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Old June 5, 2004, 11:45 AM   #1
SouthernBelle
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Building a fireproof, safe/gun room

Hi All, I just read some really interesting items from Preacherman and Armalube about this. I wanted to know if anyone knew of websites on how to build and secure a room for guns. We need a room, not a safe. My DH (darling husband) is a carpenter and we plan to do some remodeling anyway. If anyone can point me to any resources, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!
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Old June 5, 2004, 12:44 PM   #2
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Depends how far you want to go, Tornado...Nuclear Proof....or just a gun safe. Concrete or Block wall with reinforced concrete roof cap should handle most senarios. Then you'll need a door for the opening, (get one that has an inside release option so you can't be locked in)....see below

http://www.sportsmansteelsafes.com/defender.htm
http://www.brownsafe.com/vault_door.html
http://www.libertysafenorcal.com/Saf...t%20Door.lasso

Here are some prefab units...

http://amico-securityproducts.com/
http://www.stormcloset.com/

If making a concrete stucture, make sure you install necessary electrical wiring to handle communications, power, alarm systems, surveylance, and climate control.

Best to do this on new construction, remods require more work.
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Old June 5, 2004, 12:55 PM   #3
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Greetings,

For serious protection, a vault must be constructed of reinforced concrete (on all sides, including the floor and ceiling) and equipped with a steel vault door. Such a project would be expensive and is most likely beyond the scope of your requirements. Any room constructed of wood, on the other hand, would offer little security.

http://www.americanvault.us/index.cfm?ID=12
http://www.vaultstructures.com/concretemodular.htm
http://www.sse-corp.com/vaultdoors.html

A special conventionally constructed room with a strong, lockable door might be your best best, but several good gun safes (taking into account your reply below) would be necessary to provide serious security. You might consider acquiring some used ones at bargain prices. This would be your most cost effective solution.

Good luck,

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Old June 5, 2004, 03:14 PM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks for the input. We have inherited about 50 guns from my Dad that had been by grandfather's. Many are long guns and many are antiques. We also have several of our own. We need a safe place for them and the bulk of the collection would require gun safes! Thanks!
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Old June 6, 2004, 02:32 PM   #5
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I've not checked this out, but this site was recommended to me by someone I know. Might have some good info...

http://www.joelskousen.com/Secure/secure.html
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Old June 6, 2004, 07:54 PM   #6
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I've never done it, but what about a couple pices of drywall with expanded metal in between the layers of drywall. Add a reinforced door ( don't have the details yet). I would think it would at least meet the resistance of a RSC, I don't know about as good as a safe. Fire protection is of course compromised.
FWIW,
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