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Gun in a Fire Safe?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by DoubleWide, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. DoubleWide

    DoubleWide

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    In case of a fire, would having a gun in a fire safe with important papers be a bad idea? Would the ammo cause a fire in the safe when the papers by themselves would normally be safe. I'm talking the normal Sentry type fire safes and lock boxes you'd get at Staples or Home Depot.
     
  2. I wouldn't. Even if the firearm didn't combust (remember, there is plutonium in the energy module) you still run the risk of the compressed tungsten-nytrilium melting from the ammo and boring a hole in the otherwise intact fire safe.
     

  3. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

    Not if you put a full sealed bottle of 7up in the safe to conteract the chemical imbalance:wavey:
     
  4. Even then I wouldn't have more than seven rounds in the safe.
     
  5. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    Lay the safe horizontal on the floor so it's below the smoke line.
     
  6. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

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    OP,

    There is only one way to be sure. You will need the following:

    1. Sentry Fire Safe, matching the type you intend to use.
    2. Some important papers. Using unprinted blank sheets of paper or unimportant papers might skew the results.
    3. A firearm matching the type you intend to keep in the safe.
    4. Said firearm loaded with the ammo you intend to keep in the firearm in the safe.
    5. One gallon of gasoline.
    6. One Zippo lighter.
    7. Someone to hold your beer and watch while you... :rofl::tongueout:

    I don't know man. I don't think it would. If M2 Carbine spots this he might have something firsthand. He went through a fire. I suppose the only way to truly be 100% sure is to keep it in something separate from your papers.

    I would also add that scanning your papers and placing the files on an encrypted thumb drive that you store elsewhere is a good thing to do.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  7. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

    If you are really worried put in a tube of chapstick for extra added insurance:cool:
     
  8. concretefuzzynuts

    concretefuzzynuts Brew Crew

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    Store the safe in your front yard. Free of the fire area.
     
  9. Revvv

    Revvv

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    I am a master locksmith and safe tech. A fire safe will melt gold in the right fire. I would never place a gun in a fire proof safe. Fire proof only means that the flame will not reach the interior, the heat will though.
     
  10. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

    It's still gotta be better than hiding it in your underwear drawer:supergrin:
     
  11. BobbyS

    BobbyS Truth always sounds like lies to a sinner

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    At that point, I think, your troubles are going to be more than your gun in the safe. :supergrin:
     
  12. EODLRD

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    That's enough for me! Only non-fireproof safes for me from now on. Can't believe how stupid I have been! :banghead::banghead::banghead:
     
  13. IQof1

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    Think China Syndrome....
     
  14. IQof1

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    Stop, drop n roll baby!
     
  15. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Dang... guy asks a serious question, and got about 2 serious responses.

    OP... Wish I had an answer, but I don't know.
     
  16. Front Sight

    Front Sight Front Sight

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    Contact your insurance company and talk to some fireman. You should get a straight answer from them.
     
  17. DoubleWide

    DoubleWide

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    Thanks. I didn't expect that either. I just didn't know at what temp ammo would cook off compared to when a cheap fire safe would be ruined anyway.

    Thanks to the people who gave me the serious answers too.
     
  18. VC-Racing

    VC-Racing General Flunky

    Check out Griffin or Griffith safes in chesterfield sc. He demos one of his fire safes. You may find it on youtube....

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  19. failsafe

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    Pretty good ammo video, long but informative..
    SAAMI - Sporting Ammunition and the Fire Fighter

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlOXowwC4c"]SAAMI - Sporting Ammunition and the Fire Fighter - YouTube[/ame]