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Friday, March 18, 2016

Gun Safe



A lot of stuff went to the bottom of the ocean when we lost our sailboat on the shoals. There many little annoying things about losing most of my personal items. The latest hassle stems from losing my key ring.

In short, the key for my gun safe was on that ring. The good news is that I dropped a key off with my daughter before heading south. The bad news is that we haven't found that key either. So far I've tried three different keys that look like the one, but no joy.

There are serial numbers on the back of the safe that would allow me to order more keys. Unfortunately, the safe is lag bolted to 2X4s. It might be possible, using fiber optics or mirrors to view those numbers. Chances aren't that great of that working but it's worth a shot.

The best bet for now is to keep pawing through my daughter's collection of keys. My other options are picking or drilling out the lock. Drilling is a last resort as I'd really like to keep using the lock. A safe without a lock defeats the purpose of having a safe in the first place.

At least I've got a couple self defense weapons not in that safe. They are locked away in a secret hidden area in a different part of the house. Never put all your eggs in one basket.

-Sixbears

13 comments:

  1. I had a small safe for years. Then, in preparation for a move, emptied and stored it long-term. Upon removal from storage years later, it had to be reincarnated as an end table for much the same reasons. On the bright side, it does make a sturdy table.

    I still have a tiny nagging thing in the back of my mind about whether I really emptied it.

    At least you can avoid that feeling. ;-)

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    1. Yep, I know the safe is full of big boy toys.

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  2. Well, without a key, you can be sure that the guns are safe. Even from you...
    Good luck finding a solution. I have no doubt you will.

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    1. My daughter just sent me a text with a photo of a key that looks like it could be it. Crossing my fingers . . .

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  3. My method has been to have few guns, keep them loaded, and keep them in reach. That works well until I go to town. (Duh!) lol

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    1. Of course, you don't really like to go to town, now do you? We have a lot of kids that visit. My grandkids know gun safety, but their friends might not. Better to be safe.

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  4. A handy little trick we use at work all the time;
    If you have to use a mirror, get as close as you can to it with a cell phone camera and take a picture of it in the reflection.
    You can then expand the picture way out to see the numbers.
    You can take as many picture as you need until you get one that is legible enough.
    Good luck!

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    1. Good trick. Just got a new cell phone with a decent camera too. (replaced the cheapie lost to salt water)

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  5. Most safes have a secondary means of entry. I once saw a safe opened in the school system by drilling a 1/2 hole at a certain location, inserting a rod and tripping out the locking mech. The hole was welded shut, and "that's all I'm going to say about that"!

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    1. I hope to beat this without taking out the welding machine, but that's an option.

      My daughter found another key that looks like the right one, so there's hope yet.

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    1. It's what I used to do . . . until the grandkids starting walking around.

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  7. Used Gun Safe --- Remember, life warranties on gun safes doesn't usually transfer to second parties. I think Tredlock gun safes reviews and American Gun Safe have transferable warranties. But Tredlock Safes went out of business. If you have problems with your gun safe, fixing them could cost more than the safe.

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