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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 01-21-2014 01:32 AM 1057 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2014 01:32 AM

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My apologies to the forum members for my past posts regarding this subject. You might have noticed that this is an important issue to me. I lost several firearms that were my grandfather’s and are gone forever. I don’t want others to go through what I went through in 1970. I suggest that everyone that has firearms in their home to make sure they are secure not only from careless use but also theft.
I enjoy this forum and have learned a lot from the members. Now, if I can get the shop above 40 degrees this week I will attempt to make shavings and sawdust.

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 01:36 AM

No apologies needed, as we are all passionate about what we believe in.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#2 posted 01-21-2014 03:41 AM

I agree. It’s great to believe in what you have a passionate for. Carry on.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 11:01 AM

Thanks for your understanding. Now, all I have to do is figure out how to heat my shop with temps in the low teens this week. Welcome to the sunny South!

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 04:10 PM

The only firearms that I have “lost” were “borrowed” by my sons, so I know where they are, but are
getting used so I have no complaints. One grandson is getting a custom built 416 Rigby for his upcoming
African trip, so I know where you are coming from with your story. Now I have to make sure that both
the guns and the shop tools are covered with replacement value on the insurance. Monte lost his shop
last night, and I would not want to go through that and discover I had forgot to properly insure everything.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 01-21-2014 05:33 PM

Agree Gus – -
Monte’s accident is also a good reminder for a shop inventory…to lose the whole building like that – - there is going to be a lot that is irreplaceable, but also that doesn’t get covered.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 06:44 PM

I know what it feels like to have guns stolen. My problem is, it took having them stolen twice before I was smart enough to get a gun safe.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 12:37 AM

I’m a firm believer in a gun safe. It won’t stop a determined thief, but it will be enough of a deterrent to stop most thieves. Evan a low end safe will provide enough security to deter 99% of the would be thieves.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 11:50 AM

lightcs1776, a heavy steel safe is the best way. It would be hard to break into a heavy steel safe (not a locker) and even harder to cart off a 500 pound safe.
Also, make sure you have serial numbers and take photos of all your firearms. Give a copy of a CD of the pictures and a list to your insurance agent to keep in your file. Keep a copy for yourself. Firearms without serial numbers cannot be claimed and returned. I have a friend who is a licensed gunsmith. He tried to buy an old shotgun but the BATFE told him that it didn’t have a serial number and can’t be sold.

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 12:07 PM

I fully agree. However, there are many who simply can’t afford a 1/4 thick steel safe. They run into the thousands of dollars. Granted, at 500 pounds, your likely thinking more of the same safes I had in mind, costing under $1500 and providing a reasonable balance between security and affordability. I was taught that I should generally plan on spending as much on a safe as the average cost of one of the guns in the safe.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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