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Old 01-19-2013, 19:25   #1
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Locked out of my gun safe!

I went to open my safe this morning, but to my dismay, it just made a weak-azzed buzzing sound after I entered the code... without opening. I thought I may have just needed to put in a fresh battery, but no dice. I tried all of the trouble shooting advice on the web, but I still can't get the dang thing open. It's a Browning safe, I think made by ProSteel, with an electronic S&G lock. I'm sure I'm not the first to experience this, so what have any of you had to go through to get this fixed? Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-19-2013, 19:38   #2
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a keyed safe only for me please
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Old 01-19-2013, 19:47   #3
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Best of luck.

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Old 01-19-2013, 19:49   #4
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Old 01-19-2013, 19:50   #5
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Yikes, that's one of my worst fears, lol.

Is it still under warranty?
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Old 01-19-2013, 19:52   #6
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Best of luck.

Gun control has struck.
Skynet.

(I've got a twenty year old Liberty and could never figure out why anyone would want one that didn't have a dial.) (Anyone ever have batteries that leaked (like my best flashlights -- what a pisser!) that gunked up their safe's lock?)
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Old 01-19-2013, 19:52   #7
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Sounds like it's time to get a little physical. Body slam the door and also the hand-lever and try again. Some times these things don't have the "oooompf" to release if under stress or dry. When and if you do get open , lightly oil the mechanism.

Good luck.!
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Old 01-19-2013, 19:56   #8
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I don't think it's still under warranty. I bought it at Sportsman's Whorehouse before they packed up shop and left town (2008). Unfortunately, the warranty information is securely locked in the safe.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:01   #9
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I would go on Browning's website and see if you could dig up some contact info and call/email them.

Or call a local locksmith.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:02   #10
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OH NO!!! Mine is acting funny and I called them and had to leave a message. I get a soft click when you enter the code once in a while. Not the normal solid click that you get.

I believe the warranty was 5 years on the lock system? I bought mine this year.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:07   #11
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Call the manufacturer. This is another good reason to register your safe with the manufactuer. If something goes wrong, they will many times fix it. There are safes out there that have a keyed operated lock underneath of the keypad just for such a situation. Good luck man and keep us posted.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:20   #12
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Call S&G lock.
Then call a locksmith.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:29   #13
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Ditto on the old school dial. Write it down in a few places, and even if you vapor lock on the combo, you're never "locked out" . I don't trust anything without a key or a dial, or both. Mine is an old Browning.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:31   #14
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Call Browning. Explain situation.

Call safesmith. Pay to have safe opened IF Browning is unwilling to help.

Have safesmith bring an S&G mechanical lock with him.
Think of a combination that you want the safesmith to program into the mechanical lock.

I won't have an electronic lock for the very reason you're having problems.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:32   #15
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I passed up a great deal on a good safe a couple months ago... It had an S&G keypad lock... I am holding out for one with a S&G dial.
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:38   #16
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Just happened to my cousins out of warranty safe and cost him $650. The guy had to basically destroy the key pad and then he put a brand new one on except this time he had the guy install a dial with key lock.


Best of luck to you
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:41   #17
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Old 01-19-2013, 20:52   #18
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I had a safe drilled and opened almost a year ago, and I think it was around $350 (don't remember exact $$$) to drill the lock, open the safe and install a new S&G mechanical lock.

The safesmith charged 'by the hour' to open the safe, and a flat fee for repairing the holes (two locks) installing the new lock.
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Call Browning. Explain situation.

Call safesmith. Pay to have safe opened IF Browning is unwilling to help.

Have safesmith bring an S&G mechanical lock with him.
Think of a combination that you want the safesmith to program into the mechanical lock.

I won't have an electronic lock for the very reason you're having problems.
Sounds like you know a thing or two about opening safes.
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Sounds like you know a thing or two about opening safes.

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Old 01-19-2013, 21:03   #21
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Sell the safe to someone on GT so they can get it open and start another epic thread!
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Old 01-19-2013, 21:12   #22
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Sell the safe to someone on GT so they can get it open and start another epic thread!

Now, why didn't I think of that!!! Great idea!!!!!

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Old 01-19-2013, 21:25   #23
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That is the very reason I don't have a safe. I have a cabinet with a basic key lock. I am not a fan of it, but the rest of the more "important" firearms are placed elsewhere. Been looking for a traditional safe with no electronic lock, but the ones i have found are either too large or too short.
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Old 01-19-2013, 21:44   #24
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Mechanical locks can also break.

The combo lock system in a 25 year old safe is most likely still going to be good 25 years from now - but the low cost bidder China sourced POS you get with one made today is not the same.

All three of my safes have a digital lock - but they also have a back up key -

If the digital lock ever fails - I just go get the key.

So far no failures - but everything wears out at some point - you must have a back up.
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Old 01-19-2013, 21:47   #25
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First of all,don't panic yet.
If you've put in fresh batteries and still no luck,try this.

Remove the faceplate,there will be either a ribbon cable or wires leading into the vault,either one will have a removeable connector leading to the faceplate.
Gently remove the connector,most will come out with light pressure,clean the contact points with a pencil eraser and re-install,and try it again.
Another thing to try is to rotate the door handle clockwise or counter-clockwise to remove pressure from the locking latch.
While you're at it,check the battery contacts for corrosion,they have to be clean.

If you can get your vault open the next step will be to go to e-bay and get a genuine S&G combo lock an install it!

My electronic screwed up too,that's why it got replaced with an S&G combo lock.

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