes. I saw 2 FN logo safes, one had an electronic key pad combination and the other had a traditional combination lock. I'm leaning towards the electronic one for "SHTF" quick accsess but im not sure about the reliabilty of them compared the traditional combination. Any imputs as far as reliabilty?

kamo
03-28-2006, 05:30 PM
do you have any pics? im starting to look into a large safe as my collection goes and would love one with the FN logo on it.

btown02
03-28-2006, 05:31 PM
I was at the gunshop the other day and was looking at the FN/Browning gun safes. I saw 2 FN logo safes, one had an electronic key pad combination and the other had a traditional combination lock. I'm leaning towards the electronic one for "SHTF" quick accsess but im not sure about the reliabilty of them compared the traditional combination. Any imputs as far as reliabilty?
What would happen if the electronic key pad messes up? How are you going to get into the safe? The time you'd need to get in there the most is when it would not work. I would stick with the traditional lock.

Nosferatu
03-28-2006, 05:51 PM
I have a Winchester safe with electronic lock. So far, it has been 100% reliable and it's quick & easy to get into. I won't go back to the traditional locks.

p99guy
03-28-2006, 05:52 PM
a Safe with the FN logo would be coooool. But I too tend to agree in the long run get the dial type rather than anything powered/electronic..even though they do work,and they are slightly more convient, electronic things can and do fail....then your faced with hoping you dont need a gun out of there till a repair rep can be gotten hold of.
Bottom line though...no matter what you pick, get a gun safe if you dont have one allready. its money well spent. (no matter the style lock) :)

gunsho919
03-28-2006, 06:01 PM
do you have any pics? im starting to look into a large safe as my collection goes and would love one with the FN logo on it.

unfortunalty I dont have any pics but go on the browning web site and its the black FN one.

gunsho919
03-28-2006, 06:03 PM
I figure itll match the scar im going the buy when they release it :cool:

p99guy
03-28-2006, 06:05 PM
Here is what the FN safe looks like. retail $2100-2700

http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/safes/detail.asp?value=001F&cat_id=160&type_id=42738

gunsho919
03-28-2006, 06:15 PM
yup thats the one

gunsho919
03-28-2006, 06:16 PM
the price at the store was listed at around $1800

rips31
03-28-2006, 06:33 PM
if it has an electronic lock (or one of the cooler thumbprint locks), make sure there's a master key override. that way it won't really matter if the electronic lock fails.

Prometheus
03-29-2006, 12:23 AM
I would go for the traditional lock. I think it looks cooler.

Also, the expensive safes (over 1,500) 99% of the time come with a combo. The electric is an add on at the dealer and not factory. That worries me and initally was one reason why i didn't get a elect. as well.

Also, from dead batteries to a possible EMP (tin foil hat or not) or simple short malfunction isn't worth the risk for your main safe.

Also, combo locks on expensive safes have a "day lock" feature. I can use the key to lock teh dial and prevent it being opened and I can open it with the key in 1/2 a second (provided I have the key)... or do the full lock and have to enter the combo.

When I'm home I leave it day locked for quick access and when I leave I do a full lock.

Go teh traditional route and remove all the worries. Once you get the hang of the dial it' actually pretty quick.

btown02
03-29-2006, 06:56 AM
Welcome to the forum.

jmz5
03-29-2006, 08:07 AM
welcome, i am looking at a thunbprint lock with key backup for my next safe purchase this summer

gunsho919
03-29-2006, 08:25 PM
thanks for the input, whatever i decide ill make sure it has a key override

panzermk2
03-29-2006, 10:47 PM
this weekend we are moving from a 920 sqft house with no Basement or garage to a 3500 sqft not counting 4 car garage. I have already marked off in the basement were I will have a 500 sqft walk in safe/gunroom/reloading room.
with rebar re-enforced walls I will put myself. The door will most likely be Fort Knox and I would prefer no electronic gadgets and rather spend the cash on a higher grade of locking system.
Anyone know who makes a door system as good as Knox but cheaper?

gunsho919
03-29-2006, 10:59 PM
um i'm not sure but if its just a door system and not an entire safe try checking out timberidge or maybe remington.

Tru_blu1
03-29-2006, 11:31 PM
well my girlfriend just bough me a "safe" for my birthday.. and I went for the electric lock.. I like the fact u can get in the safe faster.. and mine was a factory part.. the safe i got is a fort knoxs... the reason i didnt like the trad lock is i got to play with some in the store and u have to be dead on not a little over on the numbers or u have to start all over.. IMHO i liked the quickness of the electric lock.. as far as it failing only time will tell..... good luck and just make sure ur going to be happy with what u buy cause its alot of money to not be happy

Jason

panzermk2
03-29-2006, 11:47 PM
um i'm not sure but if its just a door system and not an entire safe try checking out timberidge or maybe remington.


Will do Thanks

gunsho919
03-30-2006, 12:46 AM
well my girlfriend just bough me a "safe" for my birthday.. and I went for the electric lock.. I like the fact u can get in the safe faster.. and mine was a factory part.. the safe i got is a fort knoxs... the reason i didnt like the trad lock is i got to play with some in the store and u have to be dead on not a little over on the numbers or u have to start all over.. IMHO i liked the quickness of the electric lock.. as far as it failing only time will tell..... good luck and just make sure ur going to be happy with what u buy cause its alot of money to not be happy

Jason

does yours by any chance have a key override? if not do you know who makes them?

jmz5
03-30-2006, 10:17 AM
most of the ones i have been checking out the past few weeks have had key overrides